CLOSED: Training & Refurbishing Specialist

News released on: 
May 3rd, 2021

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 full-time Training & Refurbishing Specialist 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 refurbishing donated bicycles for sale, setting clear performance standards, supervising quality control of all refurbs and providing training and support for bike shop staff, Youth and Volunteer Apprentices.

The Training & Refurbishing Specialist reports to the Bike Shop Director and is a member of the Bike Shop team.



Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Shop Culture, Training, and Support

  • Assist in training Youth Apprentices and volunteers on the refurbishing process
  • Foster an asset-based culture (positive youth development)
  • 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 and cover letter 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 “Training & Refurbishing Specialist” and your full name in the subject line. The compensation package for this position includes an hourly wage of $18-20 at forty hours each week. Additional benefits include - paid time off, health insurance, flexible work schedule, and discount at our bike shop. This position is open until filled.