Job Posting: We’re Hiring a Bike Mechanic

May 9, 2017

The Bike Kitchen is a non-profit, full-service, community bike shop located on the University of British Columbia campus. The Bike Kitchen works to support cycling in the UBC and Vancouver, BC areas. During business hours, we offer bike repair services as well as repair space, tools and instruction to UBC students, bike co-op members, and other community members. In the evenings, we offer a range of educational programming on mechanics skills and riding skills.

The Bike Kitchen is hiring a full time mechanic for a temporary summer position via Canada Summer Jobs. This job is available to applicants who are under 30 years of age who are currently enrolled in an accredited university as a full time student and plan to return as full time students for the 2017 fall term.

The selected applicant will report to the head mechanic who oversees daily service operations at the Bike Kitchen.

Responsibilities will include assembling and refurbishing used bicycles, completing walk-in bicycle repairs, and supporting staff with mechanical and organizational tasks. The selected applicant will also be responsible for working with the programs manager to deliver outreach to our membership through our educational programming.  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Accurately and thoroughly assessing bicycles for repairs.
  • Completing service orders in a timely manner with a high level of accuracy.
  • Using Lightspeed P.O.S. to complete sales, work-orders, and inventory. (Training provided)
  • Assist in daily shop maintenance: sweeping, tidying, merchandising, and recycling.


  • A strong understanding of and commitment to anti-oppressive values and practices.
  • 1-3 years experience as a bike mechanic in a professional setting – we will prioritize more experienced candidates.
  • Experienced restoration technician; has experience refurbishing bicycles of varying quality, style, and eras.
  • Strong professional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Available on weekends and some evenings.
  • Meets criteria for position funding:
    • under 30 years of age
    • currently enrolled in an accredited university as a full time student and plans to return as full time students for the 2017 fall term.


  • Experience with hands-on instruction.
  • Knowledge of community bike shops.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of bike components and tools.
  • Available Tuesday evenings until 9:00 pm for special programming

Job Specifications

  • Compensation: 16.41/hour
  • Hours: 30 hours/week
  • Duration: 12 weeks, to end before August 31st, 2017.

Please email your resume and cover letter to with the subject heading Application: Bicycle Mechanic. We will be accepting applications until the position is filled, or until June 8th, whichever is sooner. The selected candidate will start work by June 8th, 2017 and the position will terminate on or before August 31st, 2017.

* UBC is located on unceded Musqueam territory. We encourage Indigenous people, as well as all people who are underrepresented in the cycling industry to apply for this position.