Ithaca Carshare seeks part-time staff


Ithaca Carshare, a local nonprofit that provides the community with 24/7 access to a fleet of vehicles on a per-hour basis toward a mission of enhancing community access to transportation while reducing negative environmental and economic impacts, is currently looking for someone to join our dedicated staff.

The ideal candidate is excited about working for a dynamic organization that serves a cross-section of Ithaca’s varied community, good at working with both people and things, reliable with minimal supervision, results and detail-oriented, creative, experienced in taking personal initiative in the workplace, and comfortable with the flexible duties and schedule that come with being part of a small but strong team.

Help us make Ithaca Carshare an even more valued community asset. If you like cars, but hate their impacts, this position is for you. This is a great opportunity for a confident person with a professional outlook to join a growing local organization in an emerging transportation industry. We currently have one part-time opening. The successful candidate may have opportunity for growth in duties, responsibilities, and hours into the future.

On-Call After Hours Member Services Position

This position is approximately 5-10 hours a week. Primary job duties include answering phones, processing applications, handling reservations and occasional minor vehicle issues, fielding questions about Ithaca Carshare’s service (and other local transportation services, as necessary), occasional outreach activities, and other job activities as necessary. Proficiency using a computer and phone in a professional setting, familiarity with the Ithaca area, and familiarity with very basic vehicle troubleshooting (jumping batteries, changing tires) are required.

Training will occur during weekdays at our office in the DeWitt Mall downtown. The regular schedule for this on-call position is evenings, nights, and weekends, typically 1 weekend or 3-4 weeknight on-call shifts (5 pm-9 am with occasional extensions) per week. Most work can be performed from home (within cell service range; a smartphone for work duties is provided), but occasionally trips to vehicles are necessary to handle urgent issues, soan ability to reach our downtown/East Hill core vehicle areas within 20-30 minutes is required. (Walking, biking or use of the Ithaca Carshare fleet to reach vehicles is fine; in line with our organizational mission, car ownership is not required.) A few hours of office work Monday mornings is required, and attendance at occasional other weekday meetings as needed.

Starting pay is $12.78 per hour, and benefits include an Ithaca Carshare membership and a TCAT bus pass. Pay for overnight and weekend shifts includes a stipend for on-call availability ($12 for a weeknight, $40 for a weekend) in addition to the regular hourly rate for actual work hours.

Application Details

Strong interpersonal and communication skills and a good driving record are required, while a sense of humor is optional but helpful. We ask for electronic submission of applications, as the position requires comfort with computer use in a professional setting.

Please submit a resume, cover letter and two references via email to jennifer@ithacacarshare.org. Questions about the position and application process are also welcome, and can be directed to our office by email or phone at 607-277-3210 x3.

We are accepting applications immediately and until 12 noon, Monday, October 29th, 2012, with the position to start by the second week of November. Ithaca Carshare is a certified Living Wage employer and values a reflection of our community’s diversity in our staff and membership.

My car was a 1996 Subaru Legacy, and by September of 2011 it was on its last tires, and instead of trying to cough up the thousand dollars it would have taken to get it to pass inspection (and to keep my beloved bumper stickers), I saw the situation as the needed opportunity to end a very bad habit. A friend said, fix it and keep it for emergencies. That’s like telling an alcoholic to keep a bottle of scotch in the cupboard just in case. I wanted to be done with it, so I sold it for four hundred and started walking to work. I immediately felt better, physically and psychologically. I lost weight and my problematic cholesterol began dropping. I not only arrived at work downtown feeling more relaxed, but I really enjoyed the walk, the pace, seeing things I normally wouldn’t have noticed, gardens, people, and dogs. I started writing haikus and poems again.

I found that everything is close enough in Ithaca, the Tai Chi studio, the Farmers’ Markets, and even my favorite Asian grocery store. If it seemed too far to walk,  I found out that I could live without whatever it was I thought I needed. In winter I clipped on ice grips to my boots and listened to Spanish language CDs while I walked. I rented a car for a week to go up to a cabin in Quebec this summer and will do the same next summer–it was so much cheaper than paying for insurance and auto upkeep.

This past August I house sat for friends out in Newfield and used their truck. I felt stressed the entire month and immediately started gaining weight again. But it is now September, that favor is done with, and I am so happy to walk out of my house in the morning with everything I need for the day in a backpack. There is a wonderful sense of liberation that comes with being car free.

I am including a poem I wrote last May. Hope you enjoy it.

Walking Down Hudson
first stately stone houses
coddled in lush blooming gardens
then smaller houses
rented to students
by the end of the semester
the only things blooming are the beer bottles in the yards
the maintenance man tries to pass through
a porch full of females
without touching to access the damage inside
he wants to tell them he graduated from college
once
down the stairs to Green Street
past comrades Douglass and Tubman
towards the bus stop
an old man, long grey hair flying
yells “Helen” as he hobbles fifteen feet behind
a  fast walking younger woman
cigarette clamped in determined mouth
“Helen” he calls again
knowing he will never catch up
unless she lets him

Victoria Jordan

In May, we teamed up with TCAT to offer a challenge as part of the Get Your GreenBack Tompkins campaign. Sell your car and commit to walking, biking, and busing as your primary form of transportation (with Ithaca Carshare as a backup), and get a free year of It’s My Car membership on us. Those who submitted great stories about their decision to shed a car also got an annual TCAT bus pass and additional Ithaca Carshare driving credits. We had three new members take us up on the offer! There was so much interest expressed, that we’ll be running the promotion again in September.  Here’s our top story, from new member Scott Doyle, who got rid of an old Nissan Sentra as a commitment to modeling an active lifestyle for his daughters.

