Positions available at Instructables (updated 7/26/14)

Frontend Engineer

Come join the Instructables engineering team @ Pier 9. Here's what you'll need to have to apply.
  • Excellent knowledge of JavaScript, Python, HTML, and CSS
  • Worked with Backbone.js or similar web application frameworks
  • Extensive experience with RESTful API's
  • Self-motivated but likes to play with other team-members
  • Willingness and ability to quickly learn new languages and tools
  • Loves to transfer beautiful pixels into a fantastic UI
  • Fun to work with!

We offer some great perks and one of the coolest offices in SF. Employees have training and access to one of the most advanced workshops in the world. We have a very flexible and dynamic work environment with the stability and supercharged benefits of our parent company, Autodesk. Our work is exciting and rewarding because our users tend to love the things we work on.

Send resume, cover letter and work examples to auctoramentum at instructables dot com. Make the subject of your email robot-related, and, if possible, witty.

Shipping Clerk

Want to help Instructables ship out prizes more efficiently? If you've got some retail or shipping experience, we're looking for someone who can quickly get prizes delivered to contest winners, keep the shipping room organized in the face of an onslaught of really cool prizes, and keep antsy authors who have just won a prize up to speed about the whereabouts of their prize. 

Responsibilities include:
  • Receive and organize prize shipments
  • Ship prizes around the world (everywhere without an embargo, essentially)
  • Manage prize database
  • Answer author inquiries about prize whereabouts
  • Work closely with Instructables contest team

Candidates should:
  • Have previous shipping or retail experience
  • Be passionate about our communities and tools -- we typically prefer to hire from within our existing communities
  • Be detail-oriented and extremely organized
  • Have a thick skin and always be nice when we mess up and our passionate users are upset about it
  • Be able to demonstrate success quantitatively
  • Be adaptable and flexible to navigate an environment that is constantly evolving

Please send a resume, cover letter, and any other useful information to auctoramentum at instructables dot com. Make the subject of your email robot-related, and, if possible, witty. This is a half-time position.

Generalist Designer / Technologist

Instructables is seeking to hire in-house makers with a strong sense of aesthetics and a wide skill set. This is a full-time position located in our state-of-the-art workshop at Pier 9. The person in this position will not only be expected to be able to create an eclectic mix of things with competency, but be able to effectively communicate this to others.

The ideal candidate is the sort of person who is not daunted by being asked to tackle something new. They can work largely independently and solve problems elegantly. However, they will also understand where their strengths and weaknesses lie, and know when to ask for assistance.

In a typical week you may be asked to build a 3D printed robot, interface with a Kinect, program a Raspberry Pi, and use a water jet. Machine shop (wood, metal, CNC) experience is preferable, but not necessary.

If this sounds like you, please send a resume, cover letter and portfolio to auctoramentum at instructables dot com. Make the subject of your email robot-related, and, if possible, witty.

Fashion-Focused Maker

Instructables is looking to find a fashion-focused maker to join our in-house content team.  This is a full-time position located in our state-of-the-art workshop at Pier 9. This job primarily entails brainstorming, creating and documenting fun and stylish how-to content. The fashion-focused maker will be expected to see through every project from start to finish with a high level of competency and professionalism.

The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of the tools, materials and techniques required to make a garment of clothing. They will stay on top of current trends in fashion, beauty, and pop culture and by doing this, understand what it is that people online want to see. This candidate will also be a good team player and a natural problem solver.

If this sounds like you, please send a resume, cover letter and portfolio to auctoramentum at instructables dot com. Make the subject of your email robot-related, and, if possible, witty.

Pier 9 Workshop Tour Guide

Autodesk's Pier 9 houses a state-of-the-art fabrication workshop and we need your help to show it off! The P9 Workshop is a popular place to visit for Autodesk employees, clients and industry partners.  We are quickly outgrowing our ability to accommodate the number of tour requests with our internal resources and current tour procedure. We are looking for a tour guide to help.

