Wildlife Care (Rouge Park)
As a Wildlife Care Volunteer at Toronto Wildlife Centre, you will be making important contributions of time, hard work and compassion towards assisting staff with the daily care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. This role is extremely supportive in nature, with a great emphasis on cleaning and husbandry – tasks that form a very important foundation for excellent wildlife rehabilitative care! Volunteer responsibilities will increase based on demonstrated commitment and skill progress. Experienced volunteers will be able to work with increasingly complicated species and tasks to provide opportunities for learning and advancement. This role is ideal for those with prior experience working with wild animals as well as those who are new to the field and are looking for experience in animal welfare and care.
Toronto Wildlife Centre’s Rouge Park location (TWC East) in Scarborough
Closest main intersection: Steeles Avenue East and Markham Road. This site is NOT transit accessible at this time. Volunteers will be expected to have their own vehicle or have access to a ride to get to and from their shift. *Note: this site is currently open to staff and volunteers only*
Key Responsibilities and Duties
- Follow diet charts and prepare daily meals
- Clean and set up indoor and outdoor enclosures based on species-specific requirements
- Accurately complete patient charts and perform wellness checks monitor patient vitals
- Assist with supportive chores such as sweeping, mopping, dishes, laundry and cage washing
- Carefully follow cleaning and disinfection protocols
- Some handling of patients when required
*Please note that direct hands-on contact with patients is kept to an absolute minimum in an effort to manage stress levels. It is important to be aware the responsibilities of Wildlife Care volunteers are centered around cleaning and supportive chores – all of which are critical for an animal’s rehabilitation journey!
Commitment and Scheduling
Wildlife Care volunteers are scheduled for a minimum of one 4 hour shift per week. Due to the responsibilities of volunteers and the amount of training required, this position requires a minimum commitment of one year (12 months).
Wildlife Care shift times:
Skills, Strengths and Assets for the Wildlife Care Role
- High degree of reliability
- Good physical health (this role is active and you should expect to be on your feet and performing moderate labour intensive activities each week) and ability to work in all weather conditions – a great deal of outdoor work will be required year round.
- Possess a strong comprehension of English and have good communication skills
- Dedicated work ethic and strong detail orientation skills
- Work well independently or in a small group
- Patience and flexibility
- Prior experience working with or caring for animals is a strong asset but is not necessary
- Comfortable and confident working with a variety of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles
- Must be comfortable handling meat and feeder species (such as frozen mice, live mealworms, smelt etc.) for diet preparations
Additional Requirements of the Position
- Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or older
- Tetanus vaccination mandatory (from within the last 10 years)
- Payment of $25 onboarding fee
- Access to reliable private transportation (site is not transit accessible)
NOTE ABOUT RABIES VACCINATION: Though highly recommended, the rabies vaccination is not required to be considered for this position. This vaccination would be necessary (along with providing an up-to-date titre test) for those volunteers wishing to gain experience working with rabies vector species. Non-vaccinated volunteers may experience limited task diversity at times due to the greater RVS patient load at this specific location.
Support and Training
All Wildlife Care volunteers will begin with completing online basic skills training, all additional training will take place in-person on their volunteer shifts. Volunteers will always be supervised and supported by a team of wildlife rehabilitation staff members and will work alongside experienced volunteers.
Additional questions can be directed to Toronto Wildlife Centre’s Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected]