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JOB POST #3882-2023

Animal Care Specialist – summer & fall/winter positions

Date Posted: February 1st, 2023 Date Closing: December 23rd, 2023

Location: Scales Nature Park

Duration: Varies with position, minimum 8 weeks with extension up to one year internship possible

Salary: Varies depending on the position and funding. At or slightly above minimum wage.

Duties will vary with the nature of each position, but will include:

  • Perform initial assessment of injured reptiles, treat wounds, manage infections, etc.
  • Provide care for injured reptiles needing prolonged treatment including but not limited to wound care, medication, water changes, clean enclosures, maintain filters, lights, timers, etc. as required
  • Assist with the husbandry (and treatment as required) of captive reptiles and amphibians for conservation purposes, including feeding, enclosure cleaning, record keeping, etc.
  • Participate in the captive incubation of the eggs of up to 5 at risk turtle species that have been collected in central Ontario. This includes weekly checks, egg candling, daily care of hatchlings, data recording, and processing hatchlings for release
  • Collect samples, administer medications, perform daily checks as required
  • Maintain accurate records of animal intake, care, disposition, etc. as required
  • Supervise volunteers or other staff involved with reptile care, including headstarted individuals
  • Assist with public education and community engagement activities as required
  • Assist with the general operations and development of conservation facilities


  • Strong organizational skills
  • Animal care experience required
  • Experience with treatment of injured animals is required
  • Familiarity with Ontario reptiles an asset
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility regarding scheduling

Accommodations (shared) may be available on-site (quad or double bunk room). The ability to thrive as part of a close-knit team in challenging situations and a live/work environment is important.


How to Apply:

Please complete the Google Form found here: At the conclusion of the questionnaire, you will be prompted to upload a resume, cover letter, and references as a single PDF file, 4 pages or less. Resumes will be reviewed beginning March 1, but applications will continue to be accepted after that.

Please reference this job posting in your email: JOB POSTING #3882-2023