VIS Interpretive Guide-Hawaii
The Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii - Honolulu, HI

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Two (2) Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Mauna Kea Observatories Support Services (MKSS), located at Hale Pohaku, on the island of Hawaii. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


DUTIES: Interacts with visitors to Mauna Kea through the Visitor Information Station (VIS) programs. Presents all aspects of VIS stargazing programs to the general public. Warns visitors about the hazards encountered on Mauna Kea and provides advice on how to have a safe trip. Works as a cashier and stock person at the bookstore. Performs housekeeping duties.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION: Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college or at least two (2) years of college level course-work. EXPERIENCE: Two to four (2-4) years of experience as an interpretive guide or otherwise interacting with others on a professional level such as teaching, lecturing, sales, etc. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Either possess or readily acquire the following knowledge and abilities: cultural, astronomical, geological, archeological, natural history and environmental features of Mauna Kea and ability to communicate these to the public in an informative and interesting manner; familiarity with the night sky, including the locations of planets, nebulae, etc.; operation of a small telescope to show visitors interesting celestial objects. Knowledge of computer programs (MS Word, Excel, etc.). Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license. Must possess Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain the certificate following the training provided within six (6) month probationary period). Able to use email and internet. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with internal and external audiences. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to work at 14,000 feet and pass a post offer high-altitude medical examination on an ongoing basis (which includes a substance abuse test). Must be able to pass a post offer criminal background check. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Able to work continuously at nine thousand three hundred (9,300) feet altitude and occasionally at fourteen thousand (14,000) feet. Must obtain a medical doctor’s approval for work at high altitudes. Able to walk with a pack approximately twenty (20) pounds over rough terrain at high altitudes.

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university that would be applicable to at least some of the described duties. Firsthand experience with Mauna Kea and its various resources. Experience operating astronomical telescopes. Experience working at high altitudes. Experience working within sales, contribution, and volunteer programs. Experience with astronomical imaging devices. First Responder certification. Able to speak a second language besides English.

INQUIRIES: Stewart Hunter 974-4205 (Hawaii).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to, click on “Employment”; select “Apply” and navigate to “See Job Announcements and/or Apply for a Job.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii 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)956-8344.

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