Published: 10th OCTOBER 2019

Sustrans volunteer ranger, Phoenix Trail in Thame

Are you looking for a practical opportunity to help look after the National Cycle Network route known as the Phoenix Trail in Thame?

  • National Cycle Network
  • Thame
  • Half a day per month
  • Volunteer role
  • Ongoing
  • Reference: 101019

Active, enthusiastic volunteer rangers needed in Thame to monitor and help maintain the Phoenix Trail.

It is well-loved by the local community – school children, dog walkers, cyclists, walkers, joggers, families, visitors – so get involved in keeping it in great condition.

Why become a Sustrans volunteer?

Here’s your chance to give something back. The Phoenix Trail is well-used and well-loved so you’ll be doing something very positive for the local community.

Plus it is a wildlife corridor so you can get involved in projects to increase biodiversity.

What does a Sustrans volunteer ranger do?

We need friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to:

  • ride or walk the route regularly
  • check signage – lookout for missing or broken signs; report permanent sign problems to the council; fix temporary signs according to our Signing Guidelines
  • keep signs visible - clean them and cut back vegetation
  • check the route and do light vegetation clearance to keep it clear
  • litter pick spot areas, report fly-tipping to the local Council
  • report major issues to your Sustrans contact
  • look after artwork or Millennium Mileposts on your route
  • take part in activities to help wildlife like putting up bat boxes
  • attend group task days, signing rides and relevant training courses.

What we're looking for

We're looking for people who:

  • we welcome volunteers with a wide range of skills but above all enthusiasm and commitment
  • live close to or travel regularly along your allocated section of the route by sustainable transport
  • are active to check your route and do light maintenance to keep it in good order
  • are practical to do light maintenance such as cutting back vegetation and replacing signs
  • are self-motivated and persistent
  • are online to report problems and complete our volunteer activity report
  • are a good communicator
  • enjoy being part of a team.

Time commitment

You need to check your section of the route at least once a month setting aside 3-4 hours plus time to complete our online Activity Report and to log any problems afterwards.

Joining task days and buddying with other volunteers is fun but optional.

Training and support offered

  • You’ll receive our volunteer ranger handbook and do our basic Sustrans volunteer online training. We’ll arrange for an experienced ranger to show you the ropes.
  • Locally your group vo-ordinator (a fellow volunteer) will offer advice and support.
  • Join the online community to find support from other rangers throughout the UK.
  • Come to Sustrans volunteer meet-ups to network, get updates and training.
  • Go to our volunteer website for information and resources including Health & Safety guidance and Risk Assessments.

Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk

Our Safeguarding Statement sets out Sustrans’ organisational commitment to safeguarding best practice.

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Sustrans

Sustrans is committed to representing the diverse communities we work with, and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We value equality and inclusiveness and believe that a diverse organisation brings with it a diversity of ideas and ways of working which strengthens everything we do.


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