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The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill one Whooping Crane Naturalist Intern position in 2017.

ICF Background:

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. Although ICF has projects all around the world the headquarters is located in Baraboo, WI one hour north of Madison, WI. ICF is open to the public every day from April 15th to October 31st each year and all of the world’s 15 crane species are on live-display at our facility. For more information, please visit our website at www.savingcranes.org

ICF has initiated a program to raise awareness about Whooping Cranes. This program aims to create communities that care about the Whooping Cranes on their landscape.


The primary duty of the Whooping Crane Naturalist Intern will be to assist the Whooping Crane awareness program. The intern will also assist with education and outreach at ICF headquarters that will include other crane species. The Whooping Crane Naturalist Intern will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the Conservation Education Department and will:

  • Educate and inspire people of all ages and walks of life by providing Whooping Crane education and outreach programs in Wisconsin, including visits to public and private schools, homeschool groups, civic organizations, hunting groups, gun clubs, birding groups and other organizations.
  • Assist staff at the International Crane Foundation in outreach efforts to raise awareness about Whooping Cranes in Wisconsin. This could include media interviews, assisting organizing awareness events and fundraisers and other duties as needed. Develop and lead daily interpretive tours at ICF for visiting schools, community organizations, private groups, and the general public.
  • Work with hunters through hunter education classroom and online courses to raise awareness about Whooping Cranes.
  • Have the opportunity to volunteer with other ICF departments, state, federal and private partners and participate in job shadow experiences at ICF.
  • Assist in the completion of one or several projects related to the goals, work plan, and objectives of the Whooping Crane awareness program (e.g. updating K-12 Whooping Crane education materials, crane trunk program coordination)
  • Interact and assist with the sale of admission tickets, gift shop merchandise, annual memberships, and overall ICF site orientation as needed.
  • Achieve experience planning, designing, and evaluating interpretive programs and written materials.
  • Learn about ICF project initiatives related to crane ecology, behavior, and husbandry; field conservation and ecology; and ecosystem restoration techniques and processes.
  • Gain exposure to wildlife conservation methods and endangered species management.
  • Meet and work with a variety of international colleagues and professional staff at ICF.
  • 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.

ICF’s Whooping Crane Naturalist Internship begins Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 and runs through Friday, November 17th, 2017. A $565/month stipend and comfortable on-site housing accommodations are provided at no charge. Applicants should be prepared to live in a co-ed communal living situation and be able to work outdoors everyday in all weather conditions found in Wisconsin. Whooping Crane Naturalist Intern will work weekends and will have two consecutive days off during the work week. The ICF campus is set in a rural Wisconsin setting at the edge of Wisconsin’s beautiful Driftless area. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time they apply. Candidates without a work visa must obtain one before they will be considered for an internship. ICF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


B.A. or B.S. preferred. Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply, however studies relating to wildlife conservation, education, or biology are preferred. The applicant should have exceptional customer service, proficient public speaking skills and the ability to teach diverse audiences in a non-formal setting. Candidates should demonstrate a strong interest/background in the fields of interpretation, environmental education, conservation biology, ornithology, education, graphic design, film/documentary production, or other related fields. 

How to Apply:

Application Procedure:

Applicants should send a one page cover letter, resume (no more than two pages), and contact information for three references to: Elisabeth Condon, Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator (econdon@savingcranes.org).

Phone: 847-347-5763

Positions are open until filled.