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Positions available at Instructables (updated Feb 3, 2015)

 



Java Developer

Instructables is looking for a mid-level Java developer to join our engineering team at Pier 9 in San Francisco. Our ideal candidate has spent the last 2-5 years writing Java pretty much every day. Fluency is Java is a must, and our ideal candidate also has good knowledge of Java web applications and specifically these technologies will go a long ways:

  • Git
  • MySQL
  • Hibernate
  • Resin
  • Comfort with Unix / Command line

Our application has reached a stage where a number of interesting performance and resource allocation issues are part of the daily job. You'll have help learning your way around a large code base, but we want you to feel comfortable contributing your expertise from day one. You would be writing the back end code that powers all of Instructables’ platforms across the web and mobile devices, so if you have a passion for writing clear, concise, scalable and testable code that others will find easy to read and maintain over time, we want to hear from you!

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 love the things we work on.

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


Frontend Engineer

Instructables is hiring a new front end developer to help implement beautiful and intuitive UI for our broad audience of makers and DIYers. If you’re experienced in a wide range of front end technologies and frameworks, come join our enthusiastic team of engineers @ Pier 9 in SF (Remote work is possible for the right candidate).

We’re looking for a mid-level engineer with 2-5 years of experience. You’ll need to have extensive experience in these areas:

  • Git
  • JavaScript, Python, HTML, and CSS
  • Backbone.js or similar JavaScript MVC
  • RESTful APIs

Our front end developers have constant communications with other members of the team, so solid communication skills are a must. You’ll need to be self-motivated, but you should feel comfortable asking for help fast if you get stuck. Instructables runs new experiments all the time, so you should be excited by opportunities to learn new languages and tools as needs evolve.

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 love the things we work on.

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


Web Architecture Engineer

You will manage infrastructure and scaling for Instructables, making sure that users see reliable and snappy service through all of our application layers. You will own our caching, load balancing, and server clusters, and work alongside the rest of the engineering team to address performance issues before they affect users. You will understand our network diagram thoroughly, and become the go-to person for troubleshooting issues relating to the flow of requests through our network. When spammers launch attacks, you will design and implement strategies that protect the network infrastructure while delivering seamless high-quality experiences for members.

Your role will be at the intersection between our programming team and the systems administrators who work directly with the hardware, so strong communications skills are a must. You’ll need to be able to communicate hardware needs and software needs smoothly between both groups. You’ll be keeping tabs on new hardware needs as they develop, so you’ll need to feel comfortable speaking up when new needs arise.

On typical days, you’ll monitor site performance on a variety of server status and timing charts, keep our staging environment humming, verify database backups and backup strategies, identify and solve problems in how requests are routed, and help us work towards simpler, more efficient infrastructure that we can grow into. You’ll plan how parts of the application interact, keep caching and scaling working smoothly, and coordinate how abuse is handled.

Some areas you’ll be working in regularly:
- IP Networking
- Mysql / Database management
- Unix server management (software side)
- Resin & Apache
- Solr
- Caching Configuration
- Load Balancer Configuration

Job Requirements:
- 3-5 Years experience with several technologies mentioned above
- Basic familiarity with all of the above
- Experience performing server maintenance while the servers are under load
- Excellent communication skills

We want to find someone who’s excited by making (maybe you have a CNC in your garage already!) and will thrive in a culture of DIY and makers. If you have broad-based experience keeping large computer systems running smoothly, and you’re excited to share in a culture of making, give us a shout!

This is a full-time position that can either be located in our awesome waterfront offices of Pier 9 in San Francisco, or potentially anywhere in the world. Send your resume and cover letter to auctoramentum at instructables dot com. Make the subject of your email robot-related, and, if possible, witty.


Internships

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. With currently over 29 million monthly active users, you will join a team that is having a meaningful impact on the world. 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
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This is the most recent and up to date job listing for Instructables despite the posting date.

