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Planetarium Crew

​The Orange Coast College Planetarium is operate by a dedicated crew of student workers. It is our goal to provide a fun and educational experience to everyone who comes aboard for a cruise among the stars. 


Scott A Mitchell

0208_nws_cur-l-occ-01.jpgScott oversees day-to-day operations including exhibit design, scheduling, outreach, and programming. Scott received a BS in Physics and a MEng in Engineering Physics, concentrating in astronomy and aerospace engineering, from the University of Maine. As a sophomore in 2012 he started at the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium on the UMaine campus, and was the senior presenter when it was relocated to the new Emera Astronomy Center in 2014. He was made Assistant Director in 2015, and upon the completion of his Master's was hired as the first Director of the OCC Planetarium where he oversaw the completion and opening of the facility in March 2019.

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Student Assistants

The planetarium hires student workers to operate the ticket counter, gift shop, guide guests in the exhibit hall, and conduct planetarium shows for groups of all ages. 

We are looking to hire students who are comfortable with public speaking, presenting, and performing in front of a wide range of audiences, have an interest in learning and communicating scientific topics with the public, comfortable working with children, and have strong computer skills.  Students will be responsible for assisting with numerous functions, including but not limited to:  presenting planetarium shows, customer service at the gift shop, ticket counter, conducting Science on Sphere programs, and interacting with visitors in the exhibit space.

These positions are ideal for students seeking experience in science, education, and public speaking.

Please read through the description below. 
Orange Coast College Planetarium - (On-campus Employment)
Pay rate:  $14.00 per hour


·         Ensure positive visitor experiences during shows and tours for special events, field trips, and the public

·         Work with visitors ranging from small children to adults

·         Maintain and troubleshoot equipment and exhibits

·         Manage planetarium social media accounts to promote public visibility

·         Assist with scheduling events and field trips

·         Manage the retail space, including cash handling, tickets, and inventory

·         Develop educational materials and new planetarium content

·         All opening and closing duties 

·         Help coordinate and lead outreach events both on and off-campus

·         Customer service duties and providing information to visitors

·         Work flexible hours to accommodate special events, sometimes late at night

Minimum Required Qualifications:

·         Students who have completed at least one astronomy course 

·         Public speaking experience 

·         Experience in customer service and cash handling position

·         Enrolled in a minimum of 12 units for Fall Semester 2021

Hours of Work to be Arranged:

·         Hours are flexible around classes and will include events on evenings and weekends

·         students will not to exceed 19 hrs/week