Trainee Network Development Officer x2


Hybrid with travel to Bristol or Reading
£22,949 pa

Paid • Full or Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: sustainable transport

Closing date: Wednesday, 13th July 2022  

Trainee Network Development Officer (England)

£22,949 per annum, pro rata

Full time hours are 37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working and compressed hours to suit individual circumstances

Base: Hybrid working with travelling to Reading/Bristol

About the role

We’re looking for two people with a passion for the work that Sustrans does, creating a real change for cycling, walking or wheeling, connecting people and places across the South of England and providing traffic free spaces for everyone to enjoy. You don’t need qualifications or work experience because we will train you, you just need a real love for what we do. We’d particularly like to hear from people who have previously had barriers to employment, for example you may have a disability, have been long-term unemployed or are from a group that is underrepresented in the workplace- anybody is welcome to apply.

As a Trainee Network Development Officer, you will support our Network Development Managers, by helping them deliver projects from design through to construction, to budget and on time. You will deliver some smaller projects on your own too. You will build relationships with landowners, Designers and Engineers, Ecologists, and Local Authorities, so that we can work in partnership to make our projects successful. You will learn the tricks of the trade as you gradually develop your skills to do the job.

You will join us as a Trainee Network Development Officer, but after six months we will review your work and consider your promotion to Network Development Officer.

The England South region offers a diversity of projects to get involved with – from complex urban areas to National Parks and everything in between. 

We offer true hybrid working, with a mix of home working and the opportunity to work from our hub in Bristol, with flexible hours offered to suit individual circumstances.

About you

Your passion and enthusiasm for this role will demonstrate your thirst to learn and your organisational skills will enable you to become a brilliant Project Manager. You will build relationships with ease, within the team, with communities and with landowners and Local Authorities, being a brilliant advocate for the work that Sustrans does. This will enable you to develop new opportunities for funded work as we reshape our towns, cities, and countryside in favour of active travel. You will learn how to research and produce excellent readable reports and have an interest in learning how to use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping software, although you will already be IT competent and able to use Microsoft programmes.

We aim to be a truly inclusive employer and welcome applications from people from all parts of the community, in particular from under-represented groups. Sustrans is committed to reducing inequality, valuing diversity, and enabling inclusion.

What we offer

In return we can offer ongoing working from home (or a nearby Sustrans office when it’s safe to do so) and a truly flexible, supportive, and rewarding working environment.


  • 26 days’ leave per annum plus bank holidays for full-time working
  • Ability to buy an extra week of annual leave (pro-rata for part-time staff)
  • Staff volunteer days
  • 24/7 free, impartial, and confidential support service
  • We are members of the Green Commute Initiative and Cycle Scheme who both offer cycle to work schemes


  • Group Personal Pension scheme with a 4% or 5% of basic salary contribution being matched by Sustrans
  • Bike, computer and season ticket loans
  • Discount benefits

Family Friendly

  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Flexible Working practices (full time hours are 37.5 per week, Monday - Friday)

Additional information

  • Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 23:59, 13th July 2022
  • Interviews will take place via MS Teams on 29th – 30th July 2022

To apply, please complete our online application form available via the apply button below.

About Sustrans

Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. We connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute. Take the next step in your journey by applying to become a member of our team.

We are proud of our employee net promoter score, being in the top 20% of all employers across all sectors in the UK, due to our energised, friendly and motivated workforce.

Our vision and mission have never been more relevant. Across the UK, governments are pledging investment and action on walking and cycling.

We are working together to make a real difference - creating places where everyone can live and travel happily and healthily, and where nobody is excluded.

Our work wouldn’t be possible without the commitment and dedication of our colleagues. Join Sustrans today and help us get things done, together!

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