Volunteer Opportunities at Palomar Observatory

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 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.

  • Docent Application

    Send completed application to:

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

    The above documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available for free download.

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