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Outreach Instructional Assistant III (Multiple Positions)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Arts and Museum Administration

Posting Number: req6974

Department: Steward Observatory

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The department of Steward Observatory seeks to fill up to six temporary part time (non benefits-eligible - 25% FTE) positions of an Outreach Instructional Assistant III.

These positions, specifically for graduate students currently enrolled at a State of Arizona University, will work as instructors in the University of Arizona Sky School Program.

The Sky School graduate student instructor works with students as a research mentor and educator during residential or daytime educational programs. Instructors gain experience with science education and communication as they mentor groups of K-12 students on 1-4 day programs throughout the year. Programs take place at Steward Observatory's Mt. Lemmon site and other field sites in the Santa Catalina Mountains and/or at local schoolyards in Tucson. Sky School programs include instruction on general themes relevant to sciences in the sky island region-ecology, geology, hydrology, environmental sciences, dendrochronology, soil science, astronomy, and cultural history.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead lessons and mentor K-12 participants as they design, carry out, and present research projects during their program.
  • Contribute to development and writing of lesson plans and curricular resources.
  • Support other Sky School educational programming.
  • Attend mandatory training/development events on the UA campus as well as on Mt. Lemmon.
  • Maintain relevant trainings and certifications; especially with regard to youth safety.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge. Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience teaching/leading STEM educational programs.
  • Ability to obtain UA High Occupancy Vehicle certification within 60 days of hire.

Minimum Qualifications

  • HS Diploma or GED and 5 years related experience with public outreach or astronomy.

Due to the instructional model of the University of Arizona Sky School, individuals hired into these positions must be currently entering or continuing in a graduate program at Arizona State University or Northern Arizona University.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the outdoors; familiarity with local sky island environment.
  • Strong commitment to youth safety.
  • Bilingual a plus.

    The work of this position occurs both at the summit of Mount Lemmon at an altitude of ~9170 ft., as well as other locations in the Tucson valley and in-between. Individuals performing this position must be able to work safely outdoors at varied elevations in climate conditions typical of being outdoors.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Part Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 10

Job FTE: .25

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Outreach and Community Engagement

Benefits Eligible: No Benefits

Rate of Pay: 18.00

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Outreach Education

Job Function

Outreach & Community Engage

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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