As a professional urban planner I’ve always taken pride in limiting my personal car use. I’ll never forget the feeling of selling my car in my mid-twenties and feeling both vulnerable and completely liberated. That single car household status was in question with the birth of our first daughter in 2006, and then definitely with the birth of our 2nd girl in 2010. We heard it all. What if you need to take one girl to the doctors and the other to gymnastics? What about when one of you are out and the other needs to take the kids somewhere? What about getting around in the winter!!???

We took advantage of my father’s generosity in shedding his old Sentra to fulfill these needs. I will admit the old rig came in handy at times, but quickly became a logistical and maintenance nuisance.

I was further motivated to shed the car – for my girls. Both of my sweet girls, now 5 and 2, were born with a congenital heart disease that required open-heart surgeries before they were 3 months old. In addition to regular cardiology check ups, part of the key to their long-term health is encouraging them to lead active lifestyles. Looking for opportunities out of and away from cars is one of those great opportunities. Living in the City, riding our bikes (including the sweet Burley trailer bike) and having access to Ithaca Carshare for those trips that require a little added effort when our Prius is tied up, is the perfect recipe for advocating – and modeling – active living. And you know what? My girls love it. It happens to be much more social, exciting and fun.

So, I find myself with that feeling from my twenties of shedding a vehicle – but more liberated than vulnerable thanks to the backup of Carshare (or Sharecar as my older girl calls it). It’s a terrific resource for encouraging heart healthy, active living. The added benefit is the old Sentra found its way donated to The International Children’s Heart Foundation (http://www.babyheart.org/) in order to support a heart surgery overseas for a child like my girls. Ithaca Carshare plays a big role in heart healthy living – especially in my household!

Thank you Ithaca Carshare!!!

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Bike to Work Day, Friday May 18

Get Your GreenBack Tompkins and the greater Ithaca bicycling community are hosting Bike to Work Breakfast Stations around Ithaca for National Bike to Work Day, Friday May 18th. Stop by any breakfast station on your bike, grab a bite, and enter to win great prizes for a happy, healthy, car-free lifestyle!

Cornell-friendly locations include:

Collegetown
7:30-9:30 am

Ithaca Carshare office at 307 College Avenue- Hosted by Ithaca Carshare

Cornell
7:00-9:00 am
In front of Helen Newman Hall- Hosted by Cornell Wellness
and Teagle Hall – Hosted by Cornell Facilities

Other Ithaca locations include:

The Commons – Bank Alley
7:30-10:00 am
Hosted by the Human Services Coalition “Creating
Healthy Places” and the Downtown Ithaca Alliance
** Extra bike day events until 2:00pm at the Bernie
Milton Pavilion**

West End – Corner of Elm, Floral, and Hector
7:30-9:30 am
Hosted by the Fingerlakes Cycling Club and
bikeithaca.org

Fall Creek- Cayuga St. bridge near Ithaca High School
7:30-9:30 am
Hosted by Fall Creek Neighbors

Northside – 3rd Street at Madison Ave.
7:30-9:30 am
Hosted by the Ithaca Monthly Meeting

Ithaca College – Textor Hall, near the flagpole
7:00-9:00 am
Hosted by the Ithaca College Sustainability Initiative

Further Bicycling opportunities:

The Fingerlakes Cycling Club hosts a slow ride each Thursday night spring through fall, with beginning cyclists in mind. The ride starts at 5:30 pm, near the Cayuga Medical Center, and stays on low traffic roads with gentle terrain, so new riders can feel comfortable riding their bikes. Contact Fingerlakes Cycling Club – Andreijs Ozolins, info@flcycling.org

The Friends Bike Clinic was founded in 2011 as a project of the Ithaca Monthly Meeting’s Earthcare Committee. They offer free bike repair clinics at the Quaker Meetinghouse at Third and Madison on the fourth Sunday of every month from 1 pm to 3 pm. Contact Friends Bike Clinic – Larry Clarkberg, info@friendsbikeclinic.org

Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles (RIBs) is a program of the Southside Community Center. They are a community bike shop that has operated in Ithaca for nearly 20 years. RIBs accepts donations of bicycles, effectively rerouting them from landfills. Volunteers and RIBs staff refurbish the bicycles and redistribute them to community members. RIBs offers Open-Shop hours (Saturdays 12-3 pm and Tuesdays 5-8 pm), and Hands-On Bicycle Maintenance and Repair Clinics (Thursdays 6-8 pm). Contact RIBS- Mustafa “Seven” Ali, mali@sscc-ithaca.org

