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Ipswich Hedgehog Officer

Salary: (£24,000 p.a.) (full-time fixed term post for 2 years)

Closing date: Wednesday 13th July 2016

Location: Brooke House

Job ref: Ipswich Hedgehog Officer

We are looking for an inspirational individual who will be the face of hedgehog conservation in Ipswich. You will use your knowledge of nature conservation and hedgehog ecology to lead an ambitious project seeking to make Ipswich the most hedgehog friendly town in the UK. Experience of ecological surveying, leading and developing community-based conservation activities and engaging effectively with a wide range of people is essential.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Suffolk Hedgehog Survey and a recent Ipswich Wildlife Audit highlighted Ipswich as a hedgehog hotspot, with remarkably rich, well connected wildlife habitat. However, like any modern townscape, it is fragmented by houses, roads, walls, fences and over-tidy gardens. Bringing together your wildlife conservation skills and your experience of leading and developing community wildlife initiatives, you will mobilise participants in Ipswich to create a street by street network of hedgehog accessible habitat and monitor hedgehog activity; following the model of the ‘Hedgehog Street’ initiative developed by British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species.

By inspiring streets of people to act together to create habitat links and remove the barriers to hedgehog movement between gardens, your goal is to establish a network of feeding, nesting and hibernating habitat across the town. Making Ipswich the most hedgehog friendly town in the UK will help secure their long term future in Suffolk.

Reaching out to communities across the town, you will be the face of hedgehog conservation in Ipswich, leading hands-on community activities, training events and driving a proactive media campaign, to raise awareness of the needs of hedgehogs and the opportunity to turn around their fortunes in Ipswich.

With the use of communications and recording technology central to the project, you will be a digital native, excited by the opportunities technology can bring to nature conservation. You will be a pioneer in using these technologies to involve and inspire people – and will feed your data into national research programmes.






This role is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and British Hedgehog Preservation Society.


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