New Job Urban Farm Attendant - Program Specialist In Alberta

Urban Farm Attendant - Program Specialist
Urban Farm Attendant - Program Specialist

Urban Farm Attendant - Program Specialist

Company : City of Edmonton
Salary : $17.01–$19.47 an hour
Location : Alberta

Full Description

Urban Farm Attendant - Program Specialist ongoing
Job Number : 47525

Are you interested in a career working with animals? Looking for an entry level position to get started? Join the animal care team at the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s Urban Farm in this unique role. As an Urban Farm Attendant, you will contribute to the daily operations of the Urban Farm through assisting Zookeepers in animal husbandry tasks and animating the farm’s contact yard. This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic, adaptable, motivated, self-starter who can problem-solve and work well on a team when, speaking frankly, it can be a real zoo around here!

Your success will be measured by your ability to achieve timely results in the context of a respectful, inclusive and service-minded style. With a focus on the City of Edmonton’s Cultural Commitments to Safe, Helpful, Accountable, Integrated and Excellent, you will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and passion for interpreting animal behavior, natural history, and learning about sustainability focused agriculture practices relating to urban communities and environments
  • Monitor, guide, and supervise animal and public interactions in the Urban Farm Contact Yard while providing a safe and enjoyable experience for the guests
  • Observe, learn, and demonstrate safe animal handling procedures relating to the use of animal ambassadors for education focused programming and public talks
  • Animate the Urban Farm through fostering positive, professional interactions with visiting patrons, delivering educational experiences and moments while maintaining a high level of customer service including providing content and engagement for zoo special events and rentals
  • Assist the Zookeepers in the performance of documented husbandry practices pertaining to the care and welfare of multiple species at a CAZA accredited institution
  • Learn, implement and participate in positive animal management strategies for a variety of species using positive reinforcement based operant conditioning techniques and a natural behavior focused multifaceted enrichment program
  • Follow safe food handling procedures while preparing nutritionally balanced species appropriate diets according to veterinary directed guidelines including: ingredients, weighted amounts, presentation, consumption monitoring, and scheduled delivery methods
  • Use multiple platforms such as Google and ZIMS (Zoo Information Management System) to create, maintain and update a variety of animal related records, emails, and documents
  • Follow safety guidelines and standard operating procedures as required related to the daily care and management of a wide variety of species
  • Perform other duties as required
  • Minimum of 16 years of age
  • Completion of 10th grade
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of domestic, equine, and exotic animals . Direct experience will be considered as an asset
  • Ability to provide guests with an enjoyable, informative and welcoming experience
  • Ability and knowledge to provide interpretation regarding the animal species, behaviours, and importance throughout history
  • Experience with customer service
  • Experience working with children and families in a recreational environment is an asset
  • Previous experience working with volunteers in considered an asset
  • Valid Alberta Class 5 driver's license (or provincial equivalent). Obtaining and maintaining a City Driver's permit is a requirement of this position
  • Valid Intermediate First Aid and CPR certification is required prior to start date
  • Hire is dependent upon a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector check satisfactory to the City of Edmonton
  • Demonstrate alignment with the Cultural Commitments of Safe, Helpful, Accountable, Integrated and Excellent, fostering an environment for others to do the same. For more information on the City’s Cultural Commitments, please visit
  • Demonstrate the foundational competencies, key behaviours and attributes of the City’s six Leaders of Service: Courage, Inclusivity, Values-Based Influencer, Collaborative Networker, Systems Thinker and Creative Innovator. For more information on the City’s leadership competencies, please visit

The City of Edmonton is committed to inclusive, respectful and equitable workplaces that represent the communities we serve. We continuously improve our systems, policies and practices to remove barriers and ensure our employees, in all their diversity, can succeed. We value applicants with a diverse range of skills, experiences and competencies, and encourage you to apply. To learn more, see the Art of Inclusion: Our Diversity and Inclusion Framework here:

The City of Edmonton strives to provide reasonable access and accommodations throughout the application and selection process. If you would like to request an accommodation at any stage of the process, please contact [email protected].

Up to 4 temporary, part-time ongoing positions

Hours of Work: Up to 30 hours per week, Shifts vary from 4 - 8 hours in length between 07:00 h and 23:00 h; ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as required

Salary: $17.009 - $19.471 (Hourly)

Talent Acquisition Consultant: JP/SK

Classification Title : Program Specialist
Posting Date : Aug 23, 2023
Closing Date : Sep 6, 2023, 11:59:00 PM (MDT)
Number of Openings (up to) : 4 - Temporary Part-time
Union : CUPE Local 30
Department : Community Recreation and Culture
Work Location(s) : Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road (87 Ave) Edmonton T5R 5R1