Position Title:     Conservation Coordinator

Classification:     Full-Time permanent- In Scope position

Hours of Work:   40 hours/ week. Varies and as needed

Department:         Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat

Location:                 Cochrane, Ontario

Dated:                      Nov 2, 2020

The Corporation of the Town of Cochrane prides itself on fostering an environment of collaboration and respect and are looking for dedicated qualified candidate to join our team at the Polar Bear Habitat

Reporting to the Manager/ Director, the Conservation Coordinator is responsible for providing day-to-day care for the animals and completing various tasks in department while working in a team setting alongside other team members, Bear Keepers, as well as being able to work with minimal supervision.


  • Cleans, sanitizes, decorates and enhances exhibits and holding areas.
  • Provides regular activities for animal enrichment
  • Observes the animal collection for signs of illness, indifference or injury and reports same.
  • Notes dietary problems and reports changes and other pertinent information to the appropriate persons.
  • Notes and reports repairs and stores items required.
  • Maintains tools, equipment, supplies and inventory and reports deficiencies.
  • Assists with restraint, crating and uncrating of animals.
  • Assists in the training of animals.
  • Assists in the treatment and care of sick and injured animals and the hand­ rearing of animals as required.
  • Ensures that quarantine regulations are adhered to and reports any irregularities.
  • Performs related routine performing tasks.
  • Assists in ensuring the general tidiness of the habitat, with attention to litter that may be harmful to animals.
  • May be required to give guidance and direction to interns, summer students, co­ op students, etc.
  • Participates in conservation projects and related animal management planning.
  • Works in a safe manner always in compliance with the Ontario Occupational Safety Act, WHMIS legislation and internal policy directives and immediately reports all accidents and hazards to a supervisor.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Education/Qualification/Experience and Skills:

  • University degree or college diploma in biological/ ecological/ environmental science, wildlife management, fisheries forestry or the equivalent training and experience.
  • Minimum 2 years experience working in a zoo environment.
  • Must be able to produce brief and accurate reports.
  • Abilities to make independent decisions when handling animals.
  • Must be capable of meeting the physical demands of the job including the ability to lift 25KG, frequent walking and standing.
  • Must be able and willing to work shifts, weekends and holidays.
  • Must hold a valid Ontario driving licence.

The above represents only a brief description of the general requirements for the Conservation Coordinator position. Interested candidate are encouraged writing, and email their resumes to with subject line Conservation Coordinator, before 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 27th, 2020.