Intern Opportunities

Aviculture Internship

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill two Aviculture Internship positions for winter 2014-2015.

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, WI (one hour north of Madison, WI). ICF exhibits the only collection in the world of all 15 species of crane. ICF is open to the public every day from April 15th to October 31st. The Crane Conservation Department (CCD) is responsible for the care and management of approximately 120 birds year-round. ICF’s captive flock serves as ambassadors for their wild counterparts and is managed for the long-term survival of each species in accordance with AZA program recommendations. CCD Aviculture interns assist the fulltime staff in the day to day management of the collection. For more information, please visit our website at

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.
  • Acquire an understanding of ICF’s captive propagation program, including an introduction of techniques for artificial insemination, egg incubation, and chick rearing.
  • Participates in the management of birds in public display areas to support site visitor programs and aviculture goals.
  • Achieve experience planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating a behavioral modification program.
  • Assist with routine crane facility maintenance activities.
  • Conduct behavioral observations associated with new pairs socializations.
  • 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 and participate in job shadow experiences at ICF.
  • Meet and work with a variety of international colleagues and professional staff 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 (e.g. help with behavioral monitoring; data entry and analysis; research related projects, etc.)

The Aviculture Internships positions are six months in length. A $550/month stipend and comfortable on-site housing accommodations are provided at no charge. Applicants should be prepared to live in a co-ed communal living situation and be able to work outdoors everyday in all weather conditions found in Wisconsin. Aviculture Interns will work weekends and holidays; they will have two consecutive days off during the work week. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time they apply. Candidates without a work visa must obtain one before they will be considered for an internship.

Qualifications: Two years of college or an equivalent practical experience; knowledge of avian biology and interest in animal husbandry/zoo keeping; ability to work both independently and in a team environment; strong oral and written communication skills. This position is physically demanding at times. Applicants must be able to carry 50 pounds and be able to lift, bend, or stoop for extended lengths of time.

Application Procedure: Applicants should send a one page cover letter, resume (no more than two pages), and contact information for three references to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Aviculturist.

Positions are open until filled.

Veterinary Student Preceptorship in Avian and Conservation Medicine

A four to six-week preceptorship in Avian and Conservation Medicine is being offered to interested veterinary students by the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  Preceptors will train with the Veterinary Services Department in all phases of the clinical practice, but have opportunities for interaction with the Crane Conservation Department to learn captive propagation, husbandry and management of this unique family of birds. Preceptors can expect to gain practical experience in crane capture, transport, anesthesia, preventive medicine, disease surveillance and the contribution of veterinary medicine to crane conservation including field project support and professional consultations.  Preceptors are encouraged to complete and report on a research or laboratory project during their stay.  Opportunities for visiting the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, WI will be made available to interested preceptors. 

No stipend is available for this position; however, on-site housing in the ICF Guesthouse will be provided depending on availability at the time the preceptorship is scheduled.  Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member of their home institution to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Veterinary Services, International Crane Foundation, E-11376 Shady Lane Road, Baraboo, WI 53913.