Bryce Canyon National Park Summer Astronomy Outreach Internship

Funded by NSF AST-1350389 and the Willard L. Eccles Foundation from 2015-2018


Become an Astronomy Ranger this summer at Bryce Canyon National Park through a unique astronomy outreach internship.  More than 1 million visitors come to Bryce Canyon each year, and its dark skies are a wonderful place to get people excited about astronomy.  Two selected interns will spend the summer at Bryce Canyon NP participating in their night time programs. These programs involve giving talks about astronomy and dark sky preservation and operating telescopes.  These internship positions are specifically targeted at undergraduate students interested in teaching astronomy to the general public.  

Details: The position runs for 12 weeks with a preferred start date in mid-May (start date to be updated in Spring 2017).  A $4000 stipend will be supplied to cover travel and expenses, free lodging will be provided by the national park.  Typically, 75% of  your time will be spent on astronomy related activities, while the other 25% of the time you will be doing other national park activities (e.g. working at the front desk answering questions).  

Application Process:  Deadline Feb. 10th, 2017

Your application should include a one-page letter describing your interest in the position and why you’d be a good fit for the job.  You should also include a CV clearly listing your astronomy course work and any outreach or education activities you’ve participated in as well as the contact information of your two recommenders. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible. 

Send these materials as a single PDF to Dr. Anil Seth:

with the subject heading:

Bryce Canyon Application

Finally arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to with the subject heading:

Bryce Canyon Recommendation

2015 Interns: Chloe Stabler & Shannon Osborne

2016 Interns: Charles Anderson & Dani Schurhammer

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