W. M. Keck Observatory
  • 55116 per year The starting salary range for this temporary, 1 year, full-time position is $49,917 to $55,116

4 weeks of annual paid vacation, 100%-paid employee health insurance, and an unmatched focus on excellence.

W.M. Keck Observatory in Kamuela, HI is calling all dependable and self-motivated Night Attendants to apply to join our amazing night shift support team for a full-time, 1-year temporary position!



We are a well-renowned observatory that invests in our team and offers real opportunities for career growth. This full-time Night Attendant position earns a highly competitive wage, based on experience. We provide our night shift support team incredible benefits and perks, including 4 weeks of annual paid vacation, 100%-paid employee health insurance, a 403(b) plan, a highly regarded tuition assistance program for dependent children (K-12 grade), and an unmatched focus on excellence. We also make it easy to apply. If we have your attention, please continue reading!



From Hawaii's Maunakea, astronomers around the world use our observatory to observe the universe with unprecedented power and precision. Our twin observatory telescopes are the world's most scientifically productive optical and infrared telescopes! With our highly advanced technology, we focus on service and stewardship and are very committed to being the science leader in large land-based telescopes. We support the mission of the observatory and work to unravel the mysteries of the universe!

Each employee is a part of our mission. We provide meaningful jobs and an exciting place to pursue careers. Employees are able to work with a variety of equipment and scientific applications for the good of humanity and pure science. We work in a wonderful setting and environment and are passionate about what we do. We're looking for more individuals to join us!



We are looking for someone who is motivated to do quality work as a Night Attendant and work as a team member to achieve company-wide success. Ask yourself: Are you friendly and able to establish a good rapport with people easily? Is being dependable, professional, and a team player at the heart of all you do? Are you passionate about safety? If so, we want you on our night shift team!



As our full-time Night Attendant, you work to maximize observing efficiency by maintaining safe, productive conditions during night operations of the observatory. You regularly perform operational checks of key systems throughout the facility, diagnose and repair malfunctioning systems, and advise Observing Assistants of weather conditions. As needed, you perform cryogen fills, telescope/instrument reconfigurations, and slitmask milling, as well as troubleshoot nighttime problems independently or with a team. Your knowledge of observatory emergency procedures helps you be prepared in the event of emergencies or accidents. At the end of each shift, you ensure the facility is properly shut down. You also lend a helping hand wherever needed. Thanks to your operational support, the consequences of personnel accidents or illness are minimized and everyone in the observatory is safe. If you can do this and meet the following requirements, apply today!

  • Five (5) years of work experience in a responsible position
  • Mechanical and electrical experience
  • Familiarity with basic hand tools
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to support night shift, weekend, and day shift operations
  • Valid driver's license with a clean record
  • Ability to perform the physical aspects associated with the position

Associates of Science Degree in Engineering or similar field and work knowledge of Electronics design and fabrication is preferred, but not required.



Do you have strong communication skills including the ability to build collaborative, effective relationships with staff? Can you represent our company in a professional manner? Are you committed to safety, integrity, respect, discovery, and service? If you answered yes, apply now for this full-time position using our initial quick and easy mobile-optimized application.

Location: 96743

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