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Carl Connection: Astronomer

This opportunity is brought to you by a Carleton alumnus, Ryan Hennessy ’99. You are welcome to reach out to Ryan at with any questions about the organization or the position prior to applying.

The Position:
The astronomer reports directly to Teton Skies’ owner and is responsible for executing world-class stargazing programs with the company’s clients.
This is a part-time salaried position. Astronomers are responsible for being available for all scheduled on-call days, but work is not guaranteed on those days. We typically schedule each Astronomer for 4-5 days per week. The summer program season goes from June through the end of October, with training in late May or early June. Continuation into winter season (December through March) is negotiable.
  • Execute world-class stargazing programs for guests of all ages, interests, and levels of knowledge
  • Maintain a deep and up-to-date knowledge of objects currently visible in the night sky
  • Monitor weather conditions and advise guests of potential cancellations in advance
  • Ensure that vehicles are clean and safe
  • Transport guests in a safe and timely manner
  • Ensure that refreshments and other amenities are available to all guests
  • Ensure that equipment is charged, clean, and in working order
  • Provide exceptional guest service and communication at all times
  • Ensure that programs leave no trace by cleaning up all equipment, trash, etc.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Undergraduate or advanced degree in Astronomy, Physics, or related field
  • Strong knowledge of the night sky
  • Experience presenting scientific information to a variety of audiences
  • Clear and engaging communication skills
  • Clean driving record
  • Ability to work independently and think on your feet to meet guest needs
  • Passion for science and a strong drive to continually develop your knowledge of current topics in research
Other Qualifications:
  • Experience with telescopes and other observing equipment
  • Experience in the Hospitality or Guest Services industry
  • Ability to work outside in a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability to safely lift 50 pounds or more

To Apply:
Please email your resume, a letter explaining your availability and interest in the position, and contact information for three professional references to info(at) No phone calls, please, but feel free to email any questions to the same address.

About Teton Skies:
Teton Skies is the Intermountain West’s premier provider of science-based experiential programming, with a special focus on astronomy. We work with high-end resorts, event planners, and private clients throughout the region, providing custom stargazing and astrophotography programs for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Our goal with every program is to create an unforgettable experience, one that enriches, engages, educates, and entertains. Unique amenities such as catered refreshments and state-of -the-art optics help provide an exceptional guest experience, but what really makes Teton Skies stand out is our team of professional scientists and educators, whose skill and knowledge enable every guest to reconnect with the wonders of the natural world.