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Positions available at Instructables (updated May 12, 2016)

Community Manager


Instructables is looking for an awesome person to join our team of Community Managers!

Our ideal candidate feels at home with our community, has a strong customer service-oriented mindset, exceptional communication skills, and the ability to work efficiently and independently.  This position is currently a contract position, and thanks to the Internet, you can live just about anywhere in the world.

Responsibilities include:
  • Curating incoming content
  • Moderating and assisting in the administration of contests
  • Engaging with authors and users of the site
  • Helping authors improve the quality of their content
  • Helping resolve minor site-related issues for users
  • Setting expectations and tone for the community through your own high-quality content and positive interactions with other members

Candidates should be passionate about the Instructables community, so be sure to mention your username when you apply.

This is a constantly evolving environment that is fun, and exciting. This position also requires a high level of adaptability, flexibility, and an embodiment of the site’s “be nice” policy at all times. Do you think you’d be a good fit with our team? We’d love to chat with you!

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


Internships


We don't have internships available now, but we love meeting people who love making. Be bold! Propose a project, and we'll get back to you.

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!


Artists in Residence


The Pier 9 Artists in Residence (AIR) program gives artists, makers, and fabricators a chance to work with us in our digital fabrication workshops at Autodesk. Our artists explore, create, and document cutting-edge projects, and share them with the DIY community. See the Autodesk AIR website for more information and instructions to apply.


Volunteer Intern/Apprentices - orphans preferred


The illustrious Tim Anderson, one of Instructables most prolific authors, is also seeking interns, orphans preferred. See his posting 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. 

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Well first, I don't know what the missing step is, so I can't fill it in myself, and second, I don't think you're allowed to just copy another person's instructable wholesale and make changes to it without their permission.

But that's not really the point anyway; my point is that the existing system rewards instructables that "look cool" even if they have missing steps, without providing any rewards to people who create a better instructable that has the steps filled in. So even if I knew what the missing step was, and even if I were allowed to clone the original instructable and create a new version that had the missing step filled in, my new version would likely not even get 1/100th of the views of the old one, even though mine would be the one that was easier to follow.

*sigh* One last time, OK?

As I have said, over and over again,
this topic is not the place for this conversation, and I am not the
person you need to either convince or somehow prove "wrong".
If
you genuinely think your plan has value, put your proposals together
into a sensible format, and present them to the site owners via service@instructables.com
, or start your own forum topic, but stop cluttering up this topic.
I
would advise, though, that your comments and plans would be much more
credible if it were not for the fact that the only activity on your
profile was a suggestion that morphed into a series of personal attacks.
You could start by publishing instructables of your own, and show us how to meet your exacting standards.
On both counts, I think the appropriate saying is "put your money where your mouth is".

bennetthaselton,

Sounds like you might be better off starting your own project site...

reading posts between you and bennetthaselton, itsounds like bennetthaselton (ben) has some kind of frustration based grudge against your work. I don't understsnd why ben is trying to disect your work and point out missteps. Bens whole proposal seems more like a sidestep, an indirect way to say he didnt like your instructions.

I proposed a system that would produce instructables which could be read and followed by a complete newbie. Kiteman said the system was unnecessary because his instructables could already be read and followed by a complete newbie. I pointed out a couple of places where there were steps missing, he said got defensive, and it went downhill from there.

Here's the instructable he was talking about:

http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Remote-Match/

Look at the picture in step 5 -- you can see the yellow plastic coated wire running to where the single-strand wire is wrapped around the match head. The missing step is that the instructable doesn't describe how to connect the yellow wire to the single-strand bare wire around the match. I assume the missing step is that you either solder it, or use one of those plastic twisty knobs I bought at radio shack that you can use to twist two wires together. (But these things are missing from the "material and tools" in step 1.)

If you think I'm wrong, then you tell me: (a) How do you connect the single-strand bare wire threads to the longer plastic-coated wire, and (b) where is that in the instructable?

Otherwise, the original point stands: (1) The instructable is missing multiple steps that prevent it from being followed by a newbie, and (2) the review system I proposed would have caught it (since I caught it on the first read-through).

Bennetthaselton, there's no point going over exactly the same argument again. I don't know why this surfaced again, but, as I said, I am not the one you need to convince; you need to convince the site owners that your idea is viable.

To do that, you need to put together a proper rationale for your scheme, and a reasonably detailed plan for how it would work (who would be involved, how you would recruit them, time-schemes involved), some sort of cost/benefit analysis, and then send it to HQ at service@instructables.com.

