Wildlife Nursery Assistants

Summer is the busiest season at the Toronto Wildlife Centre, as we admit hundreds of orphaned birds and mammals. Being too young to care for themselves, they need to be hand-fed every few hours throughout the day. As a Wildlife Nursery Assistant, you will specialize in caring for these young patients until they are old enough to feed themselves.

There are two main seasons of squirrel admissions, which will make up the majority of the Wildlife Nursery Assistant position. There is a relatively quiet period between the two squirrel seasons during which Nursery Assistants will be trained to care for orphaned cottontail rabbits, mallard ducklings, and other species.

What you’ll do

  • Hand feed orphaned wildlife (e.g. eastern grey and red squirrels, chipmunks)
  • Provide care (including monitoring, feeding and weighing) to patients
  • Clean animal cages and do laundry to provide safe and clean housing
  • Help maintain the wildlife hospital and rehabilitation facilities

Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Interest in, and respect for, the unique needs of wild animals
  • Strong comprehension of English and the ability to follow written directions
  • Patience for patients who may be fussy or reluctant to feed
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Non-profit volunteer experience is an asset

Time commitment

Wildlife Nursery Assistants must commit to one scheduled shift of 4 hours each week for the duration of the summer baby season (typically late April through September). The shift schedules are:

 Morning Afternoon Evening
7:30am to 12:00pm 11:30am to 4:30pm 4:30pm to 9:00pm

Training

All training necessary to become a Wildlife Nursery Assistant will be provided. In this role, you will:

  • Provide critical care for orphaned animals
  • Help our the patients grow and mature towards their eventual release into the wild
  • Gain unique hands-on experience with wild animals
  • Make new friends and be part of a cohesive team
  • Observe and assist in various rehabilitation procedures
  • If you are interested in becoming a Wildlife Care Volunteer, the Wildlife Nursery Assistant program provides an outstanding foundation for that role

If you have any questions about being a Wildlife Nursery Assistant, email Rissa Ferreira

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Volunteer Grocery Shoppers

Toronto Wildlife Centre’s patients have a wide range of dietary requirements! Combine food with the supplies that go into patient care, and the shopping trips can add up. Volunteer grocery shoppers play an invaluable role by ensuring our wild patients have everything they need.

What you’ll do

Pick up food and animal-related supplies from your local grocery store on a monthly basis. The volunteer grocery shopper identifies the days they are available each month with the volunteer coordinator. We ask that the volunteer bring their bill for reimbursement when items are dropped off at the centre.

Requirements

  • Access to a car
  • The ability to drop off groceries at Toronto Wildlife Centre between 9am and 6pm. Afternoon deliveries are ideal as it ensures staff have time to put away items before the end of the day.

Time commitment

In general, shopping trips are scheduled every Monday and Friday and we ask that you are available at least one day per month. The day before your shopping trip, you will receive an email with the shopping list. The winter is our slower season, so there may be periods when only one shopping trip a week is needed.

If you have any questions about being a Toronto Wildlife Centre Grocery Shopper, email Rissa Ferreira

Toronto Wildlife Centre is not currently accepting volunteers in this department. We will continue to accept volunteers in this department at a later date, so please check back for updates.

Volunteer Drivers

Every day in the GTA, countless animals become involved in situations that require immediate attention. The majority of volunteer drivers are involved in transporting sick, injured or orphaned wild animals from across the GTA and beyond to Toronto Wildlife Centre’s wildlife hospital. Experienced and interested volunteer drivers also have the opportunity to be involved in wild animal releases.

What you’ll do

  • Collect wild animals that have been contained from throughout the GTA and transport them into the care of Toronto Wildlife Centre
  • Respond to reports taken by our Hotline by driving to the scene of an incident and work with staff in assessing the situation
  • Transport animals from Toronto Wildlife Centre to other wildlife rehabilitators in Ontario
  • Make general driving trips that will assist Toronto Wildlife Centre with their daily logistical needs (i.e. Pick up of supplies or donations)
  • Transport rehabilitated animals to the area where they will be released

Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Access to a vehicle Full Ontario G license
  • Strong English comprehension
  • A cell phone and access to a map of the GTA
  • Volunteers are required to attend an information session at Toronto Wildlife Centre with the volunteer coordinator
  • Up-to-date tetanus vaccination
  • Non-profit volunteer experience is an asset

Time commitment

Volunteer drivers operate based on their availability and generally do not have set hours for volunteering. Before getting started, we ask that drivers tell us the times they are most frequently available to donate their time. When a situation arises that requires a Driver, we contact all volunteers in the area whose schedule indicates they might be able to help.

