Assistant Mechanics Instructor (seasonal)

Job Type

Part Time Temporary


Minimum: $13.00
Maximum: $14.00
Details: This is a Temporary Part-Time position. The hourly rate is commensurate with experience.



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



3939 Lancaster Avenue
United States


Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW) inspires youth and strengthens Philadelphia communities by providing equitable access to bicycling and bike repair through education, recreation, leadership and career building opportunities. NBW offers after school and summer programming to youth, a space for adults to utilize our tools and equipment during Bike Church, our DIY bicycle workshop for adults, and Mel’s Community Bike Shop.

Position Summary: NBW has one available, temporary, part-time position for an Assistant Mechanics Instructor in our after-school and summer programs. This individual will primarily be responsible for providing mechanical support in our shop during our after-school Earn-A-Bike program, Summer Camp, and weekend Drop-in open shop. Secondarily, this position will support on rides, as necessary. Ideally the candidate has experience and knowledge of riding a bike in Philadelphia and specific street laws pertaining to biking. NBW will train the candidate on our Ride Standards and policy when riding with youth ages 8-18. The candidate is expected to adhere to NBW’s safety standards when repairing and riding bicycles, and to promote safety with our youth.

Reports to: Program Director

Dates: Position is June 11, 2018 through September 14, 2018

Schedule and Hours:

Weekday office and administrative time are flexible, with weekly scheduled meetings  

Schedule for monthly events, rides and weekly Drop-in is Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

  • June: 20 hours per week, includes orientation and training
  • July and August: 25 hours per week
  • Schedule for Summer Camp is Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • September: 20 hours per week

Primary Responsibilities:  

  • Support the youth programs staff with the daily operations of programs including preparing for class, lesson planning and delivery, providing youth with creative and engaging ways to learn and involving youth participants in activities  
  • Assist with the hands-on portions of class, offering assistance and guidance to youth while they work on their bikes during shop time
  • Ensure the safety of all youth in the shop and confirming that each bike is complete and safety checked before it leaves the shop  
  • Support Youth Assistant Instructors as they interact with campers; providing encouragement, feedback and supervision as necessary
  • Facilitate Drop-In (an weekly open space for NBW youth to come and repair their bicycles)  
  • Provide mechanical support as youth participants refurbish bicycles  
  • Learn and adhere to NBW’s safety standards when repairing and riding bicycles to promote safety among our youth  
  • Mentor youth with a positive and supportive attitude, including holding youth accountable to NBW expectations and policies
  • Participate in administrative tasks and planning meetings as needed

The qualified person is:  

  • Experienced in bicycle mechanics
  • A competent and experienced cyclist, familiar with safe urban traffic skills and navigation and comfortable riding in the city (highly desired, but not a deal breaker)
  • Upbeat, reliable, creative, a good team player, and likes working with diverse sets of youth both in groups, and individually  
  • Able to demonstrate their ability to work with diverse groups of youth  
  • An effective communicator and demonstrates time management skills  
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds  
  • A positive representative of Neighborhood Bike Works to the greater community  


The position is eligible for all benefits required by state and federal laws. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply

To Apply: Please email a resume and cover letter illustrating relevant experience to the Director of Youth Programs, Shivon Love at by Friday April 13th.

Include your experience and knowledge of bike mechanics. Please use Microsoft Word or PDF attachments including your name and “Assistant Mechanics Instructor” in the subject line.

Employment is contingent upon successful passing of PA State Police Criminal Background Check, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, and FBI Clearance

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and seek staff who reflect the community we serve. Candidates of color, women and those identifying as LGBTQIA are encouraged to apply.