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:
Become a BTA Ambassador-Volunteer Training May 21st
CALM (Calling All Lapsed Members)
Volunteer at a Service Station in May
Lead Volunteer – Outreach
Ride with Kids
Wrench on Bikes for Kids
Move Bike Fleets
Become a BTA Ambassador
Join us at our BTA Ambassador Training and get everything you need to know to be a great steward for the BTA at community events this summer!
We are getting busy here at the BTA and our spring and summer calendar is filling up with lots of fun events. In the coming months we’ll be out in the community talking to Oregonians about the benefits of biking and supporting the BTA. Events include Farmers Markets, Service Stations, a Timbers Game, and bike fairs. To help us with all these events we are looking for some great volunteers to come to our BTA Ambassador Training Tuesday May 21.
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.
Don’t miss out on your chance to get everything you need to know to become an all-star volunteer and representative for the BTA!
When: Tuesday May 21 5:00-6:30 pm
Where: BTA Office 618 NW Glisan St, Ste 401
Pizza and Refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP here to let us know you’re coming so we can be sure to have enough pizza and drinks for everyone.
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.
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: Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at the turn of the month
Where: BTA office
Time commitment: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Shift: Envelope Stuffing
Next Opportunity: Thursday May 30
Contact: If you like to enjoy good conversation while doing somewhat mindless tasks, contact Nicole Davenport and join us at our next Envelope Stuffing Party.
Volunteer at a Service Station in May
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 May.
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: 5-7pm, Wednesday, May 8th, Thursday May 16th, Thursday May 23nd, Wednesday May 29th
Where: Various locations around the Portland-Metro area, see sign up page for details
Contact: If you have any questions contact Nicole Davenport.
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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.
Summer events include: BTA Service Stations in May and September, Sunday Parkways, Bridge Pedal, Hopworks BikeToBeerFest, Washington County community events, Various community-based events in Portland
These volunteers will be current BTA members and 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 pick up and deliver all materials to the site of the Service Station, set it up with assistance from the other volunteers, assign volunteers to positions, answer questions, break down the station, and file a short report before returning the materials to the BTA office. The Lead Volunteer is also responsible for reporting and communication with the membership manager at the BTA. Training is provided.
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. 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 – 5 hours including set up and break down time. New volunteers must complete 2 hour training/orientation.
Contact: If this sounds like the way you want to be involved in Portland’s bike community this summer then please contact Nicole, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for volunteers to help enter contact and donation information and help maintain the health and happiness of our data. Healthy data means a more efficient organization. If you are attentive to detail and are interested in learning how a non-profit database is run, this is the volunteer position for you!
Contact: Please get in touch with Greer Zimmerman at email@example.com or 503-226-0676 x24 for more information or to sign up.
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!
Not sure where you want to volunteer?
No problem! Just let us know you’re interested.