International Crane Foundation


Whooping Crane Project Assistant – Texas

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is looking for a conservation-minded field assistant to advance our conservation efforts directed at the endangered Aransas-Wood Buffalo population of Whooping Cranes while the cranes are in Texas. The position is a full-time, Limited-Term opportunity through May 2018.

Over the past 40 years, ICF has grown from the dream of two college students to a world-renowned conservation effort to save the world’s cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend.  This field assistant will work closely with the Senior Whooping Crane Scientist on various field projects designed to improve ICF’s Whooping Crane conservation efforts.

What is it like to work at ICF? Prepare to be surrounded by people who are passionate about our mission, dedicated to the organization and engaged with their fellow staff and associates. Our ICF team is committed to fulfilling the dream that started 40+ years ago. This position is open to all, but preferably, those who want to further their knowledge of conservation of endangered cranes. Does that sound like you?

Position Summary:

The Whooping Crane Project Assistant supports the mission of ICF by managing operations of the ongoing North American Whooping Crane field research projects in Texas. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for conducting fieldwork within the Whooping Crane Aransas-Wood Buffalo population (AWB) in Texas (pond camera image data, behavior observations, water quality monitoring, etc.), downloading image files, reformatting for reviewers, entering data into spreadsheets (Excel program), and achieving prescribed field project deadlines.
  • Provide summaries of monthly activity reports and annual reports.
  • Ensure field equipment (including motorized and electric vehicles, boats, motors, trailers, game cameras) and all maintenance tools and equipment are in good working condition and are cared for properly by cleaning and storing after each use.
  • Maintain clean and organized field equipment facilities.
  • Completes other reasonable tasks associated with fieldwork, data management, and communication with the public as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Assists in the organization and transport of exhibits and materials to the Port Aransas Whooping Crane Festival, Matagorda Bay Birding Festival, and other outreach events as assigned.

Qualifications Required:

  • High school or high school equivalency diploma.
  • Ability to read and understand documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write notes and instructions effectively.
  • Ability to speak effectively.
  • Ability to listen well to requests and directions given.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Outlook.
  • Good organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize work, stay focused on the task, and to work with others to meet designated deadlines and desired results.
  • Ability to identify problems; collect, organize, and analyze information, ask good questions and make appropriate decisions or recommendations to resolve problems.
  • Acceptable valid state driver’s license.
  • Ability to respond to facility maintenance situations that occur on site after normal working hours.
  • Attentive to detail and thoroughness.
  • Ability to work the number and schedule of hours needed to accomplish assigned tasks and regular job responsibilities, including weekends and holidays.
  • Work as a constructive member of a team, including the free sharing of information and technical expertise as needed.
  • Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for others (including the cranes); inspire trust, and work with integrity.
  • Quickly, effectively, and continually adapt to changes in work environment and duties, processes, and technologies.

For more information, please visit our website at www.savingcranes.org

To apply send cover letter and resume to icfjobs@savingcranes.org

Please list subject:  Texas Field Assistant

The International Crane Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.