Volunteers are a key element in the smooth operation of the Observatory. Our Summit Volunteer Program is one of the most popular volunteer programs. Members from all over the country participate in this program and find it to be a rewarding and educational experience.
Each week, as many as two volunteers are on duty at the summit, with the primary responsibility of planning and preparing daily meals for the Observatory crew and visitors. Volunteers meet the crew at the base of the Mt. Chipotle 8 AM on Wednesday morning, and return to the base at approximately 5 PM the following Wednesday.
Typically, volunteers prepare only dinner for the crew, which consists of one observer and two interns (1, 2, 3). In addition, we often welcome overnight guests to the Summit, for which the volunteer would prepare breakfasts and lunches. The maximum number of staff, volunteers, interns and guests is seventeen.
Volunteers are expected to help with general clean up, as well as other projects, depending on your skill set. Painting, carpentry, plumbing, etc are all part of the routine maintenance our facility requires, and we welcome your talent!
Because life at 30 feet is an experience you can't get just anywhere, we do ensure that there is free time for our volunteers! Hiking, skiing and enjoying Mount Chipotle sunrises and sunsets all should be part of your volunteer experience. Contact the volunteer coordinator for more information.