PLEASE NOTE:

While all listed positions are still open, our hiring processes have been delayed due to the uncertainties of COVID-19. While recruitment is mostly on hold, we are still accepting applications. Interviews for selected positions will be delayed until further notice unless specified in the posting below. Thank you for your patience!

Thank you for your interest in joining our team! Check out the current job opportunities below, or learn how you can become a volunteer.

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.

Wildlife Keeper

Status:                                   Seasonal, Full time

Location:                              Scarborough (Rouge Park, 2 locations), possibly Toronto (Downsview Park) for training

Reports to:                           Wildlife Rehabilitation Supervisor (Rouge Park)

Compensation:                   $14.25 per hour

 

About Toronto Wildlife Centre

Toronto Wildlife Centre is the only wildlife centre in the Greater Toronto Area and the busiest in Canada. Dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, and to educating the public on wildlife-related issues; TWC is the only wildlife centre in Canada with highly-trained wildlife veterinarians on staff, a dedicated Wildlife Rescue Program, and the only wildlife centre in Ontario with an Oil Spill Response Program. More than 30,000 phone calls from the public are handled each year through TWC’s Wildlife Hotline; this service is the busiest of its kind in North America and is considered to be a model internationally. Approximately 5,000 wild animals are admitted each year representing over 270 different species of wildlife. TWC works closely with other organizations to ensure the well-being of wildlife and our shared environments. As a registered charity, TWC relies on donations from members of the public, foundations, and like-minded organizations. Volunteers work in all areas of the centre from wildlife care to IT support.

Position Summary:

Students will care for native wildlife at our Rouge Park location, where animals are housed in outdoor pre-release cages. Duties would include cleaning of enclosures, preparing diets and feeding animals, assisting with medical treatments, and monitoring the progress of wildlife in the final stages of rehabilitation. In addition, students will assist with the day-to-day running of this facility – maintaining supplies, training volunteers, etc. Students will learn to research, design, and build release cages and den boxes. Researching behaviour, diet, and habitat for native wildlife species may also be part of their responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Upholds a positive, professional, and safe working environment at all times
  • Provides daily care to wildlife patients at our Rouge Park location, including but not limited to cleaning, weighing, nutritional, caging, enrichment and any other special needs.
  • Adheres to feeding schedules and meeting other wildlife care needs as they arise.
  • Administers prescribed treatments and medications according to policies.
  • Maintains wildlife care charts.
  • Cleans and maintains facility daily.
  • Assists with cage building, repair and maintenance e.g. minor carpentry
  • Ensures satisfactory completion of all daily tasks.
  • Assists Wildlife Care Supervisors in moving wildlife through the rehabilitation process in a timely and successful manner.
  • Assists with patient transfers between facilities including cage set-up and other needs.
  • Takes a leadership role in training and providing direction to volunteers when needed.
  • Handles wildlife in a manner that maximizes human and wildlife safety while minimizing stress to wildlife at all times.
  • Handles wildlife in the appropriate manner to minimize the risk of contraction of zoonotic disease. Able to train volunteers to do as well.

Position Requirements:

  • Due to strict funding criteria, the successful candidate(s) must be between the ages of 15-30 years. Only individuals who qualify for the funding will be considered for this position.
  • Must be available for alternating weekends
  • Experience with minor carpentry / renovation work an asset
  • Previous animal experience preferred
  • Pre-exposure Rabies vaccines an asset
  • Access to a vehicle to drive between facilities an asset

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work well with a large and varied team
  • Strong attention to detail and organization skills
  • Able to follow instructions and protocols well and work with minimal supervision

Please submit a cover letter and resume Attn: Shannon Brown via e-mail (subject line: Seasonal Job) to: hr@torontowildlifecentre.com.

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

Start date:  Early spring 2020

Position Summary:

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.

Accountabilities:

  • 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

Position Requirements:

  • 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

Competencies:

  • 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.

Assets:

  • 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 hr@torontowildlifecentre.com. 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.

Wildlife Kitchen Support

 

Work Status: 6 month contract

Location: Currently located in Downsview Park with plans to move to Rouge Park in the future

Reports to:  Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager

Salary: $14 hourly

Start date:  Early spring 2020

Position Summary:

The wildlife kitchen at Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC) has been providing nutritious, species-specific food for thousands of wild 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 team to take the lead!

Trained and supervised by the Wildlife Nutrition Coordinator, seasonal kitchen staff will provide additional support during TWC’s busiest time of year from April to October—when we care for up to 700 patients at a time with a huge range of diets and case-specific dietary needs. The support staff will assist with meal preparation, feeder colony care, organization of supplies, and other tasks as needed.

Accountabilities:

  • Assisting the Wildlife Nutrition Coordinator with all daily functions of the wildlife kitchen
  • Preparing diets for the wild patients on a daily basis
  • Preparing species-specific formulas
  • Maintaining the Feeder Colonies (live animal)
  • Cleaning and maintaining the kitchen areas

Position Requirements:

  • Completion of a food preparation, animal dietetic or nutrition course(s) of study at the community college level or equivalent training and experience
  • Preference will be given to students or graduates studying in a related field

Competencies:

  • Must be able to work with minimum supervision
  • Must possess demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team
  • Motivated self-starter, with ability to prioritize
  • Strong work ethic and desire to learn
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing and dynamic work environment
  • Must be able and willing to work shifts, weekends and holidays
  • Must have proven organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Must have proven mathematical skills
  • Possess advanced computer skills
  • Must possess working knowledge of the metric measurement system
  • 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.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, availability, and 3 letters of recommendation (current TWC volunteers only require 2 letters) to hr@torontowildlifecentre.com. Please make sure “Wildlife Kitchen Support” 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.