How to Volunteer

Opportunities to Participate

The SJAA is an open club. Members and non-members both are welcome and encouraged to participate in helping the club grow and find new areas of interest in amateur astronomy. Here are some current areas in which you may have an interest:

  • Current High Priority Positions.
    • School Star Party Coordinator – We are looking for people to help coordinate our very popular School Star Parties hosted by South Bay schools.   We currently have 5-10 parties a month and need help arranging the details of the event with the school representatives and getting the word out for volunteers to bring their telescopes.
    • SJAA Board Member – We have an opening on the current SJAA Board.  Email secretary@sjaa.net for more details.
    • Librarian – Manage the SJAA club library.  A variety of Astronomy related books free to borrow for any member of the SJAA.  Email secretary@sjaa.net for more details.
    • Fix-It SCT Expert – Our Fix-It Program is great for anyone who likes working on gear.  In particular we need someone who knows the ins and outs of SCTs, collimating them, etc.
  • General Volunteer Activities
    • Public Star Parties at Houge Park. Bring your telescope and support public astronomy! Even if you need some help, come out.
    • Starry Nights (in conjunction with the Open Space Authority). Just like Houge but with darker skies!  Help us work with the Open Space Authority to support public access to astronomy under dark skies.
    • Other Houge Park events and activities.  For more info click here.
      • Hands-on segment w/ a dob after a Beginner’s Astronomy Class
      • Info Table and Library at all Houge Park events.
      • Refreshments and clean up at our General Meetings.
    • Board of Director Meetings: Open to all. Your ideas and discussion are welcome. Meetings are at 6PM the night of our General Meetings.
    • Fix-It Program: Like working on gear? This program invites the public to bring in equipment in need of repair, or just to explain how to use.
    • Solar Observing: Once each month the SJAA brings its 100mm Lunt H-Alpha telescope out for the public, to enjoy views of the sun. Bring your solar equipment out and support this program.
    • Imaging Special Interest Group: Talent wanted. Newbies wanted. You’re welcome to come as an interested attendee, or to help guide the program.
    • Guest Speakers: We try to have a guest speaker each month, for our General Meetings. Would you like to suggest someone interesting?
    • Loaner Program: We can always use experienced telescope users to train our new members on how to use a scope, such as polar alignment, collimation.
    • Have an idea? Something you think the SJAA can offer, but we haven’t thought of? Come talk to us at a Board of Directors meeting!

See SJAA Event Calendar to the right for upcoming events and opportunities.