Wildlife Rehabilitation Shift Leader

Job Duties


  • assist with maintaining a positive, healthy and safe work environment
  • assist with upholding organizational policies, procedures and practices
  • assist with supervising wildlife rehabilitation shift leaders, other staff and volunteers

Assist with coordinating wildlife rehabilitation operations

  • Assist with coordinating wildlife rehabilitation operations to ensure that patient welfare meets the highest standards
  • Prepare daily assignments for volunteers
  • Greet, brief and oversee daily volunteers
  • Help train and mentor new volunteers
  • Communicate issues or concerns to supervisors 

Monitor animal health

  • Monitor animal health
  • Update medical, diet and other instructions
  • Ensure treatment plans are being administered properly
  • Respond to animal emergencies
  • Communicate issues or concerns to supervisors

Provide advanced animal care

  • Admit and assess new cases
  • Develop treatment plans for new patients
  • Administer medications and other treatments
  • Attend to sick or priority cases
  • Assist at veterinary appointments
  • Assist in providing animal care and cleaning as required

Monitor clients and inquiries

  • Respond to client and public inquiries as required
  • Maintain records

Other duties as required

  • Assist with volunteer/foster coordination
  • Assist with releases


This job is pending approval, expected in mid-April, through the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be eligible under the program, applicants must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

International students are not eligible participants.


  • valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle (there is no public transit to our facility in North Gower)
  • enrollment in a post-secondary institution in veterinary or animal-related studies
  • experience in a wildlife rehabilitation centre
  • experience in supervising staff or volunteers
  • exceptional planning, organizing and problem-solving skills
  • ability to meet tight and evolving deadlines, through the use of strong organizational and time management skills
  • ability to manage and prioritize professional responsibilities
  • exceptional teamwork skills and the ability to motivate others.
  • ability to thrive in a high-energy, challenging environment
  • proven verbal and written communications skills
  • ability to work independently under little supervision once trained
  • ability to set priorities and work under pressure

Term and Compensation

This is a 37 hr/wk position to begin as early as April 23 for up to 18 weeks. Opportunities may also be available starting Sept 6 for 23 weeks. Wages are $15.00/hr. Some shift work, weekends and evenings are required.

Application Instructions

To apply, send your resume, cover letter (including your availability and eligibility under the Canada Summer Jobs program), and two written references by email to info @ rideauwildlife.org.  

Only complete applications will be accepted. We thank all applicants; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please no inquiries.