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Nutrition Laboratory Assistant

Toronto, ON


BRANCH:  Wildlife Nutrition

HOURS OF WORK:   40 hours per week

SALARY  RANGE:  Start  Rate: $26.70/hr.    3 month:   $28.48/hr.    6 month:  $29.67/hr.

Basic Function: Reporting to and working under the supervision of the Nutritionist and assisting with: the development and updates of animal diets and dietary enrichment, the upkeep of computerized diet work sheets and diet registration, the implementation of the feed quality control program within the Wildlife Nutrition Centre, the operation and basic maintenance of food processors, laboratory and bulk handling equipment, the development and execution of nutrition research. May act as designate for the Nutritionist during his/her absence.


  • Assists with the upkeep and development of the computerized nutrition records, including diet sheets, diet labels and analytical data of diets.
  • Assists with the implementation of new diets or diet changes.
  • Maintains the feed quality control program within the Wildlife Nutrition Centre including sampling of feed/diets/and sample submission for chemical analyses and incorporation of data into records.
  • Assists in development and execution of nutrition research trials conducted within the Wildlife Nutrition Centre, including preparation of trials, feeding, and cleaning of research animals, weighing of animals/diets, collection of samples, collation of data and statistical analysis.
  • The operation and basic maintenance of all equipment.
  • Fulfill all duties assigned to Nutrition Assistant Grade 4 including the following:
  • Assists with, implements and prepares authorised diet changes.
  • Assists with diet and diet supplements preparation and diet deliveries.
  • Operates specialized food handling and food preparation equipment.
  • Notifies and reports any defects in the Wildlife Nutrition Centre.
  • Prepares and stores prepared diets and perishable ingredients under required temperature conditions.
  • Procures, receives, checks, unloads, stores and delivers food products which may involve large quantities of heavy foodstuffs.
  • Weigh, counts and packs individual rations.
  • Assists with the procurement, care and euthanasia of live animals used for food.
  • Makes periodic inventory checks, keeps inventory control, order and receive feed stuffs as required.
  • Gives guidance and direction to Nutrition Assistants Grade 1, 2 and 3, other Zoo staff and co-op students assigned to the Wildlife Nutrition Unit.
  • Assists in conducting guided tours, educational sessions and corporate events in the Wildlife Nutrition Centre and at browse farms, orchards or other sites.
  • Reports to his/her Supervisor the absence of, or defect in, any equipment or protective device that he/she is aware of and which may endanger him or herself or another worker.
  • Reports to the Supervisor any contravention of the Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act.  Ensures that all accidents and hazards are reported to the Supervisor immediately.
  • May be required to act as designate for the Nutritionist during his/her absence.
  • Other related duties as requested by the Nutritionist.


  • Completion of a B.Sc. degree in Biology or Animal Sciences with a major in nutrition/dietetics (animal or human nutrition).  A Master of Science in animal nutrition preferred or equivalent training and experience.                                                                                                       
  • Minimum 3 years experience in feed formulation and feed quality control techniques, including operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment for feed analyses.
  • Possess advanced computer skills including knowledge of feed formulation and statistical softwares.                                                                                                                                 
  • Must be able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Must possess demonstrated leadership abilities.
  • Must have proven organizational skills.
  • Must be able to work well with others in a team environment and with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Must be able to meet physical demands of the job, including the ability to lift a minimum of 25 kilos (12 lbs.) Must be able to stand, sit, walk, stoop, kneel, and twist on a regular basis.
  • Must have working knowledge of WHMIS legislation, the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and Toronto Zoo Safety Policy.
  • Must be able and willing to work early mornings, work shifts, weekends and holidays.
  • Must possess a minimum full Class “G” driver’s license along with a good driving record.

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