Position Description

Outreach Intern
Job Category Occasional
ExemptOvertimeEligible Overtime Eligible
Benefits Eligible Non-Benefit Based
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Job Summary

LIGO Laboratory (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) seeks a highly motivated and skilled Outreach Intern to join its team. LIGO Laboratory is a National Science Foundation major facility dedicated to observing the newly discovered gravitational-wave universe. Jointly operated by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the LIGO Laboratory operates world-leading observatories near Richland, WA and Baton Rouge, LA as well as R&D centers on the Caltech and MIT campuses. The LIGO Laboratory’s mission spans a broad and vibrant array of activities related to gravitational-wave physics and astronomy, including detector operations, R&D toward detector improvements, gravitational-wave astrophysics, observatory operations, and education and public outreach.

For more information, please visit the Laboratory website at: http://www.ligo.caltech.edu  

This position is located in Richland, WA.

Life at LIGO Hanford Observatory as a Caltech Employee
LIGO’s observatory in the shrub-steppe of Eastern Washington is an approximately 20-minute commute from Richland, WA., where it is located on the edge of the Department of Energy Hanford Site. Caltech employs a staff of 49 at the Hanford observatory. Caltech has an extraordinary science impact across many fields. Its small size creates a community where innovation and collaboration are the norm. Caltech manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA, the leading US center for the robotic exploration of the Solar System. Caltech also operates large-scale research facilities such as the Palomar and Keck Observatories.

Caltech HR diversity page:  https://hr.caltech.edu/careers/2commitment-diversity

Caltech and LIGO Laboratory’s goal is to build a world-class, diverse workforce and support an inclusive environment that encourages professional development and offers top-notch benefits. Our talented staff, who work at the Caltech campus, or one of our Observatories, come from a variety of fields. Positions include scientists, engineers, information technology staff, outreach professionals, managers, writers, business professionals, and administrative staff. We are deeply committed to encouraging people of all backgrounds to apply for these opportunities. Our experience has demonstrated that the broader the styles, characteristics, backgrounds, and abilities of our staff—in other words, the more diverse our team is—the greater potential we have for success. Caltech is an equal opportunity employer.

LIGO Laboratory is committed to being a welcoming place for everyone regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

Job Duties

LIGO seeks a highly motivated and skilled Outreach Intern to join its team. Interns will spend time both with outreach and scientific staff facilitating the growth of their communication, as well as technical, knowledge and skills. Outreach interns assist EPO staff in leading outreach activities such as field trips, STEM nights, and classroom activities. In addition to assisting with current outreach activities interns use their creativity and knowledge to design new lessons, activities, and programs. When not assisting with outreach activities interns have the opportunity to work on project with one of several groups on site such as the electrical engineering lab or the computer science group. Interns are expected to work approximately 10 hours a week during school and 40 hours per week during the summer. Schedules are flexible and will take into account other commitments interns may have. Occasional nights and weekends may be required. Due to COVID interns are currently working remotely, but when it is safe work will be on-site at the LIGO Hanford Observatory and at local schools.

Basic Qualifications

  • Candidate should be currently pursuing an undergraduate degree for one of the following fields of study: education, engineering, computer science, or physics.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience working with K-12 students and/or the public.

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

 

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

To read more Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) go to eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf.

Disability Accommodations

If you would like to request an accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to Caltech Recruiting at employment@caltech.edu

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