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Indigenous Conservation Technician Trainee

Toronto Zoo

Indigenous Conservation Technician Trainee

DURATION: ASAP – March 31, 2023

LOCATION: Toronto Zoo, Scarborough, Ontario

The Toronto Zoo is seeking a candidate to fill a limited term position for an Indigenous Conservation Technician. The successful candidate will assist with the implementation of the Toronto Zoo’s Turtle Island Conservation program and with Adopt-a-Pond’s Blanding’s Turtle Headstarting and Reintroduction project. The Indigenous Conservation Technician will be responsible for assisting with the release of Blanding’s Turtles into the Rouge Urban National Park and for developing programming and resources that can be used for education and outreach at the Toronto Zoo.


  • Utilize opportunities to develop skills in the area of wetland conservation and programming Assist in daily care, radio-tracking and monitoring of Species at Risk turtles and snakes. Will require the handling of wildlife, including turtles and snakes.
  • Assist with data entry and communications for the Toronto Zoo’s Ontario Turtle Tally, FrogWatch Ontario and Wetland Guardians citizen science monitoring programs. Assist with report writing for grant-funded projects.
  • Assist with development and delivery of programming/resources for Toronto Zoo’s Turtle Island Conservation Program
  • Assist with outreach education and distribution of educational materials to schools and communities; assist with organization and delivery of events at the Toronto Zoo and Rouge Urban National Park


Experience related to Indigenous studies and/or biology, environmental science and education is strongly encouraged. Full G license is an asset. Knowledge of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and languages an asset. Please provide a resume outlining relevant experience. Must register with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training ( and meet their Targeted Wage Subsidy program requirements:

  • Must be Aboriginal (Status or Non-Status, Metis, or Inuit)
  • Living in the GTA
  • At least 16 years old 


Mission: Toronto Zoo conservation programs provide educational and stewardship resources to assist in the recovery of threatened species and their habitats. Toronto Zoo’s Turtle Island Conservation partners with Indigenous communities to preserve significant cultural and natural landscapes. Our vision is the preservation of Indigenous ways of knowing to guide communities for generations to come. The successful candidate will work as part of a team in developing and implementing these programs.


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This position will remain posted until filled.

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. Applications are especially encouraged from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and women.

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

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