Guide must be well-spoken, enthusiastic, comfortable interacting with a broad spectrum of guests and customers, from CEO’s to employee family members.  Applicants should have an interest in workshops, creative making, CNC fabrication and 3D Printing. Your enthusiasm for our tools and the unique community is part of what makes you the ultimate tour guide for Pier 9.

The tour guide will run between 4 and 7, one-hour-long tours per week at varying times of the day, Monday-Friday. Additional hours can be earned by preparing for tours and handling some of the tour coordination process if interested. 

As an additional bonus, the Tour Guide position comes with workshop access, so when you're not giving people tours of the space, you could also be working on your own awesome projects at the Pier 9 workshop.  The full suite of Autodesk software, the unique tooling at Pier 9 and specialized teams who can help you with your projects will be at your disposal.

Requests come in on short notice and sometimes far in advance so flexibility in schedule is a MUST!

  • Are great with people and enjoy playing amazing Willy Wonka tour guide for anyone from friends and family of Autodesk employees to Autodesk clients and vendors and everyone in between (bonus for occasional singing and fake tumbling.)
  • Are enthusiastic about the future of digital fabrication through 3D modeling and CNC machining
  • Have a somewhat flexible schedule Monday through Friday to help us accommodate last minute tour requests.

This is a part time paid position, but there is no limit to how much time you can work in the shop if you love our space as much as we do!

To apply, send a resume and a well written cover letter explaining why you are great for this roll to auctoramentum at instructables dot com.  Be sure to include the words "Pier 9 Tour Guide" in your witty subject or else your email won't get the attention that it deserves.

Pier 9 Creative Programs Admin

The Creative Programs at Pier 9 includes a world class workshop, thriving artist in residence community and several ongoing creative project collaborations with partners to design and make things that the world has never seen. The admin role facilitates operations and administrative tasks within these three main areas of the department.


facilitate and administrate all working details of the Pier 9 Creative Programs team

  • administer project sprints - manage and file legal agreements, execute on creative programs onboarding procedures, account creation, badges and worker logins

expense management and purchasing - creation and filing of expense reports and departmental purchasing

  • meeting facilitation - book locations, prepare agendas, take notes and distribute meeting minutes and presentations, track action items and communicate status

  • Creative Programs asset maintenance - maintain inventory of equipment, track equipment check-outs and ensure that equipment is returned in good condition

  • test kitchen coordinator - manage food handler certifications, orientations, cleanings and stock reorder

  • project assembly area - maintain space, cleanings, organization


Pier 9 is a completely unique team of creative individuals. Candidates must be able to thrive in a fast paced environment, but also have exceptional attention to detail, and strong operational and communication skills. Your ability to support and facilitate evolving projects while taking pride in your work is what separates you from other candidates.
  Being a maker or artist is not required.  Being an expert facilitator of makers and artists is.


  • At least 3 years experience in project and program support or administrative roles

Excellent people and digital communication skills

  • Exceptional attention to detail, organization and operational focus

  • Experience in Outlook, Google docs and spreadsheet wrangling, and developed writing skills

  • Simultaneous parallel project management and multitasking abilities

This position is located at Pier 9 in San Francisco, CA

Send resume and a well written cover letter explaining why you are great for this roll to auctoramentum at instructables dot com.  Make the subject of your email robot-related, and, if possible, witty.  Be sure to include the words "Creative Programs Admin" in your witty subject or else your email will be discarded by a robot, human robot.


If you’ve ever wanted to see what happens behind the scenes here at HQ, here’s your chance! We want passionate people who can use our amazing workspace to help them realize their maker dreams, and help us manage the best community on the Internet. These paid positions are located at the Pier 9 workshop in San Francisco.

The strongest applicants will have an Instructables account with a history of well documented projects which show off your amazing skills. Send an email to auctoramentum at instructables dot com with a fun, robot-related subject line. What are you waiting for? Blow us away with your creative portfolio and tell us what projects you want to make when you’re here!

