International Crane Foundation

 

Intern Opportunities

Interpretive Digital Media Internship – 2018

The International Crane Foundation is seeking to fill one six-month Interpretive Digital Media Intern position for 2018.

Background: The International Crane Foundation is a leader in the conservation of the world’s 15 crane species. We are dedicated to providing experience, knowledge and inspiration to involve people in resolving threats to cranes and the ecosystems vital to their long-term survival. Although the International Crane Foundation has projects on all five continents where cranes live, our headquarters is located in Baraboo, WI, one hour north of Madison, WI. The International Crane Foundation is open to the public every day from April 15 to October 31, and all of the world’s 15 crane species are on live-display at our AZA-accredited facility.

Description: The Interpretive Digital Media Intern will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the Education and Design Department, developing interpretive digital media for external communications. The International Crane Foundation welcomes applicants who wish to broaden their education and professional experience by working and learning in a global non-profit conservation organization.

Our Interpretive Digital Media intern will gain hands-on experience in the planning, production, post-production, and delivery of video and digital multimedia projects specifically for conservation and environmental education audiences. The successful candidate will assist in: videotaping programs and events, recording interviews with international staff and colleagues, editing/post-production work, and coordinating and maintaining a video library of submissions from our project areas worldwide. Responsibilities will also include packaging video to fulfill media requests from individuals and outside organizations. Candidates must be proficient with Mac computers and have a basic knowledge of video cameras, production equipment, Apple Final Cut Pro and/or Adobe Premiere Pro. Experience with After Effects and other Adobe Creative Suite software a plus. Applicants should include any relevant samples with application. Applicants should also exhibit an understanding of graphic standards and the desire to craft compelling stories that further the mission of the International Crane Foundation.

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Crane and Conservation Naturalist Internship

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill four Crane and Conservation Naturalist Intern positions in 2018.

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. Although ICF has projects all around the world the headquarters is located in Baraboo, WI, one hour north of Madison, WI. ICF is open to the public every day from April 15 to October 31 each year and all of the world’s 15 crane species are on live-display at our facility. For more information, please visit our website at www.savingcranes.org.

Description: ICF Crane and Conservation Naturalist Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the Conservation Education Department and will:

  • Develop and lead daily interpretive tours at ICF for visiting schools, community organizations, private groups and the general public.
  • Assist in the completion of one or several projects related to the goals, work plan and objectives of the ICF Conservation Education Department (e.g. help design and develop self-guided written or audio media; write, film and edit short films about ICF’s work; create, test and evaluate interpretive programs; design interpretive wayside panels; assist in managing ICF’s volunteer program; organize and implement on-site events; or research policy-related projects and initiatives, etc.)
  • Plan, organize, market and execute one or more onsite events (Mother’s Day, Whooping Crane Day, Cranes of the World Festival, Good Neighbor Day).
  • Provide outreach programs for local schools, civic groups, housing facilities, parks and festivals.
  • Interact and assist with the sale of admission tickets, gift shop merchandise, annual memberships and overall ICF site orientation on a daily basis.
  • Conduct duties associated with opening/closing the visitor center, exhibits and gift shop on a daily basis.
  • Achieve experience planning, designing and evaluating interpretive programs and written materials.
  • 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.

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Crane Research Internship

Background: The International Crane Foundation (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 is open to the public every day from April 15 to October 31 each year. ICF exhibits the only collection in the world of all 15 species of crane. For more information about our conservation programs, please visit our website at www.savingcranes.org

Description: The North America Program at the International Crane Foundation is currently involved in long-term studies of Greater Sandhill Cranes and re-introduced Whooping Cranes in the upper Midwest. Interns will assist in studying the foraging ecology, movements and social behavior of these breeding and non-breeding cranes throughout central Wisconsin. Current Sandhill Crane projects include capturing and banding adult and juvenile cranes within the study-area, ongoing behavioral observations of colored banded cranes, and studying the relationship between cranes and the agricultural landscape of Wisconsin. Whooping Crane work focuses on monitoring movements and associations of juveniles and adults, particularly associated with the release of captive-reared chicks into the wild. There may also be opportunities to capture adults for transmitter replacement. Radio tracking of free-ranging Whooping Cranes will be required mainly in the central/southeastern part of the state; however, travel into others states may also be necessary. Other responsibilities include developing and presenting an independent research project, data entry and ecosystem restoration work (prescribed burns, seed collection and invasive species control) on ICF’s site. Opportunities may also be available for volunteering for the conservation education and aviculture staff at ICF.

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