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We are looking for a full time Hedgehog Officer to join our team




We are looking for a Hedgehog Officer to work within our vibrant team. 

Key Responsibilities:

1. People engagement and supporter development.

1.1  Be responsible for the co-ordination and successful delivery of the Hedgehog Improvement Area Project, including assisting with the Help for Hedgehogs Campaign elsewhere in the county where necessary.

1.2  Plan, organise and deliver a broad range of exciting and innovative events, activities and programmes that empower local communities to help hedgehogs in Surrey Heath.

1.3  Raise awareness of hedgehog conservation issues in and around the Hedgehog Improvement Area through regular press releases, community talks and school visits.

1.4  Develop strong links and active relationships with local community groups, schools, businesses and other key stakeholders in Surrey Heath, persuading them to support the project.

1.5  Liaise with private landowners and land managers to encourage habitat improvement works on their sites.

1.6  Foster strong working relationships with local businesses, encouraging them to volunteer time and funds towards the HIA.

1.7  Establish, manage and work with a group of regular Hedgehog Improvement Area volunteers on all aspects of the project.

1.8  Promote volunteering for the Rescue alongside the Hedgehog Improvement Area project.

1.9  Act as an ambassador for Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue (HAWR) and the project sponsors.

2. Survey work and monitoring.

2.1  Plan, organise and deliver a range of ecological surveys measuring hedgehog distribution and population dynamics, using a combination of approaches including mammal footprint tunnels.

2.2  Promote and co-ordinate citizen science hedgehog surveys within the HIA.

2.3  Conduct habitat surveys including Phase 1, hedgerow surveys and other condition surveys.

2.4  Organise and interpret ecological data using GIS and statistical analysis methods.

2.5  Conduct social surveys designed to measure changes in attitudes, perceptions and habits within the community.

2.6  Engage with local land owners to facilitate hedgehog surveys at key sites earmarked for development across Hedgehog Improvement Area .

2.7  Facilitate and support additional hedgehog surveys in partnership with other organisations if and when they arise.

3. Habitat improvements and management.

3.1  Organise and lead practical habitat management projects on private and community sites.

3.2  Ensure that volunteers, groups and businesses within the local community are recruited to provide assistance with habitat improvement works.

3.3  Undertake risk assessments for sites and activities and ensure that all records are kept and assessments are reviewed in the required timescale for all practical activities.

3.4  Provide hedgehog friendly habitat management plans for stakeholders where necessary.

3.5  Produce reflective reports and learning papers that inform future hedgehog conservation best-practice guidance.

4. Marketing and communications.

4.1  Research and produce interpretative materials about hedgehogs and hedgehog conservation issues, using a range of media whilst ensuring that it is suitable for a variety of audiences.

4.2  Support the HAWR website, volunteer communications and social media activity through providing regular content, including videos.

4.3  Provide a public face for the HIA projects and other relevant activities to the media and be prepared to give interviews to the press, radio and television when required.

5. General.

5.1  Promote the work, mission and vision of the HAWR at all appropriate times.

5.2  Use every opportunity, commensurate with other duties to contribute to the HAWR’s fundraising and engagement of people.

5.3  Ensure a high level of customer service in all dealings with the public.

5.4  Ensure continuous development of skills and knowledge required for the post, undergoing training and performance reviews as required.

5.5  Work within all the policies and procedures of the Rescue, ensuring own compliance with the Rescue's health and safety policies and procedures and that of any resources for whom you are responsible.

5.6  Work at all times within HAWR’s policies and to promote equal opportunities.

5.7  Comply with all legal and contractual obligations concerning the responsibilities of your post.

5.8  Assist in the preparation of annual budgets, work programmes and reporting requirements for your area of work.

5.9  Supervise and support volunteers as appropriate to your role.

5.10  Carry out any other reasonable duties commensurate with the level of responsibility of the post, as requested by your line manager or the Chief Executive.

5.11  Be available to work out of hours with weekend and evening working a requirement of the role.

We have developed the following person specification.

Person Specification:

The post-holder will have a range of knowledge, skills and experience. The following is a summary indication of the key requirements for this post:




Previous relevant experience in community engagement activities


Broad experience of developing and fostering relationships with community groups or outreach programmes


Experience of capture-mark-recapture mammal surveys


Experience in dealing with the public in face-to-face situations


Experience of delivering innovative interpretation and public engagement activities


Working as part of a team and in partnership with other organisations


Managing public events


Working with volunteers


Practical habitat management experience


Health and safety management, including writing risk assessments





Relevant degree / postgraduate qualification


Knowledge of urban wildlife conservation issues and survey approaches


Knowledge of methods of encouraging participation from a wide audience


Evidence of understanding of rural and urban communities


General natural history and issues in conservation


Basic knowledge of marketing, campaigning and communication methods and opportunities


Interest and understanding of how to engage others in wildlife, wild places, the outdoors, arts and culture


Understanding of community structures and organisations


Knowledge of British Wildlife


Knowledge of the habitats, wildlife and local wild places





Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including public speaking and literacy


An infectious ability to enthuse, motivate and engage with diverse audiences.


Strong ecological survey skills, specifically mammal and habitat surveys


Basic knowledge of marketing, campaigning and communications methods and opportunities


Good organisational and time management skills; able to prioritise workloads effectively, meet deadlines and monitor the outcomes


Innovative and enthusiastic about interpreting wildlife and the environment


Highly organised, with effective planning skills


Ability to take initiative, work alone and within a team


Self-motivated, to be able to work confidently on own initiative


The ability to think creatively and convert ideas to practical activities


IT literate and competent in Microsoft Office packages / GIS platforms


Flexible approach


Full UK driving licence


Hold or has the capability to acquire a first aid qualification


If you have any questions about the role please do not hesitate to call us to discuss. Please call Anne Brummer, Chief Executive, on 01344 623106 

Fill in online or download and  fill out the application form and post to Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, Pears Hill, Westwood Road, Windlesham. GU20 6LU 

Hedgehog Officer Application  

Please complete your application here by 5pm on Thursday 27th July 2017.

If you experience any problems with the form or upload, please email your application directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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