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Employment

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium welcomes volunteers and interns throughout the year. Please contact us if you are interested in an internship or volunteering.

New position posted 11/5/2018

Meteorologist and Science Educator

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is in search of a Meteorologist and Science Educator to join our team.  This is your chance to be part of a unique Vermont institution.     

The Fairbanks Museum produces weather forecasts for Vermont Public Radio through our Eye on the Sky partnership and for other radio, print and digital outlets.  Eye on the Sky is a 37-year-old partnership between the Museum and VPR in which the Museum produces daily forecasts for VPR’s 230,000 weekly listeners.  The Eye on the Sky is a well-known and respected Vermont institution.   Additionally, the Museum has Vermont’s only public planetarium, and sees 11,000 school students each year. 

This position works in both our weather and education departments.  As a meteorologist, this individual creates and delivers engaging forecasts for radio, print and digital outlets, including forecasts for the Eye on the Sky on VPR. Ability to consistently meet deadlines is essential.  As a science educator, this position presents astronomy content in the planetarium and science programs for school children.  Strong presentation and communication skills are a must.  Astronomy knowledge is helpful, but more importantly, candidates must have an aptitude learn and deliver science content.    

The successful candidate must be willing/able to work on weekends, early mornings and evenings, and be eager to live in Vermont’s beautiful and rural Northeast Kingdom. This is a full-time position.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university in Atmospheric Sciences or related discipline.
  • Completion of Certified Broadcast Meteorology program through the American Meteorology Society.
  • Interest in astronomy and willingness to learn space science content. 
  • Understanding of social media.
  • Strong public speaking background.

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and produce weather forecasts and information.
  • Provide forecast information and engaging content to digital platforms.
  • Deliver science content to a variety of groups in the planetarium and a classroom setting.

Send cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and weather recording to Adam Kane, Executive Director at akane@fairbanksmuseum.org. For an application to be considered, it must include an audio file recording of the weather forecast found below. EOE.  Applications due by November 26.

Weather Forecast

Record an audio file of this weather forecast and submit with your application as a .wav or .mpeg file.

Good afternoon from the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, this is the Eye on the Sky.

A weak warm front is spreading a few showers across the region this afternoon.  Showers become more widespread tonight, especially east of the Greens and south of Route 4 as a weak system rides up the coast.

The details…

This Afternoon:   A few localized showers, the best chance far south, and in New York.  Highs in the low to mid 40s east and north, mid and upper 40s west and south.  Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph east of the Green Mountains, southeast winds 10 to 15 mph, gusting 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon west.

Tonight:  Cloudy, with rain or showers likely south, and from the Green Mountains east, with scattered showers from the Champlain Valley west and north.  Rain and showers tapering off overnight.  Lows in the mid 30s to low 40s. 

Tuesday:  Cloudy, with rain developing west to east in the morning, then tapering off west to east in the afternoon. Late day highs in the low to mid 50s, some upper 50s southwest, and upper 40s northeast.

I’m meteorologist [your name], with an Eye on the Sky.

Internship Opportunities

Internships offer a way for self-motivated individuals to be involved with the work of the Museum. Interns work with Museum staff on specific projects or over time to support Museum functions. The Museum cannot pay interns.

Fairbanks Museum interns can work with collections, exhibits, facilities, visitor services, marketing and communications.

For those interested in a more formal internship to fulfill an educational requirement, museum staff can work with you and your instructors to meet your needs.  

Would an itnernship be a good step for your career? You can start the conversation by letting us know your interests and experiences in a cover letter. Please include any relevant work history or academic focus.