Shop Mechanic(s)

Second Chance Bikes (SCB) is seeking energetic and detail-oriented professionals with strong knowledge of bicycle repair. We especially welcome applicants of color and those with a passion for advancing bicycling to improve lives and create livable, equitable, sustainable communities.

Please review the job description below for more details about the position’s responsibilities and qualifications. The hours for this position are flexible and can range from 5 to 20 hours per week. Pay is $15 per hour. Successful candidates will work under the direction of the Executive Director at our site in North Charleston, South Carolina.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should submit (via email) a cover letter and resume to jobs@scbikes.org. Please ensure that the subject line of your email includes “Mechanic”. We are not accepting telephone inquires.

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged with an email reply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

We look forward to hearing from qualified candidates interested in joining our dynamic, visionary, and growing non-profit. Visit www.scbikes.org for additional information about our organization and to learn more about our programs.

Essential Functions:

  • Repair all manner of used bicycles
  • Manage strip and salvage program for unrepairable bicycles
  • Maintain a clean and neat shop area
  • Manage inventory of repair parts and supplies
  • Mentor volunteer mechanics and serve as a resource during volunteer or open shop nights
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 3-years experience as a mechanic in a commercial or nonprofit bicycle shop
  • Deep understanding of bicycle repair and the ability to improvise safely
  • Appreciation for vintage bicycles and parts
  • Flexibility to find a way to make things work in the face of adversity
  • Commitment to quality work and safe practices
  • Dedication to equity and inclusion
  • Self-motivated and capable of working independently
  • Team player who can embrace a collaborative work environment

We have plans reopen to browsing customers and expand volunteering in the near future. Ideally, mechanics will be able and willing to assist with browsing, open shop, and volunteer sessions as needed. Otherwise, hours may be worked any time of day or night at the Shop Mechanic’s convenience.

Internship

Internship length and start date is flexible but would ideally begin sometime in early to mid-September.  Weekly time commitment is 10-15 hrs. Intern will report primarily to the Executive Director.

Schedule is also somewhat flexible, but an ideal weekly schedule would be 3-5 hours Monday or Tuesday, Thursdays 10am to 3pm, and every other Saturday from 9am to 12pm. 1-4 hours of work per week may be done remotely.

Intern duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting with Bicycle Thrift Store and Change a Tire, Change a Life Programs
  • Updating website and social media
  • Assisting with data entry and program evaluation
  • Helping host volunteer, fund/friend-raising, and other events
  • Additional support to Executive Director and Lead Mechanic as needed

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Good communication skills, self-motivated, empathetic, possess cultural sensitivity
  • Currently working towards completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel/Google Sheets, Facebook, Instagram
  • Familiar with or interested in learning how to use WordPress
  • Graphic design knowledge
  • Interest in bicycles, nonprofit work, and/or social outreach
  • Currently working towards completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Ability (or willingness to learn) how to drive a vehicle with a trailer

Benefits:

Internship is unpaid, but intern will have many of opportunities to gain hands-on experience at a small nonprofit and learn about bikes, including maintenance and mechanics. After 3 weeks, an intern can choose a bike valued at $150 or less, fix it up (with or without the help of our mechanic), and keep it!

To Apply:

Email us at jobs@scbikes.org with the subject “Internship.” Please include your resume and a brief statement (400-500 words) explaining why you are interested in the position, what you hope to gain from working at Second Chance Bikes, and details of any relevant experience.

Second Chance Bikes is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our staff, our work environment, and the change we want to see in our society.  We value a diverse staff with a wide range of life experiences because we recognize that we are stronger when our organization and work benefit from the innovative contributions, creative solutions, practical know-how, and community insights brought by people of different backgrounds.  Diversity of experience, ideas, and viewpoints is a priority, and candidates with varied education levels, skills, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of different religions, nationalities, genders, and sexual orientations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Employment with Second Chance Bikes is at-will and either party can terminate the relationship at any time with or without cause and with or without notice.

Second Chance Bikes is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, gender identity and expression, ancestry, physical disability (including pregnancy), mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.