HIGH PARK ANIMAL KEEPER (Toronto, ON, CA, M6C 2K2)
City : Toronto
Category : Animal Care & Control
Industry : Government
Employer : City of Toronto
Job ID: 44470
Job Category: Animal Care & Control
Division & Section: Parks, Forestry & Recreation, PFR Parks
Work Location: High Park Yard - 1 Greenhouse Road, Toronto
Job Type & Duration: Seasonal, Full-Time (approximately 24 weeks)
Hourly Rate: $34.85
Hours & Shift Information: Thursday - Monday, 6:30am-2:30pm, 40 hours per week
Affiliation: L416 Outside
Number of Positions Open: TBD
Posting Period: 06-FEB-2024 to 28-FEB-2024
To provide daily care and monitors the health of animals at the High Park Animal Display. To monitor inventory of feed and other supplies.
Machines and Equipment Used:
Truck with or without trailer, utility vehicles, string trimmer, handheld blower, snow blower, animal restraints, medical equipment, city vehicle, office equipment.
- Provides daily care of animals including feeding, watering, grooming, cleaning, etc.
- Monitors inventory of feed and other supplies and informs Supervisor or admin staff of quantities required.
- Researches, creates and implements activities for the enrichment of the animals such as training and diet.
- Maintains good sanitary living conditions for animals.
- Observes and reports illness or injury. Treats minor injuries and/or assists veterinarian in administering health care. Escalates issues to the Veterinarian as required. Liaises with outside agencies regarding animal health.
- Administers medications for animals under the direction of the Veterinarian. Determines dosage/calculation based on established guidelines.
- Tracks and monitors vaccination and testing schedules maintained in house.
- Maintains animal records such as health, age, sex, and lineage. Arranges for selective breeding based on established practices and standard operating procedures.
- Performs emergency interventions, as required.
- Determines animal acquisition and departure schedule and informs the Supervisor. Arranges for animal transfers.
- Transports animals in animal trailer outside of High Park/city as required.
- Moves animals from one enclosure/shelter to another as necessary.
- Captures and contains wild non-zoo animals both injured and sick at the Zoo. Coordinates with animal services for public safety.
- Observes the need and arranges for specialty grooming of animals as needed.
- Provides overview of required duties to seasonal staff as required.
- Provides training to volunteers on the safe handling of small animals.
- May provide direction to contractors and labourer(s).
- Responds to inquiries from public. Attends and participates in meetings related to future zoo improvements. Participates in media interviews related to zoo animals and activities as required
- Arranges for cremation of deceased animals with crematorium staff.
- Organizes and hosts special events, tours and programs at the Zoo. Coordinates volunteer activities.
- Maintains grounds and equipment and makes minor repairs when necessary.
Completes reports (e.g., Driver’s Collision/Incident Report) related to assigned duties and responsibilities and documents in log book activities related to animal husbandry.
Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:
- Considerable experience in large and small animal care.
- Considerable experience in handling a variety of large and small animals.
- Experience in maintaining sanitary living conditions for animals.
- Must possess and be able to maintain a valid Province of Ontario Class “G” Driver’s License and must qualify for the City’s equipment operating permits and requirements.
You must also have:
- Effective communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively with the volunteers, visitors, and other staff.
- Ability to work in varying climatic conditions.
- Ability to work rotating shifts including weekdays and weekends.
- Ability to deal courteously with the public.
- Must be available to work various shifts, evenings, weekends and holidays. Must be physically capable of performing required duties.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
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