If you want to discuss it with people before you send the email, then you need to start a fresh topic in the Feedback section of the forums, rather than clogging the comments on a topic about jobs.

Well I posted it in Jobs because I wanted to see if they'd be interested in hiring someone to create a process for producing newbie-friendly directions that don't leave out crucial steps.

That got hi-jacked by the discussion which started with your claim that the site *already* produces newbie-friendly directions that don't leave out crucial steps -- but that's not my fault :)

Why don't you just go ahead and update the

http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Remote-Match/

instructable and add the step about how to attach the yellow plastic-coated wires to the single-strand uncoated wires wrapped around the match head?

Well, if, out of over 81,000 readers, only one has had an actual problem following it, and that person was deliberately looking for a problem to have, I don't really think I need to.

Anyway, I think you've moved on from trying to prove yourself right to proving me wrong, which, I can assure you, will be a bootless task.

As I said, you need to put together a proper rationale for your scheme, and a reasonably detailed plan for how it would work, some sort of cost/benefit analysis, and then send it to HQ at service@instructables.com.

Meh, he was trying to prove a point, but the whole discussion is past and gone as far as I'm concerned. As I said several months ago, I'm not the one he needs to convince. If he wanted to pursue the idea, he should have contacted HQ directly. Maybe he did, but I don't see any activity on his profile except this thread, so I'm guessing he's moved on to other projects.

use a long strand of carbon fiber. you can find sheets of the stuff online. Thinner than a human hair with high tensile strength.

cf

Oh man, these kids born in the 90's are killing me. How do you do it Kiteman?

Giulia Art1 year ago

I'm 20,I am from Romania but now I live in Italy, i like to comunicate with people and i also want a position at Instructables because i love this place:)

I would like to work like a Weekend Community Manager here at Instructables!

Looking forward to your answer!

giuliatalmacel@gmail.com

The posting tells you where to send your application.

(PS, it's not a good idea to post your personal email in a public forum.)

where to send it? I don't see any email!

This bit:

Do you think you’d be a good fit with our team? We’d love to chat with
you! Please send a resume and cover letter to auctoramentum at
instructables dot com
, and make the subject of your email robot-related
if you can.

abwalzain1 year ago

hi i am asking about haw to controing dc motor by arduino uno and i need the cod pleass

snowg1 year ago

hi guys!

There was an opening for generalist designer sometime back. Got closed before I could apply. Wondering if I should just go ahead and apply.

Nothing wrong with a speculative application - use the contact details in the posting.

Could you delete my 2 instructables today. Its the empty one.

You can do that yourself.

Go to the instructable, and hit "edit". In the edit mode, there is a button at the left that looks like a bullet-pointed list.

Hit that button, and a new menu appears, with "delete" as one of the option.

slashvenom1 year ago

i love instructable

hirusha1 year ago

I love instructable and I would like to apply for an intership or customer service where do I apply

Read the post, it tells you how and where to apply.

Mr Kiteman,

You are a kind soul indeed.

I would love too, but, I do not fit the requirements. :( Plus I have to go to school. even more :(

Fail spam. Sorry :(

I would like to work for myself, tinkering, playing & making things that work right. Alas, I have a mortgage & bills to pay - hence I have a regular job.

I hear you!

tominjose1 year ago

I would like to work for instructables.

Wouldn't we all?

It tells you in the post how to apply, though.

Yeah like so ,how to apply?

Er... have you read the posting?

OMG! How do you do it?! You're so polite with everyone even though it appears most either didn't read the posting or didn't pay any attention whatsoever to what they read. Sounds to me like they're all viable candidates for anything other than what was actually posted...

I'm British.

(Actually, every smiling polite answer to a loon comment causes another stomach ulcer to erupt, bring forward my grisly end, but stiff upper lip, mustn't grumble, keep and carry on....)

.

.

.

-_-,

AlexT101 year ago

I live in South Africa. Could I get to work for Instructables from here?

The end of the topic posting tells you about working remotely.

haikuordie1 year ago

I'm interested in the "content creator" position. Does this job require someone to relocate? And if not, is it a full-time job? I was wondering if it was possible to retain my current job as well. Thank you for your help

--- Micah

"This person will be joining the Instructables Content Creation Team for
an 8-month full-time contract position, with the opportunity to extend."

