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Join our team! With over 14,000 visitors annually, the UWM Planetarium is a popular Milwaukee attraction that offers something for everyone.

We are continuously striving to extend our reach into the community and engage as many people with the cosmos as we can.

UWM Planetarium Presenter

Job Description

This student position is responsible for presenting planetarium shows for groups of all ages, leading indoor and outdoor
stargazing sessions, operating equipment such as telescopes and engaging with the public at events, and helping with
general operations at the planetarium as needed. This position is year round. You do not need to be a science major.
Starting Wage: $12/hour
Hours per Week: 10 hours (minimum) – 25 hours (maximum; 40 hours during the summer)
Application Deadline: February 14, 2024
Earliest Start Date: March 1, 2024


Minimum Requirements
• Passionate interest in astronomy *and* sharing that interest
• Experience with or willingness to do public speaking for 5-500 people at both private and public events
• Positive engagement with public audiences of all ages, ethnicities, genders, and walks of life
• Generally positive attitude toward individual and team work
• Willingness to engage with scientific concepts and demonstrations (training will be provided)
• Positive, open reception to constructive criticism
• Professional attitude, extremely reliable, excellent time management skills, and good at following up on tasks in
• Must be graduating in December 2025 or later
• Must be generally available on Friday evenings and weekends


Benefits
• Engage the community, from young kids to seniors
• Engage with other cultures through shared astronomical experiences
• Gain experience in education and especially science communication
• Learn to work the ~60-year-old mechanical Spitz Projector as well as telescopes and binoculars
• Enhance your knowledge of the constellations, stars, planets, and more through program rehearsals and shows


How to Apply
Email the following items to Dr. Jean Creighton at planetarium@uwm.edu by February 14, 2024:
• Resume
• Cover letter
• Course schedule
• 3-min recording of yourself speaking on a topic you find exciting

UWM Planetarium Production & Design Associate

Job Description

This student position at the UWM Planetarium within the Physics department is responsible for designing engaging planetarium shows with guidance from the planetarium director. The student will also create visually appealing publicity materials using Adobe products. The ideal candidate will have experience with graphic design and either PowerPoint or Keynote as well as excellent interpersonal skills and attention to detail. This person must be available to attend weekly in-person meetings and rehearsals on weekdays. This position is year round.

Starting Wage: $12/hour

Hours per Week: 10 hours (minimum) – 25 hours (maximum; 40 hours during the summer)

Application Deadline: March 5, 2024

Earliest Start Date: March 25, 2024

Minimum Requirements

• Must be graduating in December 2025 or later

• Must have access to a Mac computer with Adobe products

• Proficient with Adobe products (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)

• Proficient with MacOS and Keynote (or PowerPoint)

• Experienced with Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro (or other video editing software)

• Excellent independent time management and organizational skills

• Self-motivated and good at following up with projects and issues

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

• Must be able to collaborate in a team environment and receive constructive feedback

• Available for weekly in-person meetings and rehearsals on weekdays

• Available on some Friday evenings and weekends for public programs

• Interest in astronomy and education

Benefits

• Grow your portfolio and gain real-life professional design experience

• Engage with other cultures through shared astronomical experiences

• Gain experience in education and especially science communication

• Enhance your knowledge of the constellations, stars, planets, and more through program rehearsals and shows

How to Apply

Email the following items to Dr. Jean Creighton at planetarium@uwm.edu by March 5, 2024:

• Resume

• Cover letter

• Course schedule

• Examples of your graphic design work

UWM Planetarium Communications Associate

Job Description

This student position is responsible for coordinating planetarium publicity and assisting with overall office operations and staff management. The ideal candidate will have leadership experience as well as excellent organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills and be creative and attentive to details. This position is year round.

Starting Wage: $13/hour

Hours per Week: 10 hours (minimum) – 25 hours (maximum; 40 hours during the summer)

Application Deadline: March 5, 2024

Earliest Start Date: March 25, 2024

Minimum Requirements

• Must be graduating in December 2025 or later

• Proficient using MacOS and Microsoft Office suite

• Experience leading or supervising teams

• Familiarity with Canva preferred

• Experience with basic office tasks like printing and photocopying

• Excellent independent time management and organizational skills

• Self-motivated and good at following up with projects and issues

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and customer service experience

• Must be able to collaborate in a team environment and provide and receive constructive feedback

• Available for weekly in-person meetings and office hours

• Available on some Friday evenings and weekends for public programs

• Interest in astronomy and education

Benefits

• Gain real-life experience in: publicity for one of the largest science outreach programs at UWM, coordinating

tasks for multiple ongoing projects, and assisting in the management of a team of talented student staff

• Engage with other cultures through shared astronomical experiences

• Gain experience in education and especially science communication

• Enhance your knowledge of the constellations, stars, planets, and more through program rehearsals and shows

How to Apply

Email the following items to Dr. Jean Creighton at planetarium@uwm.edu by March 5, 2024:

• Resume

• Cover letter

• Course schedule

• Writing samples