International Crane Foundation

 

Intern Opportunities

Crane Conservation Naturalist Internship

The International Crane Foundation is seeking to fill one of four Crane and Conservation Naturalist Intern positions for 2017.

Background: The International Crane Foundation 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 the International Crane Foundation has projects all around the world, 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 facility.

Description: 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 the International Crane Foundation for visiting schools, community organizations, private groups, and the general public.
  • Interact and assist with the sale of admission tickets, gift shop merchandise, annual memberships, and overall site orientation on a daily basis.
  • Assist in the completion of one or several projects related to the goals, work plan, and objectives of the Conservation Education Department (e.g. help design and develop self-guided written or audio media; write, film and edit short films about the International Crane Foundation’s work; create, test, and evaluate interpretive programs; design interpretive wayside panels; organize and implement on-site events; or research policy related projects and initiatives, etc.)
  • 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 International Crane Foundation 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 the International Crane Foundation.
  • Gain exposure to wildlife conservation methods and endangered species management.
  • Meet and work with a variety of international colleagues and professional staff at the International Crane Foundation.
  • Educate and inspire people of all ages and walks of life about the world’s 15 crane species and the ecosystems on which they depend.

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Whooping Crane Naturalist Internship

The International Crane Foundation is seeking to fill one Whooping Crane Naturalist Intern position in 2017.

BackgroundThe International Crane Foundation 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 we have projects all around the world, our headquarters is located in Baraboo, WI one hour north of Madison, WI. Our headquarters 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 facility. For more information, please visit our website at www.savingcranes.org.

The International Crane Foundation has initiated a program to raise awareness about Whooping Cranes. This program aims to create communities that care about the Whooping Cranes on their landscape.

Description: The primary duty of the Whooping Crane Naturalist Intern will be to assist the Whooping Crane awareness program. The intern will also assist with education and outreach at the International Crane Foundation’s headquarters that will include other crane species. The Whooping Crane Naturalist Intern will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the Conservation Education Department and will:

  • Educate and inspire people of all ages and walks of life by providing Whooping Crane education and outreach programs in Wisconsin, including visits to public and private schools, homeschool groups, civic organizations, hunting groups, gun clubs, birding groups, and other organizations.
  • Assist staff at the International Crane Foundation in outreach efforts to raise awareness about Whooping Cranes in Wisconsin. This could include media interviews, assisting organizing awareness events and fundraisers, and other duties as needed. Develop and lead daily interpretive tours at the International Crane Foundation for visiting schools, community organizations, private groups, and the general public.
  • Work with hunters through hunter education classroom and online courses to raise awareness about Whooping Cranes.
  • Have the opportunity to volunteer with other International Crane Foundation departments, state, federal and private partners and participate in job shadow experiences at the International Crane Foundation.
  • Assist in the completion of one or several projects related to the goals, work plan, and objectives of the Whooping Crane awareness program (e.g. updating K-12 Whooping Crane education materials, crane trunk program coordination)
  • Interact and assist with the sale of admission tickets, gift shop merchandise, annual memberships, and overall International Crane Foundation site orientation as needed.
  • Achieve experience planning, designing, and evaluating interpretive programs and written materials.
  • Learn about International Crane Foundation project initiatives related to crane ecology, behavior, and husbandry; field conservation and ecology; and ecosystem restoration techniques and processes.
  • Gain exposure to wildlife conservation methods and endangered species management.
  • Meet and work with a variety of international colleagues and professional staff at the International Crane Foundation.
  • Educate and inspire people of all ages and walks of life about the world’s 15 crane species and the ecosystems on which they depend.

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Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Internship

The International Crane Foundation is looking to fill four Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Internship positions. These positions last between 6-12 months; with the start dates being April 1 and May 1. All interns 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 assisting with the daily care of the adult captive flock, facilities set-up, maintenance and end-of-year clean-up; tracking and monitoring released Whooping Cranes, data entry; projects documenting chick development and/or release activities, food studies; updating chick weights and growth charts; and end of year reports.

Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Interns 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, exercising, and care of 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 with season and to accommodate chicks’ needs. Expect to spend between 1- 6+ hours wearing a costume while exercising and socializing chicks. (more…)

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: Dr. Barry Hartup, Director of Veterinary Services, International Crane Foundation, E-11376 Shady Lane Road, Baraboo, WI 53913.