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Ninety Six National Historic Site is in the infant stages of hosting night sky programs. With large areas of open field there are some excellent viewing opportunities. Although the park’s main themes are its location as a colonial settlement and two Revolutionary War Battles, the staff has been expanding programming exploring the park’s natural resources as well. The night sky at Ninety Six can not only connect visitors to the universe beyond but to their history as well.
The park is seeking qualified volunteers to join us as we explore the night sky. If you would like to be a part of a public astronomy program and share the splendors of the sky with the general public, consider applying and sending your resume. The ideal applicant is communicative, self-motivated, knowledgeable, approachable, and a good public speaker. Volunteers are expected to support the NPS mission. The job may require working with crowds and a diverse public in both independent and team modes.
Primary tasks include preparing for and giving evening stargazing events 3-4 times a year. Help care for and maintain the park’s telescope and other astronomy related equipment. Assist with astronomy program logistics. Other task include presenting both formal and informal programs and talks about the night sky. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own equipment but the park is not responsible for any damage. Volunteers are expected to gain a good knowledge of telescope operations and basic maintenance. The park does not have a permanent observing facility, so set-up and take-down is required with some moderate lifting.
Ninety Six National Historic Site is located in the piedmont of South Carolina and is part of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks Group. Ninety Six commemorates the settlement and development of the colonies as well as the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. The main area of the park consist of the battle field with the original earthen Star Fort, the Patriot tunnels, the location of the original town and the first trading post, and the small stockade fort. Other areas of the park are mixed woodland and fields with hiking and equestrian trails. On the backside of the park is the 26-acre Star Fort Pond. Weather conditions can change quickly, especially in Spring. Summer is hot and humid. Winter is usually fairly mild but temperatures can drop below freezing and the park may receive snow and/or ice once or twice a year.
Selections will be made based on:
Living within local commuting distance.
Knowledge of the sky, astronomical equipment, and techniques.
Communication skills and experience working with the public.
Availability and time commitment.
References and other factors that indicate suitability for this program.
Resume should include:
All positions held within the last 3 years
Other applicable paid work and volunteer experiences. For each listing, include a brief discussion of duties, period of work, hours per week, supervisor, and supervisor contact information.
List and elaborate on astronomy/stargazing skills.
List and elaborate on communication skills.
Include 3 references.
Include available time commitment.
The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve America’s national, cultural, and historical legacies. This makes it a unique and respected federal agency. Aside from the reward of a positive affiliation with the agency, the returns from volunteering at Ninety Six National Historic Site depend on the goals of the volunteer. Gaining work experience here can result in a solid reference for one’s resume and invaluable work experience.
The direct supervisor will be one of the Interpretive Staff. They are responsible for assigning duties, and supervising volunteers in this duty.