Because of this system, drivers are not asked to commit to a set number of volunteer hours per week and are free to decide how often they would like to help out, though we do ask that you commit to at least 1 drive per month. Volunteer driving is flexible enough to fit almost any schedule and appeals to all sorts of individuals from the recently retired to regular GTA commuters.

Location

Volunteer Drivers mainly operate within the GTA but occasionally situations arise that require travel to much further locations. We encourage Drivers to let us know if they make regular trips outside of the GTA (to the cottage, workplace, family visits, etc.) or if they are willing to drive over long distances.

If you have any questions about being a Toronto Wildlife Centre Driver, email Rissa Ferreira

Toronto Wildlife Centre is not currently accepting volunteers in this department. We will continue to accept volunteers in this department at a later date, so please check back for updates.

Volunteer Foster Parents

Every spring and summer, Toronto Wildlife Centre admits hundreds of orphaned wild baby animals. Due to time and space limitations, we rely on devoted foster parents who raise these babies in their own homes (with complete training and support from Toronto Wildlife Centre staff). Foster volunteers enable us to admit more orphans than would otherwise be possible, giving more babies a chance of survival.

What you’ll do

  • Set up appropriate caging. We will train you and provide you with appropriate wild animal caging.
  • Clean the cage once a day
  • Weigh babies once a day and calculate their formula needs
  • Prepare formula and syringe feed them up to 5 times a day. Provide animals with TWC approved diets.
  • Monitor the animals growth & development and report back to rehab senior staff
  • Up-to-date tetanus vaccination

Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Strong English comprehension
  • A schedule that permits the feeding of babies up to 5 times a day
  • A safe, quiet and low stress space in your home. This location will ideally be isolated from high traffic areas of the household and must not be accessible to other animals in the house. This space must also provide natural light through a window and have an electric outlet for a heating pad.
  • Outdoor pet/free space helpful. (i.e. patio/balcony)
  • Ability to provide a heating pad, a digital weighing scale, old blankets/fleece, and some supplementary food sources
  • Non-profit volunteer experience is an asset

Time Commitment

The Foster Care program begins in March and extends all the way into November. Foster parents are required to commit to 2-4 litters throughout the year. They do not have to be available throughout this entire time period but are required to fully commit to the time needed for each group of babies they accept to become self-sufficient. This process can last anywhere from 3–8 weeks and will vary based on the species and the age of the animals at the time of admission.

Training

  • The volunteer coordinator will arrange a home assessment with all volunteer foster parents
  • During this visit to your home, we will examine the room where you intend to host the babies and ensure there aren’t any outstanding safety issues that may exist in the space
  • Throughout the fostering process, foster parents will receive the complete support of Toronto Wildlife Centre vets, supervisors and staff– from medical assessments and treatment to advice about baby formula and feeding

Training/Pre-requisites

  • Attend orphan care class
  • Work/volunteer in our wildlife nursery for a minimum of 5 shifts or until trained
  • Be comfortable feeding and caring for our wild orphans

If you have any questions about being a Toronto Wildlife Centre Foster Parent, email Rissa Ferriera

Toronto Wildlife Centre is not currently accepting volunteers in this department. We will continue to accept volunteers in this department at a later date, so please check back for updates.

Wildlife Hotline Volunteers

Toronto Wildlife Centre’s Wildlife Hotline handles more than 30,000 calls per year and up to 200 calls a day during the busy spring and summer seasons. Volunteers play an integral role in the function of the hotline by transcribing messages and ensuring that situations of concern are dealt with immediately, as well as arranging pickups for wildlife in distress.

