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The Ottawa Tool Library is pleased to announce that we’re hiring for a full-time 8 week summer position thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program:

Tool Librarian

The Ottawa Tool Library fosters an inclusive community that welcomes all who want to borrow tools,
learn new skills, and become part of our maker community.
With sustainable living and circular economies becoming more vital to communities like Ottawa, we aim
to offer access to tools and successful community events that contribute to cultural life through the
sharing and skills development of skills and resources within the community

Job Summary

The responsibilities of the Tool Librarian include front desk services, cleaning up our inventory of tools, the handling of tools themselves, assisting in our Tinkering School Summer camps, and helping with upcoming events.
The successful candidate will be supervised and supported by our library ops management team and the Executive Director.
During initial training as a tool librarian, the candidate will work with the Library Ops Manager and experienced members of our volunteer team. They will be taught how to use our database software, learn about our diverse inventory and procedures, and undergo training on the safe use of tools.

This 35hr/week position entails approx. 20-25 hrs at our location and 10-15 hrs remote.
The candidate will work our opening hours (Tue-Fri: 5:30-9:30pm and Sat. 9:30 am-1:30 pm) plus additional hours on data base management, event organization and communications.

At the workplace itself, ensuring an accessible and respectful attitude amongst other colleagues, members, and the public will be prioritized during training and throughout the placement.


  • Start date: 03 July 2023
  • End date: 27 August 2023
  • Pay Rate: $17-18/hr (+4% vacation pay) depending on experience
  • Hours: 35 hrs/week to a total of 280 hrs

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Learning and competently using our database software and procedures
  • Checking items in and out
  • Accepting and recording payments
  • Helping to organize and clean the space
  • Organizing and maintaining our inventory
  • Updating our manual for training purposes
  • Assisting during our 3 weeks of summer camps (during the day)
  • Supporting our team at OTL events and workshops (no tool knowledge required)

Essential Qualifications

  • Experienced in community building and working collaboratively
  • Comfortable using various kinds of office related software
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Organized and takes initiative
  • Great team player
  • A friendly and engaging personality, preferably with experience in a hospitality, customer service, or public-facing role
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends is a must

Assets Qualifications

  • Experience handling tools for carpentry or other projects
  • Bi- or multilingual
  • Experience working with children (9yrs+)
  • Experience volunteering or working for non-profit organizations

Prerequisites (grant-determined)

  • Under 30 years of age
  • Permanent resident or Canadian citizen

Working Environment

  • Located at 877a Boyd Ave, close to Carling and Clyde Avenues. Accessible by public transit.
  • The library itself is lit from above by LED lighting with limited natural lighting.
  • single washroom large enough for many mobility devices, but not built to code for true accessibility, shared with other tenant (Ottawa Outdoor Gear Library)
  • Kitchen space with full fridge, sink, microwave oven
  • Concrete floors
  • Manual doors
  • One step to get into our location
  • Due to the nature of our Workspace with many workshops scheduled throughout the week, the library is subject to intermittent loud noises and dust.

Physical Requirements

  • Sitting or standing for long periods of time on concrete floor
  • Ability to lift up to 15 kg

To Apply

Application deadline: 31 May 2022 at 11:59pm, interviews will be held the week of June 5th, 2023. Send your application via email to:

In your cover letter, let us know why you want to work at OTL and what makes you a great fit for this position. We welcome cover letters in unconventional formats including short videos or other media.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ottawa Tool Library is committed to an equitable hiring process. We welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with applicants in increasing accessibility throughout this process. In recognizing traditional and systemic barriers to employment, we especially welcome applications from women, people of colour, trans and non-binary people, Indigenous peoples, those with visible and invisible disabilities and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and our team.