Community Facilitator Program

Thanks for your interest! We will next be reviewing facilitator applications at the end of January. Feel free to apply at any time, but keep in mind you won't likely hear back until our next review period unless an opening becomes available sooner. We do currently have an opening for a sewing & textiles facilitator.

Questions? Email info@makehaven.org

 

Individuals selected for the Community Facilitator program have the opportunity to take a leadership role in an area of interest.  The goal is for each to inspire excitement, build community, and facilitate utilization of the makerspace. Facilitators do this by being available to work with members, by hosting learning events, and by completing and displaying sample projects.

The program is a work-exchange that trades time for membership. Facilitators volunteer at MakeHaven four hours per week (three hours on-site). In exchange, they receive a free membership, which grants access to tools, community, and all the other benefits of being a member.

Facilitators volunteer one night a week for 3 hours focused in the areas noted below. Facilitators do not need to be expert in the field but should have experience to and be willing to learn and each in the other areas.

Area Descriptions:

Sewing/Textiles - Using sewing machines, serger, embroidery machines, and other similar tools.

Woodworking - Using all the tools in the woodshop.

3d printing - Plastic, resin, and Markforged 3d printers, scanning and modeling/design processes and software.

Printmaking - Screen printing, wood and linoleum cut, printing presses.

Brewing - Beer brewing & other uses of the HERMS

Culinary/Food Science - utilize the equipment in the kitchen

Electronics - Micro processors, circuit board making, computers, VR, radio communication

Laser Cutting - using the laser cutters

Vinyl Cutting - using the vinyl cutter

Casting/Plastics - using the tools in this area for casting, mold making, etc. (ultrasonic cleaner, injection molder, melting pot, vacuum former, etc.)

Metal - using the tools in the metal shop

Other - please describe other areas of interest

 

The fourth hour of weekly work is dedicated to communications, coordination, or setup.

 

Responsibilities

  • Engage – Help organize and participate in at least 1 community activity related to your focus area per 6 month appointment. Ensure that people from every skill level and background are encouraged and empowered to take part in your area.

  • Create resources - Design and execute at least 1 sample project per 6 month appointment that can be displayed in MakeHaven/one the projects page of our website. Provide at least 1 new resource for the community (a blog post, a learning guide or resource) per 6 month appointment.

  • Cultivate positive community – Be a leader in discerning how to best organize the space; keep the areas related to your focus clean. Serve as a role model by demonstrating strong adherence to MakeHaven policies.

  • Supplies - Keep an eye on supplies in your area of work. Request reorders when running low. Suggest new equipment and supplies.

  • Equipment - Regularly inspect tools and equipment for your focus area. Report or maintain as necessary.

  • Offer Support - Support members using and learning about various pieces of equipment.

  • Develop Leadership - Identify others who can take on a volunteer role. Coach them and make a recommendation for who is the next facilitator following your tenure.

Job Commitment

  • 6 month commitment.

  • 4 hours per week. On-site: 3 hours for regularly scheduled time in the makerspace (often 6pm -9pm), with up to 1 hour additional work throughout the week.


Benefits

Facilitator receive:

  • Free membership.

  • Influence on growth and development of space.

  • Support from staff, and volunteers to help build capacity and to master tools.

 

Applying

  • Decided by MakeHaven staff through a competitive application process.

  • Open to both existing members and non-members.

  • Applications submitted online through the form below. Applications considered in August and February, as well as on a rolling basis based on openings.