University of Arizona Human Resources

  • About HRAbout HR
  • Job DescriptionsJob Descriptions
  • Contact InformationContact Information
  • Report an IncidentReport an Incident
  • Ask Us a QuestionAsk Us a Question
  • CalendarsCalendars
  • Site IndexSite Index
  • Jobs RSS Feed
    Employment Benefits Compensation Advising Forms Policies

    Classified Staff Job Description

    The University of Arizona

    Human Resources

    Classified Staff Employee Job Description

    Job Code: 030399
    Title: Telescope Operations Specialist
    Pay Grade: 33
    Pay Range

    Purpose of Classification:
    Provides technical support for the observatory by operating the telescope, collecting scientific data, ensuring weather and safety conditions permit operation of telescope and maintaining operational logs.

    Distinguishing Characteristics:
    This is the first level in a series of two classifications. Classification requires night shift work with several nights on, then several nights off. During nights worked incumbent resides at a remote location at an elevation of up to 11,000 feet. Incumbents are required to travel to a remote site.

    Example of Duties:
    • Operates telescope for observing run which includes operating computers and consoles and monitoring the computer screen and various read outs.
    • Collects scientific data through the operation of the telescope.
    • Maintains observing weather station, monitoring wind velocity, humidity and amount of dust present; decides if weather conditions permit safe operation of telescope.
    • Controls access to observing floor ensuring that a certified observer is present.
    • Inspects premises to identify situations potentially dangerous or injurious to personnel or equipment; makes decision to prevent operation of the telescope facility due to adverse conditions.
    • Performs preventive maintenance and makes minor repairs to telescope or sub-systems; notifies appropriate personnel of malfunctions of equipment.
    • Performs computer diagnostics related to the use of the telescope, active optics and associated electro-optical systems following documented procedures.
    • Maintains operational logs which include weather, safety and equipment malfunction information.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Knowledge in the operation of telescopes and related instruments.
    • Knowledge of related safety measures.
    • Knowledge of data acquisition and mathematical calculations.
    • Skill in telescope applications and computer control techniques.
    • Ability to effectively communicate.

      Minimum Qualifications:
      • Two years of college or technical school training appropriate to the area of assignment AND one year experience with state of the art research or related instrumentation; OR,
      • Three years experience operating telescopes which includes one year experience with state of the art research or related instrumentation; OR,
      • Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources.


      Revised: 07/01/2007

      Back to Search Page