Hedgehog Street intern
Responsible to : Chief Executive
Hours : Short-term, up to equivalent of five-months full time
Annual Leave : Varies with hours worked
Location : Initially home-based, possibly office-based from June, London
Salary : Nat Living Wage (£8.91/hour) for 20-40 hours/week
Contract : Short-term, up to equivalent of five-months full time
Application deadline: midnight Monday 5 April 2021.
A unique opportunity to help the nation’s hedgehogs, currently in alarming decline. People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is seeking a Hedgehog Street Intern to support Hedgehog Street, a co-funded joint campaign with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) to reverse the fortunes of hedgehogs. The Hedgehog Street intern will work alongside our Hedgehog Officer. Both posts are in the employment of PTES on behalf of the two charities concerned.
PTES exists to combat the decline in endangered species in Britain and throughout the world. Passion drives our work, but it’s grounded in science. We invest in research and test the best ways to protect endangered species in their natural habitats. And we enlist thousands of citizen scientists to find out more about how wildlife species are faring. Hedgehogs are one of our priority species in the UK.
We have 20 staff, five trustees and thousands of volunteers helping us.
Job context and purpose
PTES is offering a paid internship to someone interested in discovering what is entailed in working on an established conservation campaign, this year marking its tenth year. You’ll be involved in providing support to our Hedgehog Champions recruited through the Hedgehog Street website and responding to other queries from developers, green space managers, landowners and the general public. You’ll be involved in basic website support and social media messaging and asset provision and assisting at training courses on hedgehog friendly land management.
This is an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the different aspects of a public-facing conservation campaign within two medium-sized NGOs and to help us fulfil our mission to help the decline in hedgehogs.
You’re likely to be recently graduated in a conservation-related discipline and able to convince us that you have a natural curiosity for our sector and desire to contribute.This post will particularly suit someone who enjoys variety and has an open mind about how they can best contribute to the sector and would like to learn more.
The internship will last up to five months and is full time, although a part-time arrangement might be possible and may be suggested. The role is currently home-based. We hope to return to our offices in Battersea in London sometime in June so it would be desirable to be able to attend in person when we do. When this this happens, up to £50/week towards travel costs will be available, subject to appropriate receipts.
We would like to start the internship as soon as possible.
Duties and responsibilities
1. Conservation Campaigns
- Dealing with the hundreds of enquiries from the public to Hedgehog Street, our campaign to conserve hedgehogs run jointly with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS).
- Reviewing email and website content with a view to advising on measures we could take to minimise the email communication traffic through Hedgehog Street, for example through adjusting content, standard replies and responses and technical solutions with the help of the web and app developers.
- Finding appropriate details and dispatching hedgehog advice leaflets to developers, landowners and managers of green spaces as well as processing orders for Hedgehog Highway signs.
- Helping write copy for regular emails to Hedgehog Champions and pages on the Hedgehog Street website.
2. Other tasks
- Help with other tasks as required.
- Report to the Chief Executive but a day-to-day report to the Hedgehog Street Officer.
- There will be close working contact with the Grants Manager and the outreach team.
- University degree or equivalent in a conservation-related discipline
- A genuine interest and empathy for wildlife conservation and appreciation of PTES’ focus on evidence-based conservation strategies
- Ability to work on own initiative and without close supervision, and to a high level of enquiries sometimes with conflicting priorities
- Clear communication and interpersonal skills, both face-to-face and remotely, with a variety of audiences including the ability to communicate sometimes complicated or subtle issues to general audiences with accuracy and tact
- Experience volunteering in and/or some knowledge and experience of the charity sector
- Ability to write clearly and appropriately to convey information for different purposes
- Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail with consistent accuracy
- A cooperative, flexible and ‘can do’ nature
- Experience with a website content management system such as WordPress
- Flexibility to be able to work out of hours on occasion if involved in a public event or training course
- Full UK driving licence