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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.

General Support Staff

Status:  Contract

Location(s): Downsview Park

Reports to:  Operations Manager

Compensation: $14.00, commensurate with experience

Duties and Responsibilities:

In accordance with organizational policies, main duties include but are not limited to:

  • Maintains a positive, professional, and safe working environment at all times
  • Responsible for cleaning TWC’s Downsview Park facility e.g. sweeping and mopping floors, removing garbage and recycling, cleaning washrooms, vacuuming, dusting, and other cleaning duties as necessary
  • Provides supportive cleaning for wildlife rehabilitation team e.g. cleaning empty cages, doing laundry, and all other related tasks
  • Inventories and orders cleaning supplies
  • Maintains grounds and outdoor rehabilitation area e.g. removing litter, clearing snow from walkways, etc.
  • Responsible for, and as necessary makes arrangements for, the upkeep and maintenance of all related equipment and tools e.g. washers and dryers, hoses, disinfectant dispensers, sinks and other related equipment
  • Provides assistance with cage repair and maintenance
  • Provides some oversight of General Support Volunteers
  • Assists with minor renovation work as needed e.g. painting and minor repairs
  • Assists Wildlife Care Supervisors in training seasonal staff, interns, co-op students and volunteers on tasks related to General Support Staff responsibilities
  • Other related tasks as needed

Position Requirements:

  • Must be prepared to work in all weather conditions (some work is outdoors)
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be available for some weekends
  • This is a physically demanding role, please be prepared for repetitive and strenuous tasks
  • Previous experience cleaning and maintaining a similar sized/type of facility preferred
  • Experience with painting and minor carpentry/renovation work an asset
  • Demonstrated interest in wildlife or the environment an asset

*PLEASE NOTE: This position includes lifting, bending, stooping, pushing and other moderately strenuous activities and must have reasonable physical strength.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent ability to follow instructions and protocols and work without direct supervision
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to work well with a variety of people
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Sensitive to the special needs of wild animals in captivity

Please send resume and cover letter Attn: Shannon Brown with the subject line “General Support Staff” to hr@torontowildlifecentre.com

We would like to thank you for your application. Unfortunately, due to the anticipated number of candidates only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.

Facilities Manager

Status:  Full-time

Location(s):  Downsview Park, 2 locations in the Rouge National Urban Park, and occasionally Noelville.

Reports to:  Operations Manager

Start Date: As soon as possible

Compensation:  TBD, Commensurate with experience

Position Summary:

In this diverse role, the successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day facilities’ needs including managing staff and volunteers, routine maintenance, repairs, and new cage construction projects. This position requires a handyperson who can not only manage others, but is willing and able to work hands-on as needed. Working closely with our team in a fast-paced environment, the Facilities Manager must possess strong communication and leadership skills and be able to react quickly to changing situations.

Key Responsibilities:

Current Facilities

  • Manages and works closely with support staff and volunteers, volunteer carpenters and other specialty volunteers
  • Ensures facilities remain clean, tidy, and organized
  • Ensures that work is carried out in a manner that maximizes human and animal safety
  • Joint Health & Safety committee member
  • Responsible for all facility repairs and maintenance for all TWC locations
  • Oversight of all grounds maintenance for all TWC locations including snow shovelling and grass cutting
  • Responsible for facility related supplies and services at each location including cleaning supplies, garbage and recycling services, etc.
  • Builds and repairs cages
  • Participates in evaluating and creating policies and procedures as they relate to facilities
  • Works cooperatively and communicates with all departments on facilities related tasks
  • Other responsibilities as needed

New Centre

  • Coordinates the evaluation, consolidation, and/or purge of current cages, equipment, supplies, and furnishings at Downsview and 2 Rouge Park locations
  • Once above completed, creates a plan to move cages, equipment, supplies, and furnishings to new site
  • Oversees and participates in the construction of new animal enclosures
  • Learns new building systems and ensures their regular maintenance
  • Responsible for mechanics and systems as related to the new building as listed above
  • All other duties as listed under current facilities

Requirements:

  • 3+ years of Maintenance/Facilities Management or related experience
  • Previous experience managing a team of staff and volunteers
  • Must be prepared to work outdoors and in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to lift a minimum forty (40) pounds and perform strenuous activities such as lifting, bending, stooping, pushing, etc.
  • Basic computer skills
  • Genuine concern for wildlife and environmental issues
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Sensitive to the special needs of wild animals in captivity
  • Must be detail oriented, organized, and able to multitask
  • Basic handyperson skills, good working knowledge of tools, carpentry etc.

Assets:

  • Post-secondary education in a related field
  • Health and Safety training, First aid

To Apply: Please e-mail cover letter and resume to hr@torontowildlifecentre.com; include “Facilities Manager” in the subject line, and address to Isabella Thomas. We sincerely thank all applicants; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Toronto Wildlife Centre is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion.  Please, no inquiries.

Volunteer Coordinator

Status:  Full-time

Location(s):  Downsview Park, with the understanding that plans are in place to move to Rouge Park at a future date

Reports to:  Operations Manager

Start Date: As soon as possible

Compensation:  TBD, Commensurate with experience

Position Summary:

TWC is operated by a small group of highly skilled, paid staff, supported by several hundred volunteers who work in all areas, from wildlife care to administration.  Volunteers range from teenagers to seniors and come from all walks of life; some have been giving their time freely for many years and new volunteers are joining us regularly.

The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for managing the volunteer team, coordinating and developing the Volunteer Program and liaising with other TWC programs and other external organizations as needed. This position requires experience working with volunteers, a strong administrative background, multitasking, and the ability to prioritize and communicate well in a fast-paced environment. As an environmental organization working with hundreds of species, including some at-risk species such as Blanding’s turtles, we could not do our critical work without our volunteers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide a positive, professional and safe working environment at all times
  • Volunteer management including: recruitment, orientation, scheduling, training, attendance monitoring and maintenance of volunteer records and data
  • Provide assistance with orientation and volunteer’s introduction to TWC
  • Liaise with TWC staff and volunteers to keep all programs cohesive and to meet Centre needs
  • Keep abreast of current volunteer management methods through literature perusal, conference attendance, networking and other sources
  • Evaluate, update and expand existing programs, protocols/manuals and other material
  • Develop new and innovative ways of improving experiences and recognizing achievements of volunteers
  • Assist with all aspects of the Volunteer Program, including evaluation, updating and expansion of existing programs, manuals, training protocols, etc.
  • Contribute to new and innovative ways of improving volunteer experiences, recognizing achievements, and participating in engagement, recognition and social events
  • Some involvement with public relations, fundraising, administrative duties and other duties as needed
  • Responsible for retention of volunteers through recognition, conflict resolution, regular communication, relationship building, and other means
  • Assist with setting of Volunteer Program goals and strategic planning
  • Provide information to the Executive Director and Operations Manager for assessing Volunteer Program budget for the next fiscal year

Requirements:

  • Graduate of a volunteer management program or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience managing a medium to large volunteer program in a professional setting
  • Strong administrative experience working in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong leadership, training and facilitation skills
  • Problem solver and critical thinker
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Professional, highly organized and self-motivated
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, high proficiency in computer skills and presentations
  • Active and outgoing with the ability to engage youth and adults from a broad range of backgrounds and ages
  • Valid driver’s license; own vehicle available for occasional use an advantage
  • Must be available to work some weekends as required

To Apply: Please e-mail cover letter and resume to hr@torontowildlifecentre.com; include “Volunteer Coordinator” in the subject line, and address to Isabella Thomas. We sincerely thank all applicants; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Toronto Wildlife Centre is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion.  Please, no inquiries.