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.
    • Fix-It Program: Like working on gear? This program invites the public to bring in equipment in need of repair.  Anyone who can regularly attend is welcome to help out, but experience with telescopes is especially appreciated.
    • Newsletter Copy Editor:  We already have Emi diligently producing most of the content for The Ephemeris, our quarterly newsletter, but she needs someone to proof-read and to help keep production quality top notch.
  • 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.
    • Solar Observing: Once each month the SJAA brings it’s Lunt H-Alpha telescopes out for the public, to enjoy views of the sun.
    • School Star Parties.  Bring your telescope and help introduce local children the wonders of the night sky!  Check our School Star Party page for details.
    • 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?  Would you like to present?
    • 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.