Published: 17th SEPTEMBER 2020

Volunteer ranger, Sheffield (TPT)

Are you passionate about the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) National Cycle Network in Sheffield? We’re looking for volunteers to help maintain the Network and keep the route in top condition. The volunteer group helps to look after National routes 6, 67 and 62 sections of which are part of the popular Trans Pennine Trail coast to coast route.

  • National Cycle Network
  • Sheffield
  • Time commitment: approximately 1 day per month
  • Type: Volunteer role
  • Closing date: Ongoing
  • 202006093

Our friendly team of volunteers could do with an extra pair of hands helping to carry out maintenance, signing and general tidying on the network.

If you have a passion for walking or cycling along with plenty of enthusiasm then we’d like to hear from you.

Why become a Sustrans volunteer?

Our volunteers are what make Sustrans special.

They look after the National Cycle Network and support others to be more active.

They may help people discover the joys of cycling in all manner of ways or run promotional stalls at local events.

Whatever the activity, Sustrans volunteers are making a real difference in their communities.

What does a Sustrans volunteer ranger do?

You'll be expected to carry out agreed tasks from your volunteer group plan. This will be in coordination with your group and Sustrans.

Some tasks may be organised by the whole group and others are self-led.

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 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 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

The following is an outline of the time commitment for this role:

  • An initial half-day induction
  • One to two days per year to attend training events monthly ride or walk to check your section of route
  • Attending up to 4 group meetings per year (usually in the evening) to keep up-to-date with local developments and the group plan

Volunteers may also be asked to support occasional workdays or events organised by the local group.​

Training and support offered:

  • Sustrans volunteer induction
  • signing training
  • opportunities to attend regional volunteer networking and training events
  • all agreed volunteer expenses paid
  • receive central communications to support you in your role
  • 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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