We are closed Monday 11/24 through Monday 12/1. Hope to see you next week!
Want to spend a few hours helping out in the bike shop? Want to see what we're all about? Attend one of the following volunteer opportunities. Each event starts with a 5-minute introduction to the shop and is followed with volunteer projects that change week-to-week.
Tuesday Volunteer Nights
Drop in any Tuesday evening between 5PM to 8PM to volunteer at our shop!
Volunteers help break down bikes for parts, organize parts and bikes, and do other projects. Volunteers with mechanical experience may assist with repairs and bike builds.
Saturday Bike Jams
Next Bike Jam: Saturday, December 20th, 10AM to 1PM
Stop by on the third Saturday of each month from 10AM to 1PM for a Bike Recycle workday!
Volunteers help organize bikes and parts, refurbish bikes, and perform other projects.
Got skills? Want to be part of a dynamic group that gets bikes into the hands of neighbors who need them the most?
The following volunteer positions require a regular time commitment to the shop, and some require specific skills.
Click on the following links to read about volunteer positions and contact the appropriate staff member if you are interested in volunteering with us.
Description of Role:
Front End Volunteers are the face of Bike Recycle Vermont. Front End Volunteers are responsible for greeting and assisting customers, operating the cash register, accepting bicycle donations, and working with Head Mechanics and other volunteers to make sure the shop is running smoothly and customers are being helped.
Being a Front End Volunteer requires a positive attitude and a lot of patience. The shop can be very busy in the spring and summer and the Front End Volunteer sets the tone! While it's a big commitment, Front End volunteers have the rewarding experience of forming relationships with our customers and setting them up with their new bicycles. This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for someone who wants to become involved with the daily operation of our shop but doesn't currently possess the mechanical skills to be a volunteer mechanic; working with and helping the Head Mechanics is the best way to learn. This is an opportunity to become part of the team that's getting more people in Burlington on bikes!
Description of Role:
Head Mechanics run Bike Recycle Vermont when it is open for bicycle sales. They possess comprehensive mechanical skills and knowledge of shop policies and procedures. Head Mechanics assist customers and sell bicycles, write up repair orders, and perform repairs. Most importantly, Head Mechanics work collaboratively with other individuals in the shop to make sure everything runs smoothly and all customers and being taken care of.
This is a very demanding and very rewarding volunteer position. Being a Head Mechanic at Bike Recycle is a big commitment, but there is so much to gain: mechanical knowledge and skills, retail experience, and the opportunity to be a part of the collaborative team that steers Bike Recycle Vermont. Help us make BRV the best community bike shop it can be!
Description of Role:
Scrap haulers load Bike Recycle’s metal scrap onto our Bikes at Work trailer and bike it to Queen City Steel (.4 miles from the shop) or Chittenden Solid Waste District (2.3 miles from the shop) for processing.
We provide the bike and the trailer, and we help you load up. You just need to show up with your helmet, about 1.5 hours, and be down take to the streets with your wide load.
This is a lot of fun! This volunteer should feel like a strong rider; they will be hauling anywhere from 50 to 250 pounds on a bike trailer. The rider should know and obey the rules of the road, use hand signals, and wear a helmet at all times.
This position requires a commitment to ride every two-to-three weeks depending on how many riders the shop has. Riding to the two locations should take anywhere from 20 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on how long it takes to get everything loaded and how speedy you are.