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Job: Bike Camp Instructor – Community Cycling Center

Posted by on March 31st, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Job Title *
Bike Camp Instructor

Company/Organization *
The Community Cycling Center

Job Description *
Start date: June 2017
Reports to: Camp Manager
Status: Seasonal, Non-exempt
Location: Portland, OR
Compensation: $11.50 an hour starting, opportunity for raises for returning staff

Organizational Overview

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, 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, ride bikes around the city visiting parks and destinations of interest. Campers learn experientially about riding on the road, navigating using maps, and 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. Specialty camps include Crafty Cruisers, Food Cart Freewheelers, Mechanics camp, and Girls Cruisers.

Job Summary:

Instructors work in pairs to lead a group of 12 students and are responsible for planning each day’s route, 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 with the campers. The ideal applicant will have enthusiasm and experience working with youth and an interest in riding bicycles (with a bicycle of their own). This is a full-time, seasonal position that will run from June 12 through August 25. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on teaching experience in a collaborative, fun environment.
Hours: 36-40 hours per week between June 12 – August 25
• Bike Camp instructor training June 12-16
• Mid-Season training: July 21st
• Post season wrap up: August 25th
• No camp on July 3-4, please note that instructors are required to work July 5-7
• Instructors will be scheduled for one week off during the summer


Our camps are hosted at a number of locations around Portland. For staffing, we categorize these locations into three groups: Camps on Alberta NE (hosted at our bike shop); Offsite camps in SE and NE (hosted at Sellwood Cycle Repair, OMSI, Cully neighborhood, and Portsmouth neighborhood); East Portland camps (hosted in and around the Parkrose neighborhood). Instructors will be selected to work at one of the three location groups for the duration of the summer. Please indicate in your cover letter if you have a location preference.

Essential Functions:

• Maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for all participants
• Along with a co-instructor, plan lessons, games, activities, destinations, and routes to meet the needs and desires of the group
• Fulfill goals of the program 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
• Open communication with families and supervisors on day to day camp occurrences
• Assist with daily camp set up and wrap up
• Support one youth volunteer to assist with camp
• Represent the Community Cycling Center on and off site

Qualifications & Characteristics:
• 1-2 years’ experience in education, youth work, and/or childcare
• Complete a week-long paid training course for all summer Bike Camp instructors June 12 – 16
• Group management and facilitation
• Effective communicator with co-instructor, campers, families, and supervisors
• A bicycle in good working order (mechanical check will be required prior to start of camp)
• 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

• Bilingual Spanish and English

How to Apply *
visit our website at to apply. (Application due by April 23rd)

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