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Animal Care Assistant (part-time)

  • Other
  • Guelph
  • Salary: $14.35

Website The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada

Rescue, rehabilitation of, and education about donkeys

Main Duties and Responsibilities
70% Animal Care
• Monitoring of animals including diet, health, physical condition and behaviour of all animals under the care of the DSC (donkeys, mules, goats, cats)
• Feed animals as per established feeding schedule and ensure clean drinking water is available to animals at all times
• Assist with veterinary, farrier, and other professional consultant visits (such as chiropractic and massage)
• Assist medical care and administer medications as directed by veterinarian
• Assist with appropriate herd health requirements (i.e. deworming, vaccinations, teeth floating, delousing)
• Groom donkeys and mules
• Assist with loading and transportation of donkeys
• Work extra hours to provide additional animal care as needed
30% Barn and Facilities Maintenance
• Complete routine cleaning, sweeping, mucking out and general maintenance of the barn, barnyard, shelters and paddock environments
• Assist with general facilities maintenance and repairs
• Assist with grass mowing and snow plowing if needed
Responsibilities of all Donkey Sanctuary Employees
• Work within the DSC’s guidelines with regard to conduct, recognizing its policies with regard to equality, and showing respect and cooperation towards fellow colleagues
• Under Health & Safety legislation, all staff must work in the safest possible way in order to ensure their health and safety and that of all others who may be affected by their actions
• Demonstrate a commitment to continuing personal development
• Cooperate with management and colleagues to promote good communications through sharing appropriate information and building positive working relationships
Communication Links
• Animal care leads – daily exchange of information
• Executive Director – exchange of information as needed
• Animal Caregiver(s)/Barn Staff – daily exchange of information
• Other DSC employees – daily exchange of information
• Volunteers – daily exchange of information and supervision while they are on the farm
• Other departments – veterinarians, farrier, foster farm, special events (eg Open Days, PR)
• Visitors – making them welcome and ensuring their safety while on the farm
• General public – when representing the DSC off-site
10-20 hours per week basic plus extra hours as required when animals are sick, for haying, for Open Days and other events as required.
Primary job duties will be performed at the DSC main farm. There may be occasions when the job holder may be requested to work at another location considered reasonable by the DSC.
Working Conditions/Environment
The job holder must be comfortable working outdoors in a variety of conditions to fulfill job requirements.
The job holder must be able to operate, or be trainable to operate, the following equipment:
• Riding lawn mower (required)
• Skid steer (preferred or willing to learn)
• Tractor (preferred or willing to learn)
• Courses/certificates in animal care, equine biology/physiology, equine management
• University Degree
• Courses/certificates in equine facilities management or animal husbandry
Type of Experience (Years)
• Equine and equine facilities work
• Experience with handling/caring for donkeys, mules and/or hinnies
• Experience with animal welfare organizations
Knowledge and Skills
• Full current valid driving license
• Physical fitness and the ability to lift, for example, a bag of feed (approx. 20 kg) on a frequent to continuous basis – physical stamina to complete tasks
• Ability to work with large animals and comfortable with handling, haltering, leading, grooming and administering medications
• Interest in animal welfare issues
• Computer literate (Microsoft Office)
• Willing to work outside in adverse weather conditions

• Willing to undertake work-related training as required
• First Aid/CPR Certification
• Humane, outdoor and/or equine education (teaching, training, etc.)
• Familiarity with societal issues regarding abuse against animals
• Understanding of OSHA, AODA and WSIB legislation

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