Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bicycle Mechanic Intern (vancouver, canada)

The Bike Kitchen is a non-profit, full service, community bike shop located on the campus of UBC. We sell new and used bikes, parts, and accessories and offer full bicycle repair as well as instruction. We specialize in refurbishing and selling used bicycles, and offer an assortment of education workshops and programs which are open to the public. We believe that cycling is a form of activism and a tool for community building. We're looking for someone who shares our vision, has an established commitment to cycling, and wants to become a professional caliber bike mechanic.

We are currently looking for an intern to work part-time during the summer. This internship may lead to a long-term position upon completion of the curriculum. It is especially suited for people who would otherwise have difficulty finding employment in the bike industry. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. No previous experience is necessary, as this is a training position. Due to our funding structure, this position is only open to students.

Qualifications:
* No previous experience is necessary: this is a training position
* Strong communication and teaching skills, and an ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people, as required by the co-operative structure of the shop
* An understanding of and appreciation for the ways in which bikes can be used to foster social and environmental justice
* Self motivation and discipline
* A sincere and committed desire to learn bicycle mechanics

Job Description/Duties:
* Work through a curriculum of basic bike repair and bike retail knowledge skills. The intern will be working under the guidance of a senior-level professional mechanic. While the curriculum is set and staff members are experienced teachers, the intern must track his/her own progress and request help when necessary.
* Customer service in the shop
* Eventually help with repairs in the shop
* Eventually assist in teaching customers in the shop as well as leading workshops
* Rate of pay is $9/hour as this is a training position
* The internship is 30 hours per week and runs for 12 weeks starting on May 30, 2011

To Apply:
Please drop off a resume and cover letter in person at the Bike Kitchen. Emailed applications will not be accepted. Please be willing to volunteer for a few hours in the shop.
http://thebikekitchen.com/ http://bikecoop.ca/

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