International Crane Foundation

 

Intern Opportunities

Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Internship

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is looking to fill four Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Internship positions for 2018.

Positions are between 6-8 months in duration pending funding; with preferred start dates in April.

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, Wisc. (one hour north of Madison, Wisc.) 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. ICF participates in captive breeding and rearing of Whooping cranes for release in two reintroduction programs. For more information about our conservation programs, please visit our website at www.savingcranes.org.

Description: Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Interns will receive training and assist in the intensive care and management of raising endangered crane chicks, specifically Whooping Cranes for captivity and release.  Primary duties include:

  • Facilities set up, daily maintenance and year-end clean-up
  • Following strict isolation-rearing protocols at all times
  • Maintaining equipment in good working order including costumes, boots, puppet heads, recorded brood calls, speakers, brood models, heaters, thermometers, fences and wooden dividers
  • Daily cleaning of runs, carpets and food and water bowls.
  • Providing clean, dry food and appropriate treats as learning opportunities for chicks to develop necessary foraging skills in runs and yards
  •  Providing fresh water in runs and yards
  • Wearing costumes when interacting with chicks, encouraging them to eat, drink, forage and teaching crane life skills
  • Remembering and recording chick behaviors, feeding sessions and management changes
  • Caring for adult crane role models
  • Weighing and recording chick weights
  • Entering and reading daily records
  • Expect to spend between 1-6+ hours wearing a costume while exercising and socializing chicks without talking
  • Communicating with staff and other members of the team by participating in morning meetings, using whiteboards and daily log

Additional duties may include:

  • Assisting with the daily care of the adult captive flock
  • Tracking and monitoring released Whooping Cranes
  • Data entry
  • Additional projects may include documenting chick development and/or release activities, observing and recording crane family interactions, food studies, updating chick weights and growth charts and assisting with end-of-year reports

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Aviculture Internship

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill four Aviculture Internship positions for spring 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. ICF’s world headquarters is located just outside Baraboo, Wisc., approximately one hour north of Madison, Wisc. 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. The Crane Conservation Department is responsible for the care and management of approximately 120 birds year-round. CCD Aviculture interns assist the full-time staff in the day to day management of the collection.  For more information, please visit our website at www.savingcranes.org.

Duration: Six-month internship; two positions starting in March 2018, two positions starting in April 2018.

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.
  • Conduct breeding behavior observations and learn to identify crane behaviors and vocalizations.
  • Acquire an understanding of captive propagation including participation in artificial insemination, egg incubation and chick rearing.
  • Participate in the management of birds in public display areas to support site visitor program and aviculture goals.
  • Achieve experience planning, designing, implementing and evaluating a behavioral modification program.
  • Assist with routine crane facility maintenance activities.
  • Assist the Conservation Education Department with visitor outreach through keeper chats during the visitor season.
  • Learn about ICF project initiatives related to crane ecology, behavior and husbandry, field conservation, ecology and ecosystem restoration techniques and processes.
  • Have the opportunity to volunteer with other departments 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 as time allows (e.g. help with behavioral monitoring; data entry and analysis; research related projects, etc.)

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Whooping Crane Naturalist Internship

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill one Whooping Crane Naturalist Intern position in 2018.

ICF 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, Wisc. one hour north of Madison, Wisc. 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.

ICF 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 ICF 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.
  • Develop and lead daily interpretive tours at ICF for visiting schools, community organizations, private groups and the general public.
  • 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 ICF 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 ICF departments, state, federal and private partners and participate in job shadow experiences at ICF.
  • 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 ICF site orientation as needed.
  • 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.
  • Gain exposure to wildlife conservation methods and endangered species management.
  • Meet and work with a variety of international colleagues and professional staff at ICF.
  • 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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