The Providence Streets Coalition is seeking Street Team members to talk with people across Providence about transportation projects before and while they are being built.
- Part-time: 6-10 hrs per week
- 2-3 positions available
- ~July 20th – October 30th
- Pay: $15/hour
- You must be 18 or older to apply
- You must be fluent in at least one language other than English that is commonly spoken in Providence (Spanish, Khmer, Haitian Creole, Portuguese)
- You must like talking to strangers
- You must be able to get around Providence independently
- Ability/enthusiasm for riding a bicycle is a plus!
Through a dramatic reorganization of the way city streets work for residents, Providence has an opportunity to increase equity for all to live healthy lives while securing a sustainable future for generations to come. The City aims to create 42 miles of new bikeways, including 31 miles of protected urban trails by November 2021. The State of Rhode Island and RIPTA also have plans to increase the scope, frequency, and convenience of mass transit, including dedicated bus lanes on certain streets. By expanding and enhancing Providence’s mobility infrastructure, the city will better serve its diverse populations, provide more access to transportation options, and connect people safely and swiftly no matter their travel mode.
The Providence Streets Coalition is an alliance of community organizations, local businesses, schools, institutions, civic leaders, and engaged individuals advocating for people-friendly streets in Providence. We support providing more transportation options to improve safety, equity, sustainability, prosperity, health, and quality-of-life in our city and region. We aim to help the city and state accomplish the implementation of their transportation projects as quickly as possible in the most effective way possible.
To extend the reach of the community engagement efforts for these projects, the Providence Streets Coalition is hiring a Street Team to discuss the ongoing and upcoming transportation improvements with community members along the streets where they are being planned and built. Starting in mid-July, we will bring our “Providence Was, Is, Will Be” bike trailer to farmers markets and street corners around the city. People passing by will have an opportunity to talk about their city and discuss the upcoming projects. Street Team members do NOT have to solicit people for conversations – rather, we will wait for people to come to us. There will be a table, chairs, and umbrella for the Street Team to use, and printed materials in different languages to share with community members.
Ideal candidates are outgoing, energetic people with first hand knowledge of Providence neighborhoods. Strong multilingual communication skills (Spanish, Khmer, Haitian Creole, or Portugese) are required, and an interest in making Providence a safe, walkable, bike-friendly, and inclusive city for all residents is a big plus. Ideal candidates should be self-motivated, polite, and excited to engage with Providence residents, visitors, and local business owners about local transportation improvements (we will educate you about the projects and train you in how to talk about them!).
Candidates should also be able to provide their own transportation (walking, riding a bicycle, or bus transit preferred) to and from a range of neighborhoods, and maintain a relatively flexible schedule for work during evenings and weekends.
Street Team Responsibilities:
- Take part in a paid training session;
- Use the “Providence Was, Is, Will Be” trailer on street corners and farmers markets to spread awareness of transportation projects;
- Distribute flyers, postcards, and other project collateral throughout Providence neighborhoods if needed;
- Educate residents about upcoming public realm investments;
- Conduct short surveys to collect community feedback on specific questions if needed;
- Bring feedback from the community back to the Providence Streets Coalition to inform future public realm investments.
Compensation: Street Team members will be paid $15.00 per hour and reimbursed for clearly documented transportation expenses (i.e. bus ticket).
Structure: The bike trailer will live at 1192 Westminster in the West End. Street Team members will either meet Liza there to get the trailer, or she will drop it off at the designated location for the day. Each shift will be 2-4 hours long, and will change weekly depending on where construction is happening and the Street Team member’s schedules. This is pretty flexible!
To apply, please fill out this form by July 15, 2020.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.