Calling all potential Volunteer Rangers

Wednesday 14th August 2019

Members of the public interested in volunteering to help conserve the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are invited to come along to an open evening on Thursday 26th September to hear about how to become a prestigious AONB Volunteer Ranger.

Volunteer Rangers provide a visible presence in the Mendip Hills AONB and assist the AONB Unit in conserving, enhancing and promoting the appropriate use and enjoyment of the area. Volunteer Rangers have been integral to Mendip Hills AONB since 1987 and we’re looking for ambassadors to carry that legacy on into the future of conserving the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty here on Mendip. The role requires a minimum commitment of 7 hours per month and at the end of the year-long induction programme, role holders will have undergone Outdoor First Aid, navigation, countryside interpretation and emergency situation training as well as learning about the wildlife and history of the area.

Volunteer Rangers are involved in a wide variety of work, they visit popular sites, lead guided walks, marshal events, check walk routes and are the ‘eyes and ears’ of the AONB Unit. They are provided with a water-proof jacket and other uniform plus travel expenses are covered. The volunteers are also given exclusive benefits including visits to archaeological digs, trips to areas not open to the public and involvement in project work.

Lauren Holt, Ranger Volunteer Coordinator said, ‘The open evening will be a chance to hear about how to become a Volunteer Ranger and more about the role, plus there will be the opportunity to meet current Volunteer Rangers, ask questions and learn more about the Volunteer Ranger training and induction programme. The programme is also a natural progression for existing volunteers to join in order to grow their skills and help to look after this unique piece of the country.’

Places on the Volunteer Ranger programme are limited and subject to a selection process. Interested applicants will be invited to apply on the open evening.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Volunteer Ranger, please book on to the open evening by contacting Lauren Holt (email: lauren@mendiphillsaonb.org.uk or phone: 01761 462338). The evening will run from 7-9pm on Thursday 26th September 2019 at the Charterhouse Centre, Nr Blagdon. BS40 7XR.