For more information about National Bike to Work Day contact:
Bike to Work Day events – Vikki Armstrong, varmstrong@hsctc.org, 607.273.8686
Ithaca Carshare – Anna Cook, anna@ithacacarshare.org, 607.277.3210
Get Your Greenback Tompkins – Karim Beers, kwb6@cornell.eduImage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dwight Mengel, 274-5605, dwight.mengel@dfa.state.ny.us
Tom Knipe, 274-5575, tknipe@tompkins-co.org
What: Livable Streets Film Festival (open to the public)
When: Thursday, September 22, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:45 pm.
Cost: Free
Where: Cinemapolis, 120 E Green Street, Ithaca Commons, Ithaca, NY, 277-6105
Web: IthacaCarshare.org

Livable Streets Film Festival: A Screening of 21 short films by StreetFilms and FilmedByBike

Ithaca, NY (September 6, 2011)— The Livable Streets Film Festival is a free public event in downtown Ithaca presenting twenty-one short films showing how people can live and be mobile in the 21st Century by creating alternatives to conventional car culture. Drawing on examples from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine and places beyond, 21 short films provide an off-beat and humorous take on creating sustainable mobility and great urban neighborhoods. A local jury selected films that represent ideas that can be adapted to Upstate New York. Other films were chosen on the you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it principle. The primary sources of films are StreetFilms.org and the Filmed-By-Bike Film Festival.

StreetFilms produces short films that show how smart transportation design and policies can result in better places to live, work and play. They package complex concepts into easy to understand and accessible videos. Filmed By Bike is a bike-themed movie festival held annually in Portland, Oregon. Drawing on submissions from all over the world, the films display bike culture in its great diversity.

Attendees will leave with inspiring new ideas for creating livable streets in their own communities.

The Livable Streets Film Festival will be held on Thursday September 22nd at Cinemapolis, 120 East Green Street, Ithaca Commons. Doors open at 7:45pm, and the program begins at 8:00 pm. Admission is free and there will be door prizes.

This is a public event sponsored by the Upstate Transportation Forum being held in Ithaca on September 22-23, Porter & Curtis Insurance, Ithaca Carshare, NYSERDA and NYSDOT. For more information visit http://www.IthacaCarshare.org.

Contact for Upstate Transportation Forum: Dawn LaMorte, 607-379-1844, sunrisestudiosdesign@gmail.com

Help us promote the 2011 Transportation Forum by sharing this email with your contacts! 

Registrations are still being accepted for the 2011 Upstate Transportation Forum on September 22-23rd. Visit www.ithacacarshare.org and register now!


Transportation Forum Speaker Highlight!

Brian Kehoe is the Executive Director of the New York Bicycling Coalition since January of 2011. Previously he was a Planner at the Livingston County Planning Department and at the City of Poughkeepsie, NY. Throughout his career Brian has worked on several key initiatives including his role as a Planner for the Walkway Over the Hudson project and acting as Poughkeepsie’s liaison to the Dutchess County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Brian also designed and procured funding for the Bicycle Route System for Poughkeepsie. Brian feels there are many opportunities for improvement to our transportation options. “Transportation is fundamental to the human experience, to civilization,” he says. “While human transport exacts a big toll on the environment, human scale transportation also provides a great degree of independence.” Brian will be presenting on “Design for People” and hopes that attendees will be inspired to get out in their communities, make connections and change their local transportation system to better serve their needs. Brian resides in Catskill, NY with his wife, three year old son and will soon welcome another child to his family. He keeps busy in his free time spending time with his family, gardening and playing guitar. 

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More about the Transportation Forum….

The Forum will explore examples from Tompkins County and across Upstate New York to inspire your next partnership. Over the span of two days a variety of topics will be covered at the forum including carsharing, active transportation, new technologies, partnering with big business, and using local talent and resources. You will also have the opportunity to extend your stay in Ithaca by adding a Friday afternoon field-trip to your conference package.

Register now for the early bird price of only $50 ($35 for students) at www.ithacacarshare.org

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
We are excited to have Susan Zielinksi, the Managing Director of SMART (Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation) as our keynote luncheon speaker. Susan comes to us from Ann Arbor Michigan where she spent a year as a Harvard Loeb Fellow focusing on New Mobility innovation and leadership. Prior to 2004, she cofounded and directed Moving the Economy (MTE), a Canada-wide “link tank” that works to catalyze and support sustainable urban transportation innovation as well as New Mobility industry development. She has advised on a wide range of local, national, and international transportation efforts. As a transportation planner for the City of Toronto for over 15 years, she worked developing and leading transportation and livability policies and initiatives.

HOSTED BY
This conference is hosted by Ithaca Carshare in partnership with NYSERDA, NYSDOT and many other partners including: TCAT, Ithaca College, Tompkins County, Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Council, Way2Go, VisitIthaca.com, Downtown Ithaca, Cornell University and the City of Ithaca.

MORE INFORMATION
For more information about the Transportation Forum visit www.ithacacarshare.org or email conference planner Dawn LaMorte at 2011Forum@ithacacarshare.org. You can also call 607-379-1844. There are still several sponsorship opportunities available. Call or email for details!

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