Whooping Crane Outreach Program Assistant LTE | International Crane Foundation

International Crane Foundation


Whooping Crane Outreach Program Assistant LTE – September 2020 to March 2021

The International Crane Foundation is looking for a community-oriented team member to provide outreach on conservation efforts for the Endangered Whooping Crane. This person will be based at the Foundation’s headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin, (housing is provided if needed) but will focus on outreach in the eastern flyway, particularly in Alabama and Indiana. This is a limited-term employment opportunity.

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. The program assistant will administer an important education and outreach program in an area where the Endangered Whooping Cranes winter 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 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 Summary:

The Whooping Crane Outreach Assistant supports the mission of the International Crane Foundation by engaging individuals and conservation partners willing to assist with the awareness and protection of Whooping Cranes. The Assistant 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. The primary area of emphasis will be communities within the eastern flyway, primarily in the states of Indiana and Alabama. The Assistant will form appropriate partnerships that include involving hunters, landowners and other citizens in monitoring and keeping “watch” over the Whooping Cranes in their areas.

Due to the uncertain nature of the pandemic, duties that were previously performed in-person will likely be performed online instead. This will include social media campaigns, running virtual events, and training partners and volunteers remotely. As conditions allow, there may be travel to flyway communities.

Essential Duties:

The primary duty of the Whooping Crane Outreach Assistant will be to conduct the Whooping Crane awareness program in Indiana, Alabama and surrounding states. The Assistant will gain valuable experience working with the International Crane Foundation Conservation Education Department and North America Program and will:

  • Receive training on delivering Whooping Crane programs to all age groups at our facility in Baraboo, Wisconsin, for the first month of the position. Work with our education and outreach team to give presentations to adults and K-12 audiences, either online or in-person.
  • Educate and inspire people of all ages and walks of life by providing Whooping Crane education and outreach programs in Indiana/Alabama, including virtual visits to public and private schools, homeschool groups, civic organizations, hunting groups, gun clubs, birding groups and other organizations. If possible, these visits will be done in-person. Coordinate the International Crane Foundation’s Whooping Crane education trunk program for the flyway. This will include keeping track of inventory, training educators on the use of the trunk in K-12 classrooms, conducting in-person or virtual classroom visits, delivering programs with the crane trunk to schools, promoting the use of the trunks in classrooms throughout Indiana/Alabama, and assessing the impact of the program.
  • Assist International Crane Foundation staff with outreach efforts to raise awareness about Whooping Cranes in Indiana/Alabama. This could include media interviews, organizing awareness events and fundraisers, and other duties as needed.
  • Coordinate the distribution of marketing materials as pandemic conditions allow.
  • Work with hunters through hunter education classroom and online courses to raise awareness about Whooping Cranes.
  • 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 at our headquarters in Baraboo during training.

Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a biological field, communications, sociology or other relevant field preferred.
  • Valid state driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
  • Experience with public speaking, diverse partnerships and volunteer management.
  • Access to a vehicle for travel (your work travel will be paid for through International Crane Foundation funds).
  • Work as a constructive member of a team, and commitment to the free sharing of information and technical expertise as needed.
  • Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for others; inspire trust; and work with integrity.
  • Experience delivering programs via online platforms.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background relating to wildlife conservation, education or biology preferred.
  • Proficiency in basic Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, Microsoft Teams (or Zoom), and PowerPoint.
  • Experience working with volunteers to achieve desired results; delegate work; train and encourage skill development; access and provide feedback on individual performance.
  • Exceptional customer service, proficient public speaking skills and the ability to teach diverse audiences in a non-formal setting.
  • Demonstrated strong interest/background in the fields of interpretation, environmental education, conservation biology, ornithology, education, graphic design, film/documentary production or other related fields.

Physical Abilities and Work Environment:

The physical abilities and work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  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 outdoors in a variety of mostly moderate weather conditions.

The International Crane Foundation offers a competitive salary.

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

The International Crane Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.