Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Internship
The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is looking to fill four Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Internship positions for 2019.
Positions are between 6-8 months in duration pending funding; with preferred start dates in April.
Background: ICF is a leader in the conservation of the world’s 15 crane species and is dedicated to providing experience, knowledge and inspiration to involve people in resolving threats to cranes and the ecosystems vital to their long-term survival. ICF’s world headquarters is located just outside Baraboo, Wisconsin, one hour north of Madison. ICF participates in captive breeding and rearing of Whooping cranes for release in the two reintroduction programs.
Description: Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Interns will receive training and assist in the intensive care and management of raising endangered crane chicks, specifically Whooping Cranes for captivity and release. Primary duties include:
- Facilities set up, daily maintenance and end of year clean-up
- Following strict isolation chick rearing protocols at all times
- Maintaining equipment in good working order including costumes, boots, puppet heads, recorded brood calls, speakers, brood models, heaters, thermometers, fences and wooden dividers
- Daily cleaning of runs, carpets and food and water bowls.
- Providing clean, dry food and appropriate treats as learning opportunities for chicks to develop necessary foraging skills in runs and yards
- Providing fresh water in runs and yards
- Wearing costumes when interacting with chicks, encouraging them to eat, drink, forage and teaching crane life skills
- Remembering and recording chick behaviors, feeding sessions and management changes
- Caring for adult crane role models
- Weighing and recording chick weights
- Entering and reading daily records
- Expect to spend between 1-6+ hours wearing a costume while exercising and socializing chicks without talking
- Communicating with staff and other members of the team by participating in morning meetings, using whiteboards and daily log
The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill four Aviculture Internship position for spring 2019.
Background: ICF is a leader in the conservation of the world’s 15 crane species and is dedicated to providing experience, knowledge and inspiration to involve people in resolving threats to cranes and the ecosystems vital to their long-term survival. ICF’s world headquarters is located just outside Baraboo, Wisconsin, one hour north of Madison. ICF exhibits the only collection in the world of all 15 species of crane; however, due to exhibit renovations ICF is closed to the public in 2019. The Crane Conservation Department is responsible for the care and management of approximately 120 birds year-round. CCD Aviculture interns assist the full-time staff in the day to day management of the collection. For more information, please visit our website at www.savingcranes.org.
Duration: Six-month internship; two positions starting in March, two positions starting in April.
Description: Aviculture Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the ICF Crane Conservation Department and will:
- Develop husbandry skills related to daily cleaning and feeding of the flock
- Learn and practice safe crane handling and restraint techniques
- Conduct breeding behavior observations and learn to identify crane behaviors and vocalizations
- Acquire an understanding of captive propagation including participation in artificial insemination, egg incubation and chick rearing
- Achieve experience planning, designing, implementing and evaluating a behavioral modification program (enrichment or training based)
- Assist with routine crane facility maintenance activities
- Learn about ICF project initiatives related to crane ecology, behavior and husbandry, field conservation and ecology, and ecosystem restoration techniques and processes.
- Have the opportunity to volunteer with other departments at ICF.
- Assist in the completion of one or several projects related to the goals, work plan and objectives of the ICF Crane Conservation Department as time allows (e.g. help with behavioral monitoring; data entry and analysis; research related projects, etc.).