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Maker-in-Residence opportunity

February 16 update: Thank you for your interest. The application period is now closed. Please watch the library website for future Maker-in-Residence opportunities.

Makers wanted

Burlington Public Library is looking for a Maker-in-Residence to inspire local residents—helping them go from zero to maker!—while pursuing a creative project of their own.

The residency is open to seasoned makers of all kinds. We are especially interested in individuals who can get our customers excited about active learning by exploring the state-of-the-art equipment in our Ideaworks Studio community makerspace (for example: laser cutter, 3D printer, vinyl cutter/printer, embroidery machine, sewing machine).

If your creative vision encompasses one or more of these tools, and you have a knack for demystifying technology while unlocking the creativity in others, we would love to hear from you.


  • The residency is for a 12-week term, beginning March 2018.
  • You will spend 16 hours/week on-site at our Ideaworks Studio, located in Central branch:
    • 8 hours/week: plan and run workshops for library customers (a minimum of four programs), and consult with customers on a one-on-one basis during your dedicated drop-in hours.
    • 8 hours/week: work on a project of your own, which you will present at the end of the term at a public exhibition or presentation within the library.
  • Most of the work will take place within Ideaworks Studio; however, 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
  • The originality of the proposed project, and its feasibility within the residency timeframe
  • Their experience leading workshops and interacting with customers of all ages and abilities
  • Their eagerness and ability to inspire creativity

Top applicants will be contacted for an interview by Tue February 20, 2018.

The successful candidate will receive an honorarium of $400 per week, to be paid every four weeks ($4,800/term). You will be responsible for your own transportation, meals, and lodging for the residency period.

How to apply

Application deadline: Fri February 16, 2018, 6pm

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 12-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.

Applications will be accepted in person or by email until 6pm on February 16 to:

Maker-in-Residence Program
Attn: Armen Svadjian
Burlington Public Library - Central
2331 New Street
Burlington ON L7R 1J4

If you require any form of accommodation throughout the selection process, please contact Armen.

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 2018, please contact Armen Svadjian, Team Leader, 905.639.3611 ext 1302.