Shop Volunteers

Get involved as a Shop Volunteer

Shop volunteers work at the VTL during open hours and are responsible for signing up members, loaning out tools, performing tool maintenance checks, and other shop-related activities. Prior experience and knowledge with tools is not required. We have a volunteer training program that is built around a mentorship model to ensure that every volunteer has the chance to learn and grow in their position with the VTL. Shop volunteers work a minimum of one shift every two weeks  and must commit to a minimum four-month volunteer period (one “semester”).

Our shop volunteers must become members of the tool library, which entails paying for a (fully refundable) $20 membership share.

All shop volunteers receive the following benefits:

  • up to one year free tool access (annual maintenance fee is waived)
  • one free workshop per “semester” (four month period) volunteered

We don’t have any current openings for shop volunteers. If you want to be notified when the next round of recruitment begins in August, please fill out this form and we’ll keep you posted! In the meantime, any questions about the application form or the volunteer program can be directed to Nicole at