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Astronomer In Residence Program

Ontario Parks

Killarney Parks and the Allan I. Carswell Observatory present, a new Astronomy outreach endeavour, the Astronomer in Residence program!

Apply to join this exciting chance to share your love of astronomy in the wonderful outdoors of the dark sky site at Killarney provincial park with live, in-person tours as well as remote events.

Follow along with all the adventures from last year at Killarney Park with the Astronomer in Residence Blog 2023. Note that a limited number of stipends (at $400 per week) are available for this season. If you apply, make sure to indicate in the form if this is a limiting factor in your application.

2024 applications open now! See Information below

 Remembering Blake Nancarrow: Our first astronomer in residence from 2022, Blake has been an amazing innovator and educator in astronomy, especially in Ontario. Blake kicked off this program with great effort and wonderful imaging. Unfortunately Blake passed away in 2023, but he will remain forever a star in our skies and his blog will remain featured in our archives here.

Astrophotography by Bruce Waters using the Killarney Park Observatory Telescopes.



The program comes with free parking and lodging. A limited number of stipends are available and can be requested in the application form.

Candidates are expected to be fluent in general astronomy knowledge, stargazing, and telescope operations.

Candidate Expectations


2024 applications will are open now. RASC badges are recognised in the AIR application. Earn badges as well while visiting. Apply on this link for 2024!

Check the schedule soon to see available days in 2024 that you can apply for.

AIR Schedule


Find all the information you need to make your trip a successful one.

Astronomers are required to provide their own transportation.

Important Trip Information

Observatory on YouTube

In this video, Killarney Provincial Parks Jeremy Pawson and Shawn Spencer discuss why dark skies aren't just good for astronomy, they also help animals and ecosystems survive.

Find more videos on our channel

AIR Candidate Resources