Astronomy Presenter (Zero Hours)

Royal Observatory Greenwich

Direct Entry Job Permanent Greenwich, UK

Uploaded 3 Nov 2021

Job Description

The Royal Observatory Greenwich is part of Royal Museums Greenwich, which also includes the National Maritime Museum, the Cutty Sark and the Queen's House art gallery.

The Science Learning department at the Royal Observatory Greenwich (ROG) delivers a world-class offer for schools and the general public exploring the science of astronomy and space exploration. The department is looking for enthusiastic science communicators interested in flexible work opportunities on weekdays to support this programme.

Post holders will be responsible for the delivery of workshops, planetarium shows and other activities for primary and secondary school groups, and must be confident in their ability to work with both audiences. Post holders will also be required to deliver public planetarium shows for families, adults and mixed audiences, and to support other public facing activity, requiring strong public speaking and science communication skills. Training will be provided for each strand of work.

Our zero hour Astronomy Presenter roles offer undergraduates, post-graduates and others the flexibility they need to develop their public engagement skills working with formal and informal learners through paid training and direct experience, adapting to the shifting commitments of their ongoing studies. Applicants should be able to offer reasonably flexible availability on weekdays, working for 3-6 hours a day on no more than 1 day a week - unless their availability permits otherwise.

These roles provide cover for full-time and part-time post holders, enabling our offer for schools and the public to be maintained. Work opportunities are often irregular but quite flexible, requiring a reasonable degree of flexibility and responsiveness in return.


  • Maintain flexible availability for work
  • Deliver workshops and planetarium shows for school age children
  • Deliver planetarium shows and other activities for the general public
  • Work alongside others in the Science Learning team
  • Liaise with our Visitor Experience, Bookings and Admissions teams
  • Distribute and collect evaluation from teachers and pupils
  • Carry out administration associated with your role
  • Set up and clear away furniture, equipment and materials
  • Attend training and meetings

Person Specification


  • Excellent knowledge of astronomy and space exploration
  • Excellent science communication skills
  • Experience of presenting in person and online (via Zoom etc.)
  • Good scientific general knowledge
  • An understanding of the national curriculum for science
  • Experience of working with children professionally or voluntarily
  • A relevant STEM degree or post-graduate qualification would be desirable
  • Confident with domestic hardware and software
  • Diligent, organised and pro-active
  • Outgoing and approachable