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Apply to be a Trip Leader

Bike & Build is looking for exceptional young adults to serve as Trip Leaders for our 2016 events.

Trip Leaders are the producers, leaders, and enablers of Bike & Build’s tours. They help to provide for event logistics, accommodations, gear, routes, meals, etc. From sun-up to sun-down, they make sure that things go smoothly and all are safe.

Trip Leader roles are extremely demanding and rewarding. In addition to meeting the demands of a cross-country trip, you’ll be responsible for supporting and managing a team of thirty of your peers and working as a team with other leaders. Bike & Build is looking for exceptional young adults with strong leadership qualities to fill these important positions.

Successful applicants will be able to undertake multiple tasks at once, manage their time well and hit stated deadlines; be detail-oriented and meticulous about planning logistics and managing information and resources; think critically about Bike & Build and it’s mission and translate this into a proper tone during the event; communicate well with and relate to peers their age, showing patience, compassion, and care, while maintaining authority and professionalism.

If you are interested in becoming a Bike & Build Trip Leader, please read the job description [pdf, 86kb]  for more information about the position, compensation, and application process.

Dates For Leader Applicants

  • Oct 15 – Leader application forms are posted on the Bike & Build website.  Leader candidates can submit these specific forms anytime and begin scheduling interviews.  First round interviews will be set up on a rolling basis, with the first calls beginning towards the end of October.
    • If you are going to be 26 or younger this coming summer and also interested in being a rider if not chosen as a leader, you can apply in the rider lottery when it opens on November 1.
    • Applying to be a leader IN NO WAY affects your odds in the rider lottery.  
    • We aim to have all teams complete by the end of December or early January.
  • Nov 16th – Final deadline for leader applicants.  All forms must be received before 11:59PM EST on Monday, November 16th. 

    Remember... even though it is rolling interview process it makes our lives a lot easier (and makes your app stand out a lot more) if you don't submit at absolutely the last minute!!!

Please note that we accept applications for trip leaders through age 29 as of May 1st, 2016. Are you 18-29 on May 1st, 2016? Then you're good. Are you 17 years and 345 days or 30 years and 1 day? Sorry, but you're out of luck.

Now get to it!

This is a wicked easy 3 step process.

  1. Download the 2016 Leader Applicaton [pdf, 265kb]. Fill out the forms, print and sign. We won't schedule an interview until you have uploaded your resume and essays at minimum.
  2. Create an online account in our system (even if you've already ridden with us before): B&B Online Application
  3. Then login to your account here, and upload the forms to the appropriate sections. Don't forget to write a short 400ish word bio and upload a picture for your future rider profile page!
  4. This step doesn't exist. It was a 3 step process, remember?

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