The Boise Bicycle Project (BBP) is a non-profit bicycle cooperative that creates opportunities for empowerment, education, and social change through bicycles and bicycle repair. As a nonprofit, we repair bicycles donated from the community, and redistribute them through our charitable programs and affordable bike sales. As a cooperative, we teach the community how to repair their own bicycles in our shared use shop space. Our charitable programs seek to make bicycles, and bicycle repair/safety education available to the entire community regardless of income.


The Shifting Gears program is the BBP’s partnership program with the Idaho Department of Corrections. Shifting Gears teaches bicycle mechanics to incarcerated individuals and provides free adult bikes to program participants upon release. The program provides inmates with vocational skills, impactful opportunities, and community connection. Shifting Gears currently operates at the South Boise Women’s Correctional Center, partners with the East Boise Re-Entry Center at the BBP, and is starting a program at the Idaho State Correctional Center.


  • Develop curriculum for teaching kids bike maintenance to inmates and work with BBP volunteers to implement curriculum.

  • Teach bike maintenance to incarcerated individuals.  

  • Work with Idaho Department of Corrections staff to provide inmates with bike maintenance opportunities and education.  

  • Work with BBP staff to coordinate resources (bikes, tools, and supplies) at IDOC sites in order to fulfill program goals.  

  • Implement systems to maximize opportunities for inmates to participate in and benefit from the Shifting Gears program.  

  • Institute double-check and quality control processes to ensure kids bikes are fully and safely overhauled and ready to enter the BBP’s charitable programs.  



  • Good mechanical skills (experience working on kids bicycles and coaster brakes is a plus)

  • The ability to problem solve with bikes and find solutions

  • Excellent people skills that will enable you to work with a wide variety of individuals

  • Outstanding communication and teaching skills

  • The ability to think creatively and keen problem-solving skills

  • Good organizational skills

  • A strong belief in the ability of bikes to change lives and the inherent goodness of all people.


Position starts at $12-13/hour with opportunity to grow (hours and wages).

Position is ¾ time, full time positions may be available for the right candidate.



Please email the following items to or drop them by the Boise Bicycle Project (1027 S Lusk St.) during our open shop hours

  • Please include a resume or stop by BBP to pick up an application

  • Include a couple paragraphs stating how you have been a part of BBP, your familiarization with the organization, as well as why you feel you would be a good candidate for the BBP and/or the Shifting Gears program.