Toronto Zoo
Giraffe keepers at the Toronto Zoo  

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Toronto Zoo was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):

  • Toronto Zoo offers employees unique opportunities to work in the zoogeographic regions of Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Tundra Trek, Australasia, Eurasia and the Canadian Domain -- all located within 287 hectares alongside the largest urban protected park in North America, the Rouge National Urban Park
  • Toronto Zoo supports ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for courses related and not directly related to their current position (to $1,500 annually) as well as in-house training and apprenticeship programs
  • Toronto Zoo supports the longer term goal of its employees through a defined benefit pension plan as well as a health benefits plan that extends to retirees
Toronto Zoo staff engage in hands-on conservation action, such as the Blanding's Turtle Headstart Program  


Industry Zoos and botanical gardens
Established in Canada 1974
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 267
Part-time employees in Canada 125
Average age of employees in Canada 39 years
Longest serving employee 41 years
Benefits note Toronto Zoo has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 75% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

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