Volunteers strengthen the work of the BTA every day. Volunteers get involved by helping at events, assisting in the office, doing research, attending meetings, stuffing envelopes, leading community rides, fixing bikes for our youth classes, and more.
Current volunteer positions:
Volunteer with BTA at Sunday Parkways
Volunteer at a Service Station this Summer
Ride with Kids
Wrench on Bikes for Kids
Move Bike Fleets
Lead Volunteer – Outreach
CALM (Calling All Lapsed Members)
BTA Ambassadors represent the BTA at different community events around Portland. BTA Ambassadors will help with activities at Sunday Parkways, chat with people at our table at Farmers Markets and a Timbers game, and flag down and engage with bike commuters at our Service Stations. As an ambassador you can commit to as many events as you like, whether it be one or ten, we just need people like you, who love the BTA and support our mission, to help spread the word about how the BTA has helped make Portland the #1 American city for biking.
BTA Ambassador Trainings occur every couple of months, stay tuned for the next in office training. We will also be training ambassadors on site at different events, so please join us at any of our upcoming community events to get trained.
North American Organic Beer Festival
What: Engage with attendees and perform bike registrations at the bike parking area about the BTA. Volunteers will enjoy free entry cup and 8 tokens for the festival after their shift. Must be 21 to get tokens.
When: Friday June 28, 3:45-7:00pm
Cant make it Friday afternoon? Volunteer with the Rotary Club Portland another day/time and receive the same benefits. Check out available shifts here.
Seattle to Portland Finish Line
What: Engage with riders and conduct bicycle registration for riders and spectators at the STP finish line festival.
When: July 13 and 14
Shifts: Saturday: 2:30-6:00pm, 6:00-9:00pm. Sunday 10:00am-1:00pm, 1:00-4:00pm, 4:00-7:00pm
New Seasons Bike Fairs
What: Talk to New Seasons’ patrons at their bike fairs this summer. Let them know about the great work BTA does and register people’s bikes.
When: Saturday July 13 at Mountain Park store, Lake Oswego; Saturday July 20 at Concordia store, Portland
Shifts: 10:30am-1:30pm and 1:30-4:30pm
Check out all of our community events here and sign up for a shift today!
Volunteer with the BTA at Sunday Parkways
This summer the BTA will be volunteering at Sunday Parkways to help with fundraising. We are looking for 10-12 volunteers per event to work in pairs on the route. We will have 4 fundraising stations and a bike registration booth. Fundraising volunteers will request $ donations from the 100,000+ event participants. All donations go to support the five Sunday Parkways events. We have a 2013 goal of raising $10,000 through events to help pay for closing the streets, supporting volunteers, games and entertainers in the parks and event supply rentals. This is an exciting opportunity to support both the BTA and Sunday Parkways, an organization which is closely aligned with our mission.
Come scream and shout to help Sunday Parkways and the BTA!
When: Sundays June 23, July 28, August 25, September 29
Shift: 11:00am-3:30pm (This includes time for a short training prior to your shift)
Sign up for a shift here.
Volunteer at a Service Station this Summer
Do you love being outside? Do you love telling people about the BTA? Well then, we have just the opportunity for you! We are looking for some great volunteers to help us at our Service Stations this Summer.
Service Stations are a way for BTA to get out on the streets and engage with cyclists. They involve handing out snacks, working next to a bike mechanic, and talking about the BTA with passersby on busy bike routes throughout the Portland-Metro area.
We need outgoing volunteers to help flag down cyclists, hand out snacks and talk with them about the BTA and signing up for our email list or as members.
When: 4:30-6:30pm, Thursdays through June 20, Wednesdays in August and September
Where: Various locations around the Portland-Metro area, see sign up page for details
Next Opportunities: Thursday June 6th on the Eastbank Esplanade, Under the Hawthorne Bridge; Thursday June 13th at Ink Brigade 2242 N Williams
Contact: If you have any questions contact Nicole Davenport.
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We’re bringing an old favorite back! At the turn of every month we’re looking for a group of volunteers to come in and help us stuff and stamp envelopes so we can reach out to all our members and help them renew. We need your help! There will be snacks, drinks, and good conversation with other people who care about our community as much as you do. Its a great opportunity to learn more about what the BTA is doing and give your feedback.
When: Last Wednesday every month
Where: BTA office
Time commitment: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Shift: Envelope Stuffing
Next Opportunity: Wednesday June 26
Contact: If you like to enjoy good conversation while helping the BTA with crucial member communication, contact Nicole Davenport and join us at our next Envelope Stuffing Party. Snacks and refreshments provided.
Move Bike Fleets
Join BTA staff as we move fleets of bikes from one school to another for our bike safety education program! We normally move bike fleets on Mondays. A typical day involves meeting up with a BTA staffer at our storage facility on NE 21st or at a Portland school, moving bikes on and off a box truck, moving bikes in an out of schools, on and off stages, and in and out of classrooms.
Tired of going to the gym for your arm and back exercise? This job is for you. You are guarenteed to break a sweat!
A staff member will email you the Friday before to confirm the meet location and time.
Sign up today!
Get trained as a Lead Outreach Volunteer
The Lead Volunteer will pick up and deliver all materials to the event site, set it up with assistance from the other volunteers, assign volunteers to positions, answer questions, be the “go-to” person for event organizers, run the event, break it down and complete a short report form before returning the materials to the BTA office. The Lead Volunteer is also responsible for reporting to and communicating with the membership manager at the BTA. Training is provided.
Summer events include: BTA Service Stations in May and September, Sunday Parkways, Hopworks BikeToBeerFest, Washington County community events, Various community-based events in Portland.
These volunteers will be current BTA members, or persons with a strong interest in bicycling and working with a bicycle organization. They will have a good working knowledge of the BTA’s mission, projects and a passion for active transportation. Ideal volunteers will have great face-to-face customer service skills and may have experience with sales, marketing, customer service, canvassing and community organizing.
The Lead Volunteer will make sure the materials are on-site and that volunteers are assigned to one of the following tasks:
- Table Manager makes sure maps, snacks, and sign up sheets are available and assists with membership sales.
- Waver is posted in advance of the station to greet bikers and let them know the Service Station is coming up. This is a very energetic and often loud position.
- Counters keep track of how many bikes pass the station, how many stop and how many are serviced. This position provides a very important set of metrics for the success of this program as well as comparative data on bike counts at some stations.
- Greeters welcome riders to the station, directs them to service or snacks and asks them to support bicycling in Oregon by joining the BTA. These volunteers will also be responsible for conducting bike registration. We hope to have two people doing this at each station.
When: Summer and Fall
Where: Portland and Tri-County area
Time commitment: A minimum of two events a month; may include weekend events once a month. Shifts vary from 2 – 6 hours including set up and break down time. New volunteers must complete 2 hour training/orientation.
Contact: If you are motivated and passionate about bikes, this may be the perfect position for you. Email Nicole with a bit about your interest in becoming a lead outreach volunteer.
CALM (Calling All Lapsed Members) Volunteers
The number one reason people do not renew their membership is that they forgot. Calling All Lapsed Members (CALM) is a way to give people a convenient way to renew their recently-lapsed membership over the phone. For volunteers, the phone bank session is fun and very much appreciated by our members.
Join us monthly for a 2-hour volunteer shift that includes snacks, training, and fun conversations. Volunteers should possess great customer service skills and phone etiquette.
When: 3rd Wednesday of every month
Where: BTA Office
Time commitment: 2 hours once a month
Shift: Phone bank
Contact Nicole Davenport with questions or to sign up to volunteer.
Not sure where you want to volunteer?
No problem! Just let us know you’re interested.