(Full-time Exempt) 

The Planetarium Assistant Manager will be responsible in part for the oversight and operational needs of the Noble Planetarium on a day-to-day basis. These responsibilities include providing educational programs to school groups, which align with both national and state standards.  An understanding of informal education is required.  The Planetarium Assistant Manager will also be required to present live planetarium shows to our public audiences.  All programs require that the presenter be capable of changing a program at anytime with daily new astronomical information.  The Planetarium Assistant Manager will need prior knowledge of planetarium equipment and experience in operating a planetarium, with all of its subsystems.  Broad computer skills is required.  A working knowledge of telescopes is also required.  The Planetarium Assistant Manager will in part be responsible for training and working with volunteers and part-time operational staff. Familiarity with robotic astronomical observatories would be helpful. Reports to: Planetarium Manager

Basic Function and Responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Ability to effectively convey astronomical information to school groups at all age levels, pre-kindergarten through college according to standards required (TEKS/TAKS)

  • Ability to work with the general public as a presenter of current astronomical information

  • Train volunteers to assist with school groups

  • Train part-time staff to run programs in the planetarium

  • Schedule and oversee part-time staff operating the planetarium

  • Host star parties and work with local astronomical societies

  • Plan and implement special-events programming for astronomical events

  • Interpret special exhibits and displays in the planetarium’s exhibit area for guests and students

  • Participate in teacher workshops

  • Be a member of the show production team to ensure the Zeiss is programmed properly at all times.

  • Design programs for and teach in our Distance Learning program for schools

  • Work with our school, university and planetarium society partners


  • Bachelor’s degree in science or science education or equivalent experience required

  • Excellent knowledge of astronomy

  • Experience in teaching astronomy

  • An understanding of a planetarium environment

  • Broad computer skills to operate sophisticated, multi-computer planetarium equipment – may be a computer programmer/engineer

  • Knowledge of telescopes of all kinds

  • Working knowledge of the operation of an astronomical observatory

  • Good public presentation skills

  • Good written communication skills

  • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse staff and visitor base

  • Ability to multi-task and be detail-oriented

  • Must be dependable

  • Must have excellent organizational skills

  • Ability to sit or stand for extensive periods of time

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds

  • Effective problem-solving skills

  • Must be able to work flexible hours, some evenings, some weekends, some holidays

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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
1600 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
fax: 817-255-9354


Fun Fact
When established in 1941, the Museum was the first children's museum in Texas and one of the first children's museums in the nation.

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