Published: 9th JULY 2021

Volunteer ranger, Cuckoo trail, East Sussex

Fancy helping to look after your local National Cycle Network route? Active, enthusiastic volunteer rangers are needed along the Cuckoo Trail to monitor and help maintain this popular and well-loved route between Polegate and Heathfield. You’ll help keep this route at its best for everyone who goes this way.

  • Role: National Cycle Network
  • Location: Cuckoo trail, East Sussex
  • Time commitment: approximately one day per month
  • Type: volunteer role
  • Closing date: ongoing
  • Reference: 080721

Why become a Sustrans volunteer?

Our volunteers are fundamental in looking after the National Cycle Network and supporting others to be more active.

Whatever they're doing, Sustrans volunteers are making a real difference in their communities.

Becoming a volunteer is a practical, straightforward way to improve cycle routes,  a chance for you to improve your local environment and provide good places for people to enjoy walking and cycling.

What does a Sustrans volunteer ranger do?

As a volunteer, you'll be expected to carry out agreed tasks from your volunteer group plan.

This will be in coordination with your group and Sustrans.

Your role as a ranger may involve:

  • inspecting an allocated section of route
  • carrying out general tidy ups and clearing back overgrown vegetation as per the health and safety guidance
  • checking for missing or broken signs and fitting temporary signs as per the signing guidance and following training
  • attending group workdays, training and signing rides
  • looking after any artwork or mileposts on your route
  • taking part in other group activities such as organised rides, bike maintenance, learn to ride sessions and events to promote the work of Sustrans and encourage more people to walk and cycle
  • reporting any major issues to the relevant person (we'll advise you on this)
  • liaising with our Network development manager regarding any new route developments in your area
  • recording your own activities on our dedicated website for Sustrans volunteers
  • following Sustrans’ Health and Safety and Safeguarding policies and procedures
  • being able and willing to act in accordance with Sustrans’ policies and procedures.

What we're looking for

We're looking for people who:

  • are self-motivated to carry out tasks independently once directed
  • work well within a team
  • lives close to or travels regularly along your allocated section of route by sustainable transport
  • have good communication skills
  • are able to work with a diverse range of people and committed to Sustrans' mission.

We welcome applicants with a wide range of skills but above all enthusiasm and commitment.

If you are interested in helping to improve your local routes for all users to enjoy, we’d like to hear from you.

Time commitment

Ideally, your section of the route needs to be checked once a month and any issues reported to your group coordinator. Attendance at other organised activities as they arise.

Communication is essential to your role, so you'll also need to attend group meetings and activities to keep up-to-date with local developments and your group's plan.

Training and support offered

You will receive training, support and direction from the Sustrans volunteer coordinator, land manager and Network development manager.

  • An initial training and induction session will be provided regionally.
  • Sustrans offers a number of different training courses that will support you in your role eg signing the network, organising and leading a workday, ride manager and walk leader training.
  • Other training will provide valuable updates and networking opportunities with other volunteers.
  • You will receive central communications to support you in your role and can join the online community to find support from other volunteers.
  • Health and safety guidelines and simple risk assessments will be provided.
  • Opportunities to further develop your role and support given to assist you with organising group activities such as workdays and rides.

Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk

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

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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