The Observatory is currently run by a very small group of volunteers. There is one full time astronomer; Gary Fildes (Director) the rest of the staff are volunteers who hold down "normal" jobs during the week and help with the Observatory as and when they can during the weekends. Most live many miles away so can only make it to the observatory once and a while (our website administrator for example lives near Bridlington on the east coast - a 4 hour drive away).
All of the volunteers are amateur astronomers and as such are keen hobbyists who have a wealth of knowledge about the night sky and the universe in general. However we are always looking out for new volunteers to help out, it would be ideal if you have some astronomy experience, but it is NOT essential, what is essential is that you are willing to offer your time and skills and that you are friendly, approachable and enthusiastic about astronomy.
WE DO PAY TRAVEL EXPENSES!