Your Source for Horse Industry Jobs in Canada

Animal Care Assistant (Part-time, Sat-Sun, 8am–4pm, 16 hours/week)

Website The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada

registered charity providing sanctuary to donkeys/their hybrids

Job Purpose:

We are seeking a dedicated individual to join our DSC Team as a part-time Animal Care Assistant. The primary responsibility of this role is to oversee and perform various activities related to animal welfare, including barn chores, events, animal care consulting, and other farm operations as required.


Must Have:

·       High school diploma

·       Willingness to undertake work-related training as required.


·       University degree or college diploma (in process or obtained)

·       Degree or diploma related to animal husbandry or equine management

·       Courses/Certificates in equine facilities management or animal husbandry

Major Subjects/Specialties:

Courses/Certificates in animal care, equine biology/physiology, equine nutrition, equine management


Must Have:

·        Equine and equine facilities work experience

·       2+ years equine handling and care experience


·        Experience with handling/caring for donkeys, mules and/or hinnies

·        1+ year of interacting with the public in a professional setting

·        Experience with animal welfare organizations


·       50% Animal Care – e.g., monitor animals diet, health, condition, behaviour, feeding per established schedule, assist with veterinary/farrier visits, medical care, grooming, shaping/training activities

·       20% Barn and Facilities Maintenance – e.g., routine cleaning, sweeping, mucking, general maintenance and repairs of barn, barnyard, shelters, paddocks

·       20% Public Relations and Education – e.g., support fund development, Open Days activities

·       10% Administration – e.g., daily logs/updates and data entry (Advantage), animal care advice, provide input regarding activities affecting animal care



·       Animal care and husbandry knowledge

·       Interest in animal welfare issues

·       Computer literate (Microsoft Office)

·       Full current valid driving license


·       Humane, outdoor, and/or equine education

·       Familiarity with societal issues regarding abuse of animals

Skills and Abilities:


·       Physical fitness and the ability to lift approx. 20 kg on a frequent basis

·       Ability to work with large animals

·       Comfortable with handling, grooming, and administering medications

·       Willingness to interact with the public

·       Willingness to work outside in adverse weather conditions


First Aid/CPR Certification

Equipment Use Required:

Ability to operate or be trained to operate medium-sized farm equipment (Skid Steer or Tractor)

If you’re passionate about animal welfare and have the necessary qualifications and experience, we encourage you to apply! Join us in making a positive difference in the lives of animals every day.

list courses from Equine Guelph, University/College, or others, and highlights that make you stand out
Upload your résumé or any other relevant file. Max. file size: 32 MB.

Need help? Please contact our team.