Published: 30th JANUARY 2020

Volunteer rangers, Dartford and Gravesend

Are you looking for a practical opportunity to help look after the National Cycle Network in your local area?

  • National Cycle Network
  • Dartford and Gravesend
  • Time commitment: Approximately one day per month
  • Volunteer role
  • Closing date: Ongoing
  • Reference 27012002

We need active, enthusiastic Volunteer Rangers in North Kent to help monitor and maintain the National Cycle Network (NCN) as it passes through Dartford and Gravesend.  This includes NCN1 which is a valuable commuting route as well as being popular with cycle tourists.

Why become a Sustrans volunteer ranger?

If you’re active and enjoy cycling or walking join our Volunteer Rangers in North Kent doing practical tasks to keep the National Cycle Network in the best possible condition.  This is a great role for anyone who lives in Dartford or Gravesend who wants to see more people walking and cycling.

What does a Sustrans ranger do?

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

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

Your tasks may include:

Ride/walk the route regularly.

  • Check signage – look out for missing or broken signs; report permanent sign problems to Kent County Council Highways; fix temporary signs according to our Signing Guidelines.
  • Keep signs visible - cleaning them and cutting back vegetation.
  • Check the route and do light vegetation clearance to keep it clear.
  • Litter pick spot areas, report fly-tipping to the local Council.
  • Report major issues to your Volunteer Group Co-ordinator.
  • Attend group task days, signing rides and relevant training courses.
  • Look after artwork or Millennium Mileposts on your route.

What we're looking for

We welcome supporters with a wide range of skills but above all enthusiasm and commitment who:

  • Live close to or travel regularly along your allocated section of route by sustainable transport.
  • Active to check your route and do light maintenance to keep it in good order
  • Practical to do light maintenance such as cutting back vegetation and replacing signs.
  • Self-motivated and persistent
  • Online to report problems and complete our Volunteer Activity Report.
  • A good communicator
  • Enjoy being part of a team.

Time commitment

You need to check your section of route at least once a month setting aside 3-4 hours plus time to complete our online Activity Report and to log any problems afterwards.  Joining task days and buddy—ing with other Volunteers is fun but optional.

Training and support offered

  • Your local group coordinator and Sustrans volunteer coordinator will offer you all the support you need to carry out your role.
  • An initial training and face-to-face induction session will be provided regionally.
  • In addition, Sustrans organises a number of days throughout the year, which will offer valuable updates, networking opportunities with other volunteers and training in relevant skills.
  • You will also receive regular communications to support you in your role and can join the online community to find support from other volunteers.
  • You’ll receive our Volunteer Ranger handbook and do our basic Sustrans Volunteer online training. We’ll arrange for an experienced Ranger to show you the ropes.
  • Join the online community to find support from other Rangers throughout the UK.
  • Come to Sustrans Volunteer meet-ups to network, get updates and training.
  • Go to our Volunteer website for information and resources including Health & Safety guidance and Risk Assessments.

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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