Help Wanted: Human Multi-tool

Job Description(s): Human Multi-tool

At the Bike Fed, we have a hand in all things cycling in Wisconsin. We help local advocates with local issues; teach thousands of adults and children bike safety; and we help promote hundreds of races, rides, events, and trails around the state. Oh yeah, we also organize our own rides and events, from fun rides like the Santa Cycle Rampage, to hard rides like the Ride Across Wisconsin to our important Wisconsin Bike Summit. It takes a staff with a wide range of skills, experiences and interests to keep our organization going, and WE NEED HELP!

If you love cycling and think the Bike Fed could benefit from your passion and skills, we encourage you to take a look at our a la carte menu below and create your own dream job. We need help with all of the things listed below, but we understand no one person is good at everything. Whether you are looking for a full-time job or just want to use your skills to help the Bike Fed a few hours a week, make us an offer!

Are you an educator with summers off who wants to work on our Polish Moon Ride and Ride Across Wisconsin? Let us know! Are you a student looking for a paid internship in design? Show us your portfolio! Retired and looking for a rewarding job teaching kids bike mechanics? Apply to work for our Mobile Bike Repair program! Have a marketing company and want to add the Bike Fed to your client list? Let us know what you can do for us.

We could create several part-time positions or a couple full-time spots. We won’t know until we see what you can do.

While the Bike Fed has full-time staff in La Crosse, Madison and Milwaukee, with modern communication channels, where you live is less important than how you can help.


  • Promote and market events (urgent need)
  • Plan events, secure permits, work with sponsors, etc. (urgent need)
  • Cartography for GIS based maps (urgent need)
  • Design posters and apparel
  • Day of ride logistics such as coordinating rest stops and running registration, ride support/sag/nutrition
  • Coordinate volunteers
  • Lead rides
  • Grassroots organizing
  • Event outreach and sales
  • Help with marketing for events and rides

Skills we need help with:

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • WordPress
  • IT and network support
  • Digital and social media marketing
  • Website design and maintenance
  • Illustration and design for print and digital
  • Salesforce and database management
  • Advertising sales
  • ESRI GIS mapping
  • Urban planning

Compensation will be based on experience, skills and whether you are looking for part-time or full-time employment. The Wisconsin Bike Fed is an equal opportunity employer.

Create your own job description by checking off which of these a la carte items apply to you. Email a cover letter, resume, salary/wage requirements and whether you are looking for anything from a few hours a week to a full-time job living the dream:

Please put “Human Multi-tool” in the subject line.


About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

3 thoughts on “Help Wanted: Human Multi-tool

  1. My husband and I went to the bike fair at the Alliant Center in Madison. Our goal was to join & become 1st time members of WI Bike Fed. The first order of business was to register and pay for our family membership. The sign up table, to our delight was located at a table as you entered the doors to this event. The polite woman handling the forms was informative with my Caucasian Husband, he filled out forms, me the African American Female decided to check out the merchandise. My problem is this, another white female working the table kept following me as I looked for items to buy. She NEVER asked me if I needed help, but she continued stalk me. I’m a 61yr old Woman, 4 grown productive kids (who ride bikes too!) & grandmother to 3 & Retired from Law enforcement. I was offended and I expressed my frustration to my husband after he had finished paying for our membership. There is not a lot of representation of people of color in the Biking world and the Bike fair in Madison reflected that lack of color. If you really need new hires, if you really need help THINK about BROWN, BLACK, RED, MULTI, women, men young and Older & Non racial profilers. Thinking Forward Wisconsin.

    • Dunee,

      First, as Executive Director, I want to apologize that you had that experience at the Bike Fed booth last weekend. I was only there a few hours when the Expo opened, but I checked with our Madison staff who were overseeing volunteers at the event all weekend to ask about this. It would be helpful to know what day and time this happened so we can check with the specific staff and volunteers who were scheduled.

      The Bike Fed recognizes there are many inequities in cycling. Through our program work and our hiring practices, we are actively working to improve equity in bicycling. It is my hope that whoever was working our booth at the time was simply hovering and not profiling you for racial reasons. That said, I apologize that you felt singled out. We will address this issue with all staff and volunteers to ensure it does not happen to anyone else again. Below is the response I got from our staff who were helping to coordinate the event:

      “I am surprised and of course really disappointed to hear this. Please, if you can, let us know the day and time (approx.) they visited the booth, so we can try to assess better what may have occurred.

      Meantime, this is a good reminder to all of us of our focus on Equity and Encouragement in bicycling throughout all that we do – from info booth, to rides, to summits, everything. Clearly, we cannot stress this enough, and must continually engage dialogue about both how we intend to impress visitors and how we actually impress visitors – each and every one.

      For reference, all the staff and volunteers on duty that weekend are folks who have served the Bike Fed previously, an have been trained in both the logistics and the spirit of our presence there on those days. Everyone works long hours and can surely get glazed over at the booth, but we work hard to emphasize gentle, positive engagement with all visitors around biking and the Bike Fed, and truly a hands-off, browse-as-you-will approach to merchandise displays.

      Despite this planning, as we hear, the reality is that we may not have done enough to guarantee a wildly positive experience for all visitors, as we would envision. Again, that’s why this feedback is so valuable, but a shame that it comes at the expense of someone feeling unwelcome in any way. On behalf of all staff and volunteers across the weekend, I apologize for that.

      Again, we must be ever-vigilant about how we are communicating, growing and operating as a community that aims to engage and represent everyone in Wisconsin, and indeed to go the extra mile to engage community members who find bicycling inaccessible to them for any reason. While I hope that no one behaved in such a way intentionally, what matters more is that someone felt unwelcome regardless of our intentions. My hope is that we have not irretrievably lost the support of these community members, and that we may have the opportunity for further dialogue and engagement with them to do ever-better in our outreach in Madison and throughout the state.”

  2. Dunee — As a regular volunteer at the Bike Fed booth at the Milwaukee Bike Expo, I’m very sorry to hear that was your experience. Biking can only reach its potential in helping to solve so many of the serious problems that face us in Wisconsin if the Bike Fed is reaching out to, welcoming, and being strengthened by all segments of society. Glad to hear you haven’t cancelled your family membership, and I hope you and your husband give the Bike Fed folks a second chance, by continuing to share your experiences, and being active with the Bike Fed. Best wishes to you and yours for good riding.

    And to other Bike Fed members that might be reading this, if you want to help the Bike Fed “do better” in its outreach to potential and new members, so as hopefully to make the membership a more diverse and effective group, I know Tony Giron is still looking to fill volunteer spots at the Milwaukee Bike Expo, April 5th-8th. Tony can be reached at Good slots still available. The mission is important, and “The harvest is plentiful, but the labors [so far] are few.” — Sandie

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