Would you like to volunteer in a friendly educational environment
working to provide the public with Informal Science Education?
We are looking for:
- teenagers who need community service hours for their club requirements
- seniors, retirees, people who are looking for second careers, and adults with time on their hands who would love to put it to good use on a worthy cause
- university campus members of organizations requiring community service hours
- and people with good hearts who recognize the value of science education and like the idea of helping at a Planetarium
Join our Volunteer Training Program, and get started!
We provide Volunteer Training in stages.
Most volunteers start as Audience Assistants. Volunteers who demonstrate responsibility and aptitude may be trained for other levels.
Our audience assistants help out at our public shows; greeting, welcoming, and interpreting our museum exhibits for visitors; and giving support and assistance to our presenters during our free public shows
Our daytime assistants help with the daily operation of the Planetarium, including giving support and assistance to our presenters during our free school shows; greeting, welcoming, and interpreting our Ring museum exhibits for visitors; and manning the office
Our tech operators help run technical equipment during shows, operate the digital star computer, the sound system, the star chamber lighting, and the central console computer
Our production assistants help in developing new shows, and create new scripts for existing shows.
Our presenters are responsible for delivering our shows to the public and school audiences who come to the Planetarium.
Specialists and General Helpers:
We occasionally need specialized or general help with specific tasks, like designing exhibits, installing new technical equipment, or just getting ready for a big event.
OUR TRAINING:Our training program consists of a commitment to:
- Two orientation sessions which cover the basics of Planetarium maintenance and operation, and of interacting with visitors and show audiences
- Shadowing Planetarium staff during regular shows and general Planetarium operations
- Mentorship during performance of assigned tasks by regular Planetarium staff members
WHAT HARDIN PLANETARIUM OFFERS ITS VOLUNTEERS:
Volunteers have shared many different benefits from their service...
- Interact meaningfully with adults, children, people of all ages and walks of life
- Explore new discoveries in astronomy, physics, optics, geology, chemistry, biology, and engineering.
- Meet other volunteers and foster friendships with people who share similar interests
- Cultivate talents and skills
- Explore a career in science
- Develop leadership skills and self-esteem
- Acquire practical work experience
- Earn Community Service credit
- Attend special events and previews
- Experience behind-the-scenes operations
- Receive comprehensive orientation and training program
WHAT HARDIN PLANETARIUM EXPECTS OF YOU:
As a representative of Hardin Planetarium, as well as WKU, you agree to certain things...
- Attend the training required for your assignment.
- Follow all of the planetarium's procedures.
- Maintain your agreed upon volunteer schedule.
- Arrive on time, ready, and dressed appropriately for your task and the environmental conditions.
- Wear your badge and vest while volunteering.
- Provide three days notice if you are unable to volunteer (not the night before!). Call if you cannot come to work.
- When you complete an assignment and have nothing to do, notify your supervisor.
- Ask questions if you are not sure of any aspect of your work.
- Do not use cell phones/personal electronics during your shift.
Above all, treat your volunteer responsibilities with the commitment of a job.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
We provide training sessions several times a year. Our spring cohort is now being gathered. To register your interest in volunteering with us, please click the button at the right.
If you need further assistance, email the Planetarium at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Planetarium office at 270-745-4044.
If you would like to be a part of our volunteer staff, but are not able to participate immediately, please contact us at email@example.com to be placed on our mailing list, and we will alert you when the next training session is at hand.
Download our Volunteer Training Manual here!
Volunteers and staff at Hardin Planetarium's recent SCI camp
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