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Volunteer Positions

We are seeking motivated and enthusiastic volunteers.

Are you keen about the Yukon Wildlife Preserve? Have you ever wanted to get more involved, but don’t know how you can? Do you have a passion and background in animal welfare and ethics, biology, physiology, corporate fundraising and/or research & planning? Then we have an idea for you …

Why not volunteer as an advisor to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve Operating Society! Volunteers should be unbiased and informed community members that are interested in supporting our overall mission:

To promote knowledge and foster appreciation of arctic and boreal ecology through the creation of a centre of northern education, conservation and research excellence at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.

The past five years have provided tremendous growth for the Wildlife Preserve and our dynamic and committed Board of Directors are seeking additional expertise &/or experience for the following volunteer positions:

Board of Directors – two (2) positions are available for those with experience or expertise in:
  1. Communications / Marketing; and
  2. Corporate and Philanthropic Fundraising.
YWPOS Working Committees – the following committees (4) are seeking additional members:
  1. Animal Care – to advise and assist with all aspect of animal husbandry;
  2. Planning & Development – to advise and assist with the development of a 15-20 year Master Plan;
  3. Fundraising – to advise and assist with raising additional operating &/or capital funds; and
  4. Research – to advise and assist with determining YWPOS’s role in circumpolar research.
Interested Board or Committee members must be willing and able to attend monthly meetings, complete tasks, and participate in online discussions between meetings.

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Staff at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve

A/ Executive Director: Jake Paleczny

Jake Paleczny is passionate about interpretation and education. He gained his interpretative expertise from a decade of work in Ontario’s provincial parks in addition to a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. His interests also extend into the artistic realm. With a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and extensive experience in galleries and museums, YWP is excited with the creative perspective he brings. Jake is dedicated to breaking down the dichotomies traditionally separating culture from nature in Yukon’s interpretative framework and is working to give guests the opportunity to explore their own relationship between the natural world and cultural heritage.

Director of Operations: Randy Hallock

Randy Hallock was raised in a small farming community in Alberta, where he gathered the experience that makes him so valuable to the preserve. Our longest serving staff member, he answered the call of the preserve 25 years ago. Since then, he has been dedicated to the smooth operation of the Preserve and the well-being of the animals that call it home. Randy's long term experience and dedication make him the backbone of the preserve's operations.

Curator and Veterinarian: Dr. Maria Hallock

Dr. Maria Hallock was born in Russia where she volunteered at the local zoo as a child. In 1995 she graduated as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with honours from the University of Novosibirsk in Russia. Maria gained veterinary experience while working in zoos in Russia, Switzerland and Austria, before joining the Preserve team in 2001. Maria is devoted to animal care and brings extensive captive animal experience to her position. She is an invaluable member of the Yukon Wildlife Preserve team.

Manager of Visitor Services: Lindsay Caskenette

Lindsay joined the Wildlife Preserve team March 2014. Originally from Ontario, she came to the Yukon in search of new adventures and new career challenges. Lindsay holds a degree in Environmental Studies with honours from Wilfrid Laurier University and brings with her a strong passion to share what nature, animals and the environment can teach us. Lindsay ensures the daily front-of-house operations run with ease and visitor experiences are unique as the Preserve itself. Her vivacious personality, strong work ethic, and experience in management and tourism makes her an excellent addition to the team.

Manager of Programming & Education: Breanna Hall

Breanna Hall feels fortunate to be a Naturalist by passion and by trade. With a degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph, she brings interpretive experience from her time as a Naturalist in Algonquin Provincial Park, Parks Canada and Conservation Halton. Breanna facilitates opportunities for others to personally connect with the natural world. In her pursuits, Breanna has howled for wolves, coordinated camps for kids, chopped chickens (to feed carnivores), wrangled raptors, been pooped on by parrots, identified insects, tallied trees, and scooped scat. She says it was all worth it ... except perhaps the parrots.