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We do appreciate your interest in Toronto Wildlife Centre. Unfortunately, due to the anticipation of a high number of applications only candidates who qualify for an interview will be contacted. Please, no inquiries. Thank you for your understanding.
About Toronto Wildlife Centre:
Toronto Wildlife Centre is the only wildlife centre in the Greater Toronto Area and the busiest in Canada. Approximately 5,000 wild animals are admitted to the centre each year representing over 270 different species of wildlife.
Dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, and to educating the public on wildlife-related issues; TWC was the first wildlife centre in Canada with a full veterinary hospital and is the only one with a dedicated Wildlife Rescue Program. Approximately 30,000 phone calls from the public are handled each year through TWC’s Wildlife Hotline.
As a registered charity, TWC relies primarily on donations from members of the public and like-minded organizations. Volunteers work in all areas of the centre from wildlife care to IT support.
Status: Seasonal (16 weeks), Full-time (40 hours per week)
Location: Scarborough (approximately Steeles Ave. E. and Markham Rd.)
Compensation: $14.50 per hour
Reports to: Facilities Manager
Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC) promotes the peaceful coexistence of people and wildlife by providing education and expert advice about wildlife situations, and providing medical care to sick, injured and orphaned wild animals with the ultimate goal of releasing healthy animals back into the wild. Currently we help over 5,000 wildlife patients each year, treating over 270 different species including everything from the rare and provincially protected like Peregrine Falcons and Blanding’s Turtles to the more common species seen regularly in Ontario’s parks and neighbourhoods like Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Eastern Chipmunks. The Centre is operated by a core group of highly skilled and dedicated staff and hundreds of volunteers serving many needs, from caring for our wild patients to buying the yummy and healthy groceries essential for healing and growth. As a registered charity, TWC depends primarily on the financial support of individual donors and foundations, many of which have been doing so for over 25 years.
In the near future, TWC will be moving to our forever home in the Rouge National Urban Park and this exciting new positon will play a vital role in making that happen. As the Carpentry Assistant, your main role will be to assist the Facilities Manager in building the many new enclosures needed to house our wild patients during their recovery, or in the case of our orphans grow up, and become healthy/well-adjusted wild animals ready to fend for themselves back in the wild again. In addition, you will also be assisting with maintaining existing enclosures as well as many other construction and facility related duties as needed to help us as we transition to our new home.
- Assist in the construction and maintenance of a variety of enclosures designed for the very specific needs of a large range of wildlife patients
- Perform physical labour such as pouring, moving and raking concrete as well as digging and shovelling materials like gravel, stone and mulch
- Assist with a variety of other construction and repair tasks such as installing plywood, drywall, windows, doors, gates and roof shingles
- Perform lighter renovation and maintenance tasks such as sanding, painting, and staining
- Build and install animal enclosure furnishings and enrichment such as perches, den boxes, climbing apparatus, and many more
- Assist in the maintenance of the facilities and grounds as needed
- Other responsibilities as required
- Preference will be given to individuals attending a trade or technical school specific to carpentry, construction or similar trades (please see accountabilities listed above)
- Must provide own construction boots
- Current fall protection certification required
- Valid Ontario driver’s license and use of a vehicle also an asset
Please note: Funding provided for this position has restricted criteria. The successful candidate(s) must be between the ages of 15-30 years at the start of the positon, have a valid SIN number and be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or recognized refugee
- Experience using various power tools; including but not limited to skill saws, table saws, and reciprocating saws
- Experience in most aspects of carpentry and building, including measuring and cutting materials, nailing, drilling, fastening and leveling
- Painting and/or renovation experience an asset
- Strong understanding of construction and carpentry fundamentals
- Excellent ability to follow instructions and protocols and work without direct supervision
- Able to complete tasks efficiently and to a high quality (with a strong focus on the details); often under tight timelines and with multiple competing demands
- Able to work well with a variety of people
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Able to perform work safely and to follow all health and safety protocols and practices
- Sensitive to the special needs of wild animals in captivity
- Requires lifting, bending, carrying, shovelling, pushing and/or pulling of heavy objects and materials
- Able and willing to work at heights, including on ladders and rooftops
- Required to walk on uneven ground in a fast-paced, physically demanding role while occasionally carrying and/or hauling large and/or heavy materials
- Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds regularly and perform other strenuous activities on a regular basis
- May require occasional work on evenings, weekends or holidays
- Work is performed mostly outdoors; with the majority of the work being performed in a large farmers field with little to no shade or cover from the elements
- Required to work in various weather conditions
- Must use personal protective equipment as required for each duty
To apply: Please e-mail cover letter and résumé to [email protected] Attention: George Bartosik and include “Carpentry Assistant” in the subject line. We sincerely thank all applicants; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please no inquiries.
