An animal lover’s dream job? Volunteers invited to apply for Ipswich hedgehog internship

Lazarus the hedgehog. Picture: STEVE ARGENT

Lazarus the hedgehog. Picture: STEVE ARGENT - Credit: Archant

Suffolk Wildlife Trust are recruiting for an unusual kind of intern – someone who will help Ipswich become Britain’s most hedgehog-friendly town.

The successful applicant will work alongside current hedgehog officer Ali North. Picture: JOHN FERGU

The successful applicant will work alongside current hedgehog officer Ali North. Picture: JOHN FERGUSON PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: John Ferguson Photography

Volunteers are being urged to apply for the organisation’s first ever hedgehog internship, almost a year after they appointed Ali North as hedgehog officer.

The successful applicant will help Miss North in her quest to keep the tiny animals safe – and will work on a new research project run as part of a larger study at Nottingham Trent University.

Prospective interns must be enthusiastic and passionate about wildlife research, and if they are appointed will work 15 hours per week.

The new intern will help the trust’s Ipswich team discover how many hedgehogs are currently living at their study site.

They will also take part in night hedgehog surveys, monitoring their movements to learn how to track them, from mid April onwards.

Garden visits are also a large part of the placement, with the successful applicant responsible for laying camera traps and analysing footage.

The internship, which is unpaid, will last for two months but there is a possibility of extension.

To apply, send your CV and covering letter to Miss North via email before March 30.

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