Hiring: Assistant Director (for remote research station in Utah)

The Mars Society is seeking applications from highly qualified people for management positions at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah, the largest and longest-running Mars analog facility in the world.  The station is set amid some of the most spectacular landscapes you will ever see, and researchers come from all over the world to work here.

We are looking for assistant directors beginning in October 2022.  You must be able to work in the U.S. and possess a high level of written/spoken English fluency.  This position is for in-person work only.  We are looking for people who can commit to working at MDRS six months a year, although we might consider someone looking to work for three months each year.  Work is generally assigned by the academic quarter.

MDRS is a remote research station.  The nearest town of Hanksville, Utah is eight miles away and has very limited services.  In addition, when researchers are working on campus, there is little interaction with them or other people so the job at times can be lonely and isolating.  It is important that applicants understand this kind of lifestyle and know that it is a good fit for them before applying. 

In addition, the work itself can at times be physically and mentally demanding, and staff frequently have to handle things alone.  Proactivity in work habits is mandatory. In addition, the job requires wearing multiple hats on a daily basis, so flexibility and a positive attitude are a must. 

Successful applicants should have the following skills and experiences:

  • Passion for the goal of getting humans to Mars and for space in general
  • A college degree, preferably in science or engineering
  • Experience in remote field work.  While most research done at MDRS is Mars or space related, we welcome applications from people who have experience living and working in remote areas
  • Experience teaching or training groups for specific tasks or disciplines
  • A solid foundation in the maintenance of facilities, and the ability or willingness to learn to do to a variety of handyman type things
  • Previous analog astronaut, greenhouse or astronomy experience a plus

While this is not a job for the faint of heart, it is a very rewarding job.  Housing and utilities are provided on campus, as is a truly magnificent sky at night. 

Those interested in being considered should send their resumes and a letter of interest to mdrsapplications@marssociety.org.  Questions about the positions should be addressed to Dr. Shannon Rupert at srupert@marssociety.org.