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Porda Kiteman6 months ago

Sorry to interrupt your holiday, but thank you for the great response. That looks to be a great way to go about it.

ericdavideddy6 months ago

Helloo I'm Eric. I dont find mot plz give some new idea to make my welding machine at home.. bcoz without welder I can't make car. I try to make spot welder with normal transformer for just trying to make welder. But it doesn't work..

There are quite a few DIY welders around the site. Have you tried the search function?

http://www.instructables.com/howto/welder/

(It works best when you are careful with your spelling...)

scharky7 months ago

anything available for a grammar-fascist with an English degree? noticed some glaring typos and grammatical errors around the site...maybe you guys need a rabid proofreader, even part-time? i can imitate robot whirring and bleeping sounds if that helps at all, plus my brain just got updated with the hyperfast Microsoft Grammarplus Chipset....

Kiteman scharky7 months ago

If you want to exercise your grammar muscles, you're best doing it on voluntary victims. They can usually be found in the Clinic: http://www.instructables.com/community/The-Clinic...

If you find issues with syntax or spelling on the site architecture or in an admin-created document (like a contest), let us know at service at instructables.com. If the issue is on an individual project submitted by an author, just leave it alone. Grammar fascism is as popular as old-fashioned fascism. That said:

We've given away t-shirts without the r, I've nearly written account without the o, and we don't notice until someone points them out.

nstokes110 months ago

I don't know if you guys do stuff like this are not. But I thought I would drop a line to see if you guys do. I think there is a market for something I'm thinking of. I know about 20 people that are like me and think it would be great to have something like what I'm will till you about. I don't know if you guys even do stuff like this are not But you might want to think about putting lights some how on wheel chair's for people that use them to go out on the street's. People in cars just don't watch for people in wheelchair's at all. But I think if they had some kind of lighting on it that it might help. It's just an idea. If you do come up with something email me nrmstok@yahoo.com are if you need a gene pig.

kkiecke nstokes18 months ago

Hello NStokes1. I have nothing to do with Pier 9, as I'm simply a member. I just wanted to comment on your idea. I think that what you are talking about is a fantastic idea. I used to be a tech at a motorcycle shop and we did this for a very independent young man who visited our store from time to time and who had all of us seriously terrified for him that he was going to be hit on the major and very busy road he would regularly travel. In fact, at some point long before I'd met him, he actually DID get hit by a truck. The story is funny of course after the fact but still horrifying none the less! One day a truck did not see him crossing the road (legally) at a turn lane and though his w/c was not hit hard at all, he wound up with both handles stuck to the grill of this truck and was pushed quite a way down the road horrifying everyone traveling in the opposite direction! Luckily the driver caught on quickly from all the honks and urgent pointing. He really was very, VERY lucky he didn't get hurt or worse. Once it was over with, he thought it was super fun that he got to go fast in his chair! Can you imagine?!? OMG!

So, we outfitted his motorized w/c with lights mounted high on extended posts to the outside of the frame in front of the handles which were his "real" headlights with yellow running lights that were also his turn signals just below them. He also got flashing running lights at four corner points of his chair. Plus, for kicks and his absolute joy we gave him a horn as well! Since we didn't want to risk him running out of juice from his main battery, a tray was created for a motorcycle battery and mounted near the base of the chair.

That young man was SO incredibly happy that someone took the time to do this for him! When he showed up to pick up his chair, he was so happy with what we had done that everyone was trying very hard to choke back tears. Most of us were not successful with that!

He was already pretty independent with that chair but with his new lights?!? He was king of the road!!!

I SO wish I had pix to show!!!

What a story! Ended surprisingly well... could easily be the opposite, as many other.

I have no idea how it is in US, but here in Portugal can be pretty dangerous to ride a bike (I won't enven refer to a wheel chair, as for exemple from where I live, there's no sidewalks in 3-4km of those 5km to the center of the town), for our bad roads or for the unconscious overspeeders. Two weeks ago I got really scared coming back home, and it was still daylight! The car passed me at +-90km/h, less than 50cm close. If it was a truck, it would have certainly suck me up right after passing me. Many people already died around here (not on "my" road) for that reason.

