Volunteer & Employment Opportunities

We have a number of opportunities to be involved with Kids on Bikes.

Internships – We will hire our first round of interns starting in Fall 2016 internships available starting in August.  We are looking to engage smart, driven, passionate people who want to be part of making bicycling better for kids and families in Colorado Springs.

Volunteer positions – We are always in need of really great volunteers on an ongoing basis. Volunteering with us is typically the best way to move into a paid position.

Paid positions – We will post any permanent or temporary positions in this area.  During the summer months, we typically hire 8-10 bike camp coaches as temporary part to full time positions.

Hiring: Bike Mechanic/Retail Associate

Kids on Bikes (KOB) was established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2005 with a mission to inspire and empower all kids to lead healthy, happy and active lives through bicycling. Our top priorities are to provide all kids access to rideable bikes, to empower kids and families in bike education, and to create a healthy biking community with family rides and events.

In 2016, we opened a community bike center-the Pedal Station. Our goal is to grow this social enterprise that sells affordable recycled bicycles and bicycle accessories to the greater Colorado Springs community while generating revenue to fund our programs, and overall further our mission to get more kids riding bikes. We accept donations of bikes that are then refurbished for resale, go to our earn-a-bike programs, or are recycled for parts or scrap.

Job Description:

The Bike Mechanic/Retail Associate is a part-time position at Kids on Bikes. Anticipated hours are 20 hours per week through April, 30 hours per week May-September, then potentially back to 20 hours per week starting in October. This person will also play a crucial role in creating the systems, procedures, and operations to help sustain the Pedal Station that combines bikes, community, and education. This individual is a self-generator and demonstrates the ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and responsibilities while communicating effectively and working on a team.

This position reports directly to the Executive Director and will support numerous volunteers and other retail staff. This individual will also oversee day-to-day operations including retail sales & inventory, help to develop classes, and in-shop program delivery in order to help develop strategic direction for the broader Kids on Bikes goals through the Pedal Station operation.

Kids on Bikes is an expanding organization with opportunities for growth and creative leadership.

Responsibilities:

Bike Mechanic
• This is the primary function of this position.
• Ensure all bikes are in their best functioning form before they are released to the multiple avenues in which bikes go back to the community
• Must have a proficient knowledge of any and all types of bicycles and bicycle maintenance

• Responsible for final check system of mechanical work from volunteers to ensure bikes are safe to ride
• Guide bicycle repair on all various forms of bicycles and bicycle parts to those who commit time as a volunteer

Retail Operations
• Create a top-notch welcoming and inclusive environment for anyone who walks in the door
• Answer questions about bike fit, mechanics and parts with a friendly approach
• Support and sustain systems for bike retail sales
• Help manage bike donation and parts inventory
• Help to keep the shop well organized and clean

Workshop Space
• Manage volunteer open-shop hours and procedures for people to work on bikes
• Maintain tool inventory

Bike Donations Processing
• Help to manage the overall bike donation process for the Pedal Station
• Ensure each bike is designated to appropriate channel for redistribution including maintenance checklist
• Help with partnerships of local youth serving agencies to get bikes donated to kids
• Mange the metal scrap recycling

Volunteer Management
• Help to recruit and train volunteers to fix donated bikes
• Coordinate volunteer mechanic times and opportunities
• Organize and maintain volunteer hours data

Community Partnerships
• Create and maintain community partnerships with community partners, youth serving agencies, and other businesses

Desired Background and Attributes:

Kids on Bikes seeks a candidate who has a dedication to the mission of Kids on Bikes. This person is very organized, good with tracking details and a very good verbal and written communicator. Ideally, this person will have worked in a bike shop or community bike shop with retail and mechanics knowledge and will have experience with point of sale systems, inventory tracking, and supervisory skills.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a part time position located in Colorado Springs. Hours are likely Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and/or Sundays, but can be subject to change. Depending on the successful applicant qualifications and experience, pay will be $10.00-12.00 per hour. Anticipated start date is April 18th, 2017.

To Apply: E-Mail a resume and cover letter to Daniel Byrd at daniel@kidsonbikes.net by Monday April 10th, 2017.

Volunteer Positions

  • SUMMER CAMP VOLUNTEER COACH

    Ride with the kids at bike camp this summer. A free youth entry to bike camp is given to any adult who volunteers with us for a full week of camp.

  • BIKE CENTER VOLUNTEER MECHANIC

    Come work on bikes at our weekly volunteer nights. You will work alongside others to repair donated kids and adult bikes that will go into youth programs or on our retail floor.

  • BIKE CENTER RETAIL ASSOCIATE

    Help at the retail center of the Bike Center. Greet customers, answer questions, stock inventory, etc.

  • AFTER-SCHOOL BIKE CLUB VOLUNTEER

    2 hours per week riding your bike with elementary school aged kids in an after school bike club setting