Wildlife Educator - Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre

Job Details

Wildlife Educator

  • City City: Kingston
  • Rate of Pay Rate of Pay: Hourly
  • Rate of Pay Amount / Range Rate of Pay Amount / Range: $17.50 - $20.50
  • Positions Available Positions Available: 1
  • Type Type: Part Time
  • Duration Duration: Permanent
  • Avg. Hours/Week Avg. Hours/Week: 10
  • Schedule Schedule: Days, Evenings, Weekends
  • Education Education: College

Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre (SPWC) is a charity and wildlife hospital in Napanee, Ontario that rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. We admit over 6,000 patients each year including reptiles, birds, mammals, and amphibians. To raise awareness of our work and to prevent harm to wildlife in our community, we run an education program called ‘Love Wildlife’. The program aims to teach empathy and compassion for wildlife.

Position Overview

SPWC is seeking a Wildlife Educator to facilitate educational programs about local wildlife in the Kingston and surrounding region. The Wildlife Educator will be responsible for delivering programs both virtual and in-person, and developing programs with the support of the Education & Outreach Coordinator. We are seeking an experienced educator who has a keen interest in wildlife and/or the natural world. Our ideal candidate is capable of learning a variety of programs to deliver from Kindergarten to adult audiences, and is comfortable teaching in both indoor and outdoor settings.


  • Facilitate highly interactive in-classroom (indoor) or schoolyard (outdoor) programs for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students using materials provided.
  • Facilitate virtual programs for school groups, adult groups, and after-school groups on Zoom, Microsoft Teams and/or Google Meet using existing presentations.
  • Facilitate dynamic after-school sessions and summer camp sessions for ages 5-13 using materials provided.
  • Attend outreach events in the community to sell SPWC merchandise for fundraising and raise awareness of our work and/or display educational materials to teach the community about human impacts on wildlife.
  • Work with the Education & Outreach Coordinator to develop new programming that is engaging, age-appropriate, and aligns with our goal of teaching empathy and compassion for wildlife.
  • Cultivate professional and positive relationships with teachers, community members, and community partners.
  • Participate in professional development to continue learning about humane education, nature-based learning, child development, and more.
  • Keep program materials clean, organized, and properly stored.
  • Contribute to administrative tasks including following up with teachers as needed, recording participant numbers, and supporting marketing of the programs.
  • Model empathy and compassion for wildlife.


  • Minimum 1 year of experience working with children in a group setting.
  • Experience or willingness to work with adult groups.
  • • Exceptional teaching, communication (verbal and written), and presentation skills that will keep participants of all ages engaged.
  • Ability to learn a program script.
  • Strong interest in wildlife and/or the natural world and/or conservation.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills to ensure smooth program delivery.
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, Google Meet)
  • Comfortable working outdoors in all seasons.
  • Reliable and able to work independently as the sole SPWC educator in most programs.
  • Able to lift and transport heavy objects used in programs such as totes filled with program materials, tables, a pop-up tent, and more.
  • Able to provide a criminal background check and references from previous positions involving children.
  • Valid Class G Driver’s License and reliable access to a vehicle.
  • Willingness to travel up to 1 hour one way to deliver a program.
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Other Details:

  • Position Term: Part-time (10 hours per week)
  • Location: Kingston, ON and surrounding region (remote and off-site work)
  • Compensation: $17.50-$20.50 per hour
  • Application Deadline: June 21, 2024
  • Estimated Start Date: July 8, 2024
  • Reports to: Education & Outreach Coordinator


Please EMAIL your resume and cover letter to educationspwc@gmail.com.

Application deadline: June 21, 2024

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

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We are a wildlife hospital that admits over 6,000 wild animals annually who are sick, injured, or orphaned.