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Mount Wilson Observatory Docent Training Course

Spring 2015

Mount Wilson Observatory is hereby inviting applicants to become tour docents. This volunteer position involves leading tours and explaining the Observatory's unparalleled history and amazing discoveries to the public. This can be very rewarding.

The training course will consist of four Saturday sessions, starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. The dates are March 21 and 28, and two more Saturdays in early April.

If you are interested in this, please download the Docent Application form here. and fill it out. Then, no later than March 9, either scan it and email it to Don Nicholson, or mail it to P.O. Box 94146, Pasadena, CA 91109. You will then be contacted with instructions for attending the training course. Thank you.

Docent Benefits -

  • Lunch is provided free of charge at the Cosmic Cafe for on-duty weekend walking tour docent(s) on Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 10 AM and closing time. Lunch includes one main menu item, chips and a drink.
  • A Mount Wilson Observatory embroidered Polo shirt will be provided free of charge to all active docents. You may purchase additional shirts at a 15% discount off the retail price.
  • Docents are permitted to conduct two (2) free tours per calendar year for family members and friends. The maximum number of participants on each tour will be 10 (excluding the docent). This excludes members of clubs or themed organizations who would normally book a special tour. All free tours require scheduling through the Observatory Superintendent and the Special Tours Coordinator so as not to conflict with other activities.
Docent Requirements - All prospective docents must:
  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Have the ability to communicate with the general public.
  • Have an interest in astronomy and related sciences.
  • Possess a desire to enhance or develop public speaking skills.
  • Have a good command of the English language (bilingual skills desirable).
  • Be enthusiastic and dependable.
  • Enjoy meeting and speaking with people of all age groups.