Planetarium Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Coordinates several aspects of the Planetarium including the
preparation and presentation of lectures and shows to university
classes and the general public and the repair and maintenance of
planetarium equipment. Ensures expenditures stay within allocated
budget and ensures safety of patrons in the planetarium. Incumbents
typically report to a Director or a Chairperson of the department.
second in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from
the Planetarium Technician in that incumbents in larger planetariums
supervise Planetarium Technicians, ensure expenditures stay within
budgetary guidelines, ensure safety of patrons using the facilities
and have overall responsibility for the scheduling of shows within
the Planetarium. This classification requires a flexible work
schedule in order to accommodate the viewing and show schedule.
Examples of Duties:
- Prepares, presents and schedules planetarium lectures and
shows for the general public, schools and university community
which includes selection of material to be presented, artwork
for posters, selection of accompanying background music and
production of soundtracks.
- Monitors the maintenance and repair and/or maintains and
repairs existing mechanical, optical and electronic equipment
such as telescopes, projectors and computers.
- Monitors and/or performs the modification, design and/or
construction of equipment of a mechanical, electrical or
- Designs and writes a brochure of scheduled shows and
available planetarium times for visitation by various groups.
- Ensures expenditures for the planetarium stay within the
- Ensures compliance with safety standards; removes
obstructions on the floor; checks emergency exits and electrical
equipment to ensure safe and proper operation.
- May supervise, train, evaulate and coordinate the activities
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of optical, electronic and mechanical equipment as
it relates to planetarium equipment.
- Skill in graphics, photography and writing for program
- Skill in presenting lectures to groups of people.
- Skill in repairing various types of planetarium equipment.
- Skill in supervising and coordinating the activities of
Bachelors degree in Astronomy or related field AND two years of
planetarium operations experience; OR, Six years of planetarium
operations experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience
and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and
abilities have been achieved.
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