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Volunteer Ranger Programme

In 2007, Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland set up a Volunteer Ranger Programme.  The aim of the programme is for volunteers to audit the 'Quality' walks in Northern Ireland as listed on www.walkni.com  The resulting information is then forwarded to the relevant land managers (through Product Management Groups) in order that they can carry out the necessary remediation work.

To date this has involved auditing of the long distance walks known as the “Waymarked Ways”, with Volunteer Rangers completing audits of these routes twice a year.

In 2009 Outdoor Recreation NI, extended the audit programme to include the short and medium distance walks and also the Canoe Trails and Ecotrails developed by Outdoor Recreation NI over the last 5 years.

There are now over 100 registered volunteers, the majority of which have received training on how to complete an audit. 

Being a Volunteer Ranger is a great opportunity to become an active member of the Northern Irish walking community.  It also means that through their work the Volunteer Rangers can play a key role within Outdoor Recreation NI.  Outdoor Recreation NI provide complimentary social and training events for the volunteers, examples of which inlcude a summer walk through the high Sperrins and a training day held at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre to learn mountaineering skills.

Register as a Volunteer Ranger

Please see here for a list of current vacancies within the Volunteer Ranger Programme.

To register as a Volunteer Ranger, please download the appropriate application form and send the completed form to Diane Crookes at the address below.

Application  - Volunteer Ranger - Ulster Way and Quality Walks

Application  - Volunteer Ranger - Canoe trails



If you have questions with regard to the Volunteer Ranger Programme please contact:

Diane Crookes
Outdoor Recreation NI
The Stableyard, Barnett`s Demesne
Malone Road, Belfast
Tel: 028 9030 3930
Fax: 028 9062 6248