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New Tucson-based Instructor Positions at UA Sky School!
For the 2018-19 academic year, UA Sky School is expanding into public elementary schools around Tucson. We are seeking motivated graduate students who would like to work with us to immerse students in grades 3-5 in the process of scientific inquiry, right in their schoolyards! These daytime in- school Sky School City programs are a unique opportunity to gain experience with science education and communication. Programs focus on outdoor experiences, but include a wide variety of sciences. The focus is on the process of scientific inquiry as each instructor guides a small group of students to conduct an inquiry project on a topic the students choose. Our staff will provide training for effective mentoring of students, as well as feedback to instructors on improving their facilitation and teaching skills.


Time commitment
City programs are scheduled during elementary school hours on Mondays and Fridays, concentrated from October through March. Instructors must commit to all dates of any one school so as to ensurecontinuity in students’ experiences. Opportunities will also be available to engage in evening school events and other classroom visits, scheduled around the instructor’s academic obligations.


Program dates



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Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 5


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Nov 9, 16, 19


Nov 26, 30, Dec 3


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Jan 18, 25, 28


February 1, 8, 11

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March 1, 8, 11

City instructors will serve as a group leader working with a small group of students during in-school scientific inquiry project days. Additionally, instructors will be assisting in the development and implementation of pre-designed activities during evening STEM night/star parties, individual visits to classrooms, and science teacher professional development workshops over the course of the academic year. Instructors may be asked to support Sky School outreach and development opportunities occasionally throughout the year (Ex. The Tucson Festival of Books).

Successful instructors will also:

  • Pass background check and register fingerprints with UA Police Department
  • Commit to keeping First Aid/CPR training current
  • Attend mandatory training events on the UA campus


City instructors are provided a cash award (stipend) for all Sky School activities based on the number of programs worked and participation in any other Sky School activities (Ex. staff training, open houses, teacher training workshops, special outreach events, etc.). Compensation is approximately $130/program-day. These awards are considered financial aid by the institution, though they are not need-based. You are advised to contact a financial aid advisor if you have specific questions as to how an award may affect your overall account.

Evaluation Criteria
Applications will be primarily evaluated for the ability to communicate with and relate to participants. A solid foundation in experimental design is a must! Also important is the ability to explain your own research to young people, ages 8-12. A research connection to resources unique to the Sonoran Desert or sky island region is helpful, but not necessary. We try to maximize the diversity of subject areas covered by instructors. Applicants in non-science majors or advanced undergraduate students are welcome if they can show significant experience with scientific inquiry and/or engineering design. Experience teaching or mentoring youth as well as experience in the outdoors are helpful, but not required. City instructors will ideally represent diverse backgrounds and research areas. Applicants early in their degree programs are especially encouraged to apply to facilitate holding a multi-year fellowship with Sky School.


Application Process
Please email application materials for the City fellowships to Interviews and hiring will be ongoing until all positions are filled. Please contact us with any questions.

Application Materials:

  • Brief statement of interest explaining your prior experience and qualifications, and your desired personal outcomes for the fellowship. One page limit.
  • Brief description of your research interests written at a level appropriate to generate understanding and curiosity for a typical upper elementary age student (one page limit)
  • Curriculum vitae, including any past educational, outdoor, or outreach activities relevant to this fellowship (two page limit)
  • Letter of support from your advisor (can be sent under separate cover)