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Volunteer ranger, South York



Are you looking for an opportunity to help look after the National Cycle Network in your local area? We're currently looking for volunteer rangers to join our South York volunteer group, to carry out a host of route maintenance activities to ensure the Network is in top condition.

You will receive support and direction from your Group Co-ordinator, local Sustrans Volunteer Co-ordinator, Land Manager, Network Development Manager and the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) office.

Summary of tasks

As a volunteer ranger you'll be expected to carry out agreed tasks from your local volunteer group plan. Some tasks may be organised by the whole group. 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 and signing rides
  • carry out general tidy ups 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 co-ordinator.

Skills required

We welcome supporters with a wide range of skills but above all enthusiasm and commitment. We are looking for people to help our volunteer group maintain the cycle path, encourage biodiversity, check the signs and monitor the number of users of our section of track. 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 travel regularly along your allocated section of route by sustainable transport
  • have good communication skills.

Time commitment

You must check your section of route once a month and report this to your group co-ordinator. 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

  • An initial training and 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 Rangers.
  • Health and safety guidelines and simple risk assessments will be provided.
  • You'll also receive support from the TPT office.

Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Our Safeguarding Statement sets out Sustrans’ organisational commitment to safeguarding best practice.

Contact details

For more information about this role, please contact [email protected].

To find out more about the Trans Pennine Trail head to the TPT website. You can also contact the TPT office on [email protected] or call 01226 772 574.

To apply for this vacancy, please complete and return a volunteer application form and equal opportunities form.

Please download a pdf version if you wish to print and post your application form back to us.