Volunteer Opportunities

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The AAVSO is an organization that thrives with the work of dedicated observers and other volunteers. New and ongoing projects at the AAVSO need people to make them happen. If you're looking for ways to contribute to the AAVSO, please consider helping with one or more of these important projects!




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Mentor Observers

We need experienced observers - visual, CCD, DSLR, and PEP - who are willing to share their time and expertise to help new observers become proficient. If you would like to volunteer in our Mentor Program, please email us.











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    Help us keep VSX up-to-date

    The Variable Star Index (VSX) has become the largest variable star database in the world. As time goes by, more and more catalogues and lists need to be incorporated into it, which takes a lot of time and human resources.

    We have made a call for volunteers so you can help us keep up with this challenge. There are many areas in which volunteer help is needed, and many projects that we can undertake. Contact us so we can discuss which one(s) would be best for you and most helpful to us.









    Text reads JAAVSO. Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. Inside border.


    Referee manuscripts for JAAVSO

    The Journal of the AAVSO contains the results of research on variable stars; authors from the international astronomical community published there include AAVSO members and observers. The quality of scientific journals such as JAAVSO depends on careful, objective, and informed refereeing. Potential referees are selected by the Editor and will be asked to do the job in a reasonably short time, normally a few weeks. If you have the expertise and can devote some of your time to maintaining the standards of our Journal, please contact the Editor to let her know.