The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is looking for passionate and energetic lovers of bicycling for our 2014 Trail Ranger Team to serve trails and the people who use them throughout the District of Columbia.
WABA’s Trail Ranger program, launched in the summer of 2013, encourages trail use through daily patrols, improved upkeep, trail user assistance and community engagement. Trail Rangers act as trail ambassadors, offering a consistent and friendly presence on DC’s trails to make them more approachable, enjoyable, and dependable for transportation and recreation.
Reporting to our Program Coordinator, Trail Rangers cover nearly 20 trail miles within the District, including the Metropolitan Branch Trail, Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, Suitland Parkway Trail, Marvin Gaye Trail, and connecting street routes. Trail Rangers work as a team in shifts throughout the week to inspect and report on conditions and improve trail corridors, responding to issues ranging from downed limbs to broken glass. They support trail users as a source of trail information, collect trail feedback and lend a hand when help is needed most. Trail Rangers also organize, promote and lead clean up days and other events to engage with local communities and build investment in the trails.
Roles & Responsibilities
- Patrol DC’s mixed use trails by bicycle with a partner, pulling a lightweight trailer and supplies
- Support and encourage trail use with a friendly and helpful trail presence, distributing trail information, and assisting users with basic bike repairs
- Perform regular inspections and maintenance of trail corridors including pruning branches, trimming vegetation, gathering trash and clearing debris
- Work with the program coordinator and city agencies to respond to recurring trail issues
- Report on daily trail conditions, needs, and trends
- Conduct periodic trail user counts and solicit feedback on trail concerns and improvements
- Develop and maintain relationships with regular trail users and community members
- Plan and lead cleanup days and community events alongside the program coordinator
- Document events, trail updates and developments to keep trail users informed
- Assist at WABA events as needed
Candidates must have:
- The ability to ride a bike at a relaxed pace in mixed city traffic and off street trails for up to 3 hours
- A positive, outgoing and approachable personality and be comfortable interacting with and serving the public
- A flexible schedule with availability of 15-25 hours per week in early mornings, evenings or weekends
- The ability to lift up to 50 lbs
- A commitment to being a safe and exemplary bicyclist
Ideal candidates will have:
- A firm commitment to WABA’s mission
- Excellent oral and communication skills
- A proven track record and enthusiasm for working with a team in an outdoor setting
- Excellent organizational and time management skills
- Knowledge of the principles of safe bicycling and traffic laws in DC
- Competence with basic bicycle maintenance including patching a flat and adjusting brakes
This position is part-time up to 25 hours per week from May 4 through September 30. Wage is commensurate with experience. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. To apply, send a compelling cover letter and resume addressing your interest in the position, commitment to WABA’s mission, bicycle related experience and related qualifications to email@example.com with Trail Ranger in the subject line. No phone calls please.
WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.