About Instructables

Instructables is the most popular Do It Yourself community on the Internet. Started in August 2005, Instructables provides accessible tools and publishing instructions to enable passionate, creative people to share their most innovative projects, recipes, ideas, and hacks. The site is currently home to over 100,000 projects covering such diverse areas as crafts, art, kids, electronics, pets, bikes, cars, robotics, green projects, and cooking.  In 2011, we were acquired by Autodesk.  Our benefits are now super-charged!  

We're located at Pier 9 in San Francisco in the world's most advanced workshop directly on the bay with gorgeous natural light and unobstructed views of the Bay Bridge. In our shop, we have CNC everything, a 5-axis waterjet, an 11-axis mill, the largest collection of high-end 3D printers, a woodshop, a metal shop, an enormous test kitchen, industrial sewing machines, and a fully stocked electronics lab. See this Machine Catalog Instructable for a peek. 

If you want to work remotely
Click here for more information about helping out around the Instructables website.

This is the most recent and up to date job listing for Instructables despite the posting date.

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To be fair, Instructables is certainly not the same as it was in those days*, and I am not at all the same person I was back then. :)

*Or perhaps as it was portrayed, I suppose.
It would be unnatural for the site to remain unchanging for so long, but I do believe that the heart & soul of the site are still there, behind the updates.
I'm afraid if there were one internship left and both of you were standing there for the interview, I'd have to give it to....
There is also this:

way better being called an AIRhead than intern.

I could write a letter of recommendation...wait, that won't do any good...
i live in the UK .... Any opportunity's available here ?
you probly can....monkeyman
You can travel there - at least 2 past Artists in Residence have been British*, and I can't see an obvious reason why a Brit couldn't be an intern.

I highly recommend giving it a go.

*One of them was me.
Other than, perhaps, labor laws. :P
Labour laws don't apply to AiRs, since they are not actually employed by the site.

Internships and "proper" are different, but, since hundreds of British students spend their Summers working in US summercamps, or spending a gap year working there, I'd assume the problems are routinely surmountable.
Oh, I know it's doable - just pointing out that, if you actually want to be an intern as a foreign national, there are hoops to jump through. :)
(Which are easier to jump through if you take *all* your bank details with you...)
Oooo, I imagine...did someone forget to do that? :D
and if they still had a grudge concerning that little tiff with King George III.
I am interested in applying for an internship but I can't understand what "robot-related" subject means...can anybody please explain it to me?
Mention the Instructables logo/mascot, Robot, in the subject line of your email.
oh I see now, I suspected it had something to do with it but I wasn't sure, thank you!! :)
You're welcome!'s me again (sorry) :D I love to create and I am in love with Instructables! For this reason I really wanted to apply for an internship but I also ended up reading the Artist in Residence Program that sounds so interesting and similar too. I was wondering, what's the main difference between them?
The artist in residence is a 1-3 month residency where you work on making Instructables. You would use our space and tools, but would have a large amount of autonomy. This program involves a fixed one-time living stipend. The internship program is roughly about 1/2 project time and 1/2 site-related work. This would involve being part of the day-to-day operation of the website. This gets paid hourly.
Thank you very much for the explanation. I have to make up my mind now! :)
sciman11 year ago
any chance you'd have space for an intern from mid may till early august?
Any age limit on the internships???
SCIENCEPAL1 year ago
Is there any internship available 4 2013 summer?
Daniel Zf1 year ago
And im in mexico XD
Still ill try to post all the stuff i can, researching in mexican candy :)
Also will make a post on the dia de muertos and noche mexicana how to, just hope to ge the time.
Thanks instructables for this oportunity to share my small knowledge, this is helping me as a small therapy to overcome my depression.
I don't suppose you have any openings in Australia?
8bit5 years ago
The sales manager should post a "how to be a sales manager" 'ible.
You can get started by practicing. Get a shovel, follow around a horse then sell what you can scoop up as organic fertilizer. Its all downhill from there....A salesman sells the fertilizer, the sales manager convinces the salesman its the best in the world....
And in the meen time the customers get ripped off for manure.
By that rationale anybody who buys a cup of coffee at Starbucks is being ripped off. So, for that matter, is anyone who buy an article of clothing, an oil change or a pedicure. Neither selling things for money nor making a profit are intrinsically disordered activities. Not all salesman are good salesman but the opportunity to work with a well managed, professional sales organization can vastly improve the quality of the workplace experience.
Depending upon what service / item is being sold and the price it's being sold at depends upon whether or not the buyer gets ripped off.

