Monster Corps Volunteering

Application Prerequisite

Please come for a tour* before applying to the Monster Corps Volunteer Program or making any appointments to discuss the program. Thank you.

Monster Corp Openings

As of November 15, 2021

Shop Project Manager. Use your amazing organization skills to maintain process documentation (to-do lists), inventory, supplies ordering, and such. This person also collects requests and parses them for the team for prioritization. This work supports regular shop maintenance and smooth running as well as occasional build projects. Recent relevant woodworking and tool maintenance experience is required. Additional training is available. This work is done weekly in 2 to 3-hour increments. 

Metalworking  Instructors. We are seeking instructors to teach project-based workshops. These workshops may have a craft or art focus to them. No hot work, just machining, etc. Development support provided. 4 hours a month spent preparing and making prototypes and 4 hours spent teaching adults in small groups. Previous experience teaching would be best. (Please note that Ace is hiring contract instructors as well but under different terms. Contact [email protected])

Woodworking Instructors. Must love newbies. We are seeking instructors to teach basics and project-based workshops. Development support provided. 4 hours a month spent preparing and making prototypes and 4 hours spent teaching adults in small groups. Previous experience teaching would be best. (Please note that Ace is hiring contract instructors as well but under different terms. Contact [email protected])

[email protected] Project Manager. This person has excellent project management skills. The project manager will help coordinate prep-events, order supplies and keep the library program organized. This includes partnering to manage, train and recruit Library Program Staff.

Workshop Instructor Assistants. We are seeking folks to assist instructors when teach project-based workshops. These workshops may have a craft or art focus to them. Opportunities are available in Art, Textiles, Metal, Woodworking and Electronics programs. 2-4 hours a month spent preparing and making prototypes and 4-6 hours spent teaching adults in small groups. 8 hour per month commitment asked. Subject matter training possible. Previous experience teaching would be best.

Library Program Support Staff. Work with the Library Program Coordinator to create prototypes, prepare materials and deliver awesome workshops. Availability on the Workshop Saturday is a must. The other activities are 2.5-hour sessions before and after workshop days. (ON HOLD until we recruit a Program Project Manager)

Shop Tool Maintenance. Everything from doing tool inspections to cleaning and organizing our workshop, machining, and CNC shops. There is a lot of dust collection and filter replacement. Recent relevant woodworking and tool maintenance experience is required. Additional training is available. This work requires joining 1 monthly maintenance session + 1 or two other follow-up activities.   

On-site maintenance projects. These are small build and maintenance projects such as hanging shelves, hanging posters, dimensional signage, handy-person repairs, painting and patching walls, and so on. The right person has experience with small build projects and using tools. This person co-creates their own schedule based on the projects needed per month.

Equity Workshop Facilitator. Do you have a passion for inclusion and equity? Enjoy facilitating a great discussion. We are looking for folks to help give workshops that center around supported community conversations and diversity, equity, and inclusion topics. This includes the New Member Workshop and more. 2 short workshops per month.

Electronics/Hardware Event Staffing. Host Arduino/Microprocessor night 2 x a month. Help with various related program development efforts 1x per month.

Technical Writer. Help us be inclusive by writing wiki pages that help emerging makers and members access information about tool use. This is everything from woodworking to sewing to 3D printing. Expertise is not required as most topics can be looked up and open source information found with some savvy googling. This is 8 hours per month. While this work can be done remotely it is essential that this member use the space and understand the member’s perspective.

Textiles Stewards. Help people access a really lovely sewing lab to use great equipment, learn new skills, and pursue their maker dream. We are looking for a maker with sewing and/or leatherworking experience to help maintain the textiles, teach small classes, and help drive the direction of the program. This is an 8 hour a month commitment with additional members and Monster Corps support. You would be part of a team. Stewards complete onboarding training and leadership training including diversity equity and inclusion skills.

Marketing Writers. Spend 8 hours a month writing blog posts, press releases, and social media content. Previous experience or writing samples, please. This is an important contribution to Ace’s sustainability.

Laser Stewards. We are looking for a maker with laser operator and maintenance experience to help maintain the laser area, teach small classes, and help certify users. Initial projects include area improvements and developing maintenance programs with the team. This is an 8 hour a month commitment with additional members and Monster Corps support. Stewards complete onboarding training and leadership training including diversity equity and inclusion skills.

 

*Please note the tour you took should be no more than 3 months prior to applying to the program. Ace is always iterating and improving and a tour two years ago won’t give you the relevant info you need to join the program.

How to join Monster Corps

  1. Come for a Tour of the space
  2. Choose the current opening that works for you
  3. Fill out the application below
  4. Complete a virtual interview
  5. If it is a match, complete sign up in 1.5 weeks
  6. Begin a 30-day trial and training
  7. Commit in 90-day blocks

Monster Corps FAQ

What Monster Corps does for Ace

Ace Makerspace is all about making access possible yet we are also volunteer-run which means we always need resources. Often time and effort are as valuable, if not more valuable, than cold hard cash. Monster Corps is the program we use to organize the group of awesome folks who give us 8 hours of their time on operational tasks a month. In order for folks to be successful volunteers, they are provided with membership. 

Who can be in Monster Corps

Anybody can be in Monster Corps… Well, anybody who normally qualifies for membership. Formal Monster Corps members are folks who completed the application process.

If you are an Ace member outside the Corps who would like to benefit from the program, please message on the #monster-corps channel on Slack. 

Ace Makerspace is committed to creating an inclusive environment and is proud to be intentionally creating a diverse community.