Now Hiring - Earn-a-Bike Support Staff

Make a Difference in the Lives of Local Youth with Earn-a-Bike.

Do you or someone you know love working on bikes? Want to help stoke out the next generation of riders? We are looking for a part-time program assistant and bike mechanic for our Live Oak Earn-a-Bike program.

Join the Bike Santa Cruz County team, and help get bikes and mechanics training to youth in need. Earn-a-Bike pairs high school students with middle school youth, who work together to refurbish donated bikes over the course of a 5-week program. Along the way, participants learn bike safety, gain confidence working on and riding their bikes, play team building games, and engage with fun bike arts and crafts activities.

At the end of the program, participants take home their bike, a custom-stenciled helmet, front and rear bike lights, a secure bike lock, and a portable repair kit. High school student staff receive paid job training and leadership experience.

Job Description: Earn-a-Bike Program Mechanic/Instructor

Reports To: Youth Programs Director
Status: Part-time, seasonal
Location: Live Oak, CA

Bike Santa Cruz County’s youth program is seeking an energetic, dedicated, and passionate part-time staff person to serve as a lead bike mechanic/instructor for its Live Oak Earn-a-Bike Program. The ideal candidate will have a strong affinity for, and experience working with middle and high school-aged students, and professional or volunteer experience as a bike mechanic.

About Earn-a-Bike:

Earn-a-Bike (EAB) is an opportunity for middle school students to learn bike repair, bike safety, and “earn” a bike that they help to refurbish. EAB is a free 5-week 2 hours per week after school program. The EAB Mechanic/Instructor will supervise bike repairs, support bike mechanics trainings for program participants, and help with program implementation. Earn-a-Bike pairs middle school students with high school staff, who work together to repair donated bikes. Participants also receive a helmet, lock, lights, and a repair kit.  

About Bike Santa Cruz County:

Bike Santa Cruz County promotes biking in Santa Cruz County through advocacy, education and community building. We work to improve conditions for cyclists through advocacy campaigns, help build bike culture through our youth programs, and host various community rides and events.

Tasks to be accomplished:

  • Manage 10 bicycle repairs per 5-week Earn-a-Bike session
  • Develop lesson plans to teach bike repair basics
  • Supervise teen helpers with bike repairs
  • Provide general instructional support
  • Help manage program bike and bike part donations
  • Transport supplies to program site via bike or car
  • Conduct outreach at community events (includes occasional evening and weekend events)
  • Respond in a timely fashion to BSCC staff regarding staffing/scheduling for events


  • 1-2 years experience as a bike mechanic in a professional or community bike shop
  • Some experience working with groups of youth (teens and middle school students)
  • Experience delivering instruction to youth in a clear, concise, passionate manner
  • Excellent classroom management skills with youth to maintain an effective learning environment
  • Positive and enthusiastic style capable of motivating others
  • Professional demeanor and ability to effectively coordinate with school and site representatives
  • Experience with community outreach and education
  • Sensitive to the cultural backgrounds of youth participants and their families
  • Willingness to work flexible hours when needed
  • Program will occur on two days per week including Tuesdays in the afternoon/evening and requires 4-8 hours/week for 20 weeks
  • Proficient in Spanish (preferred)
  • Experience with Google Drive and Google Calendar (preferred)

Pay: $15-$18/hour, depending on experience

Timeline: Program begins in mid-September 2018 and ends June 2019

How to Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume, saved in PDF format, to Please include “Earn-a-Bike Mechanic/Instructor, [YOUR NAME]” in the subject line, and be sure to mention where you saw the job advertised.

Applications due on September 5th by 5pm.

BSCC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, sex or age.