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Bike Mechanics Instructor

 

Instructor Positions:

 

Instructor—Earn-A-Bike Class

New DonationsTime Commitment :

  • Minimum of one 3-hour shift per week

Reports to : Staff Earn-A-Bike Instructors

Works with : Earn-A-Bike participants

Description of role : EAB Class instructors teach aspects of bike maintenance to Earn-A-Bike participants.  In Earn-A-Bike class, students are paired up to refurbish a donated bike that will go to our showroom.  Earn-A-Bike instructors work with students through the refurbishing process.

Primary duties include :

  • Teaching earn-a-bikers working toward their fifteen hours some aspects of bike mechanics/maintenance
  • Overseeing unskilled or novice preparation of bikes for the showroom (e.g. pumping up tires, lubing chains, replacing brake pads, replacing tires, replacing cables)
  • Delegating daily tasks and closing chores to earn-a-bikers
  • Overseeing students stripping bikes as necessary
  • Overseeing students working on wheels for the parts room as necessary

Secondary duties include :

  • Upkeep and organization of the tools and pegboards
  • Overseeing students performing safety checks on completely refurbished bikes

Skills Required :

  • General knowledge of shop policies and procedures
  • Intermediate to advanced mechanical skills

Training Provided :

  • Volunteer Orientation (required)
  • Skills sessions (optional)
    • Skills sessions provide knowledge and training about a particular aspect of bike maintenance.  Topics include: tires and tubes, drivetrain cleaning, cables and housing, brakes, derailleurs, bottom brackets, and others.
  • Shadowing (required)
    • All Earn-A-Bike instructors will work with staff instructors and will shadow their first shift and get support and feedback from staff instructors for subsequent shifts.
  • EAB Instructor Training Handout: Bike Selection and Safety Check

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Instructor—Open Shop

Time Commitment :

  • One 3-hour shift per week

Reports to : Shop manager

Works with : Earn-A-Bike participants, members, and customers

Description of role : Instructors help people who are working on their own bikes and customers looking for bikes or parts. Instructors should have strong knowledge of bike maintenance and be able to teach others.

Primary duties include :

  • Assisting earn-a-bikers who are working on their own bikes
  • Have bikes ready for earn-a-bikers working on their own bikes
  • Assisting members who are working on their own bikes
  • Assisting earn-a-bikers picking out a bike
  • Performing final safety checks for earn-a-bikers before graduation
  • Delegating daily tasks and closing chores to earn-a-bikers

Secondary duties include :

  • Upkeep and organization of tools and pegboards
  • Delegating daily tasks and closing chores to earn-a-bikers

Skills Required :

  • General knowledge of shop policies and procedures
  • Intermediate to advanced mechanical skills
  • Understanding of bike fit
  • Good with people

Training Provided :

  • Volunteer Orientation (required)
  • Skills Trainings
    • Skills sessions provide knowledge and training about a particular aspect of bike maintenance.  Topics include: tires and tubes, drivetrain cleaning, cables and housing, brakes, derailleurs, bottom brackets, and others.
  • EAB Instructor Training Handout: Bike Selection and Safety Check

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Workshop Instructor

Time Commitment :

  • Varies, commonly a 1-2 hour workshop or 6 weekly 2-hour session classes

Reports to : Executive director

Works with : Class/workshop students

Description of role : Teachers help us run our classes and workshops, teaching a variety of topics based on their interest and expertise. Teachers may receive monetary compensation

Primary duties include :

  • Planning and developing a curriculum for the class to be taught
  • Teaching the class or workshop

Secondary duties include :

  • Setting up the classroom with tables, chairs, and materials
  • Publicizing the class or workshop
  • Encouraging class participants to become members

Skills Required :

  • General knowledge of shop policies and procedures
  • Intermediate to advanced mechanical skills
  • Understanding of bike fit
  • Expertise in the subject being taught
  • Experience/comfort with teaching and public speaking

Training Provided :

  • Volunteer Orientation (required)
  • Skills Trainings
    • Skills sessions provide knowledge and training about a particular aspect of bike maintenance.  Topics include: tires and tubes, drivetrain cleaning, cables and housing, brakes, derailleurs, bottom brackets, and others.
  • We have a curriculum developed for many of the mechanics workshops that are available to use or adapt.
  • Training Outline for Workshop Instructors

Volunteers interested in teaching a class or workshop should propose their idea (including the topic, tentative dates, and publicity plan) to the Volunteer Coordinator.