Makerspace Mentor at Rockwood Library

Open Opportunity

About

Do you want to volunteer in a collaborative learning environment with an emphasis on middle and high school learners? The makerspace at Rockwood Library provides access to innovative technology, equipment, software and supportive mentors.

The makerspace aims to inspire patrons to make - using their hands, provided tools, and imaginations! Volunteers and staff provide a welcoming environment so patrons are supported as they learn and create. Learn more about the Rockwood Makerspace

BIPOC community members and those fluent in languages other than English are encouraged to apply.

Interested? Apply here. 

Location: Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233

Time commitment: Two to four 3-hour shifts per month. We ask volunteers for a commitment to participate for 6 months. Scheduling is flexible; shifts occur Tuesday through Saturday. Many shifts are in the afternoons, some are in the early evenings and some are on Saturdays.

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Greet teen and adult makerspace users and help them get oriented to the space.
  • Support users working on self-directed projects including video gaming, 3D and 2D design, 3D printing, laser cutting/engraving, sewing, art and more.
  • Build relationships with makerspace users.
  • Train users on safety rules and equipment use, encourage everyone to follow the Makerspace safety and community agreements.
  • Attend scheduled volunteer meetings and networking events.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Interest and desire to engage while working with teen and adult patrons.
  • Ability to work and talk effectively with people from different cultures.
  • Intermediate technology skills - comfortable using computers for internet browsing and basic troubleshooting.
  • Comfortable with asking questions and learning throughout the creation process.
  • Patient, flexible, reliable, compassionate, encouraging.  Someone who enjoys celebrating the successes of others.

Benefits

  • Be around creative teens and adults that like to make, build and create.
  • Use your creative side to try out new activities and equipment, then share your skills and knowledge with others.
  • Make a positive impact in the lives of teens and adults as they build community and STEAM skills in the makerspace.

Training & Other Requirements

  • Meet with makerspace staff for tour and overview of makerspace offerings.
  • Shadow at least one drop-in session.
  • Attend specific makerspace training, some of the training is online.
  • Site orientation and review of volunteer program policies and procedures.
  • Criminal record check for volunteers over 18 years of age (paid for by the library). Results of the records check will be reviewed on an individualized basis. A conviction is not an automatic bar to volunteering.
Registration
Opens Nov 9, 2023 5:13pm
Age Limit
18 and up
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Requirements
Background check, Training
Requirement Details
  • volunteer application must be completed with Multnomah County Library.
  • Meet with makerspace staff for tour and overview of makerspace offerings.
  • Shadow at least one drop-in session.
  • Attend specific makerspace training, some of the training is online.
  • Site orientation and review of volunteer program policies and procedures.
  • Criminal record check for volunteers over 18 years of age (paid for by the library).
  • Wear your volunteer badge and fill out a timesheet every time you volunteer.
Perks
Be around creative teens and adults that like to make, build and create. Use your creative side to try out new activities and equipment, then share your skills and knowledge with others. Make a positive impact in the lives of teens and adults as they build community and STEAM skills in the makerspace.
Parking Details
Free parking lot
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