Aviculture Internship | International Crane Foundation

International Crane Foundation


Aviculture Internship

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill 3 Aviculture Internship positions for Fall 2020.

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 is currently closed to the public due to site renovations; but, will be re-opening in the spring of 2021.  ICF exhibits the only collection in the world of all 15 species of crane.  The Crane Conservation Department (CCD) is responsible for the care and management of approximately 110 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:  6-month internship.  Positions to start in September or October.

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
  • Participate in the management of birds in captivity specifically for zoological institutions or reintroduction programs
  • Assist with routine crane facility maintenance activities
  • Learn and practice safe crane handling and restraint techniques
  • Conduct behavior observations associated with new pair socializations or animal welfare assessments
  • Acquire an understanding of captive propagation techniques including artificial insemination, egg incubation, and chick rearing
  • Achieve experience planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating a behavioral modification program (enrichment or training based)
  • Learn about ICF project initiatives related to crane ecology, behavior and husbandry, field conservation and ecology; and ecosystem restoration techniques and processes
  • As time allows, assist in the completion of one or several projects related to the goals, work plan, and objectives of the ICF Crane Conservation Department including summarizing those projects in a formal presentation

A taxable $700/month stipend is provided.  A typical work week is 5 days (40-50 hours) with two consecutive days off.   Interns are required to work weekends and holidays.   Due to the changing nature of the COVID pandemic, on-site housing is not available. Applicants must live locally (within approximately 1 hour of ICF) and have the ability to commute.


  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to commit to the 6-month duration.
  • Two years of college or equivalent practical experience required; 4-yr college degree or Associate degree in a relevant program preferred.
  • 6-months animal care experience with a focus in avian biology or zoo-keeping preferred.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment with minimal supervision.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Reliability, sound judgement, and ability to master tasks and comprehend concepts quickly and correctly.
  • This position is physically demanding. Applicants must be able to carry 50 pounds and be able to lift, bend, or stoop for extended lengths of time.
  • Ability to work outdoors every day in all weather conditions found in Wisconsin, but also indoors in an office environment.
  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time they apply.

 Application Procedure:  

Applicants should send a one-page cover letter including start date availability, resume (no more than two pages), and contact information for three references to:  [email protected].  Please use the subject line “CCD Aviculture Internship.”  Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer