Current Employment Openings

A small staff of dedicated professionals manages Yerkes day-to-day, assisted by a corps of community volunteers passionate about our mission. Opportunities to join our staff may occasionally occur. If you have a background in astronomy, science, or the arts, along with experience in museum management or not-for-profit organizations, we’d like to hear from you. Bright, talented professionals are the heart of our enterprise, and we would welcome the chance to get acquainted with individuals who could help advance the aspirations we have for Yerkes.


Yerkes Observatory is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Director of Astronomy and Research (DAR)

We are seeking a Director of Astronomy and Research (DAR) to join the team at Yerkes Observatory. They will be responsible for advancing science and research at Yerkes by taking creative advantage of existing and future facilities at the historic site. They cultivate meaningful relationships with partner institutions and within their network. They obtain research grants as needed, envision the future for the suite of telescopes at Yerkes, and create opportunities to maximize student engagement with the astronomy and research program.

This position offers a rare opportunity for the right candidate to impact the course of public engagement with science in the United States and make their mark on one of the iconic institutions in the history of astronomy.

Please follow this link for more information on the role and how to apply: VIEW FULL POSTING

Apply for Future job opportunities at Yerkes Observatory

Our programs at Yerkes are continually evolving, and will likely create the need for new staff positions in the future. Rather than waiting for specific job opportunities to be posted, we encourage you to let us know of your interest in advance so that we can have your information on file. Please email your resume or CV, along with a cover letter indicating your areas of interest, to Walt Chadick at the address below. When new staff positions are defined we will review our file of applicants to determine if any match. Yerkes is a one-of-a-kind place: observatory, museum, gallery, library, science laboratory. As a result, we welcome inquiries from a diverse range of talents and capabilities. Thank you for your interest!

Please direct all inquiries to Walt Chadick –