Whooping Crane Outreach Associate – Wisconsin (LTE) - International Crane Foundation

International Crane Foundation


Whooping Crane Outreach Associate – Wisconsin (LTE)

The International Crane Foundation is looking for a community-oriented team member to provide outreach on conservation efforts for the endangered Whooping Crane in Wisconsin.

Over the past 45 years, the International Crane Foundation has grown from the dream of two college students to a world-renowned conservation effort to save the world’s cranes and the flyways, habitats and ecosystems on which they depend. This outreach coordinator will administer an important education and outreach program in the Midwest where endangered birds live and have historically faced not only habitat-based challenges but increasing threats from illegal shootings.

What is it like to work at the International Crane Foundation? We are passionate about our mission, dedicated to the organization and engaged with our fellow staff and associates. Our team is committed to fulfilling the dream that started over 45 years ago. This position is open to all, but preferably those who want to further their knowledge of the conservation of endangered cranes. Does that sound like you?

Position Background and Summary:

The Whooping Crane Outreach Associate supports the International Crane Foundation’s mission by providing support to initiatives necessary to preserve and grow the reintroduced eastern migratory population of Whooping Cranes on their breeding grounds in Wisconsin. The effort involves engaging individuals and conservation partners willing to assist with the awareness and protection of Whooping Cranes.

The Associate will work with individuals and groups to develop awareness and caring for Whooping Cranes and develop their commitment to safeguarding Whooping Cranes in their areas.  This position will focus on the breeding range of the eastern migratory population of Whooping Cranes in central Wisconsin.

The Associate will form appropriate partnerships that include involving farmers, hunters, landowners and other community members to create strong collaboration and advocacy for the protection and awareness of Whooping Cranes in their areas.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • 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 occur in Wisconsin, but there may be opportunities to work in other states.
  • Lead the International Crane Foundation’s outreach efforts to raise awareness about cranes in Wisconsin, including the endangered Whooping Crane. Outreach efforts include tabling at awareness events, visiting classrooms, planning events and other duties as needed.
  • Assist in completing 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.
  • Coordinate and train International Crane Foundation volunteers for outreach programs and other projects.
  • Work collaboratively with academic researchers to evaluate the impact of the International Crane Foundation’s outreach programs.
  • Maintain and develop new relationships with community partners.
  • Maintain a database of contacts and outreach events.
  • Participate in strategic planning for the Wisconsin outreach program.
  • Plan, design and evaluate interpretive programs and written materials, and create marketing materials using Adobe graphic design programs.
  • Translate educational materials from English to Spanish.
  • Develop and lead daily interpretive tours at the International Crane Foundation for visiting schools, community organizations, private groups and the general public.
  • Interact and assist with the sale of admission tickets, gift shop merchandise, annual memberships, and daily overall site orientation.
  • Learn about International Crane Foundation project initiatives related to crane ecology, behavior and husbandry; field conservation and ecology; and ecosystem restoration techniques and processes.
  • Meet and work with a variety of international colleagues and professional staff.
  • 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.

Qualifications required:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including speaking clearly and persuasively to individuals and groups; listening effectively; responding well to questions from the general public and experts.
  • Strong experience in the fields of interpretation, environmental education, conservation biology, ornithology, education, graphic design or other related fields.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct K-12 programs both inside and outside of a classroom setting.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to effectively draft correspondence and reports in a clear, concise, logical and grammatically-correct manner; and the ability to vary writing style to meet the needs of the audience and media.
  • Ability to develop new ideas or approaches to engage, educate and inspire behavior change in community members.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time, including travel throughout Wisconsin and potentially other midwestern states.
  • Valid state driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
  • Experience and comfort using email, word processing, spreadsheet and PowerPoint software (MS Office), and internet search engines.
  • Attention to detail and thoroughness.
  • Ability to quickly, effectively and continually adapt to changes in work duties, processes and technologies.
  • Work as a constructive member of a team and commit to the free sharing of information and technical expertise as needed.
  • Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for others; inspire trust and work with integrity.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a biological field, communications, sociology or other relevant fields, and preferably three years related experience.
  • Experience working with volunteers to achieve desired results; delegate work; train and encourage skill development; access and provide feedback on individual performance.
  • Experience working effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders to achieve a challenging goal.
  • Experience working with youth, rural, hunter and farmer audiences.

Physical abilities and work environment:

The physical abilities and work environment characteristics described below represent those an employee encounters while performing this position’s essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to use hands and fingers to type.
  • Ability to lift or move up to 25 pounds; occasionally reaching, stooping and kneeling.
  • Ability to walk and sit for reasonable periods of time.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to work outside a traditional office and in a variety of environments while traveling.
  • Ability to travel long distances, including solo driving.

The Whooping Crane Outreach Associate position begins Wednesday, March 15, and runs through Friday, November 19, 2021. The position pays $15/hour. Successful applicants should be prepared to find housing in the Baraboo, Wisconsin, area and will be expected to commute to work every day. A successful applicant will be able to work outdoors every day in all weather conditions found in Wisconsin. The associate is expected to work weekends, but most times will have two consecutive days off during the week.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please list the subject: Whooping Crane Outreach Wisconsin.

The International Crane Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.