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    National Wildlife CentrePO Box 192, Caledon East, ON L7C 3L9

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    Interim Executive Director

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    Interim Executive Director of the National Wildlife Centre

    Length of Assignment: The Interim Executive Director is a full-time, 13-month position, beginning March 1, 2023 until March 29, 2024, due to a leave of absence. Length of Assignment: The Interim Executive Director is a full-time term position, beginning March 1, 2023 until approximately March 29, 2024, due to a leave of absence.

    Location: Remote with some travel, as required (Caledon, Ontario)

    Salary: $75,000

    Application Deadline: Friday, December 16, 2022

    The National Wildlife Centre is a non-profit organization that works within the interconnection of humans, Canadian wildlife and the environment through a OneHealth concept. We help native wildlife through our programs aimed at conservation goals to protect ecosystems, populations of wild animals, and the health of individual animals. The Interim Executive Director (ED) is a key leader of the National Wildlife Centre (NWC) and is responsible for overseeing the fundraising, administration, strategic planning, and programs (excluding the program activity under the Medical Director’s purview). The ED should demonstrate outstanding leadership of volunteers, staff, and key stakeholders in order to advance the Mission of the NWC. Other key duties include marketing and community outreach. The position reports to the Board of Directors, with dayto-day direct reporting to the President/Medical Director. We are seeking an individual who is highly motivated and detail-oriented, with a deep connection to wildlife conservation and the environment to fill this term position.

    Qualifications/Experience of Successful Candidate:

    • A minimum of two years of work experience in a role related to project management;
    • Fundraising experience is preferred and would be an asset to this position;
    • Non-profit board experience would be preferred;
    • A degree in environmental studies or related field, or equivalent work experience would be an asset;
    • Expert proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite and virtual platforms, specifically Zoom;
    • Expertise using and posting on Social Media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter);
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
    • Excellent ability to multi-task and manage multiple competing priorities;
    • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team;
    • Exceptional organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail;
    • High degree of professionalism in dealing with diverse groups of people, including Board members,
      senior executives, staff, community leaders, donors, and partners; and
    • A willingness to travel, as required (Caledon area).

    Responsibilities

    This dynamic position requires key leadership and the ability to execute tasks in order to advance the mission of the National Wildlife Centre. The Interim Executive Director will be responsible for leading and overseeing fundraising, administration and programs that carry out the organization’s mission, specifically:

    Fundraising

    • Manage a portfolio of existing supporters, including ongoing stewardship, recognition (e.g., thank you cards), and reporting;
    • Lead all fundraising efforts, including the development of the wildlife hospital fundraising initiative, and secure the annual fundraising target;
    • Identify, research, evaluate and respond to new funding prospects as part of achieving annual revenue targets;
    • Responsible for grant writing and ensuring grant commitments are completed on time and within budget, including timely follow-up reports to granting organizations; and
    • Other duties as assigned by the NWC Board of Directors.

    Program Management

    We are in the process of building a new hospital (both a temporary and a permanent structure), so the Interim Executive Director will:

    • Lead the ongoing development of our wildlife hospital initiative by gathering in-kind donations for the field hospital, as well as recruiting, supervising and managing volunteers;
    • Lead the building committee (e.g., facilitate regular meetings, ensure timelines are met, etc.);
    • Track and manage work plans for the development of the new hospital;
    • Act as a key liaison with architects, engineers, and the City of Caledon; and
    • Other duties as assigned by the NWC Board of Directors.

    Organization Operations

    • Manage operations effectively;
    • Operate and track the annual budget;
    • Oversee marketing and other communications efforts;
    • Promote the image of NWC by seeking opportunities to work with professional, civic and private organizations;
    • Update the NWC website on a regular, and timely basis;
    • Draft and post social media content (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, etc.);
    • Develop newsletters and other communication materials to support donor development;
    • Create the annual calendar;
    • Recruit, lead and manage competent, qualified volunteers;
    • Lead and oversee committee meetings (e.g., fundraising, gala, volunteer, building, etc.);
    • In conjunction with the Medical Director, serve as NWC’s primary spokesperson, to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public;
    • Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance NWC’s Mission;
    • Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-today operation of the non-profit, as needed;
    • Develop annual reports and quarterly newsletters to support donor development;
    • Present status updates to the Board of Directors on a regular basis;
    • Review and approve contracts for services; and
    • Other duties as assigned by the NWC Board of Directors.

    The Interim Executive Director will report directly to the NWC President/Medical Director and the Board of Directors.

    To Apply

    Please send your cover letter and resume to Diana Kouril, Executive Director of NWC (director@nationalwildlifecentre.ca) and Dr. Sherri Cox, Medical Director (info@nationalwildlifecentre.ca).
    Please use the title: Interim Executive Director in your subject line.

    We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted (by email).

    National Wildlife Centre Veterinary Internship Program

    The National Wildlife Centre’s veterinary program is national in scope and trains many wildlife veterinary students and veterinary graduates in wildlife medicine. Our primary focus is to provide the highest quality of medicine for Canadian wildlife in partnership with authorized wildlife rehabilitators across the country. 

