The International Crane Foundation is looking to fill four Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Internship positions for 2020.
Positions are between 6-8 months in duration pending funding; with start dates between 1-15 April 2020.
Background: The International Crane Foundation 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. The foundation’s world headquarters is located just outside Baraboo one hour north of Madison, Wisconsin. The International Crane Foundation participates in captive breeding and rearing of Whooping Cranes for release into the two reintroduction programs.
Description: Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Interns will receive training and assist in the intensive care and management of raising endangered crane chicks, specifically Whooping Cranes for captivity and release. Primary duties include:
Additional duties may include:
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. Other tasks assisting the Crane Conservation Department may include video-monitoring of crane behavior, record keeping, speaking with the public, facilities maintenance and adult crane care. The daily routine varies with season and to accommodate chicks’ needs.
The workweek is five consecutive days, including holidays and weekends. Hours worked in a week will average 40-45 hours including early morning and evening checks, and will vary based on seasonal duties and field conditions. Hours may start before sunrise and/or end after sunset when monitoring cranes. Various lengths of travel may be associated with tracking and monitoring released birds. Be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions that may occur in Wisconsin.
Requirements: BA or BS in zoology or wildlife-related field and captive husbandry experience is preferred. Must be able to carry a 50 lb. feed bag and to be able to stand, bend or squat for long periods of time. Be able and willing to run in costume, as well as work in physically compromising/limited visual conditions, while not talking when wearing the costume and interacting with the chicks. Applicants need to be able to handle a fast-paced environment – changing work conditions, hours, tasks and schedules. Ability to follow directions, communicate clearly in challenging circumstances; as well as work reliably and independently as assigned is required. Basic CPR & First Aid training is desired. Knowledge of tracking, reading maps & GSP skills are a plus. Valid driver’s license required. 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.
Please send a cover letter and resume with three references to ICFInternships@savingcranes.org with “Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Internship” in the subject line.