International Crane Foundation


Intern Opportunities

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.