    This unique position combines hands-on supervision training along with the use of innovative technology solutions to carry out a robust and diverse caseload of wildlife patients in need of diagnostics, treatments, and surgeries. Currently, we have positions in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Alberta and Manitoba. The veterinary intern will be trained by the National Wildlife Centre’s medical team and work closely and collaboratively with the staff and leadership at the wildlife rehabilitation centre.

    Description

    The internship program is designed to provide veterinarians with hands-on experience in wildlife medicine, surgery and rehabilitation. S/he will gain experience in Canadian wildlife regarding: assessment, physical examination, stabilization, laboratory analysis options, radiography, chemical immobilization, anesthesia, common surgical procedures, basic avian orthopedics, current therapy (including analgesics & antibiotics used in wildlife), and necropsy examinations where appropriate. The intern will report directly to medical director at the National Wildlife Centre (NWC). 

    Qualifications & Experience

    Because of the uniqueness of this position, there will be significant time where the intern will be mentored remotely using technology (webcam, Skype/Zoom telephone etc). Applicants should have at least one year as a rotating intern or equivalent experience. Preference will be given to applicants with previous wildlife experience.

    Application Process

    For more information, or to apply for a position, please include the following with your application: 

    • Current Résumé 
    • Cover letter explaining your interest and/or experience in wildlife medicine as well as your career goals 
    • Three references, including contact information 
    • Current proof of protective rabies titre 

    Please send your package to: Dr. Sherri Cox, info@nationalwildlifecentre.ca  

    Rotation Description

    The NWC final year student veterinary rotation is designed to help students learn more about the handling, diagnosing, and treating of sick and injured wildlife. The externship program is designed to provide veterinary students with hands-on experience in wildlife medicine, surgery and rehabilitation. 

    Throughout the rotation, s/he will gain experience in native wildlife regarding: assessment, physical examination, stabilization, laboratory analysis options, radiography, chemical immobilization, anesthesia, common surgical procedures, orthopedics, current therapy (including analgesics & antibiotics used in wildlife), and necropsy examinations where appropriate. The extern will be exposed to all aspect of wildlife rehabilitation, including the legal and ethical obligations of treating and rehabilitating wildlife, including understanding resistance and choices for antimicrobial use in wildlife.

    The veterinary student will gain knowledge in the handling and physical restraint of wildlife species, animal husbandry and nutrition, and conditioning and release considerations. Depending on the caseload, multiple rehabilitation centres may be visited. The accredited mobile wildlife hospital has equipment and supplies to treat animals at the rehabilitator’s location. The student veterinarian will gain experience in other areas of rehabilitation, including the neonatal programs and considerations for permitted sanctuary (non-releasable) animals. The student is expected to participate with the rehabilitation team as part of a HealthCare team approach to working with wildlife.

    Currently, we have positions in Ontario and Nova Scotia. The veterinary extern will be trained by the National Wildlife Centre’s medical team and work closely and collaboratively with the staff and leadership at the wildlife rehabilitation centre 

    Expectations

    In Ontario, the student must have their own means of transportation. Bus service is neither available nor practical to the centres that we commonly travel to. In Nova Scotia, accommodation may be available onsite or within walking distance. Please contact us for more information.

    A minimum of 12 weeks is required as we only accept very few externships right now. It is encouraged you book well in advance.

    The extern will be expected to:

    • Have some wildlife handling experience prior to commencing placement. 
    • Work cooperatively and enthusiastically within the rehabilitators & healthcare team 
    • Complete a 56 day workweek (4060 hours) with flexibility in the schedule based on need & caseload. This includes some evenings, weekends, and oncall. This includes days working independently at rehabilitators locations as well as a minimum of 28 hours per week working directly with the supervising veterinarian. The schedule will be provided to you at the beginning of each week 
    • Be respectful of the wildlife patients, working to minimize patient stress 
    • Be familiar with avian and reptile anatomy, physiology and clinical pathology 
    • Research and review literature relevant to current cases 
    • Pursue a special interest case study or relevant research project. This can be discussed at your first meeting with your supervisor 
    • Be prepared every morning to discuss cases in a systematic way (signalment, presenting complaint, ddx, further dx ideal versus required, treatment plan 
    • Be professional, punctual, and dress appropriately (scrubs or scrub top and pants that can get dirty) 
    • Bring your stethoscope 
    • Have a positive attitude and a good work ethic 
    • Keep excellent medical records and follow protocols of NWC 
    • Have an open mind to multiple ways to approach wildlife cases based on limited resources by the rehabilitator 
    • Assist with fundraising initiatives and efforts with the wildlife team. This is a critical part of working in a wildlife rehabilitation centre – and a requirement for all positions within the organization. 

    Please note, taking pictures and/or video is not permitted unless authorized by your supervisor. No pictures should be placed on social media without approval.

    Application Process

    Please include the following with your application:

    • Current Résumé 
    • Cover letter explaining your interest and/or experience in wildlife medicine as well as your career goals 
    • Three references, including contact information 
    • Current proof of protective rabies titre

    Please send your package to: Dr. Sherri Cox, info@nationalwildlifecentre.ca