Turtle Technician

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les deux langues officielles
  • Titre de l'emploi : Turtle Technician
  • Nom de l’organisme : Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Oro-Medonte, Ontario
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-05-15 à 2017-09-04 (14 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 11,50 $

Turtle Technician, Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital


Up to 16 weeks (May 1- Sept 4, 40 hours per week, $11.50 per hour


Based near Orillia, Ontario, with extensive field work in Simcoe/Muskoka


Languages of Work: Predominantly English, though working with some international volunteers whose primary language is French, Spanish, or German.


G2 or G Driver's License required, and clean driving record.


Completion of at least one year of a post-secondary program in the biological or ecological sciences or a related field is required.


Accommodations may be available at Scales Nature Park, subject to availability. Temporary accommodations at field camps will be provided as required.


This position involves surveying for turtles in wetlands, and along roads, in southern Muskoka and northern Simcoe County. Captured turtles will be weighed, measured, shell notched for individual identification, and released. Selected turtles will have a radio-transmitter affixed with epoxy for tracking purposes. These turtles will be tracked to determine habitat usage, nesting areas, hibernation sites, and road crossing hotspots. All other reptile and amphibian species encountered will also be identified and reported to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. This work involves being outdoors in a wide variety of environmental conditions, including heat, cold, and biting insects. It is physically challenging. Injured turtles will be returned to the turtle hospital for treatment, rehabilitation, and eventual release. Eggs from injured or dead turtles, or precariously laid nests, will be hatched and babies released. Students will assist with the treatment and husbandry of these turtles as required, including feeding, cleaning of tanks and filters, and record-keeping. Facility maintenance and development tasks, will also be included as time allows. The students will be involved in community engagement and education efforts, including giving scheduled public tours of the turtle hospital, and participating in outreach programs at local festivals and events, libraries, parks, and community centres. Strong oral communication skills, comfort with public speaking, and excellent people skills are required. The ability to adapt to flexible schedules and travel plans is essential, as well as the ability to live and work closely with other team members in a hectic, fast-paced environment.

Opportunities to pursue a fourth year thesis or future M.Sc. program via this research project may be available to interested and qualified students.


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