Senior River Ranger, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council

February 13, 2018

Job Title: Senior River Ranger
Organization: Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
Location: Woonasquatucket River Greenway
Salary: $12-15 / hr
Start Date: March 2018
Full Time

The Organization

The WRWC is a non- profit organization whose mission is to encourage, support, and promote the restoration and preservation of the watershed as an environmental, recreational, cultural and economic asset of the State of RI.

The Woonasquatucket River Greenway is a 7-mile bike path that follows the river, both on-road and off-road, from Providence to Johnston. The WRWC has worked to restore four urban parks along the Greenway – Merino Park, Donigian Park, Riverside Park and Cricket Field. The River Ranger team will work with the Police Department, Providence and Johnston Parks Department, the Providence Housing Authority, local organizations, businesses, churches, recreation centers, and community members to revitalize the parks, maintain the bike path, and educate and empower the watershed community.

Job Description

The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) is seeking individuals with landscaping and maintenance experience, and strong interpersonal skills, to fill the Senior River Ranger position. Senior Rangers report to the Greenway Leadership Team and assist with the oversight of unskilled Junior River Rangers and volunteer groups to maintain the parks and bike path along Woonasquatucket River Greenway. Daily tasks will include operating a stand up mower, weeding and mulching, litter pick up, watering plants, sweeping, raking, river clean ups, tree pruning, fence repair, painting, and graffiti removal.  River Rangers are stewards of the greenway and are responsible for greeting people in the community and encouraging the appropriate use of this beloved outdoor space.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Maintain the 7 mile Greenway and assist in maintenance of parks near bike path;
  • Perform arduous tasks, often under adverse conditions –
  • Daily weed whacking, mowing, brush cutting, and lifting/carrying up to 50 lbs:
  • Climbing up steep and uneven surfaces:
  • Using waders to cross shallow points in a river:
  • Maintain all equipment to a high level;
  • May be required to work a non-standard work week;
  • Ensure compliance with safety practices and procedures;
  • Supervise  unskilled Jr. River Rangers seasonally (ages 18+ seasonal team,  ages 14+ summer team);
  • Develop and lead volunteer projects;
  • Direct activities on the job site, including but not limited to: coordinating work flow, hands on work, and operating a variety of machinery;
  • Manage personnel effectively and efficiently;
  • Lead by example;
  • Report for duty at the designated location on time each day;
  • Follow directions from supervisor;
  • Ensure that all crew members utilize all required personal protective equipment;
  • Ensure that all equipment safety and maintenance procedures are followed.

Minimum qualifications:

  • High school graduate or equivalent;
  • At least two  years of experience in the landscaping or related field;
  • Must be at least 21 y/o and possess and maintain a valid driver’s license, with a clean driving record;
  • Provide a clean criminal back ground check (BCI);
  • Provide Physician’s authorization, indicating candidate’s physical capability to meet the daily demands of this position;
  • Provide work references.


  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions;
  • Skill & knowledge in operation and maintenance of tools & equipment required for ground & turf maintenance;
  • Experience towing a trailer;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and courteously, both verbally and in writing, with crewmembers, supervisory staff, and the general public;
  • Ability to act as crew leader for Junior Rangers and volunteer groups, including developing work plans;
  • Highly motivated, self-driven individual who is detail orientated;
  • Excellent attention to detail while working in a fun & fast paced environment;
  • Knowledge of perennials, shrubs, evergreens, and trees:
  • Good time management skills;
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task;
  • Able to work effectively with individuals of differing knowledge and background;
  • Clean and professional appearance;
  • Punctual and dependable.

How to Apply

Compensation: 40 hours per week, seasonally. Compensation & benefits to be discussed, depending on skill level.

Application Process:  Email resume and cover letter to Nicole ( ) or mail to 45 Eagle St. Suite 202. Providence, RI 02909.