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The Toronto Tool Library is Hiring Summer Students!

The Toronto Tool Library is pleased to announce that we are taking on two summer students thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program!


Canada Summer Jobs Program 2018

The Institute for a Resource-Based Economy is hiring 2 youth, aged 15-30, who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

Position Title: Librarian

Organization: Institute for a Resource-Based Economy (Toronto Tool Library & Sharing Depot project).

Locations: Librarians will be based from 1803 Danforth Ave. but will travel to all store locations (830 St. Clair Ave. W. and 1499 Queen St. W.)

Start date: Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

End date: Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Pay rate: $14/hour

Hours: 20 hours/week

Application deadline: Friday, May 11th, 2018, 11:59pm.

Submit to:

The Librarians will work from our Hillcrest branch at 830 St. Clair Ave. W., and our East York branch at 1803 Danforth Ave. and be responsible for the following:

  • Learning and competently using our database software
  • Checking items in and out
  • Adding items to inventory
  • Adding and renewing members
  • Accepting and recording payments and donations
  • Helping to organize and clean the space
  • Assist with marketing campaigns such as tabling at events
  • Being an advocate for access over ownership
  • Assisting with the Repair Cafe and other workshops
  • Conducting inventory counts
  • Assisting with maintenance and repair of inventory items


  • Interest in or passion for sharing and community
  • General computer and online savvy
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A friendly and engaging personality, preferably with experience in a hospitality, customer-service, or public-facing role
  • Ability to work flexible work hours, including evenings and weekends

The successful hire will be supervised by our management team including the Tool Library Manager and Executive Director. During the initial training, the Librarian will be accompanied by management during all tasks and as skills and competencies are attained. The candidate will be taught how to use the Librarian software and learn more about our diverse inventory and how to interact with members of the public in a retail setting. Once skills and confidence with regular responsibilities, additional tasks will be available depending on the interest and skills of the Librarian.

The Librarian will need to learn the safe use of the hand, power and gardening tools we loan to our members. This training will happen over the first 2-­4 weeks and knowledge can be passed onto members as required. 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.

This position would be ideal for a student of Information Sciences, Environmental Studies or one of the trades. While these fields of study are not required, an Information Sciences student will benefit from learning to organize, categorize, catalogue and work with a wide range of diverse inventory that is loaned to our members. Environmental studies students will gain first­hand experience with a recognized Zero ­Waste program and how it tackles waste reduction on a community scale. Trade students will benefit from this role by increasing their knowledge of a wide range of hand, power and gardening tools and have the opportunity to interact with a diverse customer base and exchange knowledge about projects and renovations.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter to by 11:59pm on Friday, May 11th, 2018.

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