Spring is back, and that means one thing; Trail Rangers will soon be a daily sight on DC’s trails. We are looking for motivated and outgoing candidates for our 2015 Trail Ranger team. Read on for more details.
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is looking for passionate and energetic lovers of bicycling for our 2015 Trail Ranger Team to serve trails and the people who use them throughout the District of Columbia.
WABA’s Trail Ranger program, now in its third season, encourages trail use through a daily trail presence, improved upkeep, trail user assistance, and community engagement. Trail Rangers act as trail ambassadors, offering a 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 roam 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 in small teams 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
- Perform inspections of trail conditions and maintenance of trail corridors including pruning branches, trimming vegetation, gathering trash, and clearing debris
- Report regularly on trail conditions, needs, and trends
- Support and encourage trail use with friendly and helpful trail presence, periodic outreach efforts, and occasional basic bike repairs
- Work with the program coordinator and city agencies to respond to recurring trail issues
- 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
- Conduct periodic trail user counts and solicit feedback on trail concerns and improvements
- Assist at WABA events as needed
Candidates must have:
- A proven track record and enthusiasm for working within a team in an outdoor setting
- A positive, outgoing, and approachable personality
- A flexible schedule with availability of 15-25 hours per week in early mornings, evenings, and weekends
- The ability to ride a bike up to 25 miles in mixed city traffic and off street trails
- The ability to lift up to 40 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
- Familiarity and comfort with self-directed, self-supervised work
- Confidence interacting with and serving the public
- Organize time wisely and juggle multiple priorities
- 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 through September 30. Compensation is $15 per hour. Applications accepted until positions are filled. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.