Job Posting 100157

Wildlife Hotline and Intake Assistant
Toronto Wildlife Centre
Toronto Metro area
closes in 10 days (Tue, 30 Apr)
full time - temporary / contract

Job Title:                      Wildlife Hotline and Intake Assistant (multiple positions)


Status:                         Temporary (Seasonal), 4-month contract

                                      Five 8-hour shifts per week, must be available some weekends,

                                      evenings and holidays as required to attend education events


Location:                     On-site; Downsview Park (Toronto)


Start Date:                    Mid-Late April or ASAP thereafter; must be available for on-site training on May 1st  and May 6th       


Compensation:           $17-$19 per hour, commensurate with experience


About Toronto Wildlife Centre

Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC) is a registered charity that provides rescue, medical care and rehabilitation to sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife as well as public education about wildlife issues. TWC is the busiest wildlife centre in Canada, admitting approximately 6,000 patients annually, with more than 300 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians represented. For more information, please visit our website:


Job Summary

The Wildlife Hotline and Intake Assistant plays an integral role on the TWC team. From using your superior customer service skills to greet members of the public bringing in wild animals for care, to carefully preparing detailed patient intake charts, to efficiently responding to emergency calls, to organizing wildlife rescues – you are a highly-organized and capable multi-tasker that has no problem keeping all their ducks in a row! You thrive on working in a fast-paced environment alongside passionate, friendly and supportive co-workers. Assisting a diversity of people, you will focus your services on helping wild animals, and the people that find them, during our busiest time of year.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • As the first point of contact, welcome and provide exceptional customer service to members of the public, volunteers and staff arriving at TWC
  • Admit incoming wild patients to TWC, ensuring proper containment of the animal
  • Complete patient intake charts with close attention to detail and accuracy
  • Under the direction of hotline shift leaders, respond to incoming emergency calls by
  • phone or email in a timely and professional manner – assess wildlife situations, provide accurate information and resolve wildlife issues with members of the public
  • Provide educational materials to visitors as they apply to their situation
  • Discuss donation options with members of the public that arrive with an animal to be admitted to TWC
  • Coordinate pick-ups and/or rescues of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife
  • Update and maintain hotline call records in the database with precision



  • Post-secondary education (diploma, degree, or in progress) in related field such as environmental studies, biology, animal sciences, social work, client and customer relations, emergency services communications, veterinary or medical office administration or similar, conflict resolution or crisis management, or equivalent professional experience


  • Demonstrated experience (1+ year) in a customer service, call centre, crisis management or emergency services role, preferably in a fast-paced environment.


  • Hold a genuine concern for the welfare of wild animals
  • Able to maintain exceptional attention to detail while handling multiple tasks simultaneously to meet time sensitive demands
  • Highly organized and possess strong logic and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to handle exposure to high stress and emotional situations, a rotating work
  • schedule and prolonged sitting, talking, keyboarding, and telephone calls while maintaining professionalism
  • Empathetic and able to understand the needs of callers and adapt advice to each situation and individual
  • Strong and efficient learner willing to meet challenges of receiving training on an ongoing basis
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, positive, open-minded and enjoy working with a diverse group of people
  • Experienced in using a database, and common online functions (e.g. Google, websites)
  • Able to type 40+wpm
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
  • Flexible availability and willingness to work varied shifts


  • Work or volunteer experience in a non-profit, or similar organisation
  • Fluency in a second language commonly spoken in the Greater Toronto Area
  • General knowledge of GTA and the ability to interpret maps
  • Strong natural history background ideally with a focus on southern Ontario wildlife

Physical Requirements

  • Requires the ability to spend extended periods using a computer keyboard and making phone calls
  • Requires extended periods of sitting
  • Requires lifting and carrying kennel cabs containing wild patients with assistance as required

Working Conditions

  • This position requires working near animals and materials that may trigger allergic reactions
  • Open office/hospital environment, with noise and frequent interruption
  • Hours/shifts will fluctuate depending on job demands
  • Required to walk on concrete floors in the building

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