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Tinker Tank Maker-in-Residence Volunteer (unpaid)

Aug 23, 2017

The Maker in Residence volunteer position at Pacific Science Center’s Tinker Tank is a unique, open-ended role for people with a wide variety of interests including engineering, hardware development, education, and the “Maker Movement”. Akin to an Artist in Residency program, the Maker in Residence position provides space and materials to support individuals looking to develop, expand, and share their skills in science, technology, engineering, design, and tinkering. It is also intended to demonstrate to visitors and volunteers vast possibilities within engineering and the Maker Movement and inspire folks to participate.

The Maker in Residence builds, demonstrates, and engages visitors in small-scale prototyping, designing, fabricating, and all forms of making and tinkering. Ideal candidates are able to select, create, and discuss new or existing projects with the public, are very comfortable facilitating exploration with people of all ages and backgrounds, and are flexible with frequent adjustments in setting and surroundings as Tinker Tank is a very dynamic physical space.

Reports To: Tinker Tank Program Supervisor

Schedule: We are looking for someone who can become a recurring and expected presence in our space, and will therefore give preference to someone who can commit to volunteering a four-hour shift every week for the duration of the position.

Start Date: January 1, 2018

End Date: April 1, 2018 (extension possible)

Training: As this is a volunteer position, the Maker in Residence is required to attend one volunteer training that lasts approximately three hours.

Job Duties

  • Select, design, and prototype projects independently
  • Enthusiastically share their experience with children, families and the general public
  • Setup and keep the Maker in Residence station clean
  • Follow and model proper and safe tool use and maintenance
  • Document projects (and help us find an appropriate and successful medium for sharing)
  • Assist guests with wayfinding and ongoing activities when necessary


  • Enjoy making, building, inventing, prototyping, teaching, sharing, and learning
  • Establish and follow a set schedule, quickly communicating changes when necessary
  • Can self-direct with project development and guest engagement
  • A plan of at least two projects that could be worked on during the program
  • Independently learn and problem-solve
  • Are familiar or interested in the Maker Movement, engineering, technology design, and/or multimedia art
  • Attend one general volunteer training/orientation
  • Commit to a minimum of twelve, four hour shifts during August, September and October
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Provide three references (one or more being a professional reference)
  • Age 16+

Benefits of the Maker in Residence include:

  • Access to a wide variety of materials
  • $100 per month worth of project materials
  • Access to electronics and small-scale prototyping tools including soldering irons, 3D printers, vinyl cutter, and basic woodworking tools
  • Physical workstation and storage space to build projects
  • Collaboration with and access to Tinker Tank and Pacific Science Center staff and volunteers
  • Strong resume building position ideal for high school or college students with reference letters available upon request.

In your e-mail, please include a brief description of your experience, if any, making and/or teaching, why you are interested in being the Maker in Residence, and a list of 3 potential projects you would like to work on during the Maker in Residence program.

Typical Maker in Residence positions last for 3 months but can be adjusted based on scheduling preferences or availability.

TO APPLY: Email a cover letter and resume to with the title “Tinker Tank Maker-in-Residence Volunteer.”

Pacific Science Center

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