The Toronto Zoo is seeking qualified applicants for the ZWNF SCARF Nutrition Residency Program. The application deadline is 31 July 2019, and the details about the Residency are below.
Nutrition Resident (2 year program)
Branch: Nutrition Science Centre of Toronto Zoo
Salary: $18/hour (grant funded)
Compensation: 35 hours per week, plus medical benefits
Basic Function: The Nutrition Resident will train to become a Zoo Nutritionist, qualified for employment in an AZA/CAZA accredited facility. Reporting to the Nutritionists, this 2 year educational/learning position will allow the Nutrition Resident to participate and review the operations, managerial activities, presentations, research, developments and training programs of the Toronto Zoo Nutrition Science Centre (NSC), with the exception of designation, final authorizations and insight into confidential matters. This position will also provide support in implementing the Toronto Zoo Strategic Plan.
This position is funded by the Sue Crissey Animal Nutrition Residency Fund (SCARF) provided generously by the Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition Foundation (ZWNF).
- Work in accordance with Toronto Zoo (TZ) Policies and Procedures and align with the goals and objectives of the TZ Strategic Plan.
- Learn to & Assist with:
- Manage and implement species-specific feeding programs
- Formulate, monitor and evaluate diets of wildlife in cooperation with Nutrition, Veterinary, Welfare and Keeping Staff
- Contribute to dietary management of clinical cases
- Liaise with Nutrition, Veterinary, Welfare and Wildlife Care and Science staff to determine priorities for diet supply
- Manage a feedstuff quality control program
- Develop, organize, and maintain up to date diet records, food production systems and procedures
- Managing and supervision of operations of a centralized diet supply
- Setting and communicating product, nutrient and manufacturing specifications for feedstuffs
- Review hygiene of production and maintenance of equipment and facilities
- The oversight and application of a “fresh and preserved” browse program
- Review and update NSC branch instructions
- Scheduling and assessment of all assigned staff, interns, and coop students
- Liaise professionally with departments, university research specialists, and guests of Toronto Zoo
- Participation in supervisor/manager meetings and relevant training at Toronto Zoo
- Communication and participation with colleagues at other accredited zoos, Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs), Species Survival Programs (SSPs) and Wildlife Conservation organizations
- Present research projects to the scientific community, Zoo staff, volunteers and the public
- Seeking external funding for NSC nutrition/physiology research and development
- The administration of the daily expenditures and the review and preparation of budgets
- Act in compliance with WHMIS, OHSA and the Toronto Zoo Safety Policies
- Other projects and duties as required by the Nutritionists, Director of Wildlife and Welfare, or Director of Wildlife and Science
- An MSc (MS) or PhD degree in animal nutrition and/or physiology.
- A professional commitment to becoming a zoo nutritionist.
- Knowledge and experience with diet formulation, feed quality control techniques and feed hygiene.
- Possess advanced computer skills including knowledge of feed formulation, database and statistical software.
- Effective oral and verbal communication skills evidenced by conference presentations and/or peer-reviewed publications.
- Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary zoo team is an asset.
- Proven organizational ability.
- Must possess demonstrated leadership and innovative abilities.
- Experience with project management and reporting.
- Working knowledge of WHMIS and OHSA.
- Knowledge of browse plantation and its management is an asset.
IN ADDITION TO AN INTERVIEW CANDIDATES MAY BE REQUIRED TO TAKE A WRITTEN AND/OR PRACTICAL EXAMINATION RELEVANT TO THE POSITION.
Please submit your resume and cover letter no later than Wednesday 2019-07-31 to email@example.com
*Please state “Application for Nutrition Residency” in the subject line of your application.
While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants whom are legally entitled to work in Canada will be given first consideration.
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.