Dark Skies Office Coordinator Job Posting

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Dark Skies Office Coordinator

Williams Bay, WI

Full Time, Temporary (1 year with possibility of extension)

Entry Level

About GLAS Education:

GLAS Education is dedicated to providing hands-on, real-world STEAM experiences for learners of all ages and abilities, opening our international network of scientists to every individual.

Humankind has sought to understand the universe from our earliest existence, with each successive generation making increasingly greater strides as they build upon previous breakthroughs. GLAS strives to ensure that every individual can join this international search for knowledge — you, the families of Walworth County, the student with visual impairments next door, and the eager young scientist on the other side of the globe.

GLAS focuses on three major priorities:

  • Real-world experience that matters for students, allowing them to hone and build their STEAM skills in a low-risk space while benefiting their communities, trying out different paths and forging deeply into whatever interests them most.
  • Fostering an international network of scientists, ensuring that each individual has access to the network of knowledge and resources that they need to change the world of STEAM.
  • Inclusion for every individual — ensuring that students with disabilities, people with different perspectives, and individuals in remote locations can build on their strengths in STEAM without being hindered by outside obstacles.

The Dark Skies Office:

GLAS is establishing a Dark Skies Office in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, to provide consistent and knowledgeable leadership, resources, and outreach efforts to improve the dark skies status in target communities through the direct engagement of businesses, citizens, students, and municipalities with the aim of expanding these efforts regionally and nationally. The Dark Skies Office Coordinator will lead this effort with additional part-time support from staff at GLAS.  

The Job:

An important part of GLAS’ work is raising awareness and promoting change in the area of light pollution and dark skies. Light pollution negatively affects many species of animals and plants, human health, energy usage, and more, making it a pressing issue for every community. However, improvements and solutions to light pollution are often neither complicated nor difficult. The Dark Skies Office Coordinator will therefore focus on (1) Public outreach on Dark Skies issues, to raise awareness and promote change; (2) Outreach to local agencies, who often hold the power for greatest change; and (3) Data collection and research, to track changes over time and enable informed decisions. Year 1 of this effort will focus on work in the Williams Bay/Lake Geneva area, with significant effort to build the collaborations needed in the region for dissemination in Year 2 (pending funding).

Public Outreach is a large part of the Dark Skies Coordinator job, including maintaining a consistent presence on social media, writing and distributing press releases, organizing public events, and engaging schools and students in dark sky education and activities. Dissemination of teacher professional development resources is also included in this goal.

Outreach to Local Agencies focuses on making positive changes in sky quality by working with local businesses and governments to set, follow, enforce, and advocate for healthy lighting standards. Many businesses are not aware of the financial, safety, and health benefits of dark-sky-friendly lighting and may not be aware of local lighting ordinances if they aren’t enforced. Local governments are often not consistent in the content and enforcement of ordinances. Establishing a database of local lighting ordinances and encouraging unification and enforcement, are important steps towards improving sky quality. 

Data Collection and Research improves our knowledge of sky quality and helps track changes over time. GLAS currently has high-school students working on light sensor development and deployment projects; the Dark Skies Office Coordinator will work alongside these students to see that data collection and processing goals are met. In addition, this light pollution data will need to be made accessible to local agencies and the public. Finally, data on public and organizational awareness and opinions in dark sky issues will be important in measuring project success.

The Person:

We’re looking for a passionate, self-motivated action-taker excited about environmental education and community participation. Due to the high level of public and agency outreach associated with this role, the ideal candidate will be a clear, persuasive, and enthusiastic speaker, comfortable and diplomatic with diverse audiences. Excellent writing skills will also be required, both for communications with specific groups and for general press releases and social media content. Time-management skills, and self-motivation, will be essential, as the Coordinator will be expected to conduct most of the work without direct managing or coaching from superiors.

In addition, the Dark Sky Office Coordinator must be comfortable working with scientific research, including data collection (quantitative and qualitative), developing conclusions from research, and reading and explaining previously published research. This will require basic knowledge in science and math (including statistics). Prior knowledge related to astronomy, biology, or other related sciences will be helpful. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in natural sciences, education, communication, or other related field
  • Exemplary oral and written communication skills, comfortable with public speaking and working with diverse audiences
  • Exceptional time-management and proactive problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work with students in a collaborative and mutual-learning environment
  • Comfortable reading, interpreting, creating, and disseminating academic research
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Preferred: 
    • Spanish language skills
    • Experience developing content for organizational social media
    • Experience with WordPress

Application Instructions:

Submit a current resume and cover letter by email to christy@glaseducation.org.

Please address your materials to the position director, Kate Meredith.

Equal Opportunity

GLAS Education embraces and encourages diversity in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

It is the policy of GLAS Education to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), marital status, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information (including family medical history), or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodation will be made for any applicant or employee’s religious beliefs or disability.

GLAS Education

PO Box 850

Williams Bay, WI 53191