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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:

Experience

Essential

Desirable

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

 

Knowledge

Essential

Desirable

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

 

Skills

Essential

Desirable

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 

Download and fill out the application form then upload it using the form below.

Hedgehog Officer Application  

Please upload your application here by 5pm on Thursday 20th July 2017.

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