The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative Intern

Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative Intern

Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative Intern


Job Description:

The Utah Community Development Office (CDO) in partnership with the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative (CPDSC) is seeking one part-time (10 hours/week minimum, $14 hourly) paid intern for the 2019 spring semester. The Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative provides a model for dark sky conservation and leads the way in protecting natural darkness as a precious resource throughout the Colorado Plateau and beyond.


The intern will be expected to assist the CPDSC Coordinator with projects and initiatives, engage in community outreach, education and support, and collaborate with various stakeholders. The internship is anticipated to end in the Spring (April / May), with a potential extension through Summer (August) and the possibility of continuing based on office needs and intern interest.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Promote civic engagement
  • to build a common sense of pride in and stewardship of dark and starry skies throughout the Colorado Plateau.
  • Engage with state offices,
  • communities, and other local stakeholders in Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona.
  • Continue support of the
  • emerging Basin and Range Dark Sky Cooperative.
  • Connect and provide municipalities
  • with the resources they need to meet their goals.
  • Attend astronomy or other
  • outreach events in parks and communities.
  • Assist in the creation
  • of or enhancement of tools, guides, and resources.
  • Manage social media accounts
  • and online presence, including
  • Organize campaigns or events
  • that showcase the natural, cultural, historic, and scientific importance of dark sky conservation.
  • Additional responsibilities
  • based on Community Development Office needs, Cooperative needs, and intern interests & abilities.


  • Demonstrated understanding of environmental conservation & urban ecology principles
  • Ability to travel (<15%)
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong written & verbal communication
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Bachelor’s student in astronomy, planning, environmental studies, anthropology, or related
  • Software: Microsoft Office, Google Docs Suite


  • Demonstrated understanding of dark sky conservation principles
  • Comfortable speaking in public, to groups, or via electronic media
  • Experience with municipal ordinances & administration
  • Grant writing experience
  • Data analysis & research experience
  • Software: ArcGIS, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere
  • Website maintenance (WordPress)


The selected intern will be expected to work 10 hours minimum per week during active student semesters, with flexible scheduling. The position reports to the Acting Coordinator for the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative and will work out of the Community Development Office in Salt Lake City. The position may work remotely as determined.


To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Aubrey Larsen,, 435.213.7026
Application Deadline: August 14, 2019 (EOB)