What you’ll do

  • Transcribe messages into a database for review and assessment
  • Assist in admitting sick, injured and orphaned wildlife
  • Contact volunteer drivers to help coordinate rescues and transportation for wild animals in need
  • Filing and administration

Note: Volunteers will not be calling back members of the public that leave messages; they will only be required to contact volunteer drivers to arrange animal pickups.

Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Speak and write English fluently
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to listen and type simultaneously
  • Ability to type 40-50 words per minute
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced office environment
  • Up-to-date tetanus vaccination
  • Non-profit volunteer experience is an asset

Time Commitment

Hotline Volunteers are asked to commit to one scheduled shift of four hours per week for a minimum of six months. There are two possible shifts each day:

Morning: 8:30am to 1:30pm

Afternoon: 1:30pm – 6:30pm

Preference is given to volunteers with morning availability.

Training

On-the-job training is provided at the centre with a Hotline staff member or an experienced Hotline volunteer.

Because the Hotline position is unique and challenging, volunteers are required to go through extensive training. As a result, preference is given to volunteers who are interested in longer commitments.

If you have any questions about being a Toronto Wildlife Centre Hotline Volunteer, email Rissa Ferreira

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Wildlife Care Volunteers

During the busy spring and summer seasons, there can be upwards of 300 wild animals in care at Toronto Wildlife Centre at one time. Wildlife rehabilitation volunteers play an integral role in the rehabilitation of patients by providing care to the animals and assisting with facility maintenance.

What you’ll do

  • Provide care (including monitoring, feeding and weighing) to wild patients
  • Clean animal cages and laundry
  • Help maintain the wildlife hospital and rehabilitation facilities
  • Hand feed orphaned wildlife

Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • Interest in and respect for the unique needs of wild animals
  • Possess a strong comprehension of English
  • Up-to-date tetanus vaccination
  • Rabies vaccination is an asset
  • Non-profit volunteer experience is an asset

Note: Rabies vaccinations are not required, but vaccinated volunteers will have the opportunity to work with rabies-vector species after a 6–12 month training period.

Time Commitment

Wildlife Care Volunteers are asked to commit to one scheduled shift of 4 hours a week for a minimum of one year. The shift schedule is:

Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday through Sunday 9am to 1pm 1pm to 5pm 5pm to 9pm

Training

Wildlife Care volunteers are required to attend both an Orientation and Basic Skills Training session at Toronto Wildlife Centre before starting their first shift. Volunteers are then paired with a staff member or experienced volunteer for their initial shifts for hands-on training.

If you have any questions about being a Toronto Wildlife Centre Wildlife Care Volunteer, email Rissa Ferreira

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Janitorial Volunteers

With thousands of animals being cared for at Toronto Wildlife Centre each year, a tremendous amount of resources are dedicated to both maintaining the upkeep of the facility and ensuring that supplies are clean and readily accessible for Wildlife Rehabilitation staff and volunteers.

What you’ll do

  • Help to maintain the cleanliness of the wildlife kitchen and hallways
  • Help to maintain the cleanliness of the wildlife hospital and rehabilitation rooms
  • Wash sheets, blankets and bedding used by patients
  • Fold and organize clean laundry
  • Ensure that appropriate caging and supplies are ready for incoming wild patients

Time Commitment

Janitorial volunteers have more flexibility in shift times than other Toronto Wildlife Centre volunteers. This makes the position ideal for those whose schedules can’t accommodate a regular weekly shift, or who are able to volunteer for different amounts of time each week.

Requirements

  • 16 years of age or older
  • Interest in and respect for the unique needs of wild animals
  • Up-to-date tetanus vaccination
  • Non-profit volunteer experience is an asset

Training

Janitorial volunteers are trained by Janitorial Staff and supervised by Wildlife Care and Janitorial Staff and experienced volunteers.

If you have any questions about being a Toronto Wildlife Centre Janitorial Volunteer, email Rissa Ferreira

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Administrative Volunteers

From updating our database to stuffing envelopes to bookkeeping—administrative volunteers are very much appreciated and there are no limits to where you can assist! Many administrative volunteers are able to assist Toronto Wildlife Centre remotely from the comfort of their own home.

Toronto Wildlife Centre’s administrative and fundraising operations are conducted in a very dynamic, busy office. Since each administrative task is different, we provide on-the-job training and support throughout the volunteering process.

