Now Hiring: Volunteer Coordination Intern

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition works to promote bicycling for everyday transportation. Our member-based grassroots organization is considered one of the largest, most active and effective advocacy groups in the country. For 45 years, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has a proven track record of winning better bicycling improvements.

Position description

Volunteers are key to the success of our organization. We have over 1,000 active volunteers every year, and the Volunteer Coordination Intern will learn firsthand about the backbone of our advocacy organization–our members–by organizing people around transportation issues in their neighborhood while building San Francisco’s bicycle community. You will gain hands-on professional development and valuable experience in communications, outreach and event planning for a thriving nonprofit organization. We will challenge you with a fast-paced, quick-turnaround experience on a hard-working team.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to leverage volunteers to support and grow a nonprofit
  • Volunteer management: Recruitment, training, appreciation, retention, and evaluation
  • Program coordination, including database management, constituent outreach & engagement and logistics management

Responsibilities and duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Assist in the recruiting and training of SF Bicycle Coalition volunteers for a variety events
  • Represent the SF Bicycle Coalition Bicycle at events, fairs, trainings as needed
  • Organize and manage mass mailings
  • Assist in management of our Salesforce database
  • Write and edit social media, newsletter and website marketing for volunteer opportunities

Required skills or abilities:

  • Have interest and/or experience in volunteer recruitment and management
  • Possess strong organizational/multi-tasking skills, attention to detail and have an ability to meet deadlines on time
  • Be a self-starter able to take initiative on individual projects
  • Have excellent and persuasive written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to get around the city to attend meetings and/or perform outreach
  • Comfortable riding a bike in an urban environment
  • Passion for making San Francisco a better city for living and biking

Desired skills or abilities:

  • Experience with Salesforce or other databases, Google Apps (Docs, Calendar, Gmail, etc.) and/or mass mailing applications helpful but not required

Required dates for this internship include:

  • January 2017 TBD: Spring intern orientation
  • May 11, 2017: Bike to Work Day
  • Other dates, TBD


  • One year’s free membership to the SF Bicycle Coalition
  • Firsthand experience in one of the country’s oldest and largest bicycle advocacy organizations
  • A behind-the-scenes view of a bustling nonprofit organization
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities, including:
    • Networking with SF Bicycle Coalition staff and professionals in a variety of fields, including but not limited to urban planning, transportation and nonprofits
    • Training on and experience with nonprofit industry standard software (Salesforce, Basecamp, etc.)
    • Presentations and trainings aimed at development of professional workforce skills
  • Indoor bike parking provided

This unpaid internship offers a flexible schedule with a 10-20 hour/week minimum commitment. This is chiefly a Monday through Friday internship, with occasional evenings and weekends. Interns are expected to make a four-month commitment, which may be extended. While the position is not paid, we are happy to work with any academic requirements the intern may have to help them earn course credit for their efforts.

How to Apply:

Write a compelling cover letter and resume, and submit as PDFs using the form below. Be sure to mention where you saw the internship advertised. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political orientation.

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