Would you like to work at one of southern California’s most popular tourist destinations? Do you have a passion for customer service or astronomy? Are you looking for a job with the City of Los Angeles? If so, world-famous Griffith Observatory wants to hear from you!

Working at Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory is one of the most unique and exciting places you can work! Every day the Observatory is open, we inspire visitors and offer them the chance to become observers. Working in a public park with breathtaking views of the city, ocean, and Hollywood Sign is also nice, as is getting your foot in the door with the City of Los Angeles. We are looking for motivated individuals for a variety of part-time positions, each paying more than $17.88 per hour, many with the possibility of benefits. If you’re interested, check the currently available jobs listed below. It’s time for you to work where the stars are the stars!

Current Employment Opportunities

Theater Technician

Immerse visitors in the night sky! Operate the Observatory’s 290-seat Samuel Oschin Planetarium domed theater for public planetarium shows and prepare and control equipment (including projectors, sound, lighting, master controller, props) and activities during public presentations.

Three yellow school buses in front of Griffith Observatory.

Building Operations

The building can’t operate without you! Sell tickets and seat visitors for the exciting shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Provide customer service to guests in person and over the phone. Assist visitors in finding their way around the building and during emergency situations.

Vehicle Traffic Control

Visitors need your help to get here! Assist visitors to find their way along the roads to parking. Help with traffic management during regular operations, special events, and emergency situations.

Griffith Observatory Telescope Demonstrator educates a group of children about the Zeiss telescope.

Telescope Demonstrator

Help visitors become observers! Operate the 88-year-old Zeiss refracting telescope, the most-looked through telescope in human history, and portable telescopes deployed nightly on the Observatory’s sidewalks.

Sun behind clouds. Photo by Mourya (https://unsplash.com/photos/EwawqhV2Doc)

Maintenance Assistant (SPA-II)

Part of making the Observatory shine for visitors is keeping it looking its best! Special Program Assistants (SPA-II) help maintain the iconic Observatory building and its grounds. Be sure to mention when you apply that you want to work at Griffith Observatory!

Other Opportunities

Café at the End of the Universe

For positions at the Café at the End of the Universe (operated by Wolfgang Puck), please fax your résumé to (323) 661-2550 or send an e-mail to: recruiter@wolfgangpuck.com

Stellar Emporium Gift Shop

For positions available at the Stellar Emporium Gift Shop (operated by Event Network) please go to Event Network or call (323) 660-7827.

Department of Recreation and Parks

To learn more about these and other job opportunities in the Department of Recreation and Parks, check the Department’s Job Opportunities page and select the position you are interested in. To apply, follow the instructions for that position.

City of Los Angeles

If you are interested in other jobs with the City of Los Angeles, including both full-time and part-time positions, you can check the City of Los Angeles employment page.


Are you ready to help expand the Griffith Observatory Foundation universe? As a member of the volunteer team, you’ll make critical contributions to the support and promotion of the Observatory.

Side view of Griffith Observatory with Los Angeles in the background.

Employer Information

Griffith Observatory, opened to the public in 1935, is an icon of Los Angeles and the most visited public observatory in the world. With 1.6 million visitors a year, the Observatory is one of the top tourist attractions in southern California. For more than 87 years, the Observatory has served as a source of inspiration, information, and education for visitors from across the region and around the world.

Those hired to work at Griffith Observatory are employees of the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks (which owns and operates the Observatory). The Observatory posts employment opportunities as the need arises.

The City of Los Angeles is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. As a covered entity under Title II of the American with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities.