Working at Stardome

Our vacancies

Telescope Volunteers

There are currently no Telescope Volunteer positions available. Check back again for future opportunities to volunteer at Stardome.

School Holiday Volunteers

We are searching for enthusiastic secondary school student and adult volunteers to help run our school holiday experience for our visitors!

Every school holidays we run five shows (10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm) per day for two weeks. We have around 75 children and adults in each group. Each session has a feature show in our Planetarium theatre, and a fun activity trail. Volunteers are rostered from 10am to 4pm. You can nominate how many days you wish to work over the holidays.  We welcome all the help we can get, and usually ask for two or three days from each volunteer.

The job consists of assisting with setup, helping children with the activities on the trail – there may be face painting colouring in and fun tasks for the kids to complete – and then helping with clean-up. There will be time during the day for coffee/lunch break. At the end of the holiday, each volunteer receives a written reference from us and a pass to come back and see a show in the Stardome Planetarium.

You just need to bring your lunch and your sense of fun!

How to apply: email

Career Positions

Board Member Vacancies

Due to retirement and rotation we are seeking to appoint two trustees to the board of the Auckland Observatory and Planetarium Trust (Stardome).

Stardome, which operates as a not-for-profit charitable trust is one of Auckland’s most popular and best loved facilities and has operated on the slopes of One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) since 1967.

Stardome’s strategic vision is to share knowledge of Space and has a strong emphasis on education of young people with over 60% of its visitors being children attending with schools or families.

We are seeking applicants with proven experience at senior levels in the commercial, not-for-profit or education sectors who have a sound understanding of good governance.

The ideal candidate will have diverse experience, can provide strategic direction and in particular will have a background in marketing, finance, and for at least one of the candidates, education. It is important that applicants can work in a team environment and observe and encourage the spirit of partnership and goodwill envisaged by the Treaty of Waitangi.

Knowledge of astronomy is not essential but a willingness to learn and be challenged would be a definite advantage.

The positions are for an initial three year term and are voluntary roles.


Please apply to:

Applications close 22 September 2014

Volunteer Positions

Volunteers make a real difference to us at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium.  Everyday, our volunteers teach our visitors about space, through showing them what can be seen through a telescope, or through helping kids learn about space at our school holiday programs.  Please contact us on if you are interested in volunteering at Stardome.