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JOB POST #3881-2023

Educator/ Reptile Keeper – summer & fall/winter positions

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

Location: Scales Nature Park, some positions may involve travel throughout Ontario.

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:

  • Learn the subject material related to educational programs regarding reptiles, amphibians, and nature in general (inclusive of snakes, turtles, amphibians, and wetland programs)
  • Perform outreach, on-site and online educational programs about reptiles, amphibians, fish, and other topics, to a variety of audiences
  • Provide guided tours of the nature centre for families and other visitors
  • Assist with the husbandry of a large live collection of reptiles and amphibians, consisting of approximately 450 individuals of 70+ species, including more Canadian species than any other facility in Canada plus various exotic species
  • Learn husbandry protocols, requirements and environmental conditions for many species
  • Learn and practice safe and appropriate handling methods. Monitor members of the public handling animals during educational events
  • Clean and sterilize animal enclosures and furnishings as required. Assist with enclosure modification and animal enrichment
  • Feed various reptiles and amphibians, or assist with feeding, based on the needs of each species
  • Supervise volunteers who are assisting with educational programs and/or animal care tasks
  • Assist the Education Coordinator with communications to schedule and coordinate outreach events
  • Assist with facility development, habitat restoration and field research projects as time allows and as appropriate to the interests of the candidate


  • Strong oral communication skills (positions require speaking to the public, answering questions, and supervising animal handling)
  • Positive attitude and willingness to help people get over their fears are essential
  • Valid G or G2 driver’s license and good driving record required
  • Flexibility regarding scheduling is important

Accommodations (shared) may be available on-site (quad or double bunk room). Candidates should enjoy working both indoors and outdoors, in a variety of settings. 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 #3881-2023