All the paid positions are based at Pier 9, so you'll need to relocate, and I doubt you'll have time for any other work.

egdahl1 year ago

Where is instuctables.com headquartered? As in where are the jobs?

San Francisco, CA

Jarredm1 year ago

hey I'm from Ireland I'm 17 and in school I just want to see is there anything I can do u don't have to pay me I'll do what ever for free

rshacker861 year ago

Hello
I am A 16 Year old boy from India. I know a thing or two about electronics though I'm keen to learn more. I know how to solder and de-solder. Is there any task/job for me that I can do from here and get paid???

Thank You

Sorry, remote working is on a voluntary basis:

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

Isaiahb1 year ago

would it be paying?

All positions listed above are paid.

right Isaiahb

Isaiahb1 year ago

wow 603 comments

PatrickP41 year ago

I am 68, retired USAF aircraft avionics, cryptographic systems tech. with a Technician Class HAM Radio license.

I wrote/re-wrote the Standards Installation Manuals (29 volumes) while establishing/teaching the one week school in the Air Force for all installers of Communications Centers, and Bases in America and Europe. Was assigned there for 3.5 years. Also taught micromodular repair, soldering practices, and worked on

the Idlewild RAPCON project, along with the first laser shots to return from the moon.

I am retired, but, rebuild several computers each week for the Friends of the Library,

Seminole county, and other charities, schools, businesses, and families.

I repair LCD monitors and computers down to the component level, TIG weld, and repair motor vehicles, bicycles, as needed. Have a Raspberry Pi B model, and am building a BIT X20A Ham Radio from scratch.

So, I have a few current "brands in the fire", and have a recommendation, to help the newbies...

1. How about a "Standards Page", a "Safe Practices Page", or links to some?

2. A writer guide for projects, so that a 'formula' is followed, as in an outline of tasks.

Thanks for a very informative, exciting, experience! Just watching technology blossom and evolve is a thrill!

If you want to apply for something, there are email addresses in the topic text.

My opinions:

A safety page has been discussed before, but the sheer range and variety of tools, tasks and processes described in the projects here make such a task fall somewhere between "infeasibly unwieldy" and "insanely complex". That's why safe working has been made the responsibility of the end-users (which also stops new authors being put off by the threat of legal action).

Regarding your second point, we do have a set of quality guidelines - http://www.instructables.com/community/Featuring-... - but to recommend a specific formula would make previously creative and distinctive projects start to look rather repetitive and, well, formulaic.

WineSoaked1 year ago

Hey wow! I'm smart, easy to work with, and do Java backend development (Spring, iBATIS/Hibernate, build automation, XML). And I have my own maker blog to boot: http://randybuildsthings.wordpress.com

How shall I reach you to toss my hat in the ring?


:)

Send us an email! It's in there somewhere....

Hello there!

Been a long time reader here! I was hoping to find out if you are looking for a back-end php programmer?

Thanks for everything you do! <3

Is their something I could do from home to help with the Spanish/English instructables, maybe help translate the parts that are unclear.

If you're fluent in Spanish, the translated projects often need a knowing eye cast over them to make sure they read properly, or you can lurk around the Language Forum and help folk that post there (you might want to post a new forum topic to introduce yourself and say what help you can offer).

Thanks, but the links you gave aren't working, are they supposed to be links?

Yes, they were supposed to be links, but there's a bug that breaks them. The first is...

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

...and the second is...

http://www.instructables.com/community?categoryGro...


Not sure if you posted links, but if you did they don't work for me.

Dear Mr. Kiteman. From what I have read you are a man of great patience. I hope you enjoyed your holiday

Thank you very topics useful, beautiful and utilitarian Site

Loganw25431 year ago

I am a freshman in high school I'm 15 years old I've done got my technology certification and electric certification I'm good to to help people on anything they need I try my best to help. I would love I work or this site because it's like my own world! I like to do how To and DIY videos and at home for fun. Please read this in consideration on my side! Thanks Logan Willoughby

At 15, you're probably best looking here:

http://www.instructables.com/community/How-to-Help...

I'm 18, senior in high school, & live in MS. Do I qualify for anything?

Intern? Remote helper?

kudzu631 year ago

OMG!! I wish y'all had been around about 30 years ago. I would have moved my wife out there and would have most likely preserved my health more than the physically demanding jobs that I did work at. This would have been a dream come true. I would have probably been able to still be working instead of being disabled. LOL

helenbang1 year ago

Hi, I am a high school senior (18), and I was wondering how long your internship program is. Is it possible for me to work for instructables over the summer?

