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Hackney Wick Library of Things Technician

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Library of Things
£14 per hour
Closing date
Self Employed
8 per week



The upcoming Hackney Wick Library of Things is looking for someone to help ensure the items we offer are maintained, COVID-safe, and enjoyable for local residents to borrow. This is ideal for someone self-employed and is not a PAYE contract.

We’re looking for someone very practical, with an eye for detail, who likes hands-on problem-solving and is happy to work both independently and with others. Here’s what you’ll be doing:

Maintaining the items and kiosk

  • Cleaning and basic maintenance of all items that have been borrowed that week eg. inspecting blades, replacing hand sander pads, checking cabling, re-stocking consumables etc
  • Portable Appliance Testing of necessary Things to ensure safe (training provided)
  • Doing basic maintenance of the locker-style kiosk
  • Hardware / software troubleshooting on-call if the system goes down (ie. restart the system after a power outage)
  • Fixing sessions need to fit in with the building’s opening hours

Preparing Things for borrowing

  • Transporting replacement items from a local storage unit to the kiosk
  • Receiving items delivered on site
  • Packing up items for repair

Liaising with the team

  • Reporting to Operations Lead on major repairs, ordering and inventory
  • Updating items’ status and logging maintenance incidents using software systems
  • Working with Thing Technicians based in other neighbourhoods to share information and learning



  • Lives and works around Hackney Wick
  • Experienced in DIY, appliance usage / repair or similar
  • A clean UK drivers’ license
  • Reliable and punctual
  • A flexible schedule
  • Practical and willing to roll sleeves up
  • Able to work both independently and collaboratively
  • A proactive problem solver


  • Access to a vehicle
  • Experience of coordinating and/or training others


Hours: 8h/week

Pay: £14/h

Duration: Monthly rolling contract

Training & perks: Training in Crystal Palace for the first week (travel will be covered), discounted item borrowing, occasional extra paid days for training with suppliers, occasional holiday cover at nearby locations.

Eligibility: Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.


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