Cycle Adventure Leader Volunteer

Overall purpose of the role:

The RSPB has partnered with Sports England for an exciting new project called Active in Nature which aims to encourage people to experience nature in new and active ways.

At RSPB Rainham Marshes we’re offering a suite of outdoor activities for visitors to get involved in, one of which is a cycle hire scheme. This gives visitors a fantastic opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the reserve which could incorporate exploring the river wall and going further into neighbouring valleys.

We are looking to run guided cycle rides once a month – these rides will give participants the opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife including seals along the Thames River, lapwing, marsh harriers and a variety of insects residing in the plant life.

We’d train you in everything you need to know before starting in role – from showing you the routes, helping with skills needed when cycling in groups and our bike hire system.

There is also opportunities to get involved in bicycle maintenance or assisting in the visitor centre too.

What’s in it for you:

An excellent opportunity to gain experience in leading and assisting with cycle rides and events, as well as taking part in the general running of the scheme.

There is also opportunities to get involved in bicycle maintenance or assisting in the visitor centre too.

You’ll get to meet lots of amazing people from fellow volunteers, staff and reserve visitors, and help us keep Rainham Marshes a special place. Gain a real insight into the work of the RSPB – the largest nature conservation charity in Europe.

The skills you need:


  • Comfortable riding a bike and able to ride at least 10 miles on mixed terrain
  • Approachable, friendly and enthusiastic about being active outdoors
  • A confident communicator when leading/talking to small groups


  • Experience of leading cycle groups
  • Experience of working with groups and assisting at events
  • Valid first aid training
  • Basic bike maintenance

Your time:

Minimum commitment: It’s flexible – one day a month minimum.
Duration: Ongoing
Period: all year round particularly in the school holidays

How to Apply

Louise Moss, Rainham Marshes nature reserve
Tel: 01708 899840

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Key Information






Part Time


Entry Level, Graduate, Mid Level, Postgraduate, Senior


Fundraising, Human Resources, Nature & Wildlife, Workshop & Practical Skills


Rainham Marshes nature reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.