And of course neither are disordered activities, it takes management and advertising, the business space needs to be bought, and just selling your service.

organization is not always required in all areas, such as where you place your massage table doesn't have to be placed exactly, but the cans of fruit need to be ordered.

And organization is not the only skill necessary for a business, it needs management to see over all, advertisement, and when starting off a major important thing is to get to be friends with the surrounding / similar businesses. e.g. for Instructables, maybe when they started they looked at other DIY forums for tips, and maybe get to know the makers.
Works with worm poo also.
 That might be alittle more time-consuming :)
Especially finding those little shovels. : )
karip12 8bit4 years ago
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Ghost Comment? 
Nah, just the ignorance of using a keyboard...
What is the hiring age for jobs?
where is the contact email...?
(Scroll all the way down the page.)
ASCAS Kiteman1 year ago
Your not getting in ;)
ohhhhhh my troll face image didn't work
That's a little challenge, all applicants need to be smart enough to find the contact-email...

thanks for the implication that I am stupid... the only email address I see available is a generic information contact
iwannawork at instructables dot com

I assume this is the contact info. Is it not?
(translation!) Hope that helps.
You may take this implication instead:
The topic could have been better written to include something like "If you would like more information e-mail us at-"
(it's British-sarcasm or something)

Can I sleep on the couch?
Jayefuu Kiteman2 years ago
'fraid not!
MKosterich2 years ago
Just in case you were concerned, I'm your next intern. Please prepare for me to bake your socks off!
pyromonkey2 years ago
I wish I lived in San Francisco! Got anything in the San Diego area?
nitrojohn2 years ago
Is there a phone number for INSTRUCTABLES.COM let me know people
dompower4 years ago
Hi Guys
check my work at  for3D graphics & animations.

Dominic Ancelm
Saudi Arabia
Tobita dompower2 years ago
Are you familiar with the drag racing that takes place on the service road near the private terminals of King Khaled airport? 1 am to af-fajr prayer Wednesday's and Thursday's (Thurs. and Fri. technically.) Great place to meet gear heads, assuming you catch the ones with a passion and not those with just a fat wallet.
wuz up
rock80342 years ago
i am a student, i been studying graphic design for three years and i would love to be in sales or an intern.
Labot20013 years ago
Does ibles have bases in Chicago and NY now...?
I hope so, cause i would love an internship there... but... im in NYC
Well, dammat. I guess I am out of the running then... I can't relocate to the Bay area, thought most of my extended family is there... But if something REMOTE comes up, Im'a challenge all y'all to MORTAL COMBAT! It will be mine. Oh yes. It WILL be mine.
Chirpoff2 years ago
I'm in a state close by... not exactly driving distance! :) But this would be a very cool job, I love making, doing, editing and photoshopping, and designing anything myself! Who knows, perhaps someday I might look into this further. Working with you guys as an employee would be really awesome!
how about the job for an "IDEA MAN"..................i'll do it for free ???
think bout it and for more details just mail me at
The proper name for that position is "member" - if you've got great ideas, just start a forum topic, PM the staff, or do it yourself.
sure man thnx..........
thakur9002 years ago
ok so if someone has a business proposal for instructables, where do they contact?

