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Animal Care Assistant (part-time)

Website The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada

Rescue, rehabilitation of, and education about donkeys

Job Title: Animal Care Assistant

(1-2 weekday mornings and weekends)

Reports To: Lead Animal Care Coordinator

Overall Purpose

To perform and oversee activities related to animal welfare including barn chores, events, animal care consultants and other farm operations as required.

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 and train donkeys and mules

· Assist with loading and transportation of donkeys

· Work extra hours to provide additional animal care as needs

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


· 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


16 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
Note: To reflect any changes within the DSC during the next few years, the scope of this role will be regularly reviewed and may evolve to meet future needs. Any changes will be agreed upon in advance with the job holder and confirmed in writing.



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
Job Types: Part-time, Permanent

Salary: From $15.00 per hour

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