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  • Whooping Crane Chick Rearing & Release Internship

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

    The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is looking to fill a Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Internship position for fall 2022.


    The position is for 3 months; start as soon as possible.


    Background: The International Crane Foundation (ICF) 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. ICF's world headquarters is located just outside Baraboo, WI. ICF participates in captive breeding and rearing of Whooping cranes for release in the 2 reintroduction programs. For more information about our conservation programs, please visit our website at www.savingcranes.org.


    Description: Whooping Crane Chick Rearing Interns (WCCRRI) will receive training and assist in the intensive care and management of acclimating young Whooping Cranes to the natural environment of a wildlife refuge.


    Develop husbandry skills related to daily cleaning and feeding of the flock

    Assist with the maintenance & winterization of crane facilities both on campus & in the field

    Learn and follow strict isolation rearing protocols for raising chicks for release

    Acquire and exhibit proper costume parental behaviors when working with chicks, providing them with experiences to develop survival skills in the wild

    Acquire knowledge of and participate in tracking cranes free roaming in WI

    Learn about ICF project initiatives related to crane ecology, behavior and husbandry, field conservation and ecology; and ecosystem restoration techniques and processes

    Pending US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) approval, part of internship will be completed on a USFWS Refuge


    A taxable $800/month stipend including on-site housing is provided. A typical work week is 5 days (40-50 hours) with 2 consecutive days off. Interns are required to work weekends and holidays. Some responsibilities require non-traditional work hours which may include early mornings, evenings, or night checks.



    ·       Must have a valid driver’s license.

    ·       Interns must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus prior to starting employment or request a religious or reasonable accommodation.

    ·       Ability to abide by all WI state, local & ICF institutional policies regarding COVID-19.

    ·       Ability to abide by all USFWS policies when working on USFWS Refuges.

    ·       Must be able to commit to the minimum 3-month duration.

    ·       Two years of college or equivalent practical experience required; 4-yr college degree or Associate degree in a relevant program preferred.

    ·       6-months animal care experience with a focus in avian biology or zoo-keeping preferred.

    ·       Ability to work both independently and in a team environment with minimal supervision.

    ·       Well-developed communication skills including speaking to large visitor groups

    ·       Reliability, sound judgement, and ability to master tasks and comprehend concepts quickly and correctly.

    ·       This position is physically demanding. Applicants must be able to carry 50 pounds and be able to lift, bend, or stoop for extended lengths of time.

    ·       Ability to work outdoors every day in all weather conditions found in Wisconsin, but also indoors in an office environment.

    ·       Ability to work a varied schedule.

    ·       All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time they apply.

    ·       Basic CPR & First Aid training is desired.

    ·       Knowledge of tracking, reading maps & GPS skills are a plus.


    Application Procedure: Applicants should send a one-page cover letter including start date availability, resume (no more than two pages), and contact information for three references to:  ICFinternships@savingcranes.org. Please use the subject line “Whooping Crane Chick Rearing & Release Internship."  Applications will be reviewed as they are received.


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


    ICF is an equal opportunity employer.

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