Lights can be life savers! Even if they can't avoid those ignorants that shouldn't have a license to drive. I wish them the worst luck!

do you mean a push wheel chair

im software engineer also creative worker from sri lanka. im like to work with you ,any freelancer work ?

jtaukuheke8 months ago

Namibia`s too far....

Jezan8 months ago

too far from the Philippines. :((

alstroemeria8 months ago

Should I be receiving any application confirmation or rejection notices? I've sent an email last week and haven't received any follow up response.

lileffects9 months ago

Do you ever hire electronics geeks to build, verify, and/or fix instructables on the site? I've been an electronics hobbyist for a couple of decades, and working in the electronics industry for roughly a decade. I've built custom audio electronics for several well known musicians as well. Unfortunately, I don't have an EE degree so I have to rely on namedropping and the long list of projects and hands-on experience that I have.
Is there a place for the seemingly uneducated at Instructables?

The best qualification for an internship is a track record of publishing awesome projects as instructables.

Time to start creating...

Porda9 months ago

Is it likely to get an interview if you're not in California? Personally, I'm in North Carolina, but I'd happily relocate for Instructables.

Kiteman Porda9 months ago

Since most of the current staff are not Californian, some are even Canadian, I'd say "go for it".

pcpolyzine9 months ago

A highlight of my day is reading responses on this message board. I am a 58 year-old disabled woman in Maryland, USA who worked for years as a product adaptation specialist. My daughter calls me a serial entrepreneur. My advice to anyone interested in getting involved at Instructables is to learn from people like Akin Yildiz who wants this in his bones. He never asks "how much" or "what" is in it for him. He already knows the answer. If you are serious about wanting to be at Instructables in any capacity, the most important question to ask is "when should I get there?" Best regards, J Havel, Columbia, MD, USA, Earth

PS - "Earth" added in case some day it becomes a necessary part of the address.

Akin Yildiz9 months ago

i wash dishes during the day and save the planet at night thru instructables.com.... i will move there for an internship just to get help to finish my design in mind !

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Send in your application - the worst that can happen is they say "not this time".

chemicalfacist10 months ago

The first requirement on all of these should probably be "Located in the Bay Area". Because even though I would kill it as the "Design-Focused Woodworker" and got excited, I am, alas in Los Angeles..

You could move, rent a place in Oakland.

Light_Lab10 months ago

Got all excited about the "Fashion Monster" job for my daughter, she is a perfect match to the job description except for one thing, wrong bay area. She lives in Melbourne Australia.
As for "Materials Scientist, 3D Printing" that exactly describes me and my job before I retired after doing that work for 32 years, I was even doing the 3D algorithm work and some of the programing. I still consult but again wrong country.

Just when is someone going to invent Star Trek style teleportation i{^_^}

worldwidewyatt10 months ago

How long will the job application for Editor / Digital Storyteller / Videographer be available?

mtkk7110 months ago

The inetructables.com is a good web site and I am looking forward in it ...I am in internet marketing and working upon him as K.B.Enterprises .....Thanks!

mtkk(Taufiq Khan)

Sir zvavanhu10 months ago

Allow serious people like us to apply

quincy trott11 months ago

how old do i have to be for a internship?

How old are you?

i am 15 7/6 years old is that a acceptable age?

You'll probably need to involve a parent or legal guardian to arrange anything more than a visit.

inTrustme11 months ago

Mates, what is the required age for your Position of Videographer ?
Actually I don't wanted to mention my age, so for the reply (if wished by you ha) send me an email.
Mail - smartmayank97@gmail.com

Kiteman inTrustme11 months ago

"Please send a resume, demo reel, and a 1 minute video cover letter that tells the story of why you'd be great for this position to auctoramentum at instructables dot com.

