We welcome all stripes of bike-loving people, whether mechanically inclined or not, to help out in all aspects of Bike Edmonton (events, advocacy, committee work, or at either of our shops). We are always looking for people to help out at our community bike shop. Volunteers can take on duties as a Shop Host or Mechanic, or both.
Duties as the shop host include:
Welcome patrons to the shop
Answer questions about Bike Edmonton, our workshops, and cycling in Edmonton
Handle rentals and sales of bikes, parts and memberships
Manage flow of patrons and ensure they connect with the volunteer mechanics
Organize and keep the shop running smoothly
No prior mechanical experience is necessary; but you'll certainly gain some!
Duties of mechanics include:
Answering technical questions related to bike and part sales
Teaching patrons how to do their bike repairs (not actually doing the repairs for the patron, though)
Helping patrons find the right tools and parts for their repairs
Because of the varying levels of experiences and training, our mechanics are not expected to be able to help with all types of repairs on all bikes. We do what we can, and for anything unfamiliar, we work together to figure out the solution.
Mechanics offer their assistance to patrons who need guidance with repairs. No mechanical experience is necessary for Shop Hosts or Mechanics; our workshops are a space to share skills and learn from others. An interest in learning and helping others to learn is all that is necessary to volunteer.
Benefits of Volunteering
Regular volunteers (those who commit to at least one 3-hour shift every other week, as opposed to casual volunteers who simply drop-in) receive:
Discounts on new components
Discounts on used bikes
Discounts on used parts
Subsidy for annual Bike Edmonton membership (as-needed)
Unlimited after-hours access to the workshops
All volunteers have access to:
Free, volunteer-only comprehensive and specialized mechanical training
Opportunities for paid mechanic work
If you're interested in volunteering, just register for a volunteer orientation or contact us; if you'd like to volunteer with Bike Edmonton in a capacity other than in our workshops (education, festivals & events, advocacy, media, etc.) please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your area of interest.