Planetarium Technician

Application Deadline: April 3, 2009.

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the
range of duties performed by employees in the class.  Specifications
are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


To coordinate operational aspects of the Clever Planetarium including
operating slide, sound equipment and other special multi-media
effects; to conduct planetarium shows and tape narrators; and to
perform a variety of tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


Receives direction from the Director.

Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited
to, the following:

1. Operate a variety of audio-visual and multi-media equipment
including film projectors, slide projectors, audio cassette players
and computerized controls in the operation of the Clever Planetarium;
resolve technical difficulties.

2. Write, edit and modify scripts and content for planetarium shows
and presentations; ensure that shows are interesting, informative and

3. Produce original slides, slides from copy work and duplicate slides
for use in presentations.

4. Provide technical and creative assistance to instructors in the use
of special planetarium equipment and production techniques.

5. Research new technology and products used in planetarium shows;
stay abreast of astronomical developments; recommend the purchase of
new equipment.

6. Work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends as needed.

7. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


Knowledge of:
• Basic principles, practices and terminology of astronomy
• Services and operations of a modern planetarium.
• Operational characteristics of a variety of audio-visual equipment.
• English usage, grammar, spelling and punctuation.
• Methods and techniques of creating and duplicating slides.
• Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations

Ability to:
• Coordinate operational activities for the planetarium.
• Give presentations at the planetarium.
• Operate a variety of audio-visual equipment.
• Prepare and edit scripts for planetarium shows.
• Respond to questions and inquiries from students and staff.
• Work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends as needed.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those
contacted in the course of work.
• Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic,
socioeconomic, cultural, linguistic, ethnic backgrounds and
disabilities of community college students and staff.

Experience and Training Guidelines
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide
the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to
obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Two years of technical/audio-visual experience or experience working
in a planetarium.


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college
level course work in astronomy or a related field.


Environmental Conditions:

Planetarium environment; work on ladders and scaffolds; work with
machinery; exposure to electrical energy.

Physical Conditions:

Essential and other important duties may require maintaining physical
condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged
periods of time; operating motorized equipment and vehicles.

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