Jan 22 2024
Job Description




CLOSING DATE:  Feburary 8, 2024, or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first).

INQUIRIES:  Dr. John Rayner 808-956-9846 (Hawai‘i). 

Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.


(2) Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), 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.


MONTHLY SALARY RANGE:  $3,090 - $5,502/Mon. 


DUTIES:  Accompanies the Telescope Operator (TO) to the telescope to fulfill the two-person safety requirement. Remains in contact with the TO at all times to ensure the health and safety of both personnel while at the summit. Monitors weather and conditions for safe transportation to and from the observatory facility. Ensures vehicles are in safe operating condition through simple maintenance and scheduled servicing. Performs tasks assigned by the Observatory Manager during night-time hours. Monitors facility equipment (e.g. HVAC, air compressors, dome and shutter movement) to provide information to the entire day crew for recommended maintenance. Performs simple facility maintenance tasks as required. Drives project vehicles to worksites. Works under the direction of the on-duty TO to operate the telescope to execute astronomical observing programs.  Assists with slew and point to targets, focus, and start guiding. May perform work independently for short periods. Assists with preparing the telescope for observing by opening the shutter and mirror covers, performing instrument cryogen fills, changing observing instruments when scheduled, and running instrument balance procedures. Shuts down and performs safety inspections to ensure the telescope facility is safe at the end of scheduled observing. Safety inspections include checking that the telescope and dome are properly stowed, telescope shutter is closed, dome and mirror cooling is turned back on, and all the doors and ventilation louvres are secured. 





Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college.


At least two (2) years of experience working in an observatory or research facility.


First-year college level knowledge of physics and astronomy.  Functional knowledge and understanding of principles, theories, federal and state laws, rules, regulations and systems associated with a research lab or telescope facility.


Demonstrated ability in establishing working relationships within team or crew.  Ability to follow and provide clear and concise verbal and written communication to interact effectively with engineering, technical, scientific, and administrative staff.  Ability to perform basic mechanical maintenance. Ability to operate a personal computer and word processing software including Microsoft Office suite.  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 to drive to work sites. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR/AED (or be able to obtain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months from date of hire) and maintain throughout duration of employment.


Must be able to manually handle loads of up to forty (40) pounds assisted. Post Offer/Employment Condition:  Must be able to work at 14,000 feet and pass a post offer high-altitude medical examination.


As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies, procedures, and trainings and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies, procedures, and trainings.  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.). 




Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in a technical discipline.  Experience with operating a facility-class telescope.


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 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 [email protected]. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262. Please visit​00/benefits/rcuh-benefits-at-a-glance/ for more information on RCUH’s Benefits for eligible employees.




RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University ofHawai‘i.




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