Wildlife Nutritionist Position at the Toronto Zoo
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.
Our Toronto Zoo is a mission-based, 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
We strive to have this caring culture grounded in the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. We
commit to collaborating with our teams, guests and community to reflect and celebrate the rich
diversity of Toronto and Canada.
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. As one of the GTA’s Top Employers for 2021, we are seeking an experienced Wildlife
Nutritionist to join our Wildlife Care team.
BRANCH: Wildlife Care
Basic Function: Reporting to the Director of Wildlife Care, this position is responsible for planning,
organizing and implementing the Zoo’s animal nutrition program. This position is responsible for
overseeing the preparation of animal diets, ordering and controlling inventory within the Wildlife
Nutrition Centre and training and supervising staff. This position also works with the Director of
Conservation Science in the development and delivery of an expanded research program to support
the approved Strategic Plan, Animal Lives with Purpose Plan and Conservation Science Plan.
• Effectively manages the daily functions and directs the long-term planning for the Wildlife
Nutrition Centre, developing objectives for this area while ensuring efficient utilization of the
human and financial resources to achieve established performance targets.
• Develops and maintains species-specific feeding programs for the zoos animal populations
and implements changes and special supplementation to animal diets.
• Prepares and administers the annual Wildlife Nutrition Centre budgets.
• Oversees the efficient operation, provision, usage and maintenance of equipment and
• Oversees the interviewing, selection, development, evaluation and control of all assigned staff
and graduate students.
• Initiates research protocols and, conducts and co-ordinates approved nutrition research
• Maintains liaison with local universities involved in nutrition research.
• Prepares scientific papers and articles for journals and internal and external publications.
• Communicates results of research projects to the scientific community, Zoo staff and
volunteers and the public.
• Actively seeks external funding for the animal nutrition research program in conjunction with
academic partners and Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy staff.
• Responsible for ensuring compliance with WHMIS legislation, the Occupational Health and
Safety Act and the Toronto Zoo Safety Policy; ensuring all employees work in a safe manner,
with the appropriate protective equipment, and that all accidents and hazards within areas of
responsibility are promptly investigated and corrective action taken.
• Assists guests on-site as required and ensures excellent customer service is provided by Zoo
• Other special projects and duties as required by the Director.
• Possess a graduate degree in animal nutrition, preferably at the Ph.D. level, with a minimum
of five (5) years research experience or equivalent training and experience.
• Minimum five (5) years management experience, in a large-scale nutritional operation.
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including the preparation of
research papers, reports, and give formal presentations to groups and individuals.
• Must possess strong interpersonal skills.
• Must possess superior planning and organizational skills.
• Previous experience in the preparation and administration of a large budget.
• Must be knowledgeable in the use of computerized programs and systems, including MS
Word, Excel and E-mail.
• Must have working knowledge of WHMIS and the Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act.
• Demonstrated ability to publish results in peer reviewed journals.
• Demonstrated ability to obtain external funding, including grant applications.
• Must be able to work weekends, shifts and holidays.
CANDIDATES MAY BE REQUIRED TO TAKE A WRITTEN AND/OR PRACTICAL EXAMINATION
RELEVANT TO THE POSITION.
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While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be
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.
Applications are especially encouraged from racialized persons/persons of colour,
Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and
Please be advised the Toronto Zoo requires mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for employee