UW Transportation Services is looking for a Bicycle Facilities Intern. The position will work with the Active Transportation Specialist to plan, manage, evaluate, and promote bicycle facilities on campus, including bike parking, repair stations, and signage. If you're interested in a hands-on position that will get you out around campus for field work, and that also offers experience in project management, outreach and program evaluation, this is a spot for you.
The internship is open to current UW students only. Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Ted Sweeney, Active Transportation Specialist, by Tuesday, March 3, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full job description is below:
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
JOB TITLE: Bicycle Facilities Intern
BASIC FUNCTION & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Transportation Services is responsible for bicycle infrastructure, education, and encouragement programs for the University of Washington. Transportation Services encourages students, staff, faculty, and visitors to bicycle to and within the University by providing end-of-trip facilities like bicycle racks, secure enclosures (“bike houses”), and bicycle lockers; developing plans for on- and off-street bicycle transportation facilities; offering bicycle education and maintenance classes; coordinating large bicycle events including the annual Bike to Campus Month and Ride in the Rain competitions; and providing bicycle-related information on our website and print materials. In 2011, the University of Washington was designated a Silver Level University by the League of American Bicyclists in recognition of its efforts to create a bicycle-friendly university and in 2013 Cascade Bicycle Club awarded the UW BizCycle Silver status.
The Bicycle Facilities Intern will help support the University’s bicycle programs. Tasks will consist of planning and fieldwork related to the ultimate goal of helping more members of the UW community choose to bicycle more often, including but not limited to the following:
- Conduct field work to document, evaluate, and plan new locations for campus bicycle facilities including racks, lockers, bike houses, signage, lane markings, and paths.
- Perform counts and observations of users.
- Assist with encouragement events and classes.
- Replace outdated and/or substandard bicycle parking with new racks.
- Update signage at bicycle lockers including number plates and advertising.
- Execute a marketing and outreach program on campus bike racks.
- Conduct field work to establish a GIS database of bicycle facilities in the University’s Asset Mapper system.
- Assisting with Ride in the Rain, Bike to Campus Month, and other bicycle encouragement programs
The Bicycle Facilities Intern will assist with preventative maintenance of the University’s bicycle locker inventory, which includes over 650 bicycle lockers. Specific tasks will include:
- Cleaning and lubing locker handles, locking mechanisms, and internal moving parts
- Recording ease of use for each locker and indicating whether the locker needs additional work to function properly
- Preparing daily work plans for completing the preventative maintenance within the allotted time
The Bicycle Facilities Intern may be asked to assist with other projects and tasks that improve bicycle access and mobility on campus. This may include, but is not limited to, conducting bicycle and pedestrian user counts and turning movement counts, responding to and following up with customer inquiries or requests, assisting with field work for the siting of new Pronto! Bike Share stations on campus, helping with the development of new programs or campaigns, and assisting with field work for the siting of new bicycle houses and shelters on campus.
- Progress towards a Bachelor’s degree. Majoring in transportation planning, engineering, geography, urban planning, communications, journalism or a related field is preferred;
- Ability to complete projects with many uniform tasks within a set timeline (including planning, organizational, and logistical tasks);
- Ability to record and track completed and outstanding work;
- Desire to work in the field;
- Experience entering and managing data in Excel;
Position open to current UW students.
- Passion for sustainable transportation with a specific interest in bicycle transportation;
- Desire to travel to work sites on foot or by bike (TS has bikes available for this purpose)
- Experience with ArcGIS