Observatory Coordinator

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Archive Date: 
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
City of Rancho Mirage
Department Name: 
Street Line 1: 
69825 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 


Under the direction of the Library Director and Astronomer, aids in the planning and execution of the programs and functions of the City’s Observatory at Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory.  Aids in the daily operation of the Observatory, to best utilize this significant City asset to provide an educational, scientific, and entertainment benefit to City residents.


This class specification represents only the core areas of responsibilities; specific position assignment will vary depending on the needs of the department.

1.     Be well versed in the operation of the telescopes and their support systems, the utilization and writing of software for event programming, and all technology associated with optimizing the potential of the                          Observatory. 

2.     Aid in the design and presentation of engaging astronomy programs for various audiences (both children and adults) including the general public, area schools, and community groups.

3.     Ensure the highest quality of content, program delivery and audience satisfaction built around the capabilities of the Observatory.

4.     Aid in the utilization of the Observatory telescope for astronomical research.

5.     Produce resource materials for schools, teachers, the public, and media as required.

6.     Assist in research and writing for the production of original programs and updates to existing programs as needed.

7.     Utilize available sources for program content that will go beyond visuals provided by the Observatory telescope, e.g. NASA, the Jet Propulsion Lab, other observatories.

8.     Work with the City’s IS Department for implementation of technology upgrades as needed.

9.     Assist with development of grant and sponsorship opportunities to enhance programming or further the mission of the Observatory.

10.   Work with the City’s Economic Development and Marketing Department and Library Director to develop marketing and address media inquiries about the Observatory, its intended uses, astronomy, and the                        schedule of programs.

11.   Act as a staff resource for all Library exhibits and activities related to space science and astronomy.

12.   Aid in the training of docents and Observatory volunteers, to give and arrange tours of the Observatory, and welcome audiences to programs.

13.   Research and establish partnerships with astronomy clubs and schools.

14.   Other duties as deemed necessary by program and/or management needs.

15.   Performs other duties of similar nature and level as assigned to address organizational needs and changing organization practices.


The following generally describes the knowledge, ability, and education required to successfully perform the job duties.

Education and/or Experience:

A bachelor’s degree in science, Astronomy, the Astronomical Sciences, or related field is required with at least one year of observatory operational and programing experience. 

  •      Experience in computer programming. Preferably in Python and Java in multiple operating systems desirable.
  •      Experience in video editing: melding stock video and other images into a full program built around visual content generated by the Observatory’s telescope and technology.


  • ·    Possession of or ability to obtain an appropriate California driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  

Ability to manage and work tactfully, enthusiastically, and courteously with staff, volunteers, other City personnel and elected officials. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, including ability to speak effectively in front of a live audience; The ability to share and communicate knowledge of astronomy and space science, as well as expanding public interest in the purpose and use of the City Observatory to a variety of audiences is essential. Experience in writing and managing grants is helpful. High degree of technical ability and interest in maintaining complex systems and equipment. Professional appearance and demeanor. Flexibility in working hours, as some evening, weekend and holiday work will be required. Participate in recruitment, training, and scheduling of docents.

ADA and Other Requirements

Position in this class typically require: prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement, and fine coordination in preparing statistical reports and data, using a computer keyboard. Additionally, the position requires near vision in reading correspondence, statistical data, and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal service. The need to lift, drag, and push files, paper, and documents weighing up to 25 pounds also is required.

Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

NOTE: The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

For a detailed job announcement and application materials, please visit our website at www.RanchoMirageCA.gov.

Applications should be directed to the attention of Letty Gallegos-Gallardo, Human Resource Specialist at City of Rancho Mirage 69-825 Highway III, Rancho Mirage CA 92270 or e-mailed at Lettyg@RanchMirageCA.gov

An official City of Rancho Mirage Employment Application is required and incomplete, late or illegible application will be disqualified and will not be accepted.

The City of Rancho Mirage is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$54391.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$66191.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

This is a full-time opportunity with an excellent benefit package which includes the following:

  • Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) members - Classic PERS Members – 2%@60 - New PERS Members – 2%@62
  • 9/80 Work schedule
  • 100% Paid Medical, Dental, Vision coverage
  • $75,000 Life Insurance - City paid
  • City funded health reimbursement account $6000/family - $3000/single
  • City match deferred compensation program
  • City paid short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • 11 Paid holidays & 2 floating holidays
  • 2 weeks paid vacation with higher increments at 2, 6 and 12 years
  • 12 Days sick leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 12, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, April 12, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Letty Gallegos-Gallardo
Human Resources Specialist
City of Rancho Mirage
Department Name: 
Human Resources
Street Line 1: 
69825 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage
Zip/Postal Code: 
United States of America
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Observatory Coordinator Recruitment