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 20 Sept 2021)

  • Women in Astronomy Group Leader: Someone to lead the Mary Emma Greayer Group formed by the Society to encourage and support women to participate in Astronomy.
  • AV Support Person(s): Supports the live stream of ASSA events, including monthly meetings, ensuring the technical integrity and quality of the audio and video stream. Training will be provided.
  • Social Media Manager: Coordinates the publication of content on ASSA social media channels. The Society will provide access to social media management software to assist the individual in this task. Requires someone with knowledge of social media, in particular Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.
    • ASSA is also seeking assistance on the selection and implementation of a Social Media Management software package. Members able to assist should contact our Digital Services Officer.
  • Loan Telescope Manager: Develops, implements and manages a system for the loan of ASSA telescopes to members including access to amateur telescopes located at Stockport Observatory. [Update: Thank you to Wayne for volunteering to take on this new role. More news once the program is up and running.]
  • 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.
  • Contributing Writers: The Society is seeking members to write short articles for The Bulletin each month in the following areas: Astronomy for Beginners, Astronomy & Space News, and Astronomical History. Articles may also be published on the ASSA website. One-off articles such as reviews are also most welcome.

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

Council Positions 2022

Each September the Society seeks nominations from its members for Council positions in the following year. This is an important process that can bring fresh ideas and new energy to Council, ultimately making for a healthy organisation. The only prerequisite is a strong desire to support and progress the interests of the Society and a willingness to commit up to 2-3 hours of one's time each week.

A number of Council members have indicated they will be stepping down or moving into other positions at the end of 2021 vacating several key positions that will need to be filled. The expected vacated positions are:

  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Editor
  • Beginners' Councillor (now Astronomy Education Officer)
  • Councillor Positions

Members are reminded that they can nominate for any Council position and are encouraged to do so. The membership will vote for contested positions (except for the President who is elected by Council) with the results announced at the Annual General Meeting in December. Completed nomination forms must be sent to the Secretary ASAP and no later than 1 October.

New Council Positions

At the Special General Meeting in August 2021, members approved several changes to the ASSA Constitution and Rules, including the creation of several new Council positions. The new positions provide additional focus and dedicated effort in areas important to the Society, namely:

  • support of members including the encouragement of younger astronomers,
  • regular and effective communications for members and non-members through our media channels including the ASSA website, and 
  • enhancing the engagement and the promotion of the science of Astronomy in the general community.

The new Council positions are:

  • Young Astronomers Officer: Develops strategies and implements programs to engage and support young people interested in the science of astronomy and/or amateur astronomy.
  • Communications Officer: Maintains the primary source of information for dissemination to members and the public through all media channels, including the creation and sending of email broadcasts to members.
  • Website Officer: Responsible for the development and management of the Society’s website.
  • Astronomy Outreach Officer: Responsible for the Societys community outreach events and activities.
  • Membership Officer: Maintains membership records, responds to membership enquires, provides membership reports to Council and helps support the needs of new members.

Expressions of interest have been received from members for some of these new positions. Nevertheless, nominations remain open for all ASSA Council positions. Completed nomination forms must be sent to the Secretary ASAP and no later than 1 October.

Please consider nominating for a position and feel free to call (0422 478 411) or email the ASSA President if you require further information or would like to discuss how you can help.

Thank you,

Kym Thalassoudis, ASSA President