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Palomar Observatory Docent Program (or Volunteer Opportunities at PO)

The Palomar Observatory's docent volunteers are an important component of its outreach efforts. The docents participate in a wide range of activities for the visiting public such as leading tours of the 200-inch (5.1-meter) Hale Telescope, conducting nighttime programs, answering questions and assisting visitors with exhibits or with daytime observing of the Sun.

The Observatory is looking for additional docents. Potential docents don't need to be an astronomer or a Palomar expert to apply. A willingness to learn and an interest in speaking to people is all that is needed. Applicants chosen for the docent program will receive all the training they will need. Training will include information on the current research and history of the Palomar Observatory, basic astronomy, working with the public and more. Selected docents may be invited to occasional evening visits at the Observatory as a part of their training, giving them the opportunity to see Palomar's telescopes and astronomers in action.

Palomar Observatory docents (Palomar Observatory/California Institute of Technology)

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If you are interested in joining the Palomar Observatory docent program, please send the completed Docent Application via email to sbf at or via post to:

Steve Flanders
Palomar Observatory – Docent Program
P.O. Box 200
Palomar Mountain, CA 92060-0200

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All applicants will receive equality of volunteer opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or veteran status.

If you are looking for the Palomar Observatory Docents' password-protected website, please follow this link.

Please send your feedback to palomar-info at

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Last updated: 29 April 2014 SBF/ACM