Make the subject of your email robot-related, and, if possible, witty."

whitecherokee11 months ago

cool I might apply

akshaypatil11 months ago

i liked it

ahmad raza11 months ago
emma cutekid11 months ago

love u all

emma cutekid11 months ago

love u all

How many internship positions are there or can there only be one?

xe1ybc091 year ago

Hi everybody

nathim1001 year ago

cool

hunter9991 year ago

Sounds good!

JM19991 year ago

Cool

manacho1 year ago

Hello I joined Instructables in 2008, and i follow you in every day. I have seen that you need bilingual help, I can work for you manage the new influx of projects in Spanish and provide help to
Spanish-language authors just getting started with Instructables.

Sincerely,

Manuel (Manacho)

"Send an email to auctoramentum at instructables dot com letting us know you've applied. Make the subject line of your email to us robot-related, and, if possible, witty. Of particular interest to us is your portfolio. Make sure to highlight your coolest projects!"

nbaldan1 year ago

I could work as a designer, as a workshop manager and as a bilingual intern. I've taken the Cisco ccna 1,I've a gook knowledge of all types of graphics.

rcorthell1 year ago

Did I tell you I was a Master Gardener too? .....and a smartie pants?

rcorthell1 year ago

I would love to work here! Definitely sending my resume as well a things I have created! I love to learn so I am somewhat of a jack of all trades in numerous categories. I also have an AS in Electronics Technology, designed, manufactured and installed Avionics installation kits for corporate and commercial jets, and owned my own business!

ssquare1 year ago
Benzyl1 year ago
'You know how to run IE on a Mac' is this a trick question? IE for Mac hasn't been updated in over a decade and wouldn't run on an Intel one anyway.

Not really, there's ways to emulate IE on a mac wo/ even downloading software!

I have many years of knowledges and experiences that would be a great asset to Instructables.com. Do you offer positions that telecommute? Thank you in advance.

supercolor1 year ago

I´m just a man with something great ideas..

gmoon1 year ago

Just an FYI: while Instructables isn't mentioned by name, the latest PopSci mag (Feb 2014) has a profile of Carl Bass (Autodesk CEO) and the Pier 9 workshop is mentioned in the article...

In the printed article, there should be a little tiny mention that is off to the side in a text box.

aHa! You're right--Instructables is mentioned in the sidebar. Cool.

dfunct1 year ago

Hello,

I would like to work remotely. I am going to send in my info. to "iwannawork."

If there is anything that I missed, please send in any related info. to me, e.g. big bags of money, private jet accommodations and/or Sports Illustrated Models.

Sincerely,

Seth

Kiteman dfunct1 year ago

To work remotely...

http://www.instructables.com/community/How_to_Help_Out_Around_Instructables/

The Instructables workshop sounds like heaven on earth.
Doesn't it just?
hi, i really mad about electronics and DIY. I am a big fan of instructables and its really an honer to work with. i am too much interested from deep of my heart to work with. what i will do for that ? i am in India.
"Please send a resume, cover letter, your member name if you have one, and any other useful information to iwannawork at instructables dot com.  Make the subject of your email robot-related, and, if possible, witty."
mnunesvsc1 year ago
i´d like to make things, like wings for easy transportation, can i be paid to do that ?
If i apply would i have to come to Pier 9 ??
Probably.

If you want more details, I would contact the email addresses given in the text.
Ok sure....
This opening is for which post ????

I m a PHP developer (INDIA)
suckers1 year ago
How much do u make or is it a free job?
It's paid, but you'd have to email HQ to find out exactly how much.
whats piear 9 mean?
Pier 9 is the location in San Francisco where the Instructables staff are based.

(PS, if you hit the Reply button, it makes it easier to keep track of conversations.)
sir !
can we do work online from home country?
such as pakistan,India etc
Interns are based in Pier 9.
(removed by author or community request)
As long as you can get the appropriate visas, I don't see why not.

Why not apply? The worst you will get is a polite refusal.

hi !
south asian peoples can apply as interns of all shapes and size.
Kiteman1 year ago
Dopy question, but, now that this topic has popped up again, are these vacancies still current?