What you’ll do

  • Construction and maintenance of our database
  • General office assistance: filing, shredding, organizing
  • Direct Mail assistance: envelope stuffing, stamping, organization

Time Commitment

Administrative volunteers have a greater flexibility in shift times compared to other volunteers at Toronto Wildlife Centre. The projects are either ongoing or have strict deadlines so a commitment is agreed upon for each specific task. This makes the position ideal for those whose schedules can’t accommodate a regular weekly shift and for those volunteers who prefer to work off site.

Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Organized and with great attention to detail
  • Non-profit volunteer experience is an asset

Training

Administrative volunteers will be trained on the specific policies, hardware, and software in use at the centre. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to train volunteers in trades, skills or vocations they do not already possess; graphic design techniques, for example.

If you have any questions about being a Toronto Wildlife Centre Administrative Volunteer, email Rissa Ferreira

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Wild Ball Volunteer – Silent and Online Auction Coordinator

The 2017 Wild Ball will be taking place in October 2017 at the beautiful Palais Royale and we are already getting ready for all the festivities!  We are hoping to bring on a volunteer to help us with our extremely important role of Silent and Online Auction Coordinator.  This role will work closely with Manager of Events and oversee several additional volunteers.

What you’ll do

The Silent and Online Auction Coordinator is responsible for working with the TWC Manager of Events to identify and produce donations for the Wild Ball Silent and Online Auction and coordinate the team of auction volunteers leading up to and on the date of the auction.

Details

Pre-event:

  • Attend Auction Team meetings
  • Help to coordinate auction volunteers
  • Create targeted list of companies to approach and auction item wish list with Events Manager (using past Wild Ball auction lists)
  • Oversee the solicitation of donated items for the auction
  • Ensure all auction items are valued at a minimum of $1000 (unique items under $1000 to be approved by Event Manager)
  • Ensure donation forms are complete and organized
  • Oversee and maintain the Master Donation List
  • Ensure logos are collected for donated items
  • Work with Transportation Leader to ensure auction items are delivered to venue
  • Coordinate display of auction items (e.g. baskets)
  • Prepare a list of all materials needed for the auction and ensure all materials are in-hand prior to the event
  • Prepare Auction bid sheets & payment sheets with Auction Team
  • Coordinate the logistical physical set up of the auction

At the Event:

  • Oversee the set-up, maintenance, and tear-down of the auction area
  • Coordinate on-site auction volunteers
  • Ensure auction is opened and closed on time
  • Ensure Auction Payment Stations are set up on time
  • Deliver Auction payments to Events Manager for processing

Post Event:

  • Coordinate volunteers in auction follow-up
  • Organize storage or return of any leftover auction items
  • Collect & organize auction bid sheets post event
  • Contact winners of unclaimed auction items

Time Commitment

  • This project requires approximately a seven month commitment – beginning in April until the event in October.
  • Numbers of hours/week is negotiable in consultation with the Events Manager
  • With the exception of a couple of in-house meetings this job can be done from home

Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Fundraising and/or PR skills is an asset
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Leadership qualities
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work with diverse group of people in diplomatic manner
  • Computer skills (Google docs and Google Sheets)
  • Interest in and respect for wild animals
  • Non-profit volunteer experience is an asset

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Toronto Wildlife Centre!  If you are interested in this position, please reach out to the Manager of Events,  Elana Trainoff at elanat@torontowildlifecentre.com.

Specialty Volunteers

Toronto Wildlife Centre is looking to use your unique skills and interests for a variety of projects. Fundraising, advertising, landscaping and construction are just some of the fields you can help with. These positions may be perfect for volunteers who have an interest in helping animals but are only able to commit to a small period of time.

Time Commitment

The level of commitment is entirely based on your role and the task at hand. Some projects may be ongoing, others may only be a one-day or -night commitment. Each project will define the commitment level needed by each volunteer.

Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Interest in and respect for the needs of wild animals
  •  Non-profit volunteer experience is an asset

Training

Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to train volunteers in trades, skills or vocations they do not already possess.

If you have any questions about being a Toronto Wildlife Centre Specialty Volunteer, email Rissa Ferreira

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