Volunteer & Job Opportunities


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
  • Office volunteers
  • 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.


Bike Works has a robust staff team with Part-time and Full-time opportunities available.  If interested send your resume to Jobs@bikeworks.org   See below for current and ongoing Job Opportunities.

Join our team:




Role Overview:

The Bike Works Donor Relationships Manager creates and implements the strategy to engage individuals and businesses in advancing Bike Works’ mission. With a focus on major gifts and sponsorship, the Manager incorporates cultivation, stewardship, sponsorship, events and the annual fund to build a strategy which includes a robust array of opportunities that reflect the diversity of our supporters’ interests. This position reports directly to the Development Director and works as part of the Bike Works Development team (Development Director & Development Coordinator) and Executive Director to raise $935,000 in operating support for 2017.

Essential Job Functions:

Individual Gifts & Sponsorships

  • Grow and manage a comprehensive, strategic, high-performing major gifts and sponsorship program focused on increasing philanthropic support from individuals and businesses for gifts of $1,000 and above.
  • Lead and manage all aspects of the donor engagement cycle for the major gifts portfolio:
  • Conduct, analyze and utilize prospect research; work with Board and mine database to identify potential major donors.
  • Initiate contact with existing major donors, sponsors, and prospects using appropriate cultivation strategies.
  • Steward potential donors and sponsors in an appropriate and timely fashion.
  • Build relationships and develop next steps for major donors and sponsors, including movement within the portfolio (moves management approach).
  • Ensure all donors receive excellent stewardship and donor recognition by creating and initiating regular communication strategies, and working collaboratively with staff and board.
  • Collaborate with the Development Director, Executive Director and Board Fund Development Committee to set near-term and long-term major gift and sponsorship goals, establishing success metrics to monitor against.
  • Participate in Fund Development Committee meetings, reporting on success metrics and engaging committee as needed to achieve major gift goals.
  • Optimize the use of the donor database system for major gifts by ensuring data is accurate and tracked in a way to enable moves management, major donor renewal timing, accurate recognition and acknowledgement, and stewardship.
  • Author compelling major gift proposals; develop donor-related collateral, emails and social media content.
  • Work with Development Director to develop and execute a comprehensive planned giving strategy.
  • Provide major gifts-related training and support to Board and staff.


  • Plan events that advance donor involvement, cultivation and stewardship including securing venues and event services, coordinating invitations and donor attendance, table captain recruitment, securing donations and sponsorship for events, tracking costs and revenue, providing post event evaluation and implement post-event stewardship plans for donors and prospects.
  • Work with committees and staff on invitation lists and targeted follow up.

General Development

  • Ensure strong and efficient systems and procedures are in place to support major gifts and general development program execution.
  • Assist with preparing and tracking budgets.
  • Work with Development Director to create and implement annual appeal.
  • Maintain necessary database records in Little Green Light, files, reports, and resource materials pertinent to donor relations activities
  • Work in partnership with Development Director, Executive Director, Board of Directors, other staff, and key stakeholders to contribute to the organization’s vision, participate in organization-wide programs, and help create a sustainable organizational culture.


  • 3 years of experience in fund development, with a strong track record of securing major gifts and sponsorships, event planning and achieving fundraising goals.
  • Strong commitment to promote the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities.
  • Proficiency with MS Office and donor databases; knowledge of Little Green Light is a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in writing, by phone, or in person.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines while staying organized.
  • Comfort pivoting between high-level, strategic work and smaller tasks. No job is too big or too small.
  • Poised, professional manner with the ability to work well with diverse individuals and personalities and the ability to handle and protect sensitive, confidential material.
  • Ability to work independently, problem solve, take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects, and exercise good judgment in a fast paced, dynamic, deadline driven environment.
  • Experience in developing and tracking budgets.
  • Familiarity with modern communication tools, social media and email strategies, and other collaborative technologies.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as necessary, including occasional evenings and weekends for events and donor meetings.
  • High emotional intelligence, able to easily develop deep, trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds.
  • Sense of humor and love of continuous learning.


Salary range $45,000-$50,000 DOE. Benefits package includes employer-paid health, dental, vision,  life insurance, and employee assistance program; 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 plus 6 additional holidays; reimbursement for mileage when using bike or car 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); employer-paid trainings and professional groups; casual dress code for work.

How to Apply:  

Email your resume, cover letter, and three professional references to jobs@bikeworks.org with subject line Donor Relationships ManagerNo phone calls please. Position open until filled; applications received by June 4, 2017 will receive priority consideration.

Bike Works is an equal opportunity and queer-friendly employer. People of color, especially those from Southeast Seattle, are strongly encouraged to apply.





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.




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.