Astronomy Educator (Casual Guide)


Curiosity. Creativity. Collaboration. Sustainability.

  • Deliver and monitor a broad range of programs and services to a high standard
  • 43.43 per/hour – Casual Guide Lecturer Award
  • Unique location.

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) is an executive agency of the New South Wales State Government.  Embodying the best of design ingenuity and innovation, the Museum profiles one of the world’s great collections and is a highly successful interdisciplinary institution that sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in supporting the brand and vision of the city.

Access to the Museum’s exceptional collection is a cornerstone of the vision, opening up opportunities for engagement, participation and research. Deepening audience engagement, bringing the collections to life through hands on experiences and offering a variety of pathways through ideas and information is key to the delivery of our programs for people of all ages across our sites: the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney Observatory in The Rocks and the Museums Discovery Centre in Castle Hill.

Sydney Observatory is part of the Programs and Engagement Department.  The department is responsible for providing a range of programs and services for a culturally diverse client/user base.  These programs and services aim to increase visitor understanding of the museum’s historic sites, contemporary technologies and scientific endeavours, collections and exhibitions and also facilitate repeat visitation.

The role of Astronomy Educator – Casual Guide delivers Sydney Observatory programs and services, both day and night, over a variety of week days and weekends, and researches and answers customer enquiries and provides a high standard of customer service. The role is occasionally required to research, develop, implement, deliver and evaluate the observatory’s education and visitor services as part of a team.

Essential requirements

  • Knowledge of one of the following: astronomy, meteorology, Indigenous astronomy and Australian historical archaeology and their practical applications.
  • Understanding of current educational and social issues
  • Experience and skills in presenting to a general public and/or educational audience
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills
  • Organisational ability and conflict resolution skills
  • Proven reliability, respect and team commitment
  • Ability to work without supervision in the evenings.


  • Experience and high level ability to set up and use telescopes
  • Ability to adapt to using multi-media and telescope technologies including imaging and control software
  • Knowledge of the Observatory’s history, collection, procedures, programs, services and the needs of its existing and potential audiences
  • Knowledge of educational learning theory, child development, psychology, school curricula Experience working with large and diverse groups, people.

No formal qualifications are necessary. However completed or partial completion of tertiary qualification in astronomy, physics, science, education, communication or Australian historical archaeology and even postgraduate studies are desirable and enhance the skills and abilities required of the position. Requirement to wear a supplied uniform.

As part of GSE Act compliance, your application must include:

Cover Letter – No more than two A4 pages. Must include short statements in response to the two targeted questions below (drawn from the Core Competencies required in the Role Description)

CV – No more than three A4 pages.  Must be up to date with current employment, and clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this role. Must include referee contacts. We will not contact referees without your consent.

Question 1 – When setting a high standard for yourself and/or others to follow; what kind of examples do you try to set, and what are you trying to demonstrate?

Question 2 – Tell me about a time when you were in charge of a project or plan and had to amend the plans at the last minute. What skills did you need to call on to get through the situation?

Your cover letter and resume will need to be submitted as PDF attachments on your candidate file application on I Work for NSW.


The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences welcomes applications from Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with a disability.  If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated in order to participate in the selection process and join the Museum, please indicate this in your application.