Research Station and Observatory Technician and Programming Coordinator

AUG Sciences

Competition No.  -    S105648535
Posting Date  -    Sep 15, 2022
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.
Position Type  -    Part Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range  -    $27,976 to $37,772 (pro-rated) per year
Grade  -    07
Hours  -    21

This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.


Work primarily takes place at Augustana Campus. 

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Working for the Department/Faculty

The Department of Science at the Augustana Campus is home to the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station and the adjacent Hesje Observatory, two outstanding teaching, research and outreach facilities in Miquelon Lake Provincial Park. They are also located in the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve and (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve, emphasizing their unique setting and capacity for programming and academic activities. 


Reporting to the Lab Director (FSO), the Research Station and Observatory Technician and Programming Coordinator is responsible for hosting visitors for the purpose of outreach and education, and providing basic technical support for laboratories, hosting field courses and teaching of astronomy courses.


Operational Activities

  • Supporting student and faculty research at the Augustana Campus and student projects at the North Campus
  • Supporting student learning in astronomy (regular courses and directed studies)
  • Assisting in the planning and execution of on-campus Observatory events at Augustana throughout the year
  • Maintaining the operational status of the observatory dome 

Programming Activities

  • Collaborating with colleagues across the University (Augustana, North Campus, CMASTE) to propose and plan teaching workshops/sessions
  • Identifying observatory-based short courses and undergraduate courses offered by similar institutions
  • Preparing online programming activities via Zoom or similar platforms for remote tours
  • Communicating with teachers and leaders of other groups who would like to plan visits to the facility.

Promotional Activities 

  • Ensuring the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station (AMLRS) website is up-to-date (
  • Developing and distributing information and promotional material on an on-going basis
  • Maintaining a social media presence for the station with up-to-date information; collaborating with team to determine content for YouTube channel
  • Hosting site visits by various stakeholders
  • Maintaining a marketing and operational plan for the observatory

 Administrative and Funding Activities

Minimum Qualifications

  • BSc or BA degree is a (minimum) requirement 
  • Ability to communicate with others to explain and share information.
  • Ability to present and share ideas to an audience.
  • Ability to demonstrate responsible, ethical and professional conduct.
  • Ability to demonstrate organizational skills to carry out a variety of tasks.
  • Ability to demonstrate respect for individuals from different backgrounds.
  • Ability to work with numerical data and apply quantitative skills.
  • Ability to recognize and solve problems.
  • Ability to exercise judgement and decision making.
  • Ability to perform basic troubleshooting of technology and equipment.
  • Ability to learn and use a variety of computer applications.
  • Up-to-date first aid certification(s)

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.