Volunteers Needed

Help Support the ASSA & Astronomy in South Australia

Our Mission: To observe, understand, share and to enjoy the wonders of the Universe

Our Vision: To inspire and enrich the astronomer in everyone

The Astronomical Society of South Australia (ASSA) relies critically upon its members to volunteer their time in order for the Society to function. Please consider turning your passion for Astronomy into helping the Society to serve its members and the general community. You will be part of a dedicated team making a real contribution and helping to maintain a balanced workload amongst fellow volunteers.

Members can volunteer to serve on Council as elected officers, or they can serve in non-elected roles by appointment, or they can support the Society in less formal ways.

Volunteer opportunities become available at various times, and are listed on this page to help members identify roles that may best suit them.

Current Volunteer Opportunities (updated 10 October 2022)

  • HIGH PRIORITY Communications Officer (Council 2023): ASSA is seeking expressions of interest from members willing to undertake this critically important position within the Society. The role commences in December 2022 and is an official position on Council. The responsibilities of the Communications Officer are:
    • Manages the primary source of ASSA meeting & event information for circulation to members and the public through various media channels.
    • Manages the creation, formatting and sending monthly emails to ASSA members using MailChimp. This includes notices for The Bulletin, Monthly Meetings, Viewing Nights, Special Events and other notices as may be required.
    • Posts content on a regular basis to ASSA social media channels, especially Facebook and Instagram, that aligns with the ASSA Social Media content policy.
    • Applies copy writing skills to ensure content is accurate and of a high standard.
    • Works closely with the Editor (Bulletin) and the Webmaster as part of the communications team.
  • PRIORITY Councillors: Councillors provide much-needed general support to ASSA’s Council. They get involved with projects and events, gain valuable experience from within Council on how the Society functions, and develop new skills along the way. New councillors are critical to the long term health of the ASSA. At present, there are three Councillor positions available in 2023 for which expressions of interest are currently being sought.
  • Contributing Writers: The Society is seeking members to write regular or one-off articles for The Bulletin and/or the ASSA website in the following areas:
    • Deep-Sky Objects and/or Observing
    • Astronomy & Space News
    • Reviews: Equipment, Software or Book
  • Telescope Operators: To support Public Viewing/Stargazing Nights across the entire Adelaide metropolitan area and at Stockport Observatory.
  • AV Support Team: To support the live stream of ASSA events, including monthly meetings, ensuring the technical integrity and quality of the audio and video streams. Training will be provided.
    • Update: Thank you to Tristan Anderson for volunteering. But we need more people to build a team for this very important capability.

Please contact the ASSA President or Secretary for further information about these or any other volunteer roles.

Recently Filled Roles

  • Merchandise Manager: Manages and processes sales of the Society's merchandise. This task primarily concerns the packaging and posting of orders received online when members either join or renew. It also includes the sale of merchandise over the counter at in-person meetings and events.
    • Update: Thank you to Rosemary Prentice and Andrew Wendelborn for volunteering to jointly undertake this role.
  • Astronomy Outreach Officer (Council Position): A vacancy currently exists for this important position on the ASSA Council. The Astronomy Outreach Officer is responsible for all of the Society's community outreach events and activities. They are to develop public engagement strategies and implement outreach programmes with the Society volunteers to effect public engagement. Members interested in this position should call or forward a written Expression of Interest (EOI) to the President in order to be considered for appointment by Council.
    • Update: Thank you to Ian Somerville for volunteering to take on this position.
  • Women in Astronomy Group Leader: Leads the Mary Emma Greayer Group formed by the Society to encourage and support the participation of women in amateur Astronomy.
    • Update: Thank you to Mary Adam for volunteering to take on this role.
  • Loan Telescope Manager: Develops, implements and manages a system for the short-term loan of ASSA telescopes to members including access to amateur telescopes located at Stockport Observatory.
    • Update: Thank you to Wayne McLuckie for volunteering to take on this new role.
  • Graphic Designer: Designs digital online and printed graphical elements for use by the Society for a variety of purposes including monthly meeting banners, social media posts and graphics as may be required. Knowledge of graphic design would be ideal.
    • Update: Two members have offered to help support the Society's requirements.