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 in Utah’s canyon country through a unique astronomy outreach internship.  Millions of visitors visit southern Utah’s parks each year, and its dark skies are a wonderful place to get people excited about astronomy.  This year will be a bit different from prior years because due to a housing shortage at Bryce,the internship will temporarily be in the Moab area as a joint internship between several parks (Deadhorse Point SP & Arches & Canyonlands NP). The two selected interns will spend the summer either at the Moab area state and national parks 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 2018).  A $4000 stipend will be supplied to cover expenses, with an additional $500 available towards travel, free lodging will be provided by the park.  Typically, 75% of  your time will be spent on astronomy and dark sky related activities, while the other 25% of the time you will be doing other park activities (e.g. working at the front desk answering questions).  

Application Process:  Deadline Feb. 16th, 2018

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; please be sure to include any experience you have working with telescopes or doing night sky outreach.  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 and current undergraduate students 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

2017 Interns: Kira Fritsche & Sylvia Kowalski

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