PM me if anyone knows the details...
Did you look at the list of staff to find the right POC?
fishcake273 years ago
i wish i had a job here...
jeff-o3 years ago
I don't suppose a telepresence robot would be good enough, eh? Ontario to SF is one heck of a commute...
does anyone know if instructables is still looking for interns?
good one it is
bien jejejeje esta bno auke no lo puedo descargar
Batman4t3 years ago
The Java Web Developer looks like a very enjoyable job except I am short on the experience bullet point by one by year. I am assuming this would disqualify for that position, even if I meet all of the other requirements. I was wondering if I could get some confirmation on this fact. The reason I ask is because I don't want to waste my time writing a pointless cover letter and waste your time reading about another candidate who isn't qualified.
Shortcomings in one requirement can be compensated for by superiority in another.

If you genuinely want the job, apply for it.

xrissy3 years ago
I love the Editor position. Unfortunately, I live in the UK :O( Boo hiss. Can I do it from here? What a cool job.

If you want to start a UK branch, let me know. Due to time constraints, I've only made 2 instructables, but both were featured, and one was put in one of your ebooks .... huh, huh?

Cheers -
gmjhowe xrissy3 years ago
We already have a UK branch, it is somewhat run from my front room though...

We are going to be at the makers faire this year! In full force.
The one in Queens? ;-)
Who you calling a... oh....

No, the UK Faire, in Newcastle. There's a forum topic about it somewhere...
I figured as much.... ;-)
Kiteman xrissy3 years ago
Hey, I'm ahead of you in the queue - I wrote part of the printed book.

Oh man, what i wouldn't do... I forget living in Canada, I would need a visa and other pesky documents to relocate. Oddly enough on the radio erliar before they were playing that song, "if your going to San Francisco, where a flower in you hair..." How about a Northern Canadian Office?
YES! that would be great! say... edmonton?
Maybe... I'm a west coaster though - I had dibs lol, I was thinking an online collaboration, as I'm sure there would be east coasters as well wanting in. It would keep things simple. anyone? does not seem to be an available domain, maybe they bought it :D
Interesting, maybe. Aside from asking I wonder if there is a way of determining ownership of such a thing
I have no idea if this matters, but, if you go to instructables[dot]ca , at the bottom of the page is "contact us" maybe an army of Instructables users e-mailing them will persuade them to hand over the domain :P
maybe, but... lets make sure first that its not all ready owned by, not wanting to re-invent instructables. More like just a Canadian chapter to make things slighlty easier for Canadians. Instructables may be based in San Francisco, but they are international in there intentions and actions. I love this site and the work they do here!
measure twice cut once and all that
WHOIS = is how you find out, I ran one from my box and it seems like .com has lots of info Technical Contact:
Wilheim, Eric
82 2nd St.
San Francisco, California 94105
United States
while the .ca is lacking... and isn't registered through godaddy like .com is
Name: ( 10 Dollar Domain Names Inc.
Number: 1064689
I agree... Maybe something that someone with their own home office already can do??? *Pointing to myself

i can deal with west coast.
i just find it a little annoying when everything is on the east coast (its a long and or expensive trip!).

yes, I think this might need to be pursued a little on the serious side
WOOT! I second that!
uh oh, I smell the Canadian edition forming, come on we've got ... poutine? yeah!
zieak3 years ago

[Dreams of a career change.]
ewilhelm (author)  zieak3 years ago
I know you love AK, but consider SF!
I live in OH (DYT) and only need this one excuse to relocate to SF! I sent you a resume (attn: hiringbot)! I'll fly out there for an interview!
amnard3 years ago
kkelley43 years ago
Regards! Go global and translate your site in German. I am interested in your Online Editor position. Please advise at your earliest convenience and thank you for your time.
tsuss! klk
danbar3 years ago
hi! im from mexico and i can work with you guys translating the site if you are interested contact me!
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