Maker Educator, Summer Camps Mentor


Applications due: Rolling deadline, early applications encouraged
Target start date: June 2019

About STEAMLabs:

Steamlabs is a not for profit education-innovation organization creating science and technology literacy and access in science centres, schools, libraries and maker spaces 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 students develop creative, technical and personal skills through hands-on interest-lead learning. You have experience in teaching, mentoring and/or facilitating in hands-on environments.


You are a creative and energetic person who enjoys enabling kids weird and wonderful ideas 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-centered and computer-centered 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 programs, school and library 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:

  • 3D printing & laser cutting
  • 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


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 minority
  • Members of the LGBTQ2 community
  • Women and girls


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 across Toronto at Toronto Tool Library 192 Spadina Avenue, The Maker Bean Cafe 1052 Bloor Street West, the Ontario Science Centre: 770 Don Mills Road, and at other locations of our programs and events.


Please Note:

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy, which is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people between the ages of 15 and 30, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market.

The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

In delivering on these objectives, the Government of Canada aims to ensure that youth job opportunities funded by the program take place in an environment that respects the rights of all Canadians.

These youth summer work experiences represent important pathways facilitating future transitions to the workforce.


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Assist with STEAMLabs summer technology programs 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 programs
  • Source materials for programs where required
  • Assist in supervision of participants 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?

  • 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!


Compensation is $14.50+ / hour for 40 hours per week.

How to apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, and any relevant links via this form:


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.