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Toronto Zoo

Nutrition Sciences Coordinator

Looking for a career with a dynamic organization that is committed to protecting wildlife? We are interested in dedicated individuals who are positive, enthusiastic and passionate about wildlife conservation and protecting our planet.


In our ongoing commitment to supporting a diverse workforce, applications are particularly encouraged from those who belong to the Government of Canada’s employment equity designated groups: women, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis), persons with disabilities and members of racialized groups/members of racialized communities. Applicants from other traditionally marginalized communities (i.e. 2SLGBTQ+) are also encouraged to apply. We are committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities to fully participate in the recruitment process.

As part of the application process, you will be invited to complete a brief voluntary diversity survey.

As one of Toronto Zoo work areas that has been selected to hire a position under this new initiative, our Nutrition Science team, is seeking an experienced Nutrition Sciences Coordinator.

Basic Function: Reporting to and receiving guidance and direction from the Supervisor of Nutrition Science, this position is responsible for implementing nutritional services and nutrition programs in the Zoo’s Nutrition Science Unit. This role will also contribute to the food production goals. May act as designate for the Supervisor during their absence. This position is also responsible for assisting and providing support in implementing the Strategic Plan.

Rate of Pay: Start Rate: $29.93/hr 3 Month Rate: $31.93/hr 6 Month Rate: $33.26/hr

Responsibilities:

Oversees the feed quality control program within Nutrition Science including sampling of feed/diets and sample submission and incorporation of data into records.
Coordinates the daily operations of the browse program including harvesting & delivery schedules, maintenance of equipment and organizing volunteer events.
Investigates and proposes the use of alternative feeds and programs based on sustainability, cost, and nutritional quality.
Oversees the Nutrition Science training & enrichment, as well as activity program including carcass feeding, in conjunction with the Welfare Science Unit.
Maintain and improve nutrition records, including diet sheets, labels and analytical data of diets.
Perform literature searches in preparation for new projects or manuscript/grant submissions.
Collect, analyze and interpret data, including statistical analysis and modelling, for reports, publications and grant applications.
Assists in execution of nutrition research projects including husbandry of research animals, weighing of animals/diets, collection of samples, and collation of data.
Writes and edits material for internal and external reports, newsletters, articles, blogs and other public communications.
Researches, prepares and delivers professional presentations on behalf of Nutrition Science Unit.
Serves as a team leader providing training, support and guidance to staff, grant positions, and research students.
Reports to the supervisor the absence of or any defect in any equipment or protective device that they are aware of and which may endanger themselves or another staff member.
Reports to supervisor any contravention of the Ontario Health & Safety Act.
Ensures all accidents and hazards are reported to supervisor immediately.
Work in a safe manner at all times in compliance with Health & Safety, WHMIS and Toronto Zoo policies and procedures.
Follows all branch instructions.
Attends appropriate training courses as required
May be required to carry a two-way radio.
Fulfill all duties assigned to Nutrition Assistant Grade 4 as required, including the following:
Gives guidance and direction to Nutrition Assistants Grade 1, 2, and 3 as well as other Zoo staff assigned to the Nutrition Science Centre.
Assists with diet and diet supplement preparation.
Operates and maintains specialized food preparation equipment.
Receives, checks, unloads and stores food products which may involve large quantities of heavy foodstuffs.
Cleans and disinfects Nutrition Science Centre area and equipment, including food containers.
Makes periodical inventory checks, keeps daily inventory control and ordering of foodstuffs as required.
Assists in conducting guided tours of the Nutrition Science Centre.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science degree in animal nutrition or animal sciences. Masters of Science in Animal Nutrition or Animal Sciences preferred OR equivalent training and work experience.
Must have three (3) years experience in animal diet formulation and feed quality control techniques.
Must possess working experience in research, animal welfare and ecological issues related to Nutrition Sciences.
Possess advanced computer skills including knowledge of feed formulation, statistical software programs, MS office suite, and MS Outlook. Experience with Microsoft Access and ZIMS an asset.
Demonstrated ability in hypothesis development and experimental design, including initiating research projects with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated experience in public speaking, training, and workshop facilitation.
Demonstrated leadership and team building/coaching abilities.
Possess above average organizational skills along with excellent interpersonal skills.
Must be a team player and be able to collaborate regularly and enthusiastically with colleagues across departments and divisions.
Must be committed to the principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Must be able to meet physical demands of the job, including the ability to lift a minimum of 25 kilos (55 lbs.) Must be able to stand, sit, walk, stoop, kneel, and twist on a regular basis.
Possess working knowledge of WHMIS and the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Must possess a Class “G” driver’s license along with a good driving record.

CANDIDATES MAY BE REQUIRED TO TAKE A WRITTEN AND/OR PRACTICAL EXAMINATION RELEVANT TO THE POSITION.

The successful candidate will be required to provide a Drivers Abstract at their own expense upon commencement of employment.

If interested in this position, please click on the link below and complete the instructions on the questionnaire. You will be required to submit your resume and cover letter by no later than Sunday August 21:

To apply click here: https://forms.office.com/r/rQ3wa4vy1w

While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Toronto Zoo provides accommodation for employees with disabilities, as defined under the Ontario Human Rights Code. If contacted for an interview, and you require specific accommodation for the interview process because of a disability or a medical need, then please advise the person contacting you of your requirements, so that arrangements can be made for the appropriate accommodations to be in place before you begin the interview process.

The Toronto Zoo respects the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and seeks to model these principles in all that we do. We are committed to fostering an inclusive workforce where all employees feel respected, supported and valued. We strive to create an environment that represents the rich diversity of our guests and our community and encourage applications from all qualified individuals who can contribute to enhancing our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. The Toronto Zoo supports equity in employment and encourage applications from those who belong to the Government of Canada’s employment equity designated groups: women, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis), persons with disabilities and members of racialized groups/members of racialized communities. Applicants from other traditionally marginalized communities (i.e. 2SLGBTQ+) are also encouraged to apply. We are committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities to fully participate in the recruitment process.

Please be advised the Toronto Zoo requires mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for employees.

Further information about the Toronto Zoo

Our Toronto Zoo is a mission-based, research, not-for-profit organization whose mission is connecting people, animals and conservation science to fight extinction.
Our Toronto Zoo serves more than 1.2 million guests each year on over 500 acres and the foundation of all of our work is based on four cares:

• We care about our animals
• We care about our team
• We care about our guests
• We care about our community

As a world class accredited Zoo and part of the global conservation community we work with the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and collaborate with governmental agencies, conservation and science non-governmental organizations and corporate and academic partners to share our knowledge and learn from each other to enhance our collective impact. We are currently embarking on our new Master Plan and creation of a Community Conservation Campus.

Further Comments

$29.93/hr

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please click on the link below and complete the instructions on the questionnaire. You will be required to submit your resume and cover letter by no later than Sunday August 21:

To apply click here: https://forms.office.com/r/rQ3wa4vy1w

Toronto Zoo
361A Old Finch Avenue
Scarborough, ON M1B 5K7
Phone: 4163925900

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