The NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Solar System Ambassadors Program (SSA) invites you to apply to become an ambassador to the public for calendar year 2017.
Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA and JPL as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors for a one-year, renewable term beginning January 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2016. Selections will be announced in early December, with successful candidates beginning their year of service after completing online Orientation and Ethics trainings in January.
While applications will be sought nationwide, interested parties from the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. SSA hopes to add at least 100 new volunteers to the program in 2017.
The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a public engagement effort accomplished by space enthusiast volunteers across the nation who communicate NASA's exciting discoveries and plans for future exploration of the solar system and beyond to general public audiences. Ambassadors become an extended part of each mission's team and an important interface between the NASA community and the populace at large.
Currently, volunteers from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, District of Columbia and US Virgin Islands are serving under this program as local representatives for NASA's space exploration missions, such as Cassini, Voyager, Mars missions (including the Curiosity rover), Dawn, STEREO, Earth Missions, New Horizons, International Space Station, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Hubble Space Telescope, OSIRIS-REx and the Deep Space Network.
The Solar System Ambassadors Program aims to engage these highly-motivated volunteers who have the means and initiative to share the excitement of space exploration in standard and diverse ways within their local communities. By leveraging their established connections, Ambassadors reach broad sectors of the general public that are often unaware of NASA's ongoing exploration. Ambassadors' enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, space exploration personalizes the experience of learning about our neighborhood in space, our home planet and the universe beyond.
Training and Equipping Ambassadors
Ambassadors participate in online (telephone and web-based) training sessions which acquaint them with NASA's space exploration missions and provide interaction with scientists, engineers and project team members. These training sessions educate Ambassadors about SSA rules of operation, provide them with solid, general background on NASA's efforts exploring space, and supply materials needed to support specific mission milestones, such as launches, planetary flybys, first image returns, arrivals, and ongoing key discoveries. In addition to online materials, training archives and resource links, Ambassadors are provided hard-copy materials, whenever available, to aid them in their efforts.
Collectively, the direct interaction with JPL personnel, ongoing training, support and materials provided by the SSA program, lays the foundation for Ambassadors' successful planning and execution of community-based events. Armed with inspiration and knowledge, Ambassadors spread this excitement throughout their local areas, personalizing the NASA experience for hundreds of thousands of people. By imparting their knowledge, energy and enthusiasm for space exploration, Ambassadors serve as key members of JPL's public engagement team.
Solar System Ambassadors are asked to arrange, conduct and report at least four (4) community-based events per year, or roughly one event every three months.
The Ideal Ambassador Candidate
must be 18 years of age or older on January 1, 2017
has an active interest in space exploration
has a genuine desire to share knowledge about space exploration
has demonstrated ability to engage audiences and/or disseminate information
has the initiative and ingenuity to involve his/her local community in learning about NASA's space exploration efforts
contributes to the geographic diversity of the group
establishes contacts with local institutions
builds upon strong ties with his/her community
inspires community youth to seek careers in science and technology
submits a well-thought-out, complete application
participates in online professional development sessions and/or reviews training archives
keeps up with Solar System Ambassadors Program email and web postings
makes the best responsible use of the materials provided
reports on events conducted in a timely manner using an on-line form
Ambassadors come from diverse backgrounds and professions including, but not limited to, formal and informal education, science, engineering and amateur astronomy. Qualified individuals who propose a viable plan for their four events may be selected for a one-year, renewable term as a volunteer ambassador to the public. Please consider becoming a Solar System Ambassador and bring the pursuit of knowledge about NASA's space exploration program to your neighborhood.
THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING IS September 30, 2016.
Selections will be made and applicants notified in early December.
Apply by completing the on-line application form at this link: GO TO THE APPLICATION FORM