Major Taylor Project Hiring Mechanic and Ride Instructor

0932-webCascade's Major Taylor Project is seeking a qualified Bike Mechanic to run an Earn-a-Bike program for high school students in White Center, and an After School Project Instructor to lead bike rides and enrichment activities for middle and high school students in and around Seattle.

The Major Taylor Project is an after-school program committed to providing bicycling skills and safety activities to a racially diverse group of youth. It provides youth with an introduction to different styles of bicycling, road riding and safety, track riding at the Velodrome (taught by the MVA), mountain biking (taught by Trips for Kids), and preparation for longer rides (Seattle to Portland, Flying Wheels).

The Mechanic will teach basic bike maintenance skills to a group of 5-10 youth including:

  • Fixing flats
  • Adjusting brakes and derailleurs
  • Replacing cables
  • Cleaning and repacking hubs
  • Adjusting headsets and bottom brackets
  • Cleaning, lubing, and (if necessary) replacing chains

0438-webYouth will each be given a donated bike to work on, and will fix them up with the assistance of the mechanic. Classes will be 2-3 hrs a week for five weeks. Position will begin in early March and run through the first week of April. Curriculum and staff support will be provided, although mechanic will have an opportunity to provide input on lesson plans. Qualified candidates will have experience working with youth as well as advanced bicycle mechanic skills.

The Project Instructor will be responsible for helping to run after school programs at four locations in and around Seattle, each one day a week, from mid-April to late July. There is an orientation meeting, and multiple required trainings that will begin by March 27. The after school portion will typically take place from 2:15pm to 4:30pm (summer hours may differ), though some flexibility and occasional attendance of weekend events is required.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Planning routes and leading weekly rides for groups of 10-25 youth
  • Teaching riding skills and light bicycle maintenance
  • Teaching and enforcing safe road riding techniques
  • Developing mentoring relationships with youth
  • Monitoring student progress and needs as appropriate
  • Providing documented lesson plans for all activities
  • Committing to attend all weekly ride sessions
  • Attending special events with youth as appropriate
  • Attending Cascade’s 8-hour Urban Cycling Techniques course, and a two hour volunteer training

Qualifications include:

  • Experience (volunteer/paid) working with youth, especially teaching or coaching
  • Demonstrated knowledge of bicycling activities and curriculum
  • Bicycling experience
  • Basic bike mechanic skills
  • Ability to relate to, inspire and motivate youth
  • Ability to take Cascade instructor training prior to program
  • CPR / First Aid certified (we can provide this)
  • 18 years or older
  • Ability to commit to all six weeks of the program

Both positions pay $15/hr, benefits are not included.

Mail or email resume and cover letter by Feb. 17 (for Mechanic position) or 24th (for Instructor position) to:

Anna Telensky
Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation
PO Box 15165
Seattle, WA 98115

The Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or sex.