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Positions available at Instructables (updated Nov. 14, 2014)

Managing Editor

Come take the reins of the friendliest and most creative DIY maker community on the Internet. As the Managing Editor you will responsible for strategy and daily operations of our editorial, contests, community engagement, and customer service roles. This position is likely as unique as your professional experience that prepared you for it. We don't require a pedigree, but you do need to be passionate, results driven, and fun to work with.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Define and lead our editorial strategy
  • Manage and grow our community in an authentic way
  • Provide leadership, mentorship, and strategic vision to your teams
  • Collaborate with our product team to ensure efficient community tools and services
  • Effectively report results and make data informed decisions
  • Make our community and your staff happy!

YOU:
  • 5+ years experience in an online community or publishing management role
  • An amazing manager with a history of building great teams
  • Analytical and rigorous, but can listen to your gut instincts
  • Understand how to create and maintain a great office culture
  • Proactive, positive, energetic self-starter who thrives on getting things done
  • Extraordinary communicator with demonstrated writing and presentation skills

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


Customer Service

Do you remember the last time you emailed a company with a problem, and an actual person responded? Didn’t that make your entire day just a little bit better? We get a lot of great feedback and thank you’s for the customer service we provide to our community. You will also be the first to read the fan letters we receive from all over the world. Come join the nicest and friendliest DIY community on the Internet. Aside from doing your part to keep it that way, your responsibilities will include the following:
  • Be the frontline of all email support for maintaining world peace within our community
  • Helping to track down any prize delivery hiccups to our awesome authors
  • Participate in our help forums
  • Communicating bug reports to our product team

Here's what we're looking for from you:
  • Clear writing and communication skills
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • A personal be nice policy
  • Passionate about our community of making
  • Energetic and fun to work with!

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


Java Developer

This job description is currently in progress. If you enjoy backend Java development, you're smart, and easy to work with, then go ahead and drop us a line. We are looking to fill this position in February.

This is a full-time position located in our awesome waterfront offices of Pier 9 in San Francisco. Send resume, and cover letter 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 located in our awesome waterfront offices of Pier 9 in San Francisco. 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
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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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.

inTrustme8 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 inTrustme8 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."

whitecherokee9 months ago

cool I might apply

akshaypatil9 months ago

i liked it

ahmad raza9 months ago
emma cutekid9 months ago

love u all

emma cutekid9 months ago

love u all

clockworkfish9 months ago

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

xe1ybc099 months ago

Hi everybody

nathim1009 months ago

cool

hunter99910 months ago

Sounds good!

JM199910 months ago

Cool

manacho10 months 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)

Kiteman manacho10 months ago

"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!"

nbaldan10 months 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.

rcorthell10 months ago

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

rcorthell10 months 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!

ssquare10 months ago
Benzyl12 months 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.
morgantor Benzyl10 months ago

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

MyMenagerie10 months ago

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.

supercolor10 months ago

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

gmoon11 months 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.

dfunct11 months 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 dfunct11 months 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?
Dear_Shashi11 months ago
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 Kiteman1 year 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 ASCAS1 year 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 Kiteman1 year 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 ASCAS1 year 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.
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:
http://www.instructables.com/group/air/?show=INSTRUCTABLES&limit=15&sort=VIEWS

http://www.instructables.com/community/Artist-in-Residence-FAQ/

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
*cough*Maybe*cough*
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!
Ehm...it'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???
SCIENCEPAL2 years ago
Is there any internship available 4 2013 summer?
Daniel Zf2 years 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?
8bit6 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.
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