Published: 21st NOVEMBER 2019

Volunteer rangers, Washington

Would you like to help look after the National Cycle Network in Washington? We're looking for volunteers to help make sure the route is in top condition.

  • National Cycle Network
  • Washington
  • Time commitment: Approximately one day per month but opportunities to get further involved if you wish.
  • Volunteer role
  • Closing date: Ongoing
  • Reference 19112019

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 help people discover the joys of cycling by hosting led rides in their area. They teach children to ride a bike safely. And they 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?

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 any of the following:

  • inspect your route and any Sustrans land holdings
  • check for missing or broken signs and fit temporary signs as per the signing guidance
  • attend group workdays, training and signing rides
  • tidy-up and clear back overgrowing vegetation as per the health and safety guidance
  • look after any artwork or mileposts on your route
  • report any major issues to your volunteer coordinator
  • take 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.

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
  • live close to or regularly travel along your route by foot, bike or public transport.
  • have good communication skills.

Time commitment

Your section of the route needs to be checked once a month. And any issues reported to your group coordinator. Attendance at other organised activities as they arise.
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

  • Your group coordinator and Sustrans volunteer coordinator will be on hand to support you.
  • An initial training and face-to-face induction session will be provided regionally.
  • Sustrans organises several 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.
  • 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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