Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in joining the project? From time to time, our multi-disciplinary project requires the support of volunteers with unique talents, abilities and experiences. On this page you'll find the most up-to-date listing of volunteering opportunities. Once you find one you are interested in contributing, use the google form to share with us your areas of expertise, availability and a statement of your interest in the project.

Please do not directly contact project team members to offer volunteer support; we receive more emails than we can respond to already, and this interest form is the only path by which we can consider offers of volunteer support.

Satellite Data Research Scientist

The Galileo Project is seeking a talented research scientist to develop software for identifying anomalous objects in large amounts of high-resolution satellite image data obtained from Planet Labs. The successful candidate will work with a team of researchers and developers to design and implement algorithms and data processing systems. The candidate will have a Master’s degree or PhD in a field related to Computer Science, Earth observation, satellite imagery, or astronomy, with strong programming skills in a language such as Python, IDL, C, C++, or MatLab.

Computer Vision Research Scientist

The Galileo Project is seeking an expert in computer vision, who will be responsible for developing and implementing object detection and classification models for image data from both color and infrared cameras. The successful applicant will work with a team of researchers and engineers to design and test prototypes, and will be responsible for troubleshooting and debugging any issues that arise. The successful applicant will also be responsible for staying up-to-date with the latest developments in the field. Applicants should have a Master’s degree or PhD. in computer science or a related field.

Mechanical Engineer Servomechanisms and Gear Systems

The Galileo Project is seeking a Mechanical engineer with Experience in industrial servomechanisms and gear systems to help design and/or peer review mechanical design phases from concept to production. SolidWorks capability would be a plus depending on experience. The successful candidate must have leadership experience, applicable background and expertise, should be flexible and adaptable, as well as being able to manage work in a volunteer-based environment. An MS degree would be preferable but not necessary. Although this role is temporary, the individual may have opportunities to take on other related work throughout the project, based on their performance and skill set. This role will involve co-authorship on peer-reviewed, published paper(s). This role should be expected to consume 5-20 hours/week, and the successful candidate should be able to commit this time regularly.

Electronics and Software Engineer

The Galileo Project is seeking an Electronics and software engineer that will assist with mechanism automation, and have experience programming in C++, and Python. The successful candidate must have applicable background and expertise, should be flexible and adaptable, as well as being able to manage work in a volunteer-based environment. Although this role is temporary, the individual may have opportunities to take on other related work throughout the project, based on their performance and skill set. This role will involve co-authorship on peer-reviewed, published paper(s). This role should be expected to consume 5-20 hours/week, and the successful candidate should be able to commit this time regularly.

Mechanical Design Drafter

The Galileo Project is seeking a volunteer mechanical design drafter. This individual will be involved with the instrumentation aspect of the project, producing drawings from 3D models and actively coordinating with on-site engineers and instrumentalists to maintain current drawings from redlines of shop drawings. Prior experience with Solidworks, and current access to the software, is a must. The individual should be innovative, open-minded, and flexible. The role generally requires 5-10 hours of time per week. High school education minimum.

Computing Support / DevOps

The Galileo Project is seeking a volunteer who has experience in wiki/website support, DevOps and networking administration (firewall, routers and switches). This individual will mainly be involved in the computing aspect of the project, and will work both independently and in a team environment. The successful candidate should be flexible and adaptable, as well as capable of working independently and maintaining self-motivation. Education background should include B.Sc. in computer science and/or 2+ years' experience in IT / network administrative activities. The individual who takes on this role should be able to commit at least 10 hours of time each week toward the project, generally.