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Argus Planetarium Presenter

University of Michigan

Job Description

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


This is a part-time (20 hours/week) temporary position, and will work from January through June 15, 2023 for the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (UMMNH). The position will be paid hourly at a rate of $20-25/hour depending on experience. This position is responsible for learning, presenting, and evaluating shows for 1st and 5th grade students at Argus Planetarium, located in Pioneer High School, and helping to solidify an ongoing collaboration between the U-M Museum of Natural History and the Ann Arbor Public School District. Training will be provided on the equipment, presentation skills, and astronomy, as needed. The position will assist in scheduling the shows and will communicate with teaching and administrative staff in the district, and inform the AAPS and Museum staff of any technical issues they encounter.


  • Work with the AAPS representative to schedule shows for all available 1st and 5th grade classes.
  • Participate in training and become proficient in operating the Argus Planetarium, including teaching techniques, technical skill, and astronomy content for 2 shows.
  • Startup and shutdown of Argus planetarium for all shows to AAPS 1st and 5th grade classes.
  • Present the 1st and 5th grade shows to all scheduled AAPS 1st and 5th grade classes.
  • Communicate with teachers regarding any questions they may have about the shows at Argus.
  • Communicate with the UMMNH Planetarium Manager about any equipment, software, or presentation issues as they arise at Argus Planetarium.
  • Communicate with the AAPS representative for any AAPS/Argus logistical issues as they relate to 1st and 5th grade classes.
  • Assist in training an additional presenter to run shows at Argus Planetarium for situations that may arise where the primary presenter is unavailable.
  • Working with UMMNH and AAPS staff, establish goals for AAPS shows and create and implement evaluation instruments and final report. 

Required Qualifications*

BA or equivalent experience, plus at least 1-2 years formal or informal teaching or group presentation experience. Must be an excellent communicator for diverse audiences, dependable and punctual, and very detail-oriented. Must be able to learn to operate complex planetarium equipment independently. Must have a schedule that allows work at least 2-3 weekdays per week during the school day. Must pass background check and meet COVID health requirements of both AAPS and U-M. Will be required to complete training modules for working with children upon hire.

Desired Qualifications*

Previous planetarium experience and/or a background in astronomy is highly desirable.

Additional Information

UMMNH is a unit in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. As one of the world’s great liberal arts colleges, LSA pushes the boundaries of what is understood about the human experience and the natural world, and we foster the next generation of rigorous and empathetic thinkers, creators, and contributors to the state of Michigan, the nation, and the world.

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion in LSA, please visit lsa.umich.edu/lsa/dei.
To learn more about LSA’s Mission, Vision and Values, please visit lsa.umich.edu/strategicvision.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third-party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

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