Summer Mentor


Applications due: April 16th, 2018 at 5pm
Target start date: as soon as May 14th for university and college students, and July 3rd for high school students.

STEAMLabs is looking for student mentors to join our team for the duration of our summer camps! The start time of this position is as soon as May 14th for university and college students, and July 3rd for high school students. Hours are usually 8:30 to 4:30, Monday to Friday.

Your passion is to help students develop creative, technical and personal skills through hands-on interest-led learning. You have experience in teaching, mentoring and/or facilitating in hands-on environments.

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 are a conscientious people-person with a knack for maintaining order amongst chaos. You’re not afraid of learning new software and tools quickly, are comfortable making mistakes to learn fast, and flourish with a mix of human-centred and computer-centred tasks. You like dealing with humans, solving problems in real time, and keeping administrative systems on track.

You enjoy working with kids and parents, can work in a busy and sometimes noisy environment, and understand the importance of providing thoughtful and enthusiastic customer service. Your job will be to assist in the mentoring and administrative upkeep of STEAMLabs summer camps, school visits and free community events such as festivals, school fairs, libraries and more.

Your audience will primarily be younger students aged 6 to 12, but may also  include older youth as well. The topics taught at our programs are a mixture of physical and digital, and will include some of this list:
  • Minecraft
  • 3D printing & laser cutting
  • Arduino
  • Electronics
  • Basic woodworking
  • Video game programming with Unity
  • HTML, Javascript, and other coding
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Art

Note: we do not require you to know any of these technologies already and will provide support for you to learn!


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 minotirty
  • Members of the LGBTQ2 community
  • Women and girls

Work hours are 8:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday. You will also be occasionally required at some weekend events in which case the weekday hours will be adjusted to keep to a 40 hour work week. Unpaid time off during the summer is negotiable for other commitments.


You will work at our makerspace located at our makerspace at 192 Spadina, and at other locations of our programs and events.



Compensation is $14.50 / hour.

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:

  • Assist with STEAMLabs summer technology camps for kids and youth
  • Assist with STEAMLabs summer events such as Maker Festival
  • Welcome parents, participants and members to the space
  • Maintain our online registration system
  • Assist with administrative / data entry tasks and troubleshooting
  • Be the first point of contact for phone calls, emails and walk-ins
  • Assist in setup and pack up of summer camps
  • Source materials for programs where required
  • Assist in supervision of campers during break & lunch

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Teaching or mentoring experience with kids in a hands on making or artistic environment
  • Strong communication skills
  • Personable, organized and detail-oriented
Bonus Skills & Experience:
  • Experience in customer service and / or administration in formal or informal settings (volunteering, school groups, personal projects, etc.)
  • 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 design software such as Adobe Illustrator or 3D design programs like TinkerCAD
  • Fluent French speaker. Some of our participants speak French as their first language

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 April 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.