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Position: Wildlife Rescue Team Member
Organization: Toronto Wildlife Centre
Location: Currently based at Downsview Park, with plans to relocate to the Rouge National Urban Park during 2020

Status: Permanent, full-time
Reports to: Wildlife Rescue Manager
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Position Summary:

Out on the frontlines, the wildlife rescue team deals with the difficult and often dangerous wildlife situations that can’t be handled by members of the public. Toronto Wildlife Centre is the only wildlife centre in Ontario with a rescue program. And of course, Toronto Wildlife Centre rescue staff has extensive experience working hands on with wildlife. Along with carrying out rescues, the Wildlife Rescue Team is also responsible for releasing patients that have been rehabilitated.


  • Providing a positive, professional, and safe working environment at all times
  • Participating in challenging or complex rescues
  • Assessing situations in the field for logistics and safety (wildlife and humans)
  • Documenting all appropriate information on situations
  • Transporting patients between TWC’s Downsview and Rouge Park locations
  • Releasing patients post rehabilitation
  • Acting as a TWC and wildlife ambassador when in the field
  • Assisting with photo and video documentation of rescues and releases
  • Assisting with maintenance and repair of rescue equipment

Job Qualifications:

  • Must be rabies vaccinated and have proof of current titre at a protective level
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
  • Preference may be given to candidates with a personal vehicle
  • Flexible availability, must be able to work long shifts, rotating weekends and some evenings


  • Previous experience working with and/or handling wildlife
  • Experience dismantling and reconstructing structures that wildlife may have become caught / trapped in e.g. fireplaces or exhaust fans, ideal but not required
  • Experience using hand and power tools


  • Must possess exceptional problem solving, time management and multi-tasking skills in both average and stressful conditions, with excellent attention to details
  • Comfortable working in all weather conditions
  • Comfortable with heights, tight spaces, water, ladder use
  • Ability to maintain focus on task among crowds
  • Understanding of basic mechanical principles
  • Must be in good physical health e.g. able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds and perform other strenuous activities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), and able to work cooperatively with co-workers, volunteers, members of the public and other organizations
  • Strong knowledge of the natural history and behaviour of wildlife in Southern Ontario, and comfortable working with all species

To apply: Please e-mail cover letter and résumé to Attention: Andrew Wight “Wildlife Rescue Team Member” in the subject line.

We sincerely thank all applicants; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please no inquiries.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 11 2020    ID: 56404