Careers at the Joplin Public Library

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Makerspace Assistant – Joplin Public Library, Joplin, MO

POSITION AVAILABLE: Makerspace Assistant

SCHEDULE: Part‐time position (22 hours per week); An ideal schedule would include availability on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; with an occasional Saturday shift when needed to assist with programming.

DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until position is filled, but first consideration given to applications received by September 15, 2022.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: Individuals in this position are responsible for assisting users in operating the equipment and software available in the Makerspace, either by appointment or during open studio hours; generating Makerspace-focused social media posts; and conducting events or programs that showcase the offerings in the Makerspace. The successful candidate will provide excellent customer service and possess a combination of technical, creative, and problem solving skills.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Two years of college or equivalent experience; must enjoy working with the public; demonstrates creative and technical aptitude; possesses excellent communication skills; has knowledge and use of social media; willing to help troubleshoot and problem solve; and able to maintain a cheerful demeanor under pressure.

Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation are required. Candidates will be required to pass a background check.

BENEFITS: Benefits package includes a monthly accrual of sick and personal leave, a yearly accrual of two weeks vacation leave and ten paid holidays per year.

SALARY RANGE: $12.32 per hour

APPLICATION: Applications available for pick up at the library or download an application at

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jill Halbach at (417) 623-7953 ext. 1041; or email

The Joplin Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Posted 9/1/2022

The Library only accepts applications when there are available positions.

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Volunteers are a valuable resource for public service organizations and we are grateful to our terrific volunteers who help support the Library. Volunteers generally straighten or shelve materials, perform clerical duties, clean toys, dust shelves, assist with program preparation, or work on other specially assigned projects.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Joplin Public Library please fill out our volunteer application by clicking the “Apply to Volunteer” button below. Library staff will review the application and contact you when a position is available. 

The Friends of the Joplin Public Library also use the services of its volunteers/members to run a book sale and staff a Library welcome table.  If you’re interested in helping them, visit