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 www.savingcranes.org.
Description: Aviculture Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the ICF Crane Conservation Department and will:
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.
Positions are open until filled.
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.