Please note: Toronto Wildlife Centre is considered an essential workplace and adheres to Toronto Public Health’s COVID-19 Guidelines for Businesses & Community Organisations
Wildlife Nutrition Coordinator
Work Status: 1 year contract
Location: Currently located in Downsview Park with plans to move to Rouge Park in the future
Reports to: Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager
Salary: Commensurate with experience
The wildlife kitchen at Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC) has been providing nutritious, species-specific food for thousands of patients annually, representing over 270 wild species. A healthy diet is a critical aspect of rehabilitation for wildlife. The logistics of delivering hundreds of fresh meals each day to hungry patients is challenging so TWC is looking for an experienced nutritionist to take the lead.
The Wildlife Nutrition Coordinator will take over the majority of diet-related responsibilities currently undertaken by the wildlife care team. This person will oversee and manage the preparation of individual daily diets, supervise and train kitchen volunteers and seasonal staff in properly preparing meals and caring for feeder colonies (e.g., fruit flies, minnows and mealworms), research ways to improve wild diets, and develop and implement processes to improve efficiency and reduce food waste.
- Management and oversight of the wildlife kitchen team
- Oversight of the daily care of the feeder colonies (live animal)
- Training interns and volunteers on proper food preparation processes and dietary needs
- Improving food preparation routines, delivery systems and workflow in the kitchen
- Coordinating meal preparations and distribution with the rehabilitation team
- Preparing diets for the wild patients on a daily basis
- Further research and refining of diets and the nutritional needs of the patients
- Development and implementation of maintenance and cleaning routines for the kitchen and food preparation areas
- Tracking food usage and waste throughout the centre
- Maintaining food supply inventory as well as preparing food orders
- Digitizing diet records and developing a maintenance plan
- Working with the Fundraising Team on food donations
- Completion of a graduate degree in Animal Nutrition with a minimum of 3 years research and supervisory experience or equivalent training and experience
- Preference will be given to those with experience in feed formulation and feed quality control techniques, sanitation, and maintaining feeding programs of an array of taxa
- Knowledge of Southern Ontario wildlife identification and natural history is a definite asset
- Previous experience working with volunteers an asset
- Must possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and strong problem solving, decision making and leadership skills
- Must be able to work with minimum supervision.
- Must be able and willing to work shifts, weekends and holidays.
- Flexible and adaptable to changing and dynamic work environment
- Strong work ethic and desire to learn
- Must be able to meet physical demands of the job, including the ability to lift a minimum of 25 kilos (55 lbs.) must be able to stand, sit, walk, stoop, crouch kneel and twist on a regular basis.
- Must have proven mathematical skills.
- Possess advanced computer skills.
- Must possess working knowledge of the metric measurement system.
- Full Class “G” driver’s license along with a good driving record is an asset
TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, availability, and 3 letters of recommendation (current TWC volunteers only require 2 letters) to [email protected]. Please make sure “Wildlife Nutrition Coordinator” is included in the subject line.
We would like to thank you for your interest in this position. Unfortunately, due to the anticipated number of candidates only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.