Current Job Opportunities

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.

Volunteer Coordinator

 

Work Status: Full-time (some evenings and weekends required)

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

Reports to:  Operations Manager

Start Date:  As soon as possible

Salary: 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 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, multi-tasking, 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, we could not do our critical work without our volunteers.

Accountabilities:

  • Provide a positive, professional and safe working environment at all times
  • Volunteer management including: recruitment, selection, orientation, scheduling, training, attendance monitoring and maintenance of volunteer records and data
  • Lead volunteer information sessions for interested volunteer candidates
  • Liaise with TWC staff and volunteers to ensure that all departmental volunteer needs are met
  • Keep abreast of current volunteer management methods through literature perusal, conference attendance, networking and other means
  • Evaluate, update and expand existing programs, protocols/manuals and other material as needed
  • Develop new and innovative ways of improving experiences and recognizing achievements of volunteers
  • 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
  • In collaboration with TWC’s Communications team, manage and develop engaging content for TWC’s Volunteer Facebook Group
  • Provide information to the Executive Director and Operations Manager for assessing Volunteer Program budget for the next fiscal year

Job Qualifications:

  • Graduate of a volunteer management program or related experience
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience managing a medium to large volunteer program in a professional setting

Competencies:

  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong leadership 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
  • Experienced in public speaking, presenting, and group training sessions
  • Active and outgoing with the ability to engage youth and adults from a broad range of backgrounds
  • Valid driver’s license; access to own vehicle for occasional use an advantage
  • Genuine concern for and understanding of wildlife and environmental issues
  • Familiarity with social media and being an administrator on a Facebook group

TO APPLY: Please e-mail cover letter and résumé to [email protected] Attention: Shannon Brown and include “Volunteer Coordinator” in the subject line. We sincerely thank all applicants; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please no inquiries.

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

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 [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.