International Crane Foundation


Crane Conservation Outreach Internship

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill two Crane Conservation Outreach Intern positions in 2019.

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, Wisconsin, one hour north of Madison, Wisconsin.

The primary duty of the Crane Conservation Outreach Intern will be to assist the Conservation Education Department and Whooping Crane Outreach program and will:

  • Use the principles of interpretation to educate and inspire people of all ages and walks of life by providing crane education and outreach programs in Wisconsin. This includes visits to public and private schools, homeschool groups, civic organizations, hunting groups, gun clubs, birding groups and other organizations. Most of this work will take place in Wisconsin, but there may be opportunities to work in other states.
  • Assist staff at the International Crane Foundation in outreach efforts to raise awareness about cranes in Wisconsin, including the endangered Whooping Crane. Outreach efforts include media interviews, assisting in organizing awareness events, and fundraisers and other duties as needed.
  • Assist in the completion of one or several projects related to the goals, work plan and objectives of the Conservation Education and outreach program (e.g. updating K-12 Whooping Crane education materials, crane trunk program coordination or on-site special events)
  • Work with hunters through hunter education classroom and online courses to raise awareness about crane conservation.
  • Interact and assist with the sale of merchandise and annual memberships.
  • Help coordinate ICF volunteers for outreach programs and other projects.
  • Experience planning, designing and evaluating interpretive programs and written materials, and graphic design.
  • 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.
  • Have the opportunity to volunteer with other ICF departments, state, federal and private partners and participate in job shadow experiences 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.

ICF’s Crane Conservation Outreach Internship begins Monday, February 4 and runs through Friday, November 1, 2019. A $700/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. The intern is expected to work weekends, but most times will have two consecutive days off during the week. The ICF campus is set in a rural setting at the edge of Wisconsin’s beautiful Driftless area. 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.

The International Crane Foundation achieves our mission by working with individuals, teams and communities in more than 50 countries. The ability to form cooperative relationships with people from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds requires ICF to seek and engage with staff, volunteers and associates who value and honor these relationships. ICF recruits individuals who have a true passion for our mission, regardless of race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical and mental abilities and religious choice. Each person’s life experiences, backgrounds, thoughts and ideas makes ICF stronger. ICF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

B.A. or B.S. preferred. Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply, however, studies relating to wildlife conservation, education or biology are preferred. The applicant should have exceptional customer service, proficient public speaking skills and the ability to teach diverse audiences in both formal and non-formal settings. Candidates should demonstrate a strong interest/background in the fields of interpretation, environmental education, conservation biology, ornithology, education, graphic design or other related fields. Applicant must have a current and valid United States driver’s license, a clean driving record, and must be willing to drive long distances to get to outreach programs both during the day and at night.

Application Procedure:
Applicants should send a one-page cover letter, resume (no more than two pages), and contact information for three references to ICFinternships@savingcranes.org with the subject line “Crane Conservation Outreach Intern”.

Phone: 608-356-9462

Positions are open until filled. Hire is dependent on a clean background check.