Published: 24th SEPTEMBER 2019

Volunteer ranger on the National Cycle Network, Shrewsbury

Are you looking for an opportunity to help look after the National Cycle Network in your local area, and promote walking and cycling for Sustrans? We're currently looking for volunteer Rangers in Shrewsbury to help us with activities along the National Cycle Network.

  • National Cycle Network
  • Shrewsbury
  • a few hours per month
  • volunteer role
  • closing date 1 December 2019
  • Reference 257192

Our volunteers from the Shrewsbury group could do with some extra pairs of hands to help them to look after the brilliant walking and cycling routes in the area, and to support the activities of the Shrewsbury volunteer group including running stalls and promoting Sustrans locally.

The role offers a wide scope for different activities including route inspections, organising cycle rides, promoting cycling at local events and wildlife conservation. How much you want to be involved in is up to you.

Why become a Sustrans volunteer?

Volunteers are at the heart of what we do. They work with partners and other community groups to help get more people walking and cycling in their area, working with expert staff from across the country and spend time with like-minded people to generate support for the work we do.

You’ll have access to resources and equipment to allow you to connect with people about sustainable travel, and regular access to a staff supervisor to help you develop your skills and abilities.

What does a Sustrans volunteer ranger do on the National Cycle Network?

As a volunteer ranger, you'll be expected to carry out agreed tasks from your local volunteer group plan. Your tasks may include:

  • inspecting your route and any Sustrans land holdings
  • checking for missing or broken signs and fit temporary signs as per the signing guidance
  • attending group workdays and signing rides
  • reporting any major issues to your volunteer coordinator
  • helping our volunteer group maintain the cycle path, encourage biodiversity, check the signs and monitor the number of users of our section of track
  • helping to organise and manage public cycle rides
  • attending local events to promote cycling and walking as well as Sustrans as an organisaiton.

What we're looking for

We're looking for individuals who:

  • are self-motivated to carry out tasks independently
  • work well within a team
  • have good communication skills.

Above all else, we are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic and committed.

Time commitment

We ask that you commit around two days a month to activities, including monthly meetings and signage rides. This can be discussed with your local volunteer group coordinator upon joining.

Training and support offered

The local volunteer group coordinator and Sustrans Volunteer Coordinator for your area will offer you support to carry out your role.

In addition to this, Sustrans also provides:

  • an initial training and induction session
  • a number of days throughout the year which offer valuable updates, networking opportunities with other volunteers, and training in relevant skills
  • regular communications to support you in your role
  • access to the online community to find support from other Rangers
  • pre-agreed volunteer expenses paid
  • health and safety guidelines and simple risk assessments will be provided.

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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