International Crane Foundation


Aviculture Internship

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill four Aviculture Internship position for spring 2019.

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, Wisconsin, one hour north of Madison. ICF exhibits the only collection in the world of all 15 species of crane; however, due to exhibit renovations ICF is closed to the public in 2019. 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, two positions starting in April.

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
  • Achieve experience planning, designing, implementing and evaluating a behavioral modification program (enrichment or training based)
  • Assist with routine crane facility maintenance activities
  • 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 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.).

A taxable $567/month stipend and comfortable on-site housing accommodations are provided at no charge. Applicants should be prepared to live in a co-ed communal living situation and be able to work outdoors every day in all weather conditions found in Wisconsin. Aviculture Interns will work weekends and holidays; they will have two consecutive days off during the work week. A typical work week may be 40-50 hours and will require some evening checks. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time they apply. Candidates without a work visa must obtain one before they will be considered for an internship.

Qualifications:  Must be able to commit to the six-month duration. Two years of college or equivalent practical experience; knowledge of avian biology and interest in animal husbandry/zoo keeping; ability to work both independently and in a team environment; strong oral and written communication skills. This position is physically demanding at times. Applicants must be able to carry 50 pounds and be able to lift, bend or stoop for extended lengths of time.

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 ICFinternships@savingcranes.org.  Please use the subject line CCD Aviculture Internship.  Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

The International Crane Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.