We are Hiring a Coordinator!

Do you like serving for the community, have a good knowledge about tools and a knack for organization? Well perfect, because we are hiring a new Coordinator for the Tool Library! We encourage you, our membership, to apply or forward on to anyone you think might be a good applicant! Please see below for job description:

NE Seattle Tool Library Coordinator – Job Posting (April 2016)


The NE Seattle Tool Library Coordinator is currently the sole paid staff person for a growing project of Sustainable NE Seattle. The Tool Library aims to provide affordable community access to a wide variety of tools and sustainable resources. Working with the Steering Committee, the Coordinator assures that the primary functions of the library are carried out with consistency, reliability and in harmony with the goals of NESTL and Sustainable NE Seattle.


The Library Coordinator should possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to independently manage busy open hours.

  • Experience managing volunteers and/or staff; experience working with non-profits strongly desired.

  • Reliable and self-motivated, able to work independently without onsite supervision

  • Detail oriented and comfortable with computer software including: Gmail, Microsoft Word, Excel and our online-based software MyTurn.

  • Broad knowledge of common hand and power tools; ability to safely operate, basic technique and best practices strongly desired.

  • Ability to maintain and organize a large inventory and online catalogue of tools.

  • Capable of assessing tools conditions and perform basic tool maintenance tasks strongly desired.

Essential Tasks:

  • Be the primary staff person at the Tool Library during open hours (Thursday 5-8pm, Saturday 9am-3pm, Sunday 2-5pm) and schedule volunteer assistant staff or coverage as needed.

  • Recruit and train volunteers on basic operations: how to check tools in and out, complete new membership forms and add new tools to database.

  • Accurately maintain and expand or cull the inventory of tools as they are circulated and acquired. This includes accepting new donations or passing along excess inventory.

  • Answer or appropriately route all phone calls, mail, and e-mail correspondence. Update and maintain the website and Facebook with news and events, send quarterly Newsletters to the membership.

  • Report to the Steering Committee and attend monthly meetings. (Steering Committee meetings are currently held the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm.)

  • Assist with record keeping and monetary bookkeeping needs.

Compensation: The NE Seattle Tool Library Coordinator shall work a minimum of 18 hours/week, at a rate of $18/hour. There are no health benefits attached to this position, but 3 weeks/year of paid vacation.

Please send resume and cover letter to NESTLCoordinator@gmail.com byMonday May 2nd, 2016.

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Grand Opening of Capitol Hill Tool Library!

Capitol Hill Tool Library will be celebrating their grand opening on Saturday, April 30th from noon-4pm!

cap hill tl

See more info here: http://sustainablecapitolhill.org/tool-library/grand-opening/

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Have Something that Needs Fixing?

Did you know the Tool Library hosts a “Fixer’s Collective” twice a month? All People are welcome to bring in their broken tools and appliances and our genius fixers will help you repair them!

Maybe you don’t have anything broken and you’re just interested in tool repair and maintenance? Or you have a love of fixing but no broken tools to fix? That’s fine too! The Tool Library has a steady supply of broken tools that need some TLC and can be worked on during Fixer’s Night.

Please join us! Fixer’s Collective meets:
6:30-8:30pm on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month @ the Tool Library


Need some inspiration? Check out Sugru’s “Fixer’s Manifesto”!



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CLOSED: Sunday March 27th

We will be closed this Sunday, March 27th in observation of Easter. All tools due Sunday will be automatically renewed for the following Sunday, April 3rd. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

We will be open for regular hours Thursday and Saturday if you want to get some projects done on Sunday.

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Emergency Preparedness Drill: April 9th

Emergency Prep: How-It-Works Drill

for the Wedgwood Emergency HUB
When: Saturday, April 9th, 20169 am – 11:00 am
Where: Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle, downstairs rm
RSVP: NESeattlePrepares@gmail.com

This drill will instruct participants how to manage and coordinate exchanging information and resources among themselves without outside disaster assistance from City services. All Welcome. Come practice that which will help us in an emergency.

This Emergency Communications Hub is
• Our predetermined gathering place in case a major disaster occurs that causes normal communication modes to fail.
• Here to help the community reestablish communication and information sharing to save lives, preserve property, and protect the environment.
• Here to facilitate local information sharing and serve as a gateway through which
the neighborhood can communicate with the rest of the world.
• NOT supplied with provisions immediately following a serious emergency or  disaster

Better prepared together.
@SustNE @joannkerr  <

Sustainable NE Seattle

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