Published: 8th SEPTEMBER 2020

Volunteer ranger, South Devon

Are you passionate about walking and cycling and would like to help look after the National Cycle Network in your area? We’re looking for a volunteer ranger to help monitor, maintain and enhance part of NCN Route 28 between Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey.

  • Role: National Cycle Network
  • Location: South Devon
  • Time commitment: Approximately one day per month
  • Type: volunteer role
  • Closing date: Ongoing
  • Reference: 07092020

Why become a Sustrans volunteer?

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

Whether you enjoy being outdoors, are looking to meet new people or would like to look after walking the cycling routes in your community this role will provide you with these opportunities.

What does a Sustrans volunteer ranger do?

Volunteering as part of our local group involves keeping an eye on your allocated section of the route. Each ranger is allocated a section to maintain with group workdays taking place on some particularly overgrown sections of the path.

The South Devon group also organises led rides and promotes walking and cycling at local events.

Other things you may undertake as required include;

  • attending group meetings and workdays
  • carrying out general tidy ups and clear back
  • removing encroaching vegetation
  • looking after any artwork or mileposts on your route
  • working alongside other partner organisations to achieve common goals
  • monitoring local planning applications for opportunities to improve the provision for cycling and walking within the area.

What we're looking for

We're looking for individuals who are:

  • self-motivated to carry out tasks independently, once directed
  • practical and enjoy being outdoors
  • able to work well within a team
  • living in close proximity to or walk/cycle regularly along the allocated section of the route.

Time commitment

Ideally, your section of the route needs to be checked once a month and any issues reported to your group coordinator. 

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

  • Sustrans volunteer induction session.
  • Signing training.
  • Networking opportunities with other volunteers.
  • Central communications to support you in your role.
  • An online community to find support from other volunteers.
  • 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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