Boise Bicycle Project Lead Mechanic
The Boise Bicycle Project (BBP) is a nonprofit bicycle cooperative that promotes the personal, social, and environmental benefits of bicycling. It functions as a bicycle recycling center as well as an educational workspace in a diverse and non-threatening atmosphere. Through education and access to quality affordable bicycles, BBP strives to build a stronger bicycling community.
The BBP Experience
Community: When you enter our doors, you have entered a place of community. Everyone is welcome to get their hands dirty, and all bikes belong.
Connection: Once inside, we will work together to connect you to where you need to go. By sharing tools, knowledge, and experiences in a cooperative space, we can learn from each other and remove barriers that block opportunities.
Empowerment: When you exit our doors you leave empowered with the resources and confidence to engage in other opportunities. Through pedal-power and people-power, we can build the community we want to live and ride in.
The Boise Bicycle Project seeks a Lead Mechanic to make bicycles, bicycle repair and bicycle education available to the entire community regardless of income. The Lead Mechanic works with the Shop Manager and team mechanics to reach impact goals in making SAFE, RELIABLE, SERVICEABLE, AFFORDABLE and FUN bicycles available to the community in need. Through staff education, leadership, and hands on DIY bicycle repair, the Lead Mechanic fosters an empowering environment where bikes are fixed and barriers are broken.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Leadership and Mechanic Education 30%
- Manage Shop Floor during open hours when Shop Manager is not available
- Collaborate with Shop Manager with hiring and onboarding of Bike Mechanics
- Educate/train Bike Mechanics on Bike Sales and DIY standards
- Assist fellow staff members with the bike repair problems they encounter
- Create systems for mechanics, volunteers, and youth to continually grow mechanic skills.
- Assist facilitators with service writing of incoming walk-ins and members
DIY Repair and Shop User & Staff Experience 30%
- Work with Walkins, Members, and Work Trade, setting standards for customer service
- Maintain a positive empowering and educational shop experience for Staff, Members, Volunteers and Program Participants
- Utilize 360-degree vision to offer coaching and support to team mechanics working with our customers
Resource/Inventory Management 20%
- Work with Shop Manager to manage bike repair/accessory related inventory, organization, and cleanliness of the shop
- Support shop manager in placing bi-weekly inventory orders, assessing shop needs for new product offerings, process inventory upon delivery
- Maintain work benches with appropriate functional tools for all shop users
- Maintain systems that ensure donated quality affordable bike parts are available to customers, and new inventory compliments gaps customer/mechanic needs
SAFE, RELIABLE, SERVICEABLE, AFFORDABLE and FUN bicycle Creation 20%
- Biking Building for Quality Affordable Bikes program
- Direct Bike Mechanics in maintaining a diverse assortment of quality affordable bicycles for programs and public
Job Skills and Requirements:
- You have a passion for teamwork, a black belt in communication, and an arsenal of interpersonal skills
- You enjoy working with people from all walks of life, all backgrounds, and all ability levels.
- You’ve been paid to wrench on a wide variety of bicycles for over 3 years
- You’ve used the phrase “Steel is Real.” Rigid steel bikes will always have a soft spot in your heart. The simplicity of frictions shifters makes you warm and fuzzy. But those wonders from the past haven’t road blocked your brain for new technology.
- You’ve got the skills to pay the bills and a passion to teach what you preach
- You’ve spent a significant time volunteering with nonprofits or working on community projects
- You love systems and organization, but embrace evolution and flexibility
How to Apply:
Please email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 1 example of working as a team to overcome a barrier
- 1 examples of past volunteer history in community based organizations
- 1 example of how bicycle repair has had an impact on your life
- Cover Letter and Resume.
This 40 hour/week job located in Boise Idaho. Weekend availability is required, and the BBP leadership team cooperates with a “Saturday Share” rolling schedule on a monthly basis, so that we can practice work/life balance while working together to support the shop needs. Leaders at BBP can expect to work 1-2 Saturdays each month depending on the shop schedule and scheduled time-off for team members.
$14 - 15/hour (depending on experience)
Medical/Dental/Retirement/Bike Commuter Incentive/Paid Time Off: Valued at approx. $4632/year
Paid Vacation (prorated after Jan 1st. Unused vacation does not carry over. Unused vacation can not be redeemed for pay upon separation from BBP)
We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.