Safe Routes to School is hiring instructors in Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Bike Fed is seeking Bike/Walk Safety Instructors to support Milwaukee’s Safe Routes to School program. Safe Routes to School is an innovative national movement to stop the growing trend of childhood obesity by drastically increasing the number of children who bike and walk to school.

Status: Limited Term Employment, March 20th through October

Rate: Starts at $12/hour. Possibly more based on experience. 20-35 hours a week. No benefits, but sweet perks!

 Responsibilities:

  • Teach curriculum based education classes at various Milwaukee Publics School sites

  • Lead groups of youth on neighborhood rides and walks

  • Serve as a role model in safe biking and walking for youth

  • Assist in maintaining fleet of bicycles and supplies

  • Assess school area for impediments to walking or biking to school

  • Assist with administrative work

Requirements:

  • Experience working with children

  • Enjoy bicycling and be willing to bike to/for work

  • Excellent speaking, writing, and presentation skills

  • Value working with diversity of people and team teaching methods

  • Spanish speaking and writing beneficial, but not required

  • Bicycle maintenance and mechanic skills beneficial, but not required

  • Ability to work on own and on a team

  • MUST pass background check

Perks:

  • Working/biking outside will build your tan and muscles

  • Working for the country’s largest statewide bicycle advocacy organization

  • Get to know your city better and making a difference in lives of youth

  • Discounts on purchase of bike parts and tools

The Safe Routes to School programs are held across the Milwaukee area. Instructors are responsible for supplying their own transportation (Bikes Rule!). The Bike Fed will provide mandatory paid training sessions beginning March 20th. Hours are scheduled between 8am and 6pm Monday through Friday, with occasional Saturdays, varies week to week.

Submit a cover letter and resume in PDF or printed format by Midnight Wed, March 1st to:

Jake Newborn, Education Program Manager Wisconsin Bike Fed 3618 W. Pierce St #250 Jake.Newborn@WisconsinBikeFed.org 414-255-0377

Below are some stories from Staff on how impactful the program is! Hope this inspires you to want to help us get more kids on bikes!

“One child who taught me a lot at Emerson was a boy named Lavell. Developmentally he fell on the autism spectrum and his differences in information processing and social engagement were a huge asset to our team! As soon as we entered his class the first day, he started actively creating a list of “bike safety rules” for him and his classmates to abide by. He wrote several songs and raps about staying safe and checking for other vehicles on the road and he came up with our team name. Lavell was a very independent student, but his abilities to hyperfocus on whichever task he had at hand often left him needing some assistance with other things going on simultaneously, especially with staying safe on his bike in the road. The other kids in his class were there for him in this respect without even being asked. They looked out for him and gently reminded him to look for cars and to ride three feet from the curb when he drifted a bit closer to the middle of the road.  The kids at Emerson Elementary (like many youth I have worked with) seemed to understand this aspect of community building almost implicitly. Which in my mind speaks a lot to the human spirit. These kids were good role models for one another but also for us as adults and teachers. Each morning we would haul all the bikes to the playground together and each afternoon, we’d have more volunteers than we could ask for to help us put the bikes away.”

“Alicia already knew how to ride a bike and she didn’t fall off of her bike, but this petite ten year old girl, who told me she’s never ridden very far, showed everyone just how much a positive attitude can play a role in finishing a ten mile bike ride. Though there were children that were much more petite than others, like Alicia, I would occasionally hear comments regarding the bike ride being too tiring from some, but I never heard one word of such from Alicia and actually much the of the opposite. I could see at times while we were pedaling up a steep hill, the challenge was great for Alicia, but following every climb, the same smile and words of accomplishment came from her. Alicia showed us all the importance of a positive attitude, and though she was small in size, a smile and a goal to pedal further than one ever has before can be enough to get up the hill.”

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