OMG. I have been so enamored by the what instructable does that I have been thinking of applying for job in instructable. I will send and email with my resume and cover letter soon. I always wanter to work for a awesome company and Instructable has got me thinking. I am software tester and already fund few bug in the system...LoL

dhaneshg1 year ago

sir, there is a space for Network administrator engineer? that i will use my skill and knowledge to make better future for you company and myself.

thanking you

If you're applying speculatively, I would put together an impressive CV and portfolio, then send it with a covering letter to the email address mentioned several times in the topic post above.

JM1999 Kiteman1 year ago

Who's that, You?

Kiteman JM19991 year ago

Huh? No, I'm just advising folk how to apply for vacancies that don't currently exist (like network manager) - you need to be able to prove that you are the best thing since sliced bread if you want a company to create a position for you.

O hello mister Kiteman,, positions or vacancy always not exist, but some time created to get better capable and excellent persons.

from- steve jobs

T_Magweta1 year ago

i'm 15,from Zimbabwe,i go to school,hard worker and i also want a position at Instructables because i have going on this website longer than you imagine thank you

magwetatashinga@gmail.com

Unfortunately, you are currently too young to be employed at Pier 9, but you are not too young to start working on the portfolio that could get you a job there:

> Start publishing instructables of a high standard.

> Be helpful around the site (we have at least one 15 year old who has been invited to join the Community Team).

> Find out about your local Maker community, and join in with it. For instance, a quick google reveals a group in Harare called "Hypercube", who are also on Facebook. Keep a record of your activities with whatever group you join (or start), and include that in your portfolio.

manacho1 year ago

Dear Instructables, I am a member since 2008 , Im a Graphics Designer, Sign Builder and allways trying to create newer and functional things. I run my own shop, plotter and Laser cut Machine and I am also interested in Spanish Community Manager Position I have the time and the disposition to hold that job.

where can I send you my cover letter and portfolio.

Sincerely

Manuel Ignacio Ruiz

The email address is in the text of the topic...

bobbyb11 year ago

problem in download the pdf file

You don't need to post the same comment so often, and this should have been made on the Feedback or Bugs forums.

However, the reason you cannot download a PDF file of a project is because you have not got a "Pro" membership.

If you want to turn Pro, you either have to pay money to do so, or post a cool project that gets Featured, so you get rewarded with a free Pro membership.

ggumggun1 year ago

DF

hforen151 year ago

i well work for you

cool

haldanh1 year ago

i will love to

haldanh1 year ago

never :P

QzzQa1 year ago

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Kiteman QzzQa1 year ago

To apply for the jobs, you must send an email, including a resume ("CV"), cover letter and portfolio to auctoramentum@instructables.com

JM19991 year ago

What positions o you have available in regards to sorting content/choosing finalists?

I am also interested as to what sort of pay you would give to someone working night hours.

Kiteman JM19991 year ago

Depending on what you mean exactly by "sorting content", it would probably come under "community manager" or "generalist designer" (see the main post above).

Choosing finalists is done by the wider community, through voting, and by the general staff at Pier 9, there isn't somebody employed solely to choose finalists (it would be a very intermittent post anyway). Choosing winners is done by a judging team, which you can offer to be on. It's unpaid.

They don't have a night shift - if you see them doing stuff while you're in bed, it could be because they are themselves insomniac, and working on their own time, or you are in a different time zone to them (California is on PST, 8 hours behind UTC).

Of course, you may have some outstanding idea and/or reason for working nights at HQ - I recommend contacting the relevant staff directly and talking to them about it.

JM1999 Kiteman1 year ago

Thanks for coming back on that, I already judge a few of the incoming contests.

I will contact some of the other staff and hopefully they have something for me.

Thanks again,

JM1999

JonnyBGood1 year ago

Is there anyway I can get an internship through this site? Even if I live in northern Indiana? I've been looking for some: shop, workshop, engineering related experience, and if I could get it with instructibles that would be the best case scenario!

Read the topic, it tells you how to apply.

Thanks! I applied, and I hope I get chosen!

Let us know how it goes.

With pleasure. I also decided to give you a sub because everyone (including me) respect you as an administrator on his site. I decided this for sure after I read your dealings with that guy below me. Very well dealt with, I would have needed to vent afterward.... :/

Thank you!

No problem!

cdharden1 year ago

Can I use the instructable logo on tee shirts to sell?

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