Start Date: June 2019
Reports to: Camp Manager
Status: Seasonal, Non-exempt
Location: Portland, OR
Compensation: $13.50 per hour
Benefits: Labor credit, used parts allowance, discounts on new items
We love Portland and bikes. So we put our two loves together over 20 years ago, creating a nonprofit organization on a mission to broaden access to bicycling and its benefits.
Our vision is to help build a vibrant community where people of all backgrounds use bicycles to stay healthy and connected. We believe that all Portlanders—regardless of income or background—should have the opportunity to experience the joy, freedom and health benefits of bicycling. This is the motivation behind everything we do.
In addition to delivering dynamic programs that benefit underserved communities, we operate a full-service bike shop in NE Portland that is staffed by highly experienced mechanics from diverse cycling backgrounds. Our programs and shop services combined help riders build their skills and confidence; empower young people to ride to school and adults to ride to work; offer educational opportunities for teens to earn school credit; and support everyone in riding for health and recreation. We also collaborate with numerous community partners to generate pathways to employment and engagement within the growing bicycle movement by training new educators, leaders, advocates and mechanics.
Our goal is to help create a healthy, sustainable Portland for all community members.
The Community Cycling Center is an equal opportunity employer and strongly values diversity, equity and inclusion. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, abilities and experiences are encouraged to apply.
About Bike Camp
The Bike Camp program is a week-long day camp for kids age 6-16 years old to develop their cycling skills in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Groups of 12 campers, led by two instructors, ride bikes around the city while visiting parks and destinations of interest. Campers experience riding on the road, navigating with maps, and basic bicycle maintenance. In addition, campers develop self-confidence, independence, and the social and communication skills to work well in a team environment. Specialty camps include food cart camps, mechanics camp, and girls camps.
Instructors work in pairs to lead a group of 12 students and are responsible for leading each day’s route and implementing lessons and activities. Instructors have the flexibility to tailor rides and activities according to their instructional style and the group’s needs and ability. The role involves effective communication with co-instructors, campers, parents, and supervisors. This includes group management, active listening, and conflict resolution. The ideal applicant will have enthusiasm and experience working with youth and interest in riding bicycles. This is a full-time, seasonal position that will run from June 3 through August 23. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on teaching experience in a collaborative, fun environment.
Instructors will be selected to work either from our Northeast location at our bike shop on Alberta St. or from our offsite locations (Sellwood Cycle Repair, OMSI, Cully, New Columbia, and East Portland). Instructors may work from different locations during the summer season. Please indicate in your cover letter if you have a location preference.
- Observe and assess camper behavior, enforce appropriate safe riding protocol and emergency procedures and apply appropriate management techniques
- Along with a co-instructor, plan games, activities, destinations, and routes to meet the needs and desires of the group
- Work toward meeting programmatic goal to provide a consistent positive experience to all campers regardless of race, class, gender identity, or background
- Attend and contribute to weekly check-in and staff meetings
- Communicate with families and supervisors on day to day camp occurrences
- Assist with daily camp set up and wrap up
- Represent the Community Cycling Center when interacting with parents or community members
- All instructors will complete a week-long pre-season paid training course and an in-service training day in July
Qualifications & Characteristics
- At least one year of experience in education, summer camp work experience, youth work, and/or childcare
- Enthusiasm and interest in working with youth
- Group management and facilitation experience
- Effective communication with co-instructor, campers, families, and supervisors
- Willingness to act as a role model for campers
- A bicycle in good working order (a bicycle is available for loan for those who need a bike during the season)
- All hired instructors will complete a week-long paid training course
- Ability to ride a bicycle 10 miles per day*
- Ability to lift up to 25 pounds*
- Criminal background check will be required once hired
- Valid CPR/First Aid certification required prior to the first day of training
*Reasonable accommodation will be made for instructors with a disability
- Spanish proficiency
- Educational and/or personal experience with youth in Title 1 schools, mixed-income housing, communities of color and/or immigrant communities
- Experience leading group bike rides with adults and/or youth
- Basic knowledge of bicycles and their components
- 40 hours per week between June 3 – August 23
- Working hours during camp are 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday
- Bike Camp instructor training June 3 – 7
- In-service training on July 12
- No camp on July 4 & 5
- Instructors will be scheduled for one week off during the summer
How to Apply
Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references by email with “Bike Camp Instructor” as the subject line to email@example.com.
One-page cover letter should include:
- Why would you like to be a Bike Camp instructor?
- Your experience working with youth and your approach to creating an inclusive and safe
- Location: do you prefer to work offsite at our camps in Southeast and/or East Portland or onsite at our camps at our Alberta St. Bike shop? If you have no preference, please specify.
This announcement was originally posted on February 25th, 2019.
These positions will be open until filled. We plan on scheduling interviews beginning March 11th.