Position Title: Wildlife Keeper
Status: Seasonal, Full time
Location: Scarborough (Rouge Park), possibly Toronto (Downsview Park) for training
Reports to: Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager
Start Date: Spring/Summer 2023
Commitment: 4-6 month contract
Compensation: Starting at $15.50 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.
Students will care for native wildlife at our 2 Rouge Park locations, where animals are housed in an indoor hospital setting as well as in outdoor pre-release cages. Duties would include cleaning of enclosures, preparing diets and feeding animals, hand-feeding orphan squirrels, 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, cage repairs, training volunteers, etc. Students may have the ability to assist with building new release cages and den boxes. Researching behaviour, diet, and habitat for native wildlife species may also be part of their responsibilities.
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