SWCC Hedgehog Hospital Welfare Assistant

Brief Overview:

  • The Hedgehog Hospital Welfare Assistant will assist with the smooth running of the day-to-day operations at SWCC Hedgehog Hospital on their working day.

Job Purpose:

  • To care for sick, orphaned and injured hedgehogs.


  • They will assist the Welfare and Volunteer Managers with training and maintaining a high standard of welfare throughout the SWCC Hospital, including continual faecal screening as required, training a sufficient number of staff / volunteers in parasitology and all associated documentation and training records.
  • They will assist the Welfare and Volunteer Managers with pre-release animal checks.
  • They will assist the Welfare and Volunteer Managers with maintaining an efficient hedgehog release strategy.
  • They will also act as a senior carer on their working days, taking charge of animal care and treatment protocols and will maintain a constant and productive relationship with the vet in the absence of the Welfare and Volunteer Managers. Patient care and wellbeing must always be prioritised above any other duties.
  • They will continue to maintain the strong relationships with all internal and external visitors, organisations and donors.
  • They will attend regular HMC (Hedgehog Management Committee) meetings and will report directly to this committee.
  • They will be accountable for ensuring the Hospital is a Bio-secure area and is compliant with current Health and Safety regulations assisting the Welfare and Volunteer Managers.
  • They will assist with maintaining individual animal records.

Key Skills Required:

  • Previous experience of working with wild animal rescue and rehabilitation is desirable.
  • Experience in parasitology, husbandry and bio-security is desirable.
  • Administration skills.
  • Clear communication and problem solving skills are of paramount importance.
  • Must be able to work well within a team.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Qualifications in animal welfare

Key Information:

  • 7 hours per day (Flexible working hours between 9am and 9pm)
  • 4 days per week, which will include a Sunday
  • £8 per hour
  • Initially a 6-month contract.

Start date: Immediate

To apply: Please send your CV to swcc@sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk, with a covering letter detailing your availability for interview and preferred days of work.

Closing date: 30th April 2018


The Hedgehog Hospital at Shepreth relies on volunteers.

If you would like to become one of our volunteers please fill in a volunteer application form and return it to:

SWCC Hedgehog Hospital,
c/o Shepreth Wildlife Park
Station Road
Herts SG8 6PZ

Or via email to: swcc@sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk

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On site care application form


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Off site care application form








General information
Training will be given.
An up-to-date tetanus is required for all who work on-site
All volunteers must be over 18 years old