'Hedgehog officer' is now a real job title, and this woman has it

September 6, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Hedgehog in fall leaves
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The Suffolk Wildlife Trust just filled a job position in Ipswich, a position that attracted applicants from all over the world. And why wouldn’t it? After all, the position is that of Ipswich hedgehog officer.

Yes, hedgehog officer.

The town is a hotspot for hedgehogs, which have been on the decline around the United Kingdom. The newly appointed officer is Alexandra North, a 25-year-old researcher with degrees in zoology, biodiversity and conservation. North is in charge of promoting awareness among residents of their prickly garden pals and how they can better tend to their yards to encourage a thriving population of hedgehogs. The goal of her work is to “make Ipswich the most hedgehog friendly town in the U.K.,” according to the job posting.

North told BBC, "Everyone loves hedgehogs, and they are so important to the biodiversity of our landscape and our wildlife. I really hope I can engage with people and encourage everyone to see how making small changes really can make a difference to these little creatures."

If you’re questioning leaving your current job to pursue one with a title as adorable as this one, well, we don't think anyone could blame you.