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Needed: Wildlife animal caregivers
Organization: Aspen Valley Animal Sanctuary
Location: Rosseau, Muskoka / Parry Sound area, Ontario
Type: full-time volunteer positions with free shared accommodations are provided; you are responsible for your own meals

Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary was started in the early 1970s by a caring individual who wanted to help rehabilitate orphaned wildlife. Over 40 years later, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary has grown in to a leader in wildlife rehabilitation.

Job purpose.

  • Full-time position, providing exceptional quality care and enrichment for injured and orphaned wildlife
  • To carefully follow and adhere to established protocols and processes giving wildlife the best possible chance to return to the wild
  • Animal advocates who contribute as part of a broader team in a safe place where we come together to learn and understand living with wildlife

Duties and responsibilities

  • Provide fresh water and food as per the feeding schedule
  • Food preparation that includes handling of raw animal meat, preparing formula, cutting fruits and vegetables, and measuring/weighing food portions
  • Hand and tube feeding, mostly during orphaned wildlife baby season
  • Maintain health and feeding records for animals in the rehabilitation program
  • Immediate reporting of any observed changes in animal behavior and/or health to staff
  • Clean indoor cages such as disinfecting, replacing bedding, etc
  • Preparing enrichment for animals in outdoor pre-release enclosures
  • Wash and disinfect food prep areas, dishes, bottles, and syringes
  • Assist with animal intake
  • Help with transfer / release of animals into the wild, as required
  • Contribute to wildlife enclosure enrichment
  • Closely adhere to all policies, protocols and proceses
  • Complete daily sundry duties as assigned ie: sweep and mop floors, garbage removal, cleaning volunteer bathrooms and common rooms or other cleaning and organizing tasks
  • Attend weekly team meetings


  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Up to date Rabies vaccinations; tetanus vaccination highly recommended
  • Covid-19 double vaccines are mandatory
  • Experience in hand and tube feeding an asset
  • Strong communication skills both oral and written (English)
  • Mature, reliable, and conscientious with commitment to quality
  • Ability to take initiative to complete tasks without having to be asked
  • Able to perform physically demanding tasks, such as lifting
  • Comfortable in building relationships with new people and cohabitating in close quarters with fellow teammates

Working conditions

  • Fast paced environment with various animal care situations
  • Able to work under pressure while maintaining a positive attitude and calm demure
  • Always working within a broader team, living on site with same individuals
  • Able to work outdoors regardless of the weather conditions
  • Free shared accommodations are provided; you are responsible for your own meals
  • Comfortable working in remote area; nearest town is 40km away
  • Minimum 4 consecutive weeks of service; except for baby season from mid-April to mid-July where 8 consecutive weeks of service is required
  • Shifts are scheduled on a rotating basis 5 days a week; 2 days off may not be back-to-back
  • Flexibility in working evenings and weekends or as required


  • Policy and Procedures are provided prior to arrival
  • Wildlife Rehab study sheets
  • General Orientation
  • Provided by team lead or staff

Ongoing support as required

To Apply:

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Sep 1 2023    ID: 61742