Start Date: June 1, 2020
Reports to: Camp Manager
Status: Seasonal, Non-exempt
Location: Portland, OR
Compensation: $15.00 per hour for 1st year instructors
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 under-served 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 1 through August 21. 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 have a varied schedule and work from one or more of these locations throughout the summer season.
- Instruct and maintain safe riding protocols and emergency procedures
- Observe and respond effectively and compassionately to camper behavior and conflict management
- Along with a co-instructor, plan and facilitate games, activities, and routes with desirable destinations that meet the needs and desires of the group
- Provide a consistent positive Bike Camp experience to all campers regardless of race, class, gender
identity, or background
- Attend and contribute to weekly check-ins and daily staff meetings
- Communicate with families and supervisors daily about camp occurrences.
- Assist with daily camp set-up and tear-down
- Professionally represent the Community Cycling Center when interacting with parents and community members
- All instructors will complete a week-long, paid staff training prior to the camp season 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)
- Must be able to attend staff training prior to first day 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
- 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
- Familiarity with Portland roads, bikeways, and parks
- 40 hours per week between June 1 – August 21
- Working hours during camp are 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday
- Bike Camp instructor training June 1 – 5
- In-service training on July 10
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
One-page cover letter should include:
- Why you would like to be a Bike Camp instructor.
- Your experience working with youth and your approach to creating an inclusive and safe environment.
This announcement was originally posted on March 5th, 2020.
Position(s) open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled in March on a rolling basis.
The Community Cycling Center is an equal opportunity employer. We will not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, veteran status, marital status, sensory disabilities, physical disabilities, mental disabilities and/or any other bases protected by state and federal law. We take proactive measures to ensure against discrimination in hiring, compensation, promotions, and termination of staff, selection of volunteers (including board members) and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, customers, clients, volunteers (including board members), subcontractors, vendors, and other members of our community.