Apart from interns, is there a specific deadline?
Still current. There is no specific deadline, but we're looking to fill the positions as soon as we can.
OK, thanks.

It was just that the very old posting date might cause confusion...
http://www.instructables.com/id/Robot-vacuum-floor-cleaner/ we are not able to post any comment on this link,please check it,and replay,
http://www.instructables.com/id/Robot-vacuum-floor-cleaner/ we ae not able tp commenting on any instructable...there's one message get display like "please enter numer shown in image" but any number or name is not visible,please fix this error as soon as possible,we are not able to do communication for our project
That's a known bug, which is already being worked on. Watch for an announcement in the forums about when it has being fixed.
dnguyen361 year ago
I am studying in Hult International business school, SF.
I am looking forward an intern of instructables.
Is there any intern position for next summer?
Kante Tech1 year ago
An internships as of now. I am a college freshman that has a lot to offer.
"To apply, send your cover letter, resume, and any other useful information such as a portfolio to iwannawork at instructables dot com. Make the subject line of your email to us robot-related, and, if possible, witty."
martzsam1 year ago
Is it possible to apply for an internship as a student exiting high school and entering college? I start college in the fall and am currently looking for various internship opportunities.
If you read the full post;

"For summer 2013, we only have internship positions open for software engineering.  You must currently be in an undergraduate or graduate program to qualify."
I did see that. I was more interested by the opportunities beyond 2013.

"Instructables is seeking interns of all shapes and sizes! We're looking for people who take good pictures, write well, and want to share their knowledge and help us manage the community."
I would totally do this Summer 2013 if I happened to live near Alemeda or Instructables HQ... of course, ya know, labor laws do interfere sometimes. And the fact that I live 800 miles away so commute would be a pain to say the least....


Any available internships for winter 2012?
ewilhelm (author)  GorillazMiko2 years ago
Yes.
i know the reply is going to be no, but can 9 year olds do it ;)
Don't doooooooooooooo it...
I remember when you'd be jealous of an intern...
ASCAS Kiteman2 years ago
Hello MR. Kiteman!

Is there an age limit for the job? :D We would like to help out for free, just for instructables to be better place! I've been an instructable fan at the age of 10. Me and my friends have some programming capabilities, well we study in a Academics&Technical School. Building projects and programming is our hobby (HTML, CSS, JAVA, JQuery ,C++, Arduino), hope to spend my free time reaching out for some help :)))))
Kiteman ASCAS2 years ago
You're 13, right?

I don't know Californian employment law, but in the UK you would be old enough for paid work, like a paper round or helping in a shop, as long as it did not interfere with school work, and as long as your school is satisfied that the work is safe.

So, what you need to do is find out what the legal position is in San Francisco (somebody at school should be able to help with that). Regarding safety, there are no tools at HQ more dangerous than those you'll use in "shop" lessons.

Assuming that goes well, you will then need to a proposal together for Ewihelm, the boss. Say what you could help with, what skills you have, maybe even suggest projects you could do independently.

Words of warning, though:

You need to remember that HQ is not a school or youthclub - the staff there are very friendly, some of the coolest people you'll ever meet, but they have their own jobs to do, and will not be able to monitor you and your safety as closely as you may be used to.

Having said that, good luck.
ASCAS Kiteman2 years ago
Actually I'm 14. Thanks for the fast reply though! Oh I forgot to tell you, actually I live in the Philippines, pretty far from the US. I was thinking more of a home job (on the desk), like being the one to manage guide entries (source code improvements), sending some ideas and visual improvements (emailing the HQ codes). It would be fun to work with people in the HQ though.

I just realize that there's a certain section in ibles, I haven't gone into, the forum section! Well I could probably post articles about site improvements :))) I Guess the forum section doesn't get viewers as much as the ible guides.

- Thanks

Kiteman ASCAS2 years ago
I doubt they would be able to organise that as official position, but there's nothing stopping you sending suggestions for improvements via the feedback section.
Yeah...

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.
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