Maker-in-Residence (MIR)

From time to time throughout the year, Burlington Public Library employs a Maker-in-Residence to inspire local residents—helping them go from zero to maker—while pursuing a creative project of their own.

As our Maker-in-Residence, you will lead public programs and help library users one-on-one, develop and create an independent project, which you will publicly present within the library at the end of the residency.


  • The residency is for a 17-week term.
  • You will spend 16 hours/week on-site.
  • You may be required to run a program at a neighbourhood branch or a partner organization.
  • The library is open 7 days/week with evening hours; work schedule is negotiable.


The Maker-in-Residence will be chosen based on:

  • The quality of their portfolio and demonstrated proficiencies in their area of specialization
  • The originality of the proposed project, and its feasibility within the residency timeframe
  • Their ability to teach customers of all ages and abilities, in workshops and one-on-one
  • Their ability in research and report writing
  • Their customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Their eagerness and ability to inspire creativity
  • Their awareness of BPL Brand Values and WHMIS health and safety practices.

The successful candidate will receive an honorarium of $400 per week, to be paid in four instalments ($6,800/term). You will be responsible for your own transportation, meals, and lodging for the residency period.

How to apply

Applications to posted opportunities will be accepted in person or by email. Unsolicited applications will not be considered.

When responding to a posted position, please submit your résumé, two letters of reference from persons familiar with your work, a link to a website/portfolio, and a cover letter that touches on the following:

  • Who are you and why are you interested in this residency?         
  • Tell us about your project and your execution plan for completing it during the 17-week residency.
  • What equipment and resources will you need?
  • Do you have any experience running workshops? Please share ideas about how you will engage customers of all ages.
  • Do you have experience conducting research and writing reports?

If contacted for an interview, please let us know if you require any form of accommodation throughout the selection process.

Any offer of employment is conditional until an original Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening is received and reviewed by the Library.


For more information about this or other Maker residency opportunities in 2019, please contact Heather Westhaver, Team Leader, 905.639.3611 ext 1217.

Makers-in-Residence 2018

Alda Escareño, Artist - Laser Cutter

Clelia Scala, Mask & Puppet Designer, Artist

Harrison King-McBain, Engineering Designer - 3D Printer

Makerspace @Central