Volunteer & Job Opportunities


Volunteers

Our volunteer community makes much of the work we do possible, helping out in every part of our organization. From individual efforts to large group projects, there is a volunteer opportunity for everybody.

Background checks will be completed before volunteer opportunities can begin. For more information, contact our Program Team volunteer@bikeworks.org

Ways to Volunteer:

  • Volunteer Repair Parties (VRP) are drop-in, weekly bike repair parties for adults (age 18 and up). You do not need to be a skilled bike mechanic to help out.
  • Host a Bike Drive
  • Events
  • Help in the Office
  • Rainier Valley Greenways volunteers

Thursday VRP

6:30pm to 9:30pm
This night session is open to adults of all skill, experience and confidence levels. We also offer orientations to new volunteers.
*See below for special event dates when VRP is canceled.*

Sunday VRP

10am to 1pm
This morning session is also open to adults of all skill, experience and confidence levels. In addition, we offer orientations to new volunteers.

Click here to download a volunteer application.


Jobs

 

Why it’s great to work at Bike Works:

  • The Columbia City neighborhood is vibrant with great restaurants, coffee, a PCC and a seasonal Farmer’s Market
  • Gender neutral bathrooms
  • Casual office environment
  • Discounts to keep your biking habit rolling (or to help inspire you to get into bicycling)
  • Bike Parking and lots of it!

 

Open Positions:

 

Program Coordinator  

Full-Time

Organizational Overview:

Bike Works, based in Seattle, has been working since 1996 to promote the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities. Last year over 2,500 youth and adults participated in our programs.

Our vision is:  Mobilized people, thriving communities, healthy planet.

Role Overview:

The Bike Works Program Coordinator works with the Programs Team to run our youth and adult programs. This role includes teaching bike repair classes, running bike rides and safety rodeos, and maintaining outreach and redistribution of bicycles to the community.  Each day will be a blend of these tasks within a team of four, requiring both collaboration and independence. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who loves to ride bikes and has youth and adult mentoring/teaching experience.

 Priority will be given to candidates who currently live in Seattle.

People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Bike Works is an Equal Opportunity and queer-friendly employer.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Works independently, or with the programs team, to run programs; including bike repair classes, bike riding clubs, bike giveaways, summer camps, BikeMobile services, and all community partnerships.
  • Maintains outreach efforts for programs by calling, emailing and visiting contacts on a quarterly basis.
  • Updates registrations, database, class documents and calendars as needed.
  • Coordinates bike storage and bike needs for various programs.
  • Maintains classroom environments; cleans and restocks spaces weekly.

Compensation:   $31,500-$35,000 DOE

Plus full benefits including: employer sponsored health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 12 days of vacation to start (one day each additional year of work); paid organization-wide recess from 12/25 to 1/1 every year; reimbursement for mileage when using bike for work; 10 days sick leave, short and long term disability; employer matching contributions to retirement account; all products in our bike shop and catalog at cost (including new bikes and parts); $250 towards yearly training (outside of all training necessary for the job); casual dress code for work.

Qualifications & Experience:  

  • Experienced bike rider; able to ride a bike long distances, bike touring experience preferred but not necessary.
  • Ability to teach in an engaging and yet, challenging manner; prior experience mentoring is necessary, prior experience teaching is preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of bike mechanics preferred; willingness to learn necessary.
  • Understanding of social justice and awareness of privilege is necessary.
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks is required for this position.
  • Capacity to work on a computer and complete paperwork and database work is required for this position.
  • Driver’s license; ability to pass a driving record check & drive large vehicles (vans, trucks) is required for this position.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends is required for this position (general schedule is 10am-6:30pm Tuesday through Saturday with some variation).

Who we are:  

  • Collaborative team players
  • Passionate educators
  • Bike riders, bike mechanics
  • Social justice activists
  • Energetic and hard workers who manage time and risk
  • Self-starters with growth mindsets
  • Personable and humorous

How to Apply:  

Visit our website at www.bikeworks.org for more information about Bike Works.

Email your resume and cover letter to: programs@bikeworks.org           

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

We are currently accepting applications. 


Seasonal Bike Shop Mechanic

Part Time

Bike Works, the Seattle bike education and community-focused non-profit, is hiring a Seasonal Bike Shop Mechanic in our community bike shop.  The position is part-time, 24-30hrs/wk., paid hourly.  Please expect to work some evening and weekend hours.

Position Summary: 

This bike shop position will report to the Shop Manager and Shop Assistant Manager.   These positions will provide professional mechanical repair services as well as attentive customer service, in a fast-paced bike shop. Other duties will include sales, receiving and pricing orders, and maintaining accessible, organized retail displays.

Primary Responsibilities:

Deliver professional, accessible, and helpful customer service to a diverse customer base

  • Assist customers in purchasing a bike, helping them find the size and style they need, within their price range
    • Help customers choose bike parts and accessories to purchase
    • Operate point of sale software and cash register to cash out customers
  • Act as public face of Bike Works, providing general information about our organization and program offerings

Provide mechanical support in bike shop

  • Diagnose and process bikes dropped off for service at shop
  • Perform bicycle repair, maintenance, and walk-in services on customer bicycles as needed
  • Adhere to service-writing process, seeking to provide value to customer through repair instructions written for mechanic

Manage retail shop inventory of new bike parts and accessories

  • Receive, unpack, price, and sort shipments of parts and accessories for the bike shop
  • Create and maintain sales displays for bikes, parts, and accessories, keeping ample stock displayed
    • Perform periodic physical inventory counts

Support daily bike shop operations

  • Open and close bike shop
  • Answer phone calls and respond to voice messages
  • Maintain a clean and organized work environment
  • Assist with processing donated bikes, parts, and accessories as needed
  • Assist with the recycling of bicycle bi-products and shop materials as needed
  • Assist with inventory upkeep
  • Work to create and maintain an environment in our bike shop where youth and adults feel safe, supported, and respected

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to provide quality, timely repair services to a variety of bicycles
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work with youth and adults of diverse backgrounds
  • Self-directed, energetic, flexible, and personable
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work competently with computers, including Point of Sale software
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a friendly outgoing attitude with a desire to work with the public
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter, including names, email addresses and phone numbers of three professional references to kellen@bikeworks.org.

 

For All Positions

 

Organizational Overview:

Bike Works, based in SE Seattle since 1996,  promotes the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities. Our programs and services invest in young people and encourage bicycling through a community of adult volunteers. Our programs include Earn-a-Bike and weekly riding programs for youth, Job Skills training, summer bike camps, a community bike shop, bike giveaway programs for low-income youth and adults as well adult classes and weekly volunteer opportunities. Our Bike Shop serves a large customer base with used bike sales, affordable repairs, and new and used parts and accessories. Each year over 1300 youth participate in our programs and gain the skills and resources they need to translate lessons about confidence and leadership into their own lives. We also take in over 7,500 bicycle donations annually and redistribute these bikes to youth and adults in Seattle and beyond through our programs and bike shop. We value and seek diverse team members who are passionate, innovative, collaborative, professional, fun, responsible and solutions-oriented.

Conditions of Employment

Bike Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse and talented staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Bike Works does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or marital status. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.