Jump to content
Ornithology Exchange (brought to you by the Ornithological Council)
  • Aviculture Specialist LTE

    • Employer: International Crane Foundation
      Location: Baraboo, WI
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Over the past 50 years, The International Crane Foundation (ICF) has grown from the dream of two college students to a world-renowned conservation effort to save the world’s cranes and the flyways and habitats they frequent.  The husbandry of our captive flock of 100+ cranes is an important part of our mission. ICF operates a zoo that features all 15 of the world’s cranes. Starting wage is $15.50 per hour.  


    What is it like to work at ICF? Prepare to be surrounded by people who are passionate for our mission, dedicated to the organization and engaged with their fellow staff and associates. Our campus is located on 200+ acres of rolling prairies with trails. ICF operates a zoo that features all 15 of the world’s cranes. 


    Position Summary:

    The Aviculture Specialist supports the mission of the International Crane Foundation (ICF) by providing the highest standards of avian husbandry and supporting the health and well-being of the captive flock.  The incumbent is responsible for the daily care of the birds and the maintenance of enclosures. This position must be able to work as an integral team member and communicate effectively with coworkers, colleagues, volunteers, and guests.


    Work schedule: Position is expected to work between 30-40 hours per week; working holidays may be required. This is a seasonal position.


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    ·       Perform daily husbandry tasks, such as cleaning of crane pens, provision of clean water, and fresh food according to established protocols and maintain accurate and timely records for captive flock in database.

    ·       Assist Crane Conservation Department with management of flock to meet institutional collection management and annual breeding goals.

    ·       Assist with seasonal maintenance activities related to flock management including vegetation management, annual disinfection of crane holding pens, repairs to crane enclosures, snow removal, camera installation, and pen rotations.

    ·       Support behavioral husbandry and welfare programs through provision and evaluation of enrichment, participation in operant conditioning plans, and welfare assessments.


    Other Duties and Responsibilities:

    ·       Collaborates with Department staff on management actions to improve flock welfare, advance breeding and program goals, and improve staff efficiency.

    ·       Responsible for safety procedures for all field operations and equipment. This includes vehicle safety, following standard operating procedures and protocols when operating equipment. 

    ·       Assist Department staff in training interns or visiting colleagues on aviculture techniques and related issues.

    ·       Work with Conservation Medicine Department to provide high quality health care to the flock including treatment of sick or injured birds as directed by veterinary staff.

    ·       Facilitate communication related to Crane Conservation Department activities through updates of databases, participation in morning and weekly department meetings, and participation in planning sessions.

    ·       Will be assigned an independent project related to animal care practices.

    ·       Perform other tasks as assigned.


    Qualifications Required:

    ·       GED or High School diploma required; paid experience in care of captive wildlife strongly preferred.

    ·       Experience working in outdoor environments and in field conditions.

    ·       Ability to work the number and schedule of hours needed to accomplish regular job responsibilities, including weekends and holidays.

    ·       Valid state driver’s license and acceptable driving record.


    Preferred Qualifications:

    ·       Previous experience at an AZA accredited institution.

    ·       Familiarity with native and invasive species of Wisconsin

    ·       Experience using a variety of hand and power tools and equipment such as brush mowers, string trimmers, and pressure washers.


    Core Competencies:

    ·       Good organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize work, stay focused, and to work with others to meet deadlines and desired results.

    ·       Ability to read and understand documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

    ·       Ability to effectively communicate core information related to animal health, behavior, and welfare in both spoken and written formats.

    ·       Ability to listen well to requests and directions given.

    ·       Ability to use Microsoft Outlook. Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for others; inspire trust; and work ethically and with integrity.

    ·       Quickly, effectively, and continually adapt to changes in work environment and duties, processes, and technologies.


    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. Occasional travel may be required, primarily in the United States.

    ·       Daily use of a computer   

    ·       This position requires the ability to safely handle and restrain large, powerful birds.

    ·       Required to assume multiple positions when caring for the cranes and their enclosures including reaching balancing, crouching, and kneeling.

    ·       Occasionally required to ascend and descend stairs and ladders.

    ·       Occasionally exposed to high strength disinfectants, herbicides, and to heavy dust loads (appropriate PPE provided).

    ·       Frequently moves up to 50 lbs.; occasionally moves 75 lbs. with assistance.

    ·       Daily works outdoors under all weather conditions found in Wisconsin.


    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:  Aviculture LTE.


    “ICF is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We hire great people.”


    ICF is an equal opportunity employer.

    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    There are no comments to display.

    Join the conversation

    You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
    Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

    Add a comment...

    ×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

      Only 75 emoji are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

    ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • If the resources provided by the Ornithology Exchange are valuable to you,  please consider making a donation to support the OE,  through the Ornithology Council's PayPal Link. Thank you for your support!

  • Create New...