CLOSED: Mechanic (Part Time) / Full-time opportunity available

News released on: 
May 4th, 2021

Job Description

BNB Mission & History

Overview: Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change to achieve economic mobility for Black and other marginalized people in Boston and the Global South.


We reclaim thousands of bicycles each year. We create local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation.  Our programs mobilize youth and adults to be leaders in community transformation. Each year we collect roughly 5,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts from our supporters around Greater Boston and New England.  We ship most of these bikes overseas to economic development projects through our International Partnerships in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Bikes that don't get shipped are repurposed in Youth Pathways where teens learn bicycle safety and mechanics skills in the process of earning bikes to keep for themselves. Our retail Bike Shop & Training Center also reconditions and sells some of the donated bikes that we receive, employing many graduates of our programs. The Shop's profit from the bicycle sales, parts sales, and repairs goes towards funding our youth and international work.  BNB is 37 years old and has an annual budget of $1.5 million. 


Position Description

Position: BNB seeks a part time bicycle mechanic with experience working in retail shops to assist with running the organization's social enterprise: our Bike Shop and Vocational Training Center.

Primary duties include completing repairs and rebuilds (refurbishing donated bicycles for sale), setting clear performance standards and providing training for how Bike Shop staff, Youth and Volunteer Apprentices do business with customers, work on repairs, and rebuild bicycles for sale.

The Mechanic reports to the Bike Shop Director and is a member of the Bike Shop team.



Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Repair, check, and fix bikes following Bikes Not Bombs' bike shop standards, policies, and procedures at the bike shop or via Chain Reaction (mobile bike repair)
  • Prepare bikes for deadlines
  • Diagnose bicycles and write repair tickets using web based point of sale
  • Keep the inventory of the shop updated
  • Keep the bench and the overall bike shop clean
  • Participate actively as a member of the bike shop team
  • Interact with customers, selling bicycles, accessories, and repair service as needed
  • Be customer service oriented and personable as you are the face of our organization
  • Assemble new and refurbished bicycles for resale

Shop Culture, Training, and Support

  • Foster an asset-based culture (positive youth development)
  • Support front-end staff, ensuring that current youth and and adult volunteers provide the highest quality customer service through training and shop policies
  • Participate in and provide ongoing training, feedback and support to improve performance of online and storefront business operations

Bicycle Mechanic Skills

  • Intermediate to advanced skills including but not limited to:
    • ​Assembling/disassembling and identifying different types of bottom brackets
    • Crank arm replacement
    • Change derailleurs
    • Front and rear hub, bottom bracket, headset overhauls
    • Replacing brake calipers, pads and levers, shifters
    • Replacing all kinds of cables
    • Limit screw adjustments (both derailleurs)
    • Center brakes
    • Chain check, replacement
    • Flat fix
    • Tune ups
    • Safety checks


Background and Qualifications


The ideal candidate for this role has experience working in bicycle retail shops. Additional requirements include:
  • At least one full year in the bike industry both selling and/or fixing bikes
  • Experience repairing all types of bikes
  • Ability to stay organized and keep track of repair tickets and sale records
  • Must be able to work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of bicycles (accessories, fit, and riding)
  • Ability to learn and adapt to BNB's standards for bicycle mechanics
  • Must be a people person
  • Must have an interest in and experience working with youth, particularly youth from low-income communities
  • Must demonstrate a strong understanding of and commitment to Bikes Not Bombs' overall mission
  • Self-motivated, highly organized, systems oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, cultural competency, strong listening, and negotiation skills
  • Experience with Apple computers, Google Workspace and experience using MS Word and Excel
  • Must be willing and able to work some evenings and weekends
  • Multilingual/Bilingual (Spanish, English, Haitian, Creole and/or Cape Verdean Creole) candidates highly preferred
  • Ability to work with staff, board, and volunteers with sense of humor and flexibility
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team in a fast-paced work environment


Equity & Inclusion

Constituent leadership is central to the mission of BNB and is highlighted in BNB’s current Strategic Plan. As such, BNB is seeking to more fully represent our community and constituencies, particularly youth, women, and people of color in Boston and of communities in the Global South so as to amplify that voice and provide an opportunity for our constituency to participate in the overall direction and leadership of the organization. As such, we actively encourage candidates from broadly diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Bikes Not Bombs is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

Application Process

Please provide a resume that includes where you learned of the position and a description of how your qualifications match BNB’s needs. Applications should be emailed to and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please include “Mechanic” and your full name in the subject line. The compensation package for this position includes an hourly wage of $17-19. Additional benefits include - paid time off, flexible work schedule, and discount at our bike shop.