Maker Educator, Youth Programs


Applications due: Rolling deadline, early applications encouraged
Target start date: mid-May 2018

STEAMLabs is looking for a Maker Educator to join our team this Spring as a part-time sessional staff to lead and support our core Youth program offerings. This includes our weekend multi-week programs, PA days, field trips, workshops, school visits, and week-long camps.
Your passion is to help students develop creative, technical, and personal skills through hands-on interest-led learning. You’ve gained meaningful knowledge and experience in teaching, mentoring and/or facilitating in hands-on environments. You’re not necessarily a traditionally educated teacher – no teaching certificate is required. You’re not afrait to let a 6 year old wield a hot glue gun in their pursuit to make a “robotic fish tank”, and if a student proclaims she wants to make a bow and arrow out of marshmallows, you’re ready to enable her to make it work. You celebrate failures, are comfortable in controlled chaos, and value the process over the product.

You are a creative and energetic person who likes working with kids and young people, and enjoys enabling their weird and wonderful ideas to come to life. You have experience working with kids in an experiential and active environment such as at a summer camp, after school program or otherwise. You’re organized, flexible, and interested in growing your own learning and teaching practice.


This is a part-time role (roughly 10-20  hours / week depending on teaching assignments). This role requires regular teaching shift availability for at least one full weekend day or two half days on the weekend (to cover 2 classes). Additional capacity for weekday field trips, PA days and workshops (daytime) is also desired. 

$17-22 per hour, negotiable based on experience

About STEAMLabs

STEAMLabs is a community makerspace, where people of all ages and abilities come together for access to high tech tools, to learn, and to make. Our 3000 sq ft facility in the heart of downtown Toronto is where members & students engage in physical and digital making, gain a sense of technological agency, and develop their creative confidence. We run workshops, multi-week programs, school visits and summer camps for kids and adults in our space. Independent makers have memberships to use our space for their own projects as they need. We also teach maker education to other teachers all over the world.Members of STEAMLabs are professionals, hobbyists, tinkerers, educators and curious imaginative people who pay a monthly fee to access workspace, tools, and community. They use the space to prototype and build projects, and expect a level of reliability, efficiency and ease from their environment.

Core Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Lead or assist with after school classes, workshops, events, full-day programs, and/or camps – at STEAMLabs, and/or offsite at our partner locations or school visits
  • Maintain makerspace materials, tools, equipment and general participant safety (including administering First Aid if necessary)
  • Collaborate with STEAMLabs staff and outside partners to develop maker education programming
  • Document your work – write lesson plans and activity guides where needed
  • Contribute to program evaluation and iteration using participant feedback
  • Complete other operational tasks that relate to your role (e.g. sourcing materials)
  • Train and supervise other staff and volunteer mentors as needed

Required Skills & Experience:

  • 1-2 years experience working with kids in an experiential learning environment
  • Coding skills of some kind
  • Experience using Arduino
  • Experience with electronics
  • Strong classroom management skills and/or experience with public speaking
  • First Aid & CPR Certification (currently completed or willing to complete training upon hiring – cost covered by STEAMLabs)
Bonus points:
  • Experience developing / designing programs and activity plans
  • Experience with HTML, Javascript or Scratch
  • Experience with Minecraft
  • Knowledge of popular education, interest/project based learning, inquiry based learning, or other teaching philosophies
  • Familiar with 2D design software such as Adobe Illustrator
  • Familiar with 3D design programs such as Fusion 360
  • Digital Fabrication experience (3D printing & laser cutting)
  • Basic woodworking experience

Why work with us?

  • All staff, whether part time or full time have a complimentary all-access membership to STEAMLabs as part of their employment
  • 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 its shaping!
  • There is plenty of opportunity to learn, grow and try new things.
  • The broader 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!

How to apply:

Please submit your application through the online form and upload a PDF of your resume, cover letter (optional), and any relevant links as soon as possible, before March 16th, 2018 at 5pm the latest. Please do not call us regarding this job posting. We will only be reviewing applications through the online form entries.
We strive to maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace and encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including women, visible minorities, LGBTQ2 individuals, aboriginal peoples and disabled persons. You are welcome to self-identify in your application.