Winnipeg Repair Education ‘N’ Cycling Hub (WRENCH), a service charity that has been removing barriers to cycling and empowering people to experience their community by bicycle for ten years, is cycling in a new program in partnership with the Federal Government and local youth justice facilities, Knowles Center and Marymound, called JustCycle.
We seek outgoing, confident, and creative mentors to build positive relationships with participants. Mentors will implement a program of teaching bicycle mechanics in a COVID-19-safe manner, in addition to guiding them through a plethora of other program opportunities and activities.
Positions Available: 2
2-year contract beginning ASAP to March 31st, 2023.
Wage and Hours
$17.00 – $19.00/hr @ 24 hr/week. Other employment opportunities from WRENCH available to chosen candidates.
Employee benefits package upon completion of probation. Eligibility to be negotiated.
Bicycle shop and resource access.
Become part of an amazing, fun staff team and integrate into the cycling community.
Work as part of a team, under the leadership of the Project Manager, and be in compliance with all relevant WRENCH workplace policies and procedures.
Quickly adapt to changing restrictions, both in relation to COVID-19 and budgetary constraints and program requirements.
Maintain a high level of professionalism; relate to and build relationships with youth aged 12-17 and people of diverse backgrounds.
Embody ideals of restorative justice and trauma-informed care.
Maintain composure working in stressful and face-paced environments.
Comfort working in close contact with persons involved in the justice system, in addition to dealing with justice-related issues as part of mentorship.
Highly organized and motivated.
Provide a criminal record and child abuse registry check.
Bicycle mechanic skills an asset. Will train.
Prior experience working with or teaching youth aged 9-17 an asset. Will train.
Prior experience with A/V technology and online social media an asset. Will train.
Driver’s license, or willing to obtain, an asset.
Access to own transportation; capability of riding a bicycle required.
Additional languages, especially indigenous languages, an asset.
1. Jan 19: Intro to Bike Mechanics 2. Jan 26: Wheels I: Tires + Tubes 3. Feb 2: Wheels II: Hubs + Spokes 4. Feb 9 Cranks + Bottom Brackets 5. Feb 23: Handlebars + Headsets 6. Mar 1: Gears + Derailleurs 7. Mar 8: Brakes 8. Mar 15: Review + Celebration
***PLEASE NOTE: We have Mellow Velo on the following Sundays from 3-5pm: Jan 26, Feb 9, Feb 23, Mar 8. This means that on these days you can stay all the way until 5pm practicing your new skills and/or getting help working on your own bike!
The WRENCH needs your help to ensure that children and families across the city can experience their summer by bike!
During the snowy months bike donations slow down drastically but WRENCH programming keeps going strong all winter long. Now that spring is in the air our bike stock is critically low while demand is rising.
Support vital bike programming in your community by dropping off your unwanted bicycles and parts at any 4R Winnipeg Depot today!
Cycle of Giving is symbolic of The Wrench’s core work- salvaging bikes and parts from our local landfill and recycling sites, and putting them to the best use possible so that every Winnipegger can get around the city cheaply, while helping the planet.
To date, our headquarters have been in the basement of the Animal Services building. We love our partnership with the city, and this space serves us well and will continue to serve some of our needs.
But we want classroom, bike building, and retail spaces that are accessible, and that feel comfortable and inspiring for all Winnipeggers to visit and use. That means moving above ground!
Thank you to everyone who helped in making the 7th annual Cycle of Giving a huge success. Because of your marvelous efforts over 430 children in need will receive a bicycle this holiday season! See pictures of the magical bicycle build here.