The Bike Union is looking for a passionate and personable bike mechanic to help run our new Bike Workshop and assist in managing ourBike to Market program!
With a current staff of two full-time employees and one part-time bike mechanic, you’ll be joining a small but effective team of passionate bike advocates who are dedicated to making biking in Boston a safe and comfortable mode of transportation for people of all ages and abilities!
You can read the job description below!
Bike Mechanic/Program Assistant (Part time) – Boston Cyclists Union
The Bike Mechanic/Program Assistant manages the Boston Cyclists Union’s Bike Workshop and assists in managing the Bike to Market program, in addition to helping with other efforts. They supervise open shop hours in the Bike Workshop, lead bike repair education classes, assist the Quality Control Mechanic in supervising Bike to Market locations, and recruit and develop strong relationships with volunteers to carry out the Union’s bike repair programs. At Bike to Market and in the Workshop, the Bike Mechanic may work with bike owners directly to help them do maintenance and basic repairs, or may oversee volunteers helping work on the bike.
About Bike to Market
The Boston Cyclists Union started the Bike to Market program in 2010 to increase access to bike repair services in areas underserved by bike shops and where people may not be able to afford repairs. The goal of the program is to teach people how to fix their own bikes, talk about the Bike Union’s advocacy projects and discuss how to enhance cycling in Boston. The program takes place at Farmers Markets throughout the summer in neighborhoods across Boston. The guidance and repair is free and parts are sold at an affordable cost.
At Bike to Market, Union volunteers and staff teach bike repairs such as changing flat tires and adjusting derailleurs and brakes. In 2015 the Union and its volunteers taught bike repair skills to over 500 people and helped work on over 800 bikes at 50 events!
About the Bike Workshop
Expanding on our successful Bike to Market program, in September 2015 the Bike Union began offering year-round, DIY bike repair education in our former office space at 375 Dudley St. In October of 2015 the Bike Union offered its first multi-session Basic Bike Maintenance class, and expanded our open shop hours from one to two days per week. We are currently building out the Bike Workshop, which will allow us to greatly increase our capacity to teach bike maintenance to the community. The Workshop is expected to be completed in April. We are continuing to hold Open Shop Hours while the space is being completed.
About the Boston Cyclists Union
The Boston Cyclists Union works to make biking a safe and comfortable mode of transportation for people of all ages and abilities. In addition to bike repair education programs, the Bike Union advocates for safer transportation infrastructure throughout the region with a focus on Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville. Through our Bikeways for Everybody campaign we’ve helped organize communities to demand and win safety improvements including protected bike lanes and traffic calming measures. We also serve on the City of Boston’s Vision Zero Task Force, which seeks to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries on roadways in Boston.
Hours: From now until the end of May the Bike Mechanic/ProgramAssistant will work primarily in the Bike Workshop for approximately 10 hours per week. From June to August the Bike Mechanic/Program Assistant will work both in the Workshop and outdoors at Bike to Market events, with a minimum of 20 hours per week. During the fall, winter and spring the Bike Mechanic/Program Assistant will again work primarily in the Workshop for a minimum of 10 hours per week. There is potential for the Bike Mechanic/Program Assistant to help grow programs in the Bike Workshop and increase the number of hours worked.
Reports to: Community Organizer
- Teach basic bike mechanic skills to visitors at the Union’s Bike Workshop and Bike to Market events.
- Help manage and operate the Union’s Bike Workshop including
- Managing the workshop’s inventory
- Ordering tools and parts as needed
- Opening and closing the workshop on days it’s open
- Working with volunteers in the Workshop and at Bike to Market events
- Assist the Community Organizer in event planning and logistics
- Organize volunteers and help ensure volunteer feedback influences improvements in all programs.
- Track volunteer hours and perform data entry
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Deep commitment to the Boston Cyclists Union mission.
- 2-3 years experience as a professional bike mechanic.
- Strong interpersonal and relational skills.
- Ability to work individually and as part of a team.
- Excellent communicator.
- Superior problem-solving skills.
- Organized, and detail oriented.
- Ability to track and execute tasks reliably.
- Professional, positive, outgoing, friendly demeanor.
- Fluency in Spanish or Creole is a plus.
Hourly pay is $15 per hour. The position will start with approximately 10 hours per week through the end of May, with a guaranteed minimum of 20 hours per week through August, and 10 hours per week from September to May. We are a growing non-profit and increases in our budget and programs may allow for this position to become full-time in the future.
How to Apply
Send a compelling cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Bike Mechanic/Program Assistant, YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email, and be sure to mention where you saw the job advertised. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their application as soon as possible. People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Boston Cyclists Union is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political orientation.