Positions available at Instructables (updated 9/9/14)
Frontend EngineerCome join the Instructables engineering team @ Pier 9. Here's what you'll need to have to apply.
- 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.
Community ManagerWe're looking for a friendly community manager to help keep the site a fun and safe place for everyone to share their creations. This is a full time position based in San Francisco.
Responsibilities will almost certainly include:
Working with community members to help them share their projects
Embodying the “be nice” policy within the community
Curating content and identifying exemplary projects as authors share
Destroying spam with extreme prejudice
Coming up with interesting contests and prizes for the community
Knowing the ins and outs of the Instructables project editor
--when applying please send links to your published Instructables (or other writing/project samples)
Be passionate about our communities and tools -- we typically prefer to hire from within our existing communities
Be detail-oriented and extremely organized
Have strong communication and writing skills
Have a thick skin and always be nice
Be analytical and 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. And make it clear that you're applying for the CM position.
Spanish and Chinese Community ManagersWe’re in need of two fantastic community managers, one for our growing Spanish language side of Instructables and the other for the nascent Chinese side of the site. You’ll be on the ground floor as we grow these communities nearly from scratch, and your grassroots organization skills will be crucial. Also, you should have an interest in making things and helping people share what they make.
Responsibilities will include:
- Creating and running interesting and engaging contests and online events to grow the community
- Translating instructables from the English to the target language
- Commenting on published projects, participating in forums, fielding questions, featuring projects, reaching out to authors
- Working closely with the anglophone community management team to share contacts, participate in meetings, etc.
You should possess the following traits in addition to the ones listed for the anglophone Community Manager:
- Ability to read and write in the target language at a very high level, such that you can translate anything from recipes to ‘build your own 3D printer’
Knowledge of grammar and orthography need be well-developed, either through native acquisition or study
- Native fluency is not a prerequisite, but you must be able to communicate clearly and confidently in the target language with minimal errors while staying faithful to the translated item
- Some cultural knowledge/familiarity with the community of the target language to guide your translations (i.e regional/international differences in the language, systems of weight and measure, etc.)
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. And make it clear that you're applying for the language-focused CM 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. A strong understanding of electronics and programming is required. 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.
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.
InternshipsIf 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 InstructablesInstructables 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.
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