Why become a Sustrans volunteer?
Sustrans volunteer rangers are our eyes and ears on the National Cycle Network. As well as helping to promote Sustrans and inspire others to use their local routes, they also keep an eye out for bigger issues or hazards on the path so we can help to get these repaired.
What does a Sustrans volunteer ranger do?
As a ranger, you will be expected to carry out agreed tasks from your local volunteer group plan. Some tasks can be organised by the whole group or in conjunction with other local ranger groups.
Your tasks will include:
- checking for missing or broken signs
- following the signing guidance
- carrying out general tidy ups and clearing back encroaching vegetation
- reporting any major issues to your group coordinator and/or volunteer coordinator
- reporting route issues to the TPT office
- attend group workdays and signing rides
- looking after any artwork or mileposts on your route
- taking part in habitat management to improve the path for wildlife.
What we're looking for
As a volunteer, you should be self-motivated, enthusiastic and be able to carry out the activities independently once directed.
If you have a passion for walking or cycling along with plenty of enthusiasm then we’d like to hear from you.
The following is an outline of the time commitment for this role:
- a half-day initially to attend induction and activity-specific training
- one to two days per year to attend training events
- monthly (minimum) - check your section of the route
- attend group meetings to keep up-to-date with local developments and the group plan
- volunteers may also be asked to support workdays organised by the local group.
This is an ongoing role and is not generally suitable for short term volunteer placements.
Training and support offered
- An initial training and induction session will be provided regionally.
- Sustrans organises a number of days throughout the year, which will offer valuable updates, networking opportunities with other volunteers and group coordinators, and training in relevant skills eg organising a volunteer workday, signing.
- You will receive central communications to support you in your role and can join the online community to find support in other group co-ordinators.
- Health and safety guidelines and simple risk assessments will be provided.
You will also receive support from the Trans Pennine Trail office.
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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