Background: The International Crane Foundation (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.) For more information about our conservation programs, please visit our website at www.savingcranes.org
Description: The North America Program at the International Crane Foundation is currently involved in studies of Greater Sandhill Cranes and re-introduced Whooping Cranes in the upper Midwest. Interns will assist in studying the foraging ecology, movements, and social behavior of these breeding and non-breeding cranes throughout central Wisconsin. Whooping Crane research will focus on nesting and colt survival, as well as movements and behaviors of juveniles and adults, particularly associated with the release of captive-reared chicks into the wild. There will also be opportunities to capture Whooping Cranes for banding and transmitter replacement. Radio tracking of free ranging Whooping Cranes will be required mainly in the central/southeastern part of the state; however, travel into others states may also be necessary. Current Sandhill Crane work consists of observations of colored banded individuals within a wild population to assess productivity, habitat-use, and breeding pair dynamics. Other responsibilities include developing and presenting an independent research project, data entry, and ecosystem restoration work (prescribed burns, seed collection, and invasive species control) on ICF’s site. Opportunities may also be available for volunteering for the conservation education and aviculture staff at ICF.
Duration and Salary: Anticipated dates are March 1st – November 30th 2021, $700/month including on-site housing.
Qualifications: B.S. or B.A. in biology or related field. Previous fieldwork and radio telemetry experience is preferred but not required. Tolerance is needed for working in difficult conditions and long field days (before sunrise to after sunset), often spent in vehicles. Individuals seeking graduate training are encouraged to apply. A valid driver’s license (USA or International) and an acceptable driving record are required. Written English and oral communication skills are necessary. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time they apply.
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: [email protected] please include “Crane Research Internship” in the subject line.
ICF is an equal opportunity employer