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 and walking in all manner of ways or, in the case of this role, raise awareness of the wildlife and habitats along this route.
Whatever the activity, Sustrans volunteers are making a real difference in their communities.
What does a Sustrans wildlife volunteer do?
Sustrans and the Chester Millennium Greenway are part of the wider Chester Zoo Nature Recovery Corridor.
As part of this project, we will be creating a new wildflower habitat at Limewood Fields. We will also be:
- thinning trees
- adding habitat piles, seating and quieter paths
- planting bulbs.
There will be opportunities to take part in organised tasks, as well as independent volunteering, according to our guidance.
No experience or expertise is needed to take part, but a willingness to learn as you go is. You’ll also be able to take part in free training to become a Wildlife Champion with the wider Nature Recovery project, as well as Sustrans’ own online learning and practical tasks.
The type and amount of volunteering is really up to you, but could include some of the following:
- taking photos of what you find and learn and sharing these
- collecting data to improve and promote diversity of wildlife
- helping us with events to engage the community
- attending practical habitat management workdays
- attending training sessions delivered by our partner organisations
- on occasion, contributing to habitat management plans
- recording your volunteer activities on VolunteerNet.
What we're looking for
You don't need to be a wildlife or biodiversity expert to take part. We’re looking for people who:
- are systematic
- have good attention to detail
- are excellent communicators
- are good motivators, acting as a source of support and encouragement for others
- have an awareness of biodiversity and wildlife management
- work well within a team.
The role is flexible according to volunteer availability.
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
- A half-day per month (six days a year) for our monthly wildlife survey
- Three to six days per year to help run and support group activities on the route.
Training and support offered
- Basic Sustrans volunteer training
- Task Leader training (if you wish to help us lead tasks)
- Recording wildlife on the Network
- Signing training
- Ride leader or walk leader training
- First aid training
- Training on how to organise and lead a volunteer task day
Other training can be requested.
Find out more
For more information about this role please contact Liz Edwards, Sustrans North West Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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