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Job Description and Application

We are currently fully staffed, but take ongoing applications in case a position becomes available.

Hauling job description

People People's hauling services are primarily moving recycling, trash and compost.

Specific hauling responsibilities

  • riding a bicycle in Northampton, hauling a trailer with up to 300 lbs of weight; riding all year long in all weather conditions
  • sorting trash, recycling, and food scraps
  • lifting at least 30 lbs chest high

Responsibilities

  • using a computer at least 15 minutes per day of work
  • attending collective meetings once a month and participating meaningfully in the ownership of the business

Qualifications

  • a belief in human power as a viable option to motorized vehicles
  • a commitment to doing what is best for the whole collective
  • an ability to ride a bicycle safely and legally in traffic (additional training can be provided as needed)
  • enjoyment of physical labor
  • easy to get ahold of via phone, email, or in person
  • reliable, initiative-taking, invested in the business
  • able to work independently as well as in a group
  • open to giving and receiving constructive criticism

Compensation & hours

  • Part-time: 5 to 10 hours/week to start (every other Wednesday and all Fridays), eventually working up to as many hours as you want as work becomes available.
  • Most pay is by the job, and works out to between $15 to $20 per hour, depending on your speed. Most work can be done independently and at your own pace, with some flexibility in the hours.
  • We're looking for someone able to make at least a one-year commitment.

Pluses in an applicant

  • ability to maintain and fix bicycles and equipment
  • accounting skills, computer programming skills, marketing skills
  • an interest in expanding the business
  • secretarial and public relations skills, ability to return phone calls and emails and communicate with customers and the general public
  • living in or near Northampton/Florence - most work shifts and meetings are only 1-4 hours long, and some are available spur of the moment, so living close makes it more economical to participate in the collective

Worker's cooperative

  • Pedal People is entirely owned and run by its workers. New workers go through a 9-month apprenticeship period. For hauling workers, this must include 3 months of winter. After that, if all of the current full members agree, you'll become a full voting member of the cooperative. We use a consensus process to make decisions.
  • There are many opportunities to develop other aspects of a human-powered business (yard care, moving jobs, deliveries).
  • All workers must invest $100 in the cooperative, which can be paid in installments, which will be returned upon leaving.

Yard care job description

A member of Pedal People yard care has responsibilities in three main areas of work: yard care, business management, and cooperative ownership. People People yard care uses electric and reel lawn mowers, scythes, rakes, and other hand tools, transported by bicycle around Northampton. The business management work varies depending on the worker, but always involves communication via email and phone with both coworkers and customers and writing brief job reports. The cooperative ownership involves meaningful participation in monthly collective meetings and effective communication skills.

We are hiring for Yard Care positions. The positions will be seasonal, from approximately May thru November, 15-20 hours/week. If the yard care worker desires to do trash/hauling work during the off-season and if there are positions open, they must apply separately.

Pedal People is a worker cooperative, and every member participates in the decision making and governance of the business.

Yard Care responsibilities

  • Mowing, scything, raking, weeding, leaf hauling
  • Customer communications: emails, phone calls, site visits, doing job quotes
  • Internal Pedal People communications: emails, phone calls, discussing work allocation, job reports
  • Riding a bicycle with yard care tools in Northampton
  • Attending collective meetings once a month during Yard Care season and participating meaningfully in the ownership of the business

Yard Care qualifications

  • Experience with lawn and yard care
  • Experience in marketing a service oriented business
  • Experience with and access to a computer/internet
  • Working independently and with others in a cooperative business
  • A belief in human power as a viable option to motorized vehicles
  • A commitment to doing what is best for the whole collective
  • An ability to ride a bicycle safely and legally in traffic (additional training can be provided as needed)
  • Enjoyment of physical labor
  • Easy to get a hold of via phone, email, or in person
  • Open to giving and receiving constructive criticism

Pluses in a yard care applicant

  • Ability to maintain and fix bicycles and lawn care equipment
  • Customer service, accounting, computer programming, and marketing skills
  • Secretarial and public relations skills, ability to return phone calls and emails and communicate with customers, co-workers, and the general public
  • Interest in developing this part of the Pedal People business
  • Living in or near Northampton/Florence - most work shifts and meetings are only 2-5 hours long, and some are available spur of the moment, so living close makes it more economical to participate in the collective

Yard care compensation and hours

  • Seasonal work, approximately May-November
  • 15-20 hours/week, flexible schedule
  • Most pay is by the job, and works out to between $15 to $20 per hour, depending on your speed. Most work can be done independently and at your own pace
  • We would like to hire someone who can imagine being invested in the co-op and returning for multiple seasons

Worker's cooperative

  • Pedal People is entirely owned and run by its workers. New workers go through a 9-month apprenticeship period. After that, if all of the current full members agree, you'll become a full voting member of the cooperative. We use a consensus process to make decisions.
  • There are many opportunities to develop other aspects of a human-powered business (moving jobs, deliveries).
  • All worker-owners must invest $100 in the cooperative, which can be paid in installments, which will be returned upon leaving.

Subbing job description

To substitute for workers providing People People's hauling services, which are primarily moving recycling, trash and compost. This is not a member-track position, but subs will be considered for these positions when they become available.

Subbing responsibilities

  • Riding a bicycle in Northampton, hauling a trailer with up to 300 lbs of weight; riding all year long in all weather conditions
  • Sorting trash, recycling, and food scraps
  • Lifting at least 30 lbs chest high

Subbing qualifications

  • Reachable by computer and by phone on short notice for last-minute substitute work
  • Flexible availability
  • Ability to work independently and follow detailed instructions
  • Access to a computer to write a brief job report after work is completed
  • Enjoyment of physical labor
  • Ability to ride a bicycle safely and legally in traffic (additional training can be provided as needed)
  • A belief in human and bicycle power
  • Open to giving and receiving feedback

Subbing compensation and hours

  • Subs are paid $15/hr with potential for more if work is done efficiently
  • Most shifts are 3-6 hours long
  • Unpredictable frequency of work- subs may work several times a week or not work for several weeks

Notes

  • All trailers and related equipment are provided. Most people use their own bicycles and are responsible for their own maintenance.
  • Pedal People does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, veteran status, or sexual orientation. No CORI checks.
  • Affirmative action: If Pedal People has two or more equally qualified candidates for a position, preference will be given to people of color, queer folks and women.

Application

The preferred method is to apply online. Details on this and other options for applying are here:

Questions? E-mail hiring AT pedalpeople DOT coop or call us at 413-586-8591.