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 May 6, 2022

First Friday Staff. Making is for everyone and you can help ACE with outreach at Oakland First Fridays… the best street event to reach the amazing diverse people of Oakland and the East Bay. This key staff person helps prepare the Thursday before the event, Helps set up and staff the first shift of the event, and helps restore order the Saturday after the event. There are free tacos involved as well as opportunities to be sponsored for ACE classes so you can speak knowledgably about ACE when staffing the booth

Teaching Assistants. We are seeking folks to assist instructors to 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 is possible. TA’s are expected to complete training including diversity equity and inclusion skills as opportunities occur. Previous experience teaching would be best. Please make sure to indicate your area of interest in your application.

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.

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

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])

PhotoPrinter Tech. Set up and organize our wide-format photo printer area. Complete regular cleaning and maintenance. Order and organize supplies. Keep documentation up to date.

Accounting/Booking Support. We are looking for someone to assist with the bookkeeping. Tasks include recording revenue, data entry from paper IOUs, bill creation in WordPress/WooCommerce, as associated administrative tasks. High attention to detail and punctuality is required. Quickbooks Online experience a plus.  This contribution is approximately 2 hours a week for 8 hours a month with 50% possible off-site.

Photographer. We are looking for a photographer to capture photos for class and program promotion. This is a flexible schedule with the deliverable being more important than a routine schedule. Aligning times with existing classes or members in action is very important. Very little post-production is needed, a good camera phone is fine. Good composition for social media is required.

Media Distributor. Pick up flyers and then post them to various locations in Berkeley, North Oakland, and West Oakland. This is 2 times per month at approx. 4 hours each.

Electronics Team Steward. We are looking for a maker with electronics experience to help maintain the electronics lab, teach small classes, and help drive the direction of the lab. This is an 8 hour a month commitment with additional member 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.