Website Toronto Zoo
Connecting people, animals and science to fight extinction.
Great Lakes Outreach Technician
Duration: 38 weeks
Hours of Work: 40 hours per week
Rate: $18.41 per hour
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
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.
Reporting to the Manager of Species Recovery and Program Assessment, and working with the Great Lakes
Program Coordinator, this position delivers and promotes the presentations of the bi-lingual Great Lakes
Outreach Program to classes in grades K-12. This position has been created to focus on schools from
Chatham-Kent to the Greater Toronto Area to Cornwall. This position will also support a series of shoreline
cleanup events being planned in partnership with the Zoo’s Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation program
and First Nations partners. This position will assist and provide support in implementing the approved
Background / Program Objectives:
• Using Great Lakes Program curriculum-based resources, the successful applicant will deliver exciting
and inspiring virtual and in person presentations in English and French to introduce students to the
Great Lakes ecosystem and aquatic species at risk.
• Promote “action” with smart water practices to conserve this majestic freshwater ecosystem.
• Provide this program FREE so that all schools may participate.• Provide a curriculum based program that is valuable for teachers with limited time, who may not have a
background in science or biology.
• Target to reach 25% French participants for the school year.
• Support shoreline cleanup events with our First Nations partners.
• Work with the Great Lakes Program Coordinator to deliver exciting curriculum-based, virtual and in-person presentations to grades K-12 and community outreach
• Attend water festivals, outdoor shows and public events to deliver and promote the Great Lakes Program
• Focus outreach program virtual and in person delivery in priority regions in southwestern Ontario, the
GTA and the east Lake Ontario region.
• Organize presentation bookings and logistics to deliver outreach virtually and in person in priority regions.
• Assist the Program Coordinator with compiling statistics of the outreach program.
• Deliver Great Lakes Program evaluation forms to participating teachers and students and collect
completed forms for review
• Monitor and engage with the Great Lakes Program social media platforms (Twitter, Tik Tok and
Other Duties May Include:
• Assist the Program Coordinator with the development of new program materials (such as lesson plans,
virtual and in person presentations, videos, etc.) as required and ordering of supplies.
• Attend public events as a Great Lakes Program representative.
• Other related duties as requested by the Manager.
• A Bachelor of Education and/or Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science is preferred.
• Preference will be given to bi-lingual candidates as this program is offered in English & French.
• Must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and be proficient in English (and
• Must be able to create enthusiasm and a positive impression with each audience
• Must possess above average organizational skills, along with a proven ability to pay attention to details.
• Must be capable of working with minimum supervision, and as part of a team.
• Must be proficient in the use of computers, laptops, projectors, and software such as Word and
• A valid G Ontario driver’s license in good standing is required. Meterage will be supplied for daily use of
personal vehicle within the priority region if necessary.
• Successful candidate will be required to complete a satisfactory police reference check (Vulnerable
Sector Screening). Must provide an original copy bearing an official stamp/seal.
• May be required to work an occasional weekend.
CANDIDATES MAY BE REQUIRED TO TAKE A WRITTEN AND/OR PRACTICAL EXAMINATION
RELEVANT TO THE POSITION.
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 no later than Monday, June
28th at noon.
To apply click here: https://forms.office.com/r/FUsum0c7zR
While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The Toronto Zoo provides accommodation for individuals 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
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, LGBTQ
persons, and women.