Intern Opportunities

Lead Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Internship

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill a Lead Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Internship position for the Direct Autumn Release Project. This position lasts nine months from March thru December 2015. The Lead Intern will receive intensive hands-on training in the care and management of endangered crane chicks, specifically Whooping Cranes, for captivity and release. Additional duties will include organizing housing while in the field, tracking and monitoring released Whooping Cranes, data entry, light supervision duties, projects documenting chick development and/or release activities, food studies, updating chick weights and growth charts and end of year reports.

The Lead Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Intern may help with all aspects of the captive flock, and responsibilities will vary depending upon timing and number of chicks hatching. Daily cleaning, food and water provision, and care for chicks comprises the majority of the chick-rearing duties. Individual projects may be assigned as time allows. Other tasks assisting the Crane Conservation Department may include: video-monitoring of crane behavior, record keeping, speaking with the public, and adult crane care. Daily routine varies as the chicks grow and adjust with moving to new locations. Expect to spend between 1 to 8+ hours wearing a costume while exercising and socializing chicks. The rearing program starts at ICF's headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Chick rearing staff and interns will then relocate to one or two National Wildlife Refuges in the late summer and fall as the program dictates. Housing is provided, but accommodations will differ from on-site housing at ICF.


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.