Job: Bike Camp Instructor – Community Cycling Center

Job Title *
Bike Camp Instructor

Company/Organization *
Community Cycling Center

Job Description *
About the Community Cycling Center:
The Community Cycling Center, founded in 1994, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that broadens access to bicycling and its benefits. We value organizational cultural competency and continuously strive for greater organizational effectiveness. We work to gain the skills and capabilities needed to collaborate more effectively across cultures, and as a result, have a greater capacity to address social inequity, multiple disparities, and effect long lasting change within our community. Visit for more information about us. We are an equal opportunity employer. Individuals with diverse abilities and experiences are encouraged to apply.

About the Program:
The Bike Camp program, started in 2001, is a 5-day long day camp for kids age 6-14 years old to develop their cycling skills in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Groups of 12 campers, led by two instructors, take bike rides around the city visiting parks and destinations of interest. Campers learn experientially about riding in traffic, navigating using maps, and how to do basic bicycle maintenance. In addition to these cycling related skills, campers develop self confidence, enthusiasm about bikes, and the social and communication skills to work well in a team environment. Some camps have added themes like craft-making, bike mechanics, food carts, or Spanish immersion.

A Day at Camp:
Instructors usually work from 8am-4pm with programming happening from 9am-3pm. Instructors have a lot of autonomy and discretion to plan their schedules in ways that they think will inspire and challenge their campers while also accommodating the varied needs of the group’s participants.

The Role of Instructors:
Instructors work in pairs to lead groups of up to 12 students and are responsible for planning each day’s routes and lessons, leading games and activities, and supporting the group along the way. Instructor pairs have the flexibility to plan rides and activities according to their instructional style and the needs of their group. The role involves communicating with parents, planning with a co-leader, team-building and conflict resolution with campers, managing safety on the road, and collaborating with support staff.
The successful applicant will have enthusiasm and experience working with youth, a familiarity with experiential education, an interest in riding bicycles, and a bicycle of their own. This is a full-time, seasonal position that will run from June 6 through August 29. This is a prime opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on teaching experience in a collaborative, fun environment.

• Maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for all participants.
• Safely lead group bike rides
• Plan routes and lessons: itineraries for the day, games, activities, routes, destinations, and timing that adapts to the needs of the group
• Teach bike skills: instruct campers on bike handling, traffic safety, and bike maintenance
• Professional fun-haver: lead fun games
• Camper support: build rapport with group and individuals, assist campers in goal-setting, help individuals communicate their needs, engage in productive conflict management, monitor the welfare of individuals and accommodate needs of campers, interrupt behaviors that are oppressive, and redirect inappropriate behavior
• Group facilitation: Facilitate conversations which allow all participants to engage in group guideline creation, decision-making, nonviolent communication, and reflection
• Communicate with families to find out tips on their kids and provide updates for families on campers progress
• Communicate with camp managers about difficulties or incidents in camp groups
• Support one youth volunteer to assist with camp
• Attend and Contribute to staff meetings
• Complete a 30-hour paid training course for all summer Bike Camp instructors June 6 – 10.
• Complete administrative duties: maintain confidentiality of camper info, track attendance on roster, verify identity of guardians at pick-up, Community Cycling Center and partner agency property.
• Care for tools and equipment / organize materials / set up and breakdown camp space each day, complete daily chores
• 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).

Key Skills Used In Camp:
• Risk assessment
• Goal setting with youth
• Time management
• Collaboration with co-instructor
• Spatial awareness of self and others while leading rides and games
• Planning, prepping, leading, and debriefing
• Group facilitation
• Effective communication with campers, families, and colleagues
• Customer service
• Basic bike maintenance (taught during training)

General Qualifications:
• One-two years experience in education, experiential ed, youth work, or childcare
• Experience working with diverse individuals
• Ability to ride a bicycle 10 miles per day
• Ability to work and interact positively with co-instructors, volunteers, staff and local organizations
• Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
• Criminal background check required
• Valid CPR/First Aid certification required prior to the first day of training
• Spanish language is a plus

Pay scale: $11.50 an hour starting, opportunity for raises for returning staff
Status: Seasonal, Non-exempt
Hours: 32-40 hours per week between June 6 – August 29
• Please note that instructors are required to work the week of July 5 – 8
• Instructors are typically expected to take one week off during the summer
Reports to: Camp Manager and Assistant Camp Manager

How to Apply *
To apply check out the application process here:

Application will be open until April 30th

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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