Maker Educator, OSC Technology Mentor

MAKER EDUCATOR, OCS TECH MENTOR | PART TIME

Applications due: Rolling deadline until March 25th, early applications encouraged
Target start date: April 1st 2019


STEAMLabs is looking for a Technology Mentor to join our team! This is a part-time position, 3 days per week. Work hours are 9:00 am – to 5:00 pm. At least one day will be on the weekend, and the days of the week of the other 2 days are negotiable. You will primarily represent STEAMLabs on the Inventorium floor at the Ontario Science Centre at 770 Don Mills Road, North York, ON.

 

Compensation:

 

Compensation is $17.50+ / hour or more, depending on skills and experience.

About STEAMLabs:

Steamlabs is a not for profit education-innovation organization creating science and technology literacy and access in science centres, schools, libraries and makerspaces through exploration and creativity. We believe that science and technology literacy and access enables our individual creativity, the decentralization of innovation, and the participatory co-creation of the world we want tomorrow.

Job Description:

 

Your passion is to help visitors to the Ontario Science Centre develop creative, technical and personal skills through hands-on interest-lead learning. You have some technology skills, and/or some experience in teaching, mentoring and/or facilitating in hands-on environments.

 

You are a creative and energetic person who likes working with the public, and enjoys sharing your enthusiasm for STEAM. You are comfortable in controlled chaos, and value the process of learning to understand technology and it’s role in the world. You’re organized, flexible, and interested in growing your own learning and teaching practice.

 

Your job will be to represent STEAMLabs at Inventorium 2.0 in the Ontario Science Centre. Principal Responsibilities include:

  • Oversight for the makerplace in support of activities Steamlabs, Science Centre and other partner’s visitor activities
  • Assist with STEAMLabs hosting duties at Inventorium 2.0 at the Ontario Science Centre
  • Lasercutting activities with visitors
  • Assist with STEAMLabs summer events such as Maker Festival as requested
  • Collaborate with STEAMLabs staff to document and develop maker educational programming
  • Collaborate with the team to develop processes better processes and services
  • Complete other operational tasks that relate to your role (e.g. organization and sourcing materials)
  • Keep equipment maintained and operational
  • Inventory and order supplies for all activities
  • Manage materials storage system
  • Manage stock of pre-cut parts needed for upcoming activities

 

On occasion you may assist in the mentoring of STEAMLabs summer camps, school visits and free community events such as festivals, school fairs, libraries and more.

 

You will work primarily at the Ontario Science Centre, (770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, ON M3C 1T3). You will also be occasionally asked to assist at other STEAMLabs events at other locations as necessary.

 

Required Skills & Experience:

  • At least one technology, making or artistic skill
  • Teaching experience with kids in a hands on making or artistic environment
  • Adobe Illustrator expertise
  • Laser cutting experience
Bonus Skills & Experience:
  • 3D printing experience
  • Experience developing/designing programs and activity plans
  • Experience with more technology, making or artistic skills
  • Knowledge of popular education, interest/project based learning, inquiry based learning, or other teaching philosophies.
  • Familiar with 3D design software such Fusion 360
  • Fluent French speaker. Some of our participants speak French as their first language.

Why work with us?

  • We’re a small, agile team of friendly people with varied skills and experiences.
  • We’re a relatively new organization, so there are still lots of ways to contribute to it’s shaping!
  • There is plenty of opportunity to learn, grow and try new things.
  • The STEAMLabs Community (members, volunteers, program participants and otherwise) are awesome, and a pleasure and privilege to work with and for.
  • We’re a workplace that embraces failure as the most potent form of learning!

 

Our participants include people with diverse backgrounds. Special consideration will be afforded to applicants from these communities, or with experience working with:

 

  • Persons with disabilities
  • Newcomers to Canada (including refugees)
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Members of a visible minority
  • Members of the LGBTQ2 community
  • Women and girls

How to apply:

 

Please send a resume, cover letter, and any relevant links to info@steamlabs.ca with “STEAMLabs Technology Mentor” as the subject line by March 25, 2019 at 5pm.

 

Note: We also strive to maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace and encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and disabled persons. You are welcome to self-identify in your application.