Wildlife Care (Downsview Park)

APPLICATIONS ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR THIS POSITION AT THIS TIME. SELECT RECRUITMENT MAY PROCEED IN THE COMING MONTHS FOR WEEKDAY SHIFTS ONLY. FULL RECRUITMENT WILL RESUME FOR FALL 2022.

As one of Canada's busiest wildlife rehabilitation centres, Toronto Wildlife Centre treats hundreds of wild patients at any given time in the year. Wildlife Care 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 (monitoring, feeding, weighing) to patients *please note that to reduce stress and ensure wild animals stay wild, contact with animals is kept at an absolute minimum*

Clean animal cages, laundry and dishes

- Help to maintain the wildlife hospital and rehabilitation facilities

Time Commitment

- Wildlife Care volunteers are asked to commit to one scheduled shift (4 hours) per week for a minimum of one calendar year. Reliability in this role is crucial and volunteers are asked to cancel no more than 6 shifts in a 12 month period. Candidates who are not sure if they will be able to meet these requirements are asked to consider other ways they may be able to assist TWC. 

The shift schedule (SUNDAY-SATURDAY) is: 9AM-1PM, 1PM-5PM5PM-9PM (seasonally)

Requirements

- 18 years of age or older

- Interest in and respect for the unique needs of wild animals

- Possess a strong comprehension of English (written and spoken)

- Up-to-date (within the last 10 years) tetanus vaccination

- Rabies vaccination (with up-to-date titre test) an ASSET, especially for those interested in working with rabies vector species (raccoons, skunks, coyotes, bats, foxes), but not required for this role. 

* Please note that TWC is not able to provide financial assistance in obtaining rabies vaccinations for its volunteers. This vaccination is not covered by OHIP and some insurance providers and can cost $400-600  (3 rounds of vaccination and titre test).

- Demonstrates reliability and responsibility 

- Experience volunteering in the non-profit sector an asset

Training

Wildlife Care volunteers can expect to learn new skills throughout their entire volunteering journey at TWC!

All Wildlife Care volunteers will begin their volunteering by completing 4 shifts in General Support. This provides volunteers with a solid foundation and understanding of TWC's cleaning protocols and the layout and set-up of the centre.

Prior to the first Wildlife Care shift, volunteers are asked to complete online Basic Skills Training and are required to attend a Dry-Run training session (not currently running due to COVID-19). Wildlife Care volunteers are expected to pay an on-boarding fee of $25 to cover the cost of training and volunteers will also receive a complementary t-shirt and nametag.

All additional training is provided in person by staff or experienced volunteers. Wildlife Care volunteers are able to receive staff sign-offs on tasks that they master. Once volunteers are able to fulfill the minimum 1 year commitment as well as receive the majority of their sign-offs, there is the possibility of advancing to our Medical level volunteer tier.