We’re hiring!

Rad is hiring a summer position to assist with our growing programmatic offerings!

Job details are below.  Applicants can email a cover letter and resume to radspringfield@yahoo.com


Youth Repair Instructor Job Description



The Youth Repair Instructor will be a Springfield resident, age 18-26 who will lead the instruction of youth during a 10-week summer program hosted by Rad.  The Youth Repair Instructor is responsible for knowing the basics of bike repair and safety, introducing lessons and testing youth participants at the Springfield College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement’s (“The Center”) summer earn-a-bike program.

In addition to running the summer programming curriculum at The Center, the Youth Repair Instructor will need to ensure the project has a consistent inventory, especially of refurbished bikes and hardware for teaching.



– Assess donated bikes to see if they are repairable in an educational forum designed for youth

– Repair and refurbish bicycles to be used as earn-a-bike options, maintaining a consistent inventory for new students

– Track time and parts used per project

– Maintain a neat and organized workspace at The Center

– Maintain a high level of professionalism

– Select bicycles to be repaired based on shop needs and community demand

– Perform quality control checks on bikes built by youth and ensure the safety of all bicycles

– Instruct basic bicycle safety to a diverse youth audience

– Answer visitors’ questions about broader RadSpringfield programs and operations

– Follows Springfield College policies and procedures regarding responsible use of the Center



– Strong proficiency with bicycle technology and tools (1960’s to present)

– Ingenuity to solve a wide array of mechanical issues

– Excellent customer service and sales skills

– Patience and a positive attitude towards offering repair help to a diverse audience

– Educational skills including lecturing on technical topics

– Organizational skills including monitoring one’s hours

– Positive attitude and enthusiastic belief in Rad’s mission of putting more bikes on the road


Professional Development Opportunities

– Making community contacts with bicycle-oriented organizers

– Receive training in neighborhood organizing and management of a community bike shop

– Opportunity for advancement within the organization as it grows

– Potential for initial off-site training with other bike shops


Benefits, Terms and Compensation

– $13-$16 hourly, depending on experience, up to 5hrs/week over the summer

– Reports to the Project Manager and the Director of the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

– Reduced on bicycle industry goods

– Access to professional bike tools for your own bike



Submit a resume and cover letter to radspringfield@yahoo.com with the subject ‘Youth Repair Instructor application’. The position will be filled ASAP.

3 thoughts on “We’re hiring!

  1. Hi my name is John . I grew up in the Springfield neighborhoods and always enjoyed fixing/riding bikes. I’m 28 years old now and have a 9 month old son of my own . And still “when I have the time” fix bikes for resale or to give to the kids in my neighborhood. I don’t get to tell them the Joy’s of riding and why I’m so passionate about it. Or teach them any tips. So with that being said,I think I would be an amazing candidate for your position. I do have professional tools. And could relate with these people.. thank you


    1. Hi John, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. We’d love it if you were able to stop by one of our Monday workshops 2-6 at 168 Worthington St. to discuss future employment. Given the season, we’re not currently in hiring mode, but would love to put your skills to work as best we can!


    2. Hi John,
      I came a note you sent to RadSpringfield back in December 2019. If you still have any interest in helping us out at our Community Bike shop, please contact me (Rob T), at rthomas5127@gmail.com
      We are looking to hire someone to help out Monday afternoons, which is still the only day of the week that we run the bike repair program at 168 Worthington St. Thank you.


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