Aviculture Intern(21)

Organization: International Crane Foundation (AZA Member)
Location: Baraboo, Wisconsin, United States
Job or Internship: Internship



Interns must have a strong interest in the fields of zoology, conservation biology or related fields. Candidate will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the ICF Crane Conservation Department staff on the care and management of endangered cranes including:

• general husbandry

• handling techniques

• behavior

• captive reproduction

• incubation

• artificial insemination

• chick rearing

• health care

• genetic management

• socialization behavioral

• enrichment

Daily tasks include husbandry duties such as:

• cleaning

• dispensing diets

• general facility maintenance

• behavioral observations of captive birds

• maintaining computer records

Research related activities include assisting the CCD staff with their on-going research projects as well as potentially developing personal research projects to pursue during this internship. Interns also assist with chick rearing activities during the months of May through August.

The work week is 5 days in length and approximately 40-45 hours. Interns work weekends but will have two consecutive days off during Monday – Friday period. Much of the work time is spent outdoors in ICF’s “Crane City”, our captive crane facility, in all weather conditions found in Wisconsin. ICF’s crane flock consists of about 100 individual cranes from each of the 15 crane species world-wide.

Internship positions are for 6 months. We are currently collecting resumes for four open internship positions that will begin mid April, 2013. Stipend and free housing is provided.


Two years of college or equivalent practical experience, with knowledge of and interest in bird husbandry/zoo keeping. General knowledge of breeding birds and strong computer, communication and critical thinking skills.

Must be able to carry a 50 pound food bag, work outdoors in all weather conditions, and have a valid driver's license.

Application Procedure:

To apply submit resume, contact information for 3 references and a cover letter. Please include Intern Application in the subject line of your message when emailing.

Taffy Bannon, Aviculturist, Crane Conservation Department

International Crane Foundation

P. O. Box 447

Baraboo, WI 53913-0447

Or send above information via email: tbannon@savingcranes.org