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Current Volunteer Section

Already a volunteer here at BRV?  Thanks for your help; volunteers keep our wheels spinning! You can now sign up for shifts through our Volunteer Sign-Up Form.  Our current volunteer hours are as follows:

Tuesdays         1-7pm

Wednesdays   9am-5pm

Thursdays        1-5pm

Friday               1-5pm

The third Saturday of every month join us for the Bike Jam 10am-1pm

 

 

How to become a BRV Volunteer

1. To get an idea about what volunteering in the shop is like, read over our volunteer position descriptions (below) and read through our Volunteer Handbook.

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2. Submit the Prospective Volunteer Form.

3. Attend a volunteer orientation. See our calendar for upcoming orientations.

All Bike Recycle Vermont volunteers attend an orientation before working in the shop. Orientations occur once a month. If you are enrolling in the mechanic training courses, the first session is considered an orientation.

4. If you want to be a Volunteer Mechanic or Head Mechanic, attend mechanic trainings AND/OR pass the skills test

  • If you have some experience working on bicycles, you may be able to bypass the trainings and take the skills test to become a Volunteer Mechanic (full position description below). The Volunteer Mechanic skills test involves:

    • putting a bike through triage

    • fixing a flat

    • minor wheel truing

    • bearing adjustment

    • brake adjustment

    • shifting adjustment
    • Talk to the shop manager to find a time for your skills test.

 

  • If you have professional experience working on bicycles, you may be able to bypass trainings and pass a skills test to become a Head Mechanic (full position description below). The Head Mechanic Skills Test involves:

    • putting a bike through triage

    • brake adjustment

    • shifting adjustment

    • bottom bracket overhaul

    • headset overhaul

    • demonstrated understanding of bike fit

    • demonstrated understanding of shop systems and management.

    •  Talk to the shop manager to find a time for your skills test.

5. Schedule yourself for shifts by signing up by submiting this form to our staff.

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Volunteer Position Descriptions

Choose a position from the following descriptions that bests suits your interests and availability:

 

Volunteer Mechanic

Description of role : Volunteer Mechanics help perform repairs on customer bikes and refurbish bikes for sale. Their shifts occur during Volunteer Hours when the shop is closed to the public.

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Primary duties include :

  • Refurbishing and building bikes to be sold

  • Performing repairs

  • Triaging donated bikes

  • Working with other Volunteer Mechanics

Secondary duties include :

  • Assisting Head Mechanics with projects around the shop

  • Upkeep and organization of tools and parts

Skills Required :

  • Intermediate bike mechanics skills

  • General knowledge of shop policies and procedures

  • Ability to work with others as well as independently

Training Provided :

Privileges:

  • can work on personal projects and bikes during designated hours
  • can purchase used parts and accessories (all purchases must be approved by the shop manager)
 

Head Mechanic

Description of Role: Head Mechanics are valuable partners with staff in the shop. They possess solid mechanical skills and a knowledge of shop policies and procedures that allows them to run the shop during both volunteer hours and open shop hours when they help customers get fitted with bikes and perform spot repairs. Head Mechanics maintain the stock of bikes, keep on top of  the repair list,  and can open and close the shop. They work closely with the shop manager to make decisions about the shop.

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Primary duties include :

  • Refurbishing and building bikes to be sold

  • Managing the stock of bikes

  • Managing the repair lists

  • Performing repairs

  • Triaging donated bikes

  • Working with customers to find them the right bike

  • Assisting and teaching Volunteer Mechanics and mechanics-in-training with their projects

Secondary duties include:

  • Opening and closing the shop

  • Upkeep and organization of tools and parts

Skills Required:

  • Advanced bike mechanics skills

  • Comprehensive knowledge of shop policies and procedures

  • Ability to work with others as well as independently

  • Ability to work with a diverse population

Training Provided :

  • Volunteer Orientation (required)

  • Mechanic Trainings (optional for people already possessing advanced mechanic skills)

    • Mechanic Trainings provide knowledge and training around basic bike repair and maintenance and BRV shop procedures and systems. A person enrolled in the trainings is considered a mechanic-in-training. They will then test into becoming a Volunteer Mechanic. After working in the shop for some time they can test into becoming a Head Mechanic. It usually takes a new volunteers 50 to 100 hours of volunteering to become familiar enough with shop procedures to become a Head Mechanic. For more info on upcoming mechanics training series, email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Privileges:

  • can work on personal projects and bikes during designated hours

  • ability to open and close the shop

  • access to a key to the shop

  • ability to create, run, and teach classes and workshops

  • ability to purchase used parts and accessories from the shop (all purchases must be approved by the shop manager)

  • ability to make major decisions about the programs, services, and procedures in the shop

 
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