Volunteer Exchange Member Program

What’s the Exchange Member program?

Exchange Members are golden-hearted humans who keep our non-profit community makerspace ticking  – they support our maker programs and member services for one shift (3-4 hours) a week in exchange for membership.

What do Exchange Members do?

There are two kinds of Exchange Members – Community Animators & Mentors.

Click below to see a description of what each of these roles do:


MENTORS | Now Recruiting for Winter 2018!

  • Mentor in our youth programs – you’ll be assigned to a youth program, and come in once a week to support participants (6-17 years old) to build their own interest-lead projects using new and old tools and technologies. In some cases, you’ll be assigned your own students / group to work with, and will be responsible for supporting them to move forward with their project.
  • Help set up, pack up and keep things tidy – our programs are designed for controlled chaos, so you’ll work with our staff to keep LEDs in containers, wires wrapped up, wood chips swept, craft materials sorted and glue unglued from tables.
  • Welcome parents and participants – we’ll need your help greeting parents, singing participants in and helping them get oriented.
  • Help us make our programs better – we do a lot of things right, but there is always room to improve the experience of participants, parents and mentors. You’ll take part in debriefs and provide us with feedback so we can keep evolving how we engage with our community.

COMMUNITY ANIMATORS | Next Recruitment Cycle in Feb 2018

  • Run the Welcome Desk – welcome newbies, members, parents and participants, sign people in, run transactions, and support with administrative tasks as needed.
  • Be a Host – be the point of contact for members, help staff set up for classes or events, give tours, troubleshoot tools, and support staff where needed.
  • Keep the lab looking top notch– sweep, dust and keep the lab tidy, comfortable and useable.
  • Onboard new members – give scheduled tours to prospective members and onboard them in to our community.

The Commitment


Exchange Memberships are for people who want to be meaningfully engaged in our organization. Our expectation is that Exchange Members will commit for a 6 month period, contribute professionally, and integrate us into their lives so we can count on their support each week.


In return, we offer you all the perks of a membership, including access to space and tools. On top of that, you’ll receive free tool training, get behind the scenes experience running a makerspace, and be super-connected to the community as a representative of STEAMLabs.


Ready to apply?


Sound like something you can handle? Great! Check out our openings for further details and the application form to get started.


Program Mentors | Now Recruiting for Jan 2018
Deadline to apply: December 29, 2017 (or January 9, 2018 for Zero to Startup mentors)


Community Animators | Applications re-open Feb 2018 (Stay tuned!)