Archive for August, 2014

Bike Kitchen Closed Aug 30 – Sept 1

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

The Bike Kitchen is closed for service and regular programming this Labour Day long weekend.  We’ll be back for regular 10am – 6 pm hours on Tuesday, September 2.  We’ll see y’all then!





Work Learn with the Bike Co-op!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Attention UBC students!  Do you want to get some awesome, hands on work experience while you’re attending UBC?  Do you love bikes and want to work with awesome people (who also love bikes)?  The Bike Co-op is hiring a Work Learn position this fall, and we’re now accepting applications for a Programs Assistant!

Check out the posting on UBC Careers Online – the deadline to apply is Friday, August 29.

If the above link doesn’t work for you, you can also search for the position by logging in to with your CWL and searching for “AMS Bike Co-op” under the Winter 2014 Work Learn postings.



Recycling Party – Aug 20

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

At the Bike Co-op and Bike Kitchen we are constantly receiving donations of used bikes that are in various states of dis-repair. In the best case scenario we lovingly refurbish these bicycles.

Unfortunately there are lots of bikes out there where some of the parts, or in many cases the entire bike, are at the end of their usable lives, and that’s where you come in!

In order to recycle everything we need to separate the various kinds of metal, rubber, and plastic and we can really use your help. Fortunately, this is a great way to practice some bike mechanics, and familiarize yourself with all of different parts, how they work (or in this case, don’t work), and how they fit together.

So, come on by, put on an apron, and help us strip down some old bikes!

What you are going to do:

  • help strip down old bikes for parts, frames, or scrap
  • separate the different parts/materials of bikes that are rusted or damaged beyond usability  for recycling
  • eat lots of good food with great company

Why you should come:

  • for the inexperienced its a great introduction to mechanics in a supportive and low-stakes environment
  • for the more experienced you will have an opportunity to share you skills with others, and there are always strange and unusual bikes that you will get to see, enjoy, and dismantle
  • get free dinner for helping out
  • just like our weekly volunteer night, hours contributed count towards Bike Co-op volunteer hours

When it is:

  • ReCycling Parties take place the last Wednesday of every month
  • that means the next Recycling Party is on Aug 20th
  • always in the Bike Kitchen, always 6-9pm



We’re Hiring!

Friday, August 1st, 2014

The Bike Co-op is hiring a Programs Coordinator!  We’re looking for someone who is enthusiastic about and experienced with community-based programming, with a love for sustainability and (of course) bicycles!  If that sounds like you, or someone you know, see below for the job descriptions and how to apply.  We look forward to seeing your application!

Programs Coordinator – AMS Bike Co-op

Hours per week: 22.5

Wage: $16-$17 hourly, commensurate with experience

Reports to: Programs Manager, AMS Bike Co-op

The AMS Bike Co-op provides UBC students and the wider community with an accessible environment where they can learn about bicycle maintenance and about cycling as a safe and sustainable means of transportation. We engage in education, outreach, and advocacy through our programs and our community bike shop, the Bike Kitchen. For more details on our programs and services, please visit

The key tasks of the position are:

Program Communications

  • Manage the Bike Co-op’s Twitter and Facebook accounts and any other social media accounts
  • Keeps the website up-to-date, adding new posts and materials and updating existing content.
  • Maintains the Bike Co-op blog, writing about community events, programs, etc. and coordinating for other volunteers to contribute posts.
  • Designs posters, brochures, etc. for Bike Co-op programs and events
  • Manages the weekly newsletter Bike News, collecting information for the newsletter, writing content, formatting content and sending it.

Member and Community Engagement

  • Represent the AMS Bike Co-op at community events, providing information about the organization and cycling in general, as well as assisting with bike tune-ups (training in basic bike maintenance will be provided if the successful candidate has no prior experience).
  • Manages volunteer rewards, ordering t-shirts and branded items as needed and coordinating for them to be given to volunteers.

Program Administration

  • Assists with data entry, record keeping and reporting on program and volunteer statistics.
  • Supervises the work of 2-3 volunteer student leadership roles and acts as a mentor for these students.
  • Assist with program scheduling and coordination.
  • Assist with program resource management, ensuring that programs are stocked with the necessary materials and ordering more as needed.

Other duties as assigned.


  • 1-2 years work experience, preferably in a not-for-profit organization.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Knowledge/interest in cycling culture/advocacy.
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner through writing and speaking.
  • Basic computer skills (word processing, e-mail, spreadsheets).
  • Experience using social media tools (twitter, facebook).
  • Experience using Adobe Software products (Photoshop, InDesign, etc.).
  • Understanding of and commitment to anti-oppressive values and inclusivity of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and backgrounds.

Additional qualifications considered assets are:

  • Experience with public relations.
  • Knowledge of basic to intermediate level bike mechanics.
  • Experience with collective decision-making practices.
  • Experience using WordPress and newsletter mailout services.
  • Experience using CiviCRM or other similar constituent management software.
  • Knowledge of the UBC campus and experience with UBC student life.

Note: Some evening and weekend work required. Must be available to attend weekly Board Meetings on Tuesdays from 5-6 pm.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of Christine Park, Programs Manager. Applications can be submitted by email to, or in person at the Bike Kitchen (6138 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver BC) Monday-Friday between 10 am and 6 pm.  The deadline to apply is Monday, August 11.