Astronomer In Residence Program

Killarney Parks AIR (Astronomer In Residence) Program

Killarney Parks and the Allan I Carswell Observatory present, a new Astronomy outreach endeavour, the astronomer in residence program! You can 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.

On this site you will find application requirements, program descriptions, and of course some details about the outreach done by our astronomers in residence. This opportunity comes with free parking, lodging and a stipend of 400$ CAD/week but astronomers are required to provide their own transportation. Our first astronomer in residence will be scheduled this coming May 2022! Over the summer we will welcome between 12-24 astronomers in residence for the weeks listed in the schedule below, see the application form to join this elite group!

In recent news, we now have RASC Badge Recognition! RASC badges are recognized in the AIR application, so if you have earned them make sure to include that in our application. All RASC members and non-RASC members will have the opportunity to EARN badges while visiting our Astronomer in Residence at Killarney Park.

Questions not addressed on this page? contact the Allan I Carswell Observatory director Dr. E.A. Hyde at

Astrophotography by Bruce Waters using the Killarney Park Observatory Telescopes.

Our current Astronomer in Residence:
Blake Nancarrow
Read all about the adventures of our current AIR candidate here! You can follow along on the blog or photo-gallery as well as attend in-person events at the park and streaming events online at the observatory livestream link.

2022 Schedule HERE! click the link to see available days in 2022 that you can apply for. Currently MAY 2022 is available, all days will become available about 2 months in advance.

Telescope and image information/guides:

Become an Astronomer in Residence 2022- Apply Here

Applications OPEN NOW at the link above for 2022, when June and July are booked the other months will become available. Note form is CLOSED on Sundays for application processing.

Our current Astronomer in residence is Blake Nancarrow! Find out more about their outreach here in their bio.

Watch the video above to learn about dark skies with Killarney Parks and the AICO!
All About Us: Who is the AIR Program?