Education Lead

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Free Geek Vancouver is an environmentally-conscious, non-profit E-Waste recycle community technology centre. Our work environment is fun, dynamic and challenging. This posting is for the Education Lead Summer Student position. It is a great way to learn about computer technology and develop training and PR skills. The Education Lead Intern will help the Volunteer Coordinator and the Production Coordinator with their departments: volunteers and computer building. The Intern will be responsible for training volunteers on all stations. The Intern will also provide general education to volunteers and the public. Finally, the intern will be able to develop and foster PR and public speaking skills by promoting Free Geek.

Job Title: Education Lead Intern

Term of employment: May 14 to Aug 31

  • 40 hours per week
  • $10.25 hourly

Supervisors: Volunteer Coordinator and Production Coordinator


Candidates are required to be all of the following:

  • Age 15 to 30
  • Full time student for the past school year
  • Intend to return to school full time in the fall
  • Canadian citizen, or permanent resident, or convention refugee

Free Geek is an Affirmative Action employer. students with disabilities, Aboriginal students, women, LGBT students and students who are members of visible minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Volunteer Support:

  • Teach and train volunteers on all stations, including Desktop Build
  • Educate volunteers and the public about computer technology and E-Waste
  • Promote Free Geek through PR projects
  • Answer phone inquiries
  • Host regular Orientation Tours

General Free Geek Support:

  • Provide support to other departments and assist staff as needed
  • Respond to inquiries about all of Free Geek's programs
  • Data entry for staff as needed
  • Give Orientation Tours of the facility

Desired Qualifications

  • Good technical knowledge, knowledge of computer technology is a bonus
  • Independent
  • Outgoing
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong willingness to learn about technology
  • Sense of humour


This is a Post Secondary Career Related position. The student will be given:

  • A supportive learning environment
  • A reference letter

This position provides skills relevant to the following programs:

Environmental Studies, Technology or Health Sciences programs:

  • The environmental impacts of e-waste
  • Environmental activism and globalisation
  • The process of computer recycling

Sociology programs, Women's Studies programs, Accessibility & Social Work programs, Social Science programs:

  • The social benefits to computer recycling
  • Methods towards abolishing barriers to accessing technology
  • Alternative and different forms of governance
  • Equity & Affirmative action
  • Knowledge of local not for profit practices

Education studies programs:

  • Teaching mechanisms for beginners, teaching to a variety of skill sets
  • Developing curricula and educational training
  • Personnel management skills

Plan for Supervision and Mentoring

The student in this position will be paired with two full-time staff members (the Volunteer Coordinator and the Production Coordinator) to provide support and guidance. The delegated staff members will provide a 'buddy system' approach to training to foster leadership, learning, creativity, and a standard of work. The intern will develop the following career skills:


  • Learn to listen and ask questions to understand and appreciate the points of view of others.
  • Share information using a range of information and communications technologies (e.g., voice, e-mail, computers, presentations).
  • Learn to locate, gather and organize information using appropriate information technology.
  • Learn how to communicate complex issues as well as explain technology to people with diverse backgrounds and learning styles.
  • Learn to deliver presentations to small and large groups of people.

Project Management

  • Learn to plan, design and carry out a project from start to finish with well-defined objectives and outcomes.
  • Learn to identify the root cause of a problem, be creative and innovative in exploring possible solutions, recognize the human & technical dimensions of a problem.
  • Learn how to manage volunteer personnel, how to assign tasks, how to prioritise work needed in different areas, and assigning tasks to people with appropriate skills.

Social Responsibility

  • Learn the realities of the electronics industry, the environmental impact of E-Waste practices and the danger they pose.
  • Learn the personal impact E-Waste practices have on people with low economic standing.

Check points:

The student will attend bimonthly staff meetings to check in with staff (other than buddy staff) and give a verbal report of progress and activity. At this point additional suggestions and direction will be offered by staff members. There will be discussion among interns and staff about improvements that the interns can make as well as new projects/goals for the interns.

How to Apply

Applicants must be available to start May 14. Only interview candidates will be contacted. Email resumes to:

hr (at) freegeekvancouver (dot) org

Be sure to mention in the subject line which position you are applying for. You can also hand-deliver resumes to Free Geek. We are located at 1820 Pandora (2 blocks north of Hastings, between Commercial and Victoria Drive), Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm.