Friday, September 4, 2009

Want a job with JPL? Here's your chance!

I'm actually "employed" by JPL myself and have one of these jobs as a Solar System Ambassador. The job doesn't pay anything, but you do public outreach activities such as star parties, talks at schools, Space Day activities at local museums, and whatever else you can come up with to get the public interested in our Astronomy hobby. You do get on lists for a ton of email links from NASA with links to download a ton of information on space exploration, and every now and then you'll get a large envelope full of goodies to give out (or keep some of it yourself!) to the public. They also send you a snazzy name tag with your photo on it next the words "NASA" and "JPL". Pretty official! I've done it for about 2 years now and have a lot of events logged on my profile page.
Here are the details:

Wanted: Volunteer Ambassadors to the Stars

What do a teacher, surfer, firefighter, award-winning book author and neurosurgeon have in common? A love of space and a desire to share that passion. They've joined a growing number of private citizens in NASA's Solar System Ambassador program, which brings space information to the public through planetarium talks, telescope-viewing parties, mall displays and other events. Now you can volunteer too. Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30.

Ambassadors are U.S. citizens selected from all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico or U.S. citizens serving U.S. audiences abroad. The program is one of the longest-running NASA volunteer outreach projects.


* Ideal volunteers are self-starters who are enthusiastic about space exploration and active in their communities
* Demonstrated ability in public engagement and/or disseminating information
* Initiative and ingenuity to engage his/her community in learning about NASA's space exploration efforts
* Ability to inspire community youth to seek careers in science and technology
* Makes the best responsible use of the materials provided
* Each ambassador agrees to hold at least four public events during the year and report on those events

Volunteer Benefits Include:

* Receive online training from JPL
* Educational materials supplied by various space missions
* Contact with mission scientists
* E-Mail updates with mission information and news
* Satisfaction of knowing you've made a difference in someone's life

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