Ride Leader, Trips for Kids Marin

Trips for Kids Marin
Job Description

Trips for Kids Marin is seeking awesome, fun, safe and inspiring Ride Leaders to lead transformative mountain bike programs for underserved youth around the Bay Area beginning in Summer 2018. We encourage women to apply as our girls would really benefit from some female role models. If you love working with underserved kids, are mountain bike savvy, and want to support Bay Area youth through your love of bicycling, send us your resume!


About Trips for Kids Marin:


Trips for Kids Marin’s mission is to provide transformative cycling experiences for underserved youth. Our programs aim to build self-esteem, inspire healthy lifestyles and instill environmental values through mountain bike rides, mechanical skills training and environmental education.


Our Marin chapter was founded in 1988 and serves about 2,000 youth throughout the San Francisco Bay Area each year, working with up to 100 local agencies and organizations. Our most popular youth activity is our Trail Rides, which are supplemented by our Earn-A-Bike and Mobile Bike workshops. In addition, we run the Re-Cyclery Bike Shop which accepts donated bikes, parts and clothing for resale at low cost to the community, and keeps thousands of usable products out of the landfill each year.


Trips for Kids Marin was the original headquarters for our national chapter network, and has been the model on which over 75 chapters nationwide have been based since 1994. Our chapters have been continuously providing lessons in self-confidence, environmental awareness and healthy habits to tens of thousands of youth through the simple act of having fun on bicycles.


Position Overview:


Trips for Kids Marin (TFKM) seeks 1-2 qualified cyclists to lead groups of 4-16 youth from low-income, ethnically diverse backgrounds from our partner youth agencies on single day mountain bike rides. Rides can be scheduled 7 days a week. This is a great supplemental role for someone with a current part time position or evening employment, who loves biking and wants to connect more with kids.


New hires will receive training from the Trail Rides Program Manager and begin as Assistant Ride Leaders supporting our Ride Leaders to deliver one to two rides per week. This position works with the Ride Team to prepare equipment and supplies, complete logistical needs, assist in bike/equipment/van maintenance and storage, and develop daily plans to safely and efficiently execute delivery of the Trail Rides Program. Rides are conducted in Marin County, San Francisco and the East Bay.  Equipment and bicycle coordination occur at our San Rafael Canal Community warehouse location. To support our agency partnerships, this position is also expected to assist with agency outreach calls when needed.


Responsibilities Include:

  • Work closely with Program Manager and Ride Team to execute the Rides Program

  • Implement programs based on Trail Rides Program Guidebook

  • Deliver safe, fun and transformational experiences for all participants

  • Utilize curriculum on safe riding, health, and the environment

  • Provide consistent, high quality programming

  • Function as the agency point of contact on the day of the ride

  • Develop positive rapport with all youth, volunteers and agency staff

  • Appropriately size all riders to bikes and helmets

  • Safely complete all minor bike repairs that arise on a ride

  • Track and maintain ride participant paperwork and data

  • Coordinate reporting of any minor or significant injury incurred

  • Complete Trail Ride Log immediately after ride completion

  • Assist with bike/equipment/van cleaning and maintenance

  • Help with agency outreach calls when requested   



  • Experience, comfort and passion working with youth ages 10-18 years of age.

  • At least 1 year of group leadership and/or coaching experience facilitating activities for groups of 8-16 youth in classroom and/or outdoor settings.

  • Ability to interact with kids from diverse backgrounds and lead, motivate, and be creative and adaptive to build self-esteem and overcome challenges that may arise in a professional manner.

  • Teaching or Outdoor Education background a big plus, but not required for the right person.

  • Basic bike mechanic skills to troubleshoot problems on the fly; bike shop experience a plus.

  • Training will be given for each location but familiarity with Bay Area trails is very useful (Golden Gate Park, Pt Pinole, China Camp, etc...)

  • Experience handling multiple tasks, and responding to crisis situations with a professional and level-headed approach.

  • Ability to make individual judgment calls about safety and risk management with youth, agency staff and volunteers.

  • Ability to work independently and with others as circumstances require.

  • Comfort working with online forms and timesheet tracking, daily emails, and texting and calls.

  • Comfort driving a cargo or passenger van - training will be provided.

  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record.

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.

  • First Aid and CPR (training can be provided). Wilderness First Aid or Responder is highly valued.

  • Spanish speaking (a plus but not required).


Hours and Pay:

This part time position has seasonal variation due to weather and agency funding cycles. This person can expect one to two rides per week from mid April through October, though rides can be booked every day from mid-June to late August. The rest of the year the position offers a varying number of rides per week with rides regularly scheduled on Saturdays and afternoons. During slow times or strategic points of the year, calls to cultivate agency partnerships will be required for several hours per week.  This position may fill in on short notice to cover staff absence, if available. Work hours typically occur from 9am - 3pm or 12pm - 6pm. We offer a competitive hourly wage that may vary depending on experience and are flexible with scheduling to fit your availability as much as possible.


How to Apply

This part time position is available immediately and will be open until filled.  Please email a cover letter that explains your relevant experience for this position and a resume to our Trail Rides Program Manager, Adam Smith, in response to this posting to adam@tripsforkids.org.  Include “Ride Leader Applicant” in the subject of your email.  


To learn more about our program visit our website at www.tripsforkidsmarin.org and don’t hesitate to contact Adam for more details. We hope to hear from you soon!
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