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Job: Bike Camp Instructors – Community Cycling Center

Posted by on March 25th, 2014 at 8:46 am

Job Title
Bike Camp Instructors

Community Cycling Center

Job Description
The Community Cycling Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that broadens access to bicycling and its benefits. We believe that the bicycle is a tool for empowerment and a vehicle for change. Visit for more information about us.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:
We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in every facet of our operations. We value diversity, collaboration, and respect for all people and ideas that contribute to a healthy, connected community. We recognize that there is societal injustice, so we strive to promote equity through constructive dialogue, organizational reflection, and effective, meaningful action. The Community Cycling Center promotes an inclusive culture and encourages people with diverse backgrounds and abilities to apply.

About the Position:
Bike Camp is a chance for kids to learn experientially, gain confidence, and build lasting friendships, all while exploring their environment on two wheels. A typical day begins with check-in and safety checks at our Alberta St. bike shop and continues with groups heading off on rides to local parks and landmarks. Mornings are broken up with a snack as well some bike themed games and activities like a bike-skills rodeo or a bike-part identification race. Groups continue their rides visiting other points of interest or scenic areas for riding like the Columbia Slough Trail or the Eastbank Esplenade. Instructors often make use of lunchtime to teach a mechanical skill like tube patching or wheel removal to the group. After hitting a few destinations or perhaps visiting one of our partners in the community, groups return to the shop. They might return early to give students a shop tour or to take apart a salvage bicycle, or they might just come back for a quick wrap-up and game before checkout. Instructors finish out the day by putting away camp gear and kid bikes for overnight storage. This is a typical day, however schedules and activities vary significantly by age group and camp type (we offer numerous specialty camps as well as off-site camps).

Over the course of a 5 day camp, campers gain confidence in their riding ability, improve their practical understanding of traffic safety, build mechanical skills, and increase their familiarity with and appreciation for the city in which they live. Our instructors are excited about empowering their campers through these experiences. For more information about our camps visit

Essential Job Function:
Bike Camp instructors will have passion and experience working with youth ages 6 through 14, a familiarity with experiential education, an interest in bicycles, and a bicycle of their own. This is a full-time, seasonal position that will run from June 9th through the end of August 30th. This is a prime opportunity to gain valuable hands-on, experiential teaching experience in a collaborative, fun environment.

• Complete a paid training course for all summer Bike Camp instructors the week of June 9th – 13th.
• With a co-instructor and using an established curriculum, implement up to 11 successive week-long bike camps for up to 12 youth per camp (ages 6-14). The curriculum includes basic bicycle safety checks, rules of the road, basic maintenance, games, field trips to parks and community partners, and group rides from 1 -25 miles in distance (mileage depends on age and ability of group).
• Maintain a safe environment for all participants.
• Complete administrative duties as needed, including daily child check in and out and maintenance of Community Cycling Center and partner agency property.
• Communicate and participate in team meetings and peer reviews.
• Facilitate and support one instructor in training during camp hours.
• Communicate with camper parents about camp activities and their children’s progress in camp.
• Conduct oneself in a professional manner.
• We believe that fundraising is everyone’s job. There is an expectation that all employees will support fundraising activities.

• Bachelor degree or equivalent experience (In a related field preferred)
• Experience facilitating groups of children (Experience with summer camps or outdoor education preferred)
• Experience working with diverse individuals
• Comfort and experience bicycling in an urban setting
• Ability to ride a bicycle up to 25 miles a day
• Ability to work and interact positively with co-instructors, volunteers, staff and local organizations
• Ability to communicate effectively
• Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
• Criminal background check required
• Valid CPR/First Aid certification required prior to the first day of training

Pay scale: $10.50 an hour, opportunity for raise for returning staff
This is a seasonal position from June 9th through the end of August 30th. Hours: 32-40 hours per week
• Please note that all instructors are required to work between the weeks of July 7 – July 18th
• Instructors are expected to take one week off during the summer

How to Apply
Please send your application packet to with the words Bike Camp Instructor in the subject line.
Application should include the following materials:
• One Page Cover Letter including:
o Introduction: Why would you like to be a Bike Camp instructor?
o Previous experience working with youth in an educational setting
o Your approach to creating an inclusive teaching environment
o Discuss a situation you have observed or experienced relating to bicycle safety. As an educator, what would you suggest to improve the situation?
o How you learned of the position (briefly)
• Resume
• References upon request
• Signed Application Addendum upon interviewing

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