Published: 13th JULY 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 improve part of National Route 28 between Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey.

  • National Cycle Network
  • South Devon
  • Time commitment: Approximately one day per month
  • Volunteer role
  • Closing date: Ongoing
  • Reference: 0707202002

Why become a Sustrans volunteer?

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

From helping people discover the joys of cycling through the delivery of led rides, teaching children to ride a bike safely and running promotional stalls at local events – Sustrans volunteers are making a real difference in their communities.

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. You will help out by tackling issues such as overgrown vegetation and obscured signage and reporting larger issues such as fallen trees. 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 route
  • good attention to detail.

Time commitment

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 their section of the route
  • attend up to 4 group meetings per year (usually in the evening) to keep up-to-date with local developments and the group plan
  • attend at least one annual training event, to keep up-to-date with best practice guidance on their activities.
  • volunteers may also be asked to support periodic workdays organised by the local group.

Training and support offered

  • 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 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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