Bike East Bay seeks a Summer 2017 Advocacy Intern to join our team to work on a collaborative project with AC Transit and the City of Berkeley — the Southside Pilot Project. This project will test out installing two-way protected bike lanes and dedicated bus on the south-side of UC Berkeley’s campus to encourage people to bike, walk, and take transit in the neighborhood.

The Summer Advocacy Intern is a three month position. You will work directly with Bike East Bay Advocacy Director Dave Campbell to conduct outreach and public engagement efforts with community members and stakeholders on the planned street improvements. If successful, the Southside Project will be expanded and eventually become permanent over the next several years. More on the Southside Pilot Project here.

Our Summer Intern will direct field operations for our work, talking with local residents, students, businesses, churches, and other community stakeholders. The position will also be involved in helping Bike East Bay develop a Neighborhood Leader Program, to recruit and train local neighborhood leaders to be Bike East Bay’s point people for transportation issues in the community.

Skills and Knowledge to be Gained

  • Transportation planning, street designs, including bikeway designs
  • Community processes for redesigning streets
  • Data collections and public engagement on street improvement projects
  • Leadership development and community empowerment

Requirements of position

  • Experience working with and directing volunteers

  • Good writing excellent verbal communication skills with a wide variety of audiences

  • Design layout experience creating flyers, forms, posters, etc. for use in public outreach, volunteer engagement

  • Enjoy reaching out and engaging with members of the public, including residents, students and local businesses and community stakeholders

  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills, including an ability to listen and empathize with neighborhood residents and local stakeholders

  • Organized and self-motivated

  • Charisma, energy and enthusiasm

  • An ability to work individually and as part of a team

Helpful skills

  • Familiarity with cycle tracks (protected or separated bike lanes) and their benefits

  • Daily bicycle commuter

  • Experiencing using a cargo bike

  • Social media

  • research experience on issues of transportation policy

  • Familiarity with the Southside Area of Berkeley, and Berkeley in general

  • Interest in urban planning and design

  • Spanish proficiency

  • Experience working in retail businesses

  • Experience riding AC Transit or other buses in urban environment

Compensation, Hours & Benefits

The hours for this internship are 20 hours/week and are flexible. Compensation is $1,200/month, for the three month internship. No benefits provided with this position.

Application Process

Interested candidates please send a letter (email) of interest and your resume to Dave Campbell at [email protected]. Please include “Summer Advocacy Intern” and your name in the subject line. No phone calls please. Applications accepted until position filled.

Bike East Bay is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, or age.

Organizational Overview

Bike East Bay, formerly the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, was established in 1972 to promote the interests of bicyclists. Our first campaign was to gain bicycle access to the new BART transit system of the early 1970’s. Since then, our 4000+ member organization has grown and includes local groups throughout the East Bay. In addition to advocating for better bicycling conditions, Bike East Bay also coordinates the annual Bike to Work Day promotion in the East Bay and has a successful bicycle education program teaching thousands each year safe cycling skills.

 

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