Published: 13th JULY 2022

Volunteer ranger, York North

Are you passionate about the National Cycle Network? Our volunteers in York could do with an extra pair of hands to help them carry out maintenance on the Network. The group covers the Way of the Roses Route (Route 65) from the Millennium Bridge to Stripe Lane in Skelton.

  • Role: National Cycle Network
  • Location: York North
  • Time commitment: approximately one day per month
  • Type: volunteer role
  • Closing date: ongoing
  • Reference: 02062021

Why become a Sustrans volunteer?

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

They help people discover the joys of cycling through the delivery of led rides.

And teach children to ride a bike safely.

Some of them run promotional stalls at local events.

Whatever they're doing, Sustrans volunteers are making a real difference in their communities.

What does a Sustrans volunteer ranger do?

As a volunteer, you'll be expected to carry out agreed tasks from your volunteer group plan.

This will be in coordination with your group and Sustrans.

The whole group may organise some activities together and others will be 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
  • checking for missing or broken signs and fitting temporary signs
  • attending group workdays, training and signing rides
  • looking after any artwork or mileposts on your route
  • taking part in other group activities to promote the work of Sustrans and encourage more people to walk and cycle
  • reporting any major issues to the relevant person 
  • 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.

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

Ideally your section of route needs to be checked once a month.

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.

Ideally, we would like the successful volunteer to remain in this role for at least 1 year.

  • one to two days per year to attend training events
  • attending up to 4 group meetings per year 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

You will receive training, support and direction from the Sustrans volunteer coordinator, land manager and network development manager.

  • Training and induction sessions will be provided regionally.
  • Training courses that will support you in your role
  • Networking opportunities with other volunteers.
  • You will receive central communications to support you in your role.
  • Opportunity to join an 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.
  • You will be led by a Group Coordinator with support from Sustrans staff.

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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