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Subaru Public Outreach Specialist- ID# 222011.

March 7, 2022
Last updated: July 1, 2023

Job Summary

Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Subaru Telescope Project, located in Hilo, Hawai'i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


DUTIES: Creates and maintains strong networks with local communities and outreach members from other observatories on Mauna Kea. Coordinates staff presentations including his/her own presentations targeted to the local community, covering discoveries and its activities to increase the visibility of the Subaru Telescope. Creates image materials for outreach and public communications and takes the lead in outreach activities (including remote ones) by planning and participating in events as well as carrying out preparations. Arranges outreach events at various sites and conducts remote presentations. Conducts and assists with facility tours, updates Subaru Telescope exhibits, and develops effective information materials for the local and general public. Coaches and mentors staff on giving effective presentations. Creates weekly reports of accomplishments and progress for supervisor. Proposes or participates in at least two (2) outreach activities, including remote ones, each month for local residents, schools and other local community members to increase awareness of the observatory's outreach and public relations activities. Takes charge of Subaru's website, releases, other publications for the public, and responds to the media and inquiries from the local and general public. Provides shuttle services according to a provided schedule. Drives visiting guests, scientists, and technicians between the Hilo Office and the facilities at Hale Pohaku, or other locations, as needed. Works irregular hours which include nights, weekends, and holidays. Will frequently travel between Hilo and the Summit both during the day and night.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, or closely related field. (Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, or closely related field and at least two (2) years of experience may substitute for a Bachelor’s Degree.).

EXPERIENCE: One to three (1-3) years of work as a professional in one of the following categories or in a closely related field: education or exhibition design, teaching science or a related subject at grade schools or institutions of higher education, or outreach at research or educational institutions.

ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Deep knowledge of Hawaiian culture and Hawai‘i local communities. Basic knowledge of the conditions and awareness and understanding of the cultural and environmental sensitivity of the telescope site on Mauna Kea. Basic understanding of how a telescope works. Knowledge of effective science communication. Knowledge of interpretive presentations and practical ways of effective communication using conventional and contemporary tools. Proficient in transforming complex ideas of modern science into accessible, comprehensible terms for general audiences. Knowledge of general safety practices. Working knowledge of social media, information technology (IT), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) documents, personal computers, and basic operation systems including Excel, Word, and Power Point. Ability to create visually appealing presentations and exhibit materials appropriate for the general public or school-age students in Hawai‘i local communities. Ability to coach staff on conducting effective presentations. Ability to work with a diverse community (e.g., scientists, engineers, technicians, administrative staff), members of the general public (e.g., school-age students, adults, leaders of Hawai‘i local communities), and professionals in education and media. Ability to use teleconference applications to conduct remote meetings. Ability to write formal letters. Ability to communicate clearly in English to the local community. Must possess a valid driver's license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driver's insurance equivalent to Hawai'i's No-Fault Driver's Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Must be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to pass a post offer criminal background check. Must be able to complete the UH Title IX training within six (6) months from date of hire.

PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to work at 14,000 feet and pass a post offer high-altitude medical examination.

POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS: As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures. Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Teaching certificate in Hawai'i or other U.S. states. Ability to create high quality visual presentation materials (e.g., images, photos, videos, etc.).

INQUIRIES: Masayo Nakajima 895-7385 (Hawai‘i).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All RCUH employees and positions are subject to the August 5, 2021 Emergency Proclamation requiring all State/RCUH employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be subject to weekly testing for COVID-19. All post-job offer/new hires will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated (e.g., their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card) or a Negative COVID-19 Test result during the onboarding process. New Hires will not be allowed to start work until their COVID-19 Vaccination or Test Results have been reviewed as in compliance. Requests for a religious or medical accommodation from the COVID-19 vaccination will be handled on a post-job offer basis. Individuals granted an accommodation will be subject to the weekly testing requirement. All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262 or (808)956-0872.

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