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Lick Observatory Guide/Gift Shop Clerk

Company: University of California
Location: Santa Cruz
Posted on: January 10, 2022

Job Description:

Work site is located at Lick Observatory, located on Mount Hamilton, 19 miles east of San Jose on Highway 130 at 4,200 feet elevation.

This is an ongoing continuous recruitment. Hires will continue to be made after the initial review date.


UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for Covered Individuals under the Policy. Covered Individuals include all employees, students, or trainees who physically access a University facility or program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training.

Covered Individuals do NOT include employees who work 100% remotely with NO expectation that they will physically access any University location or program at ANY time. If 100% remote work ends, the employee is subject to Policy.

Employees can submit proof of vaccination online or request an exception.


UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.


UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.

The IRD for this job is: 11-22-2021


Under supervision of the Visitor Services Supervisor, the incumbent performs guided tours and gift shop attendant duties at the Mount Hamilton Observing Station Visitors Center, located about 20 miles southeast of San Jose at 4,200 feet elevation. The Visitors Center is open to the public year-round and receives approximately 30,000 visitors per year.


Salary Information: $18.38 / Hourly

No. of Positions: Multiple

Benefits Level Eligibility: None

Schedule Information:


Percentage of Time: 15%


Average Hours per Week: 6

Days of the Week: Monday through Sunday, as needed

Shift Includes: Days, Evenings, Weekends

Employee Classification: This is a Limited appointment

Job End Date: 06/30/2022, with possibility of extension

Work Location: Lick Observatory

Union Representation: CX

Employee Relations Code: All Others, Not Confidential

Job Code Classification: 004672 (CLERK SR OR SECR)

Travel: None


50% - Tour Guide

Conduct brief tours of main building and domes at Mount Hamilton Observing Station. Answer questions from the general public regarding history of the Observatory and provide general information to visitors.

50% - Gift Shop Cashier

Sell various Lick Observatory souvenirs (post cards, photographs, posters, T-shirts, sweatshirts, books, etc.) and other items in the Gift Shop. Operate cash register, handle cash, prepare daily cash receipts, make change. Restock merchandise.


* Related customer service experience, preferably in a retail environment.
* Ability to provide pleasant, efficient service to the public.
* Ability to maintain efficient work habits, punctuality and regularity of attendance.
* Basic computer skills including the ability to operate a computerized cash register.
* Math skills sufficient to perform basic addition, subtraction and percentage calculations.
* Ability to balance daily cash receipts.
* Skill in speaking clearly, sufficient to meet the public.
* Ability to interact with diverse groups of people.
* Ability to recall and retrieve information accurately.


* Knowledge of astronomy and telescopes.


* The selected candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
* The selected candidates will be required to work a variable schedule that includes weekends and holidays.
* The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees

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