Direct Autumn Release Chick Rearing Intern

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

Direct Autumn Release Chick Rearing Intern Positions Available

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is looking to fill 3 Direct Autumn Release chick rearing intern positions. Interns receive intensive hands-on training in the care and management of endangered crane chicks. Training and responsibilities include: facilities building and maintenance, general husbandry, behavior, and health care of crane chicks.

Interns may help with all aspects of the captive flock and responsibilities will vary depending upon timing and number of chicks hatching. Daily cleaning, food & water provision and care for chicks comprises majority of the chick-rearing duties. Other tasks assisting with Crane Conservation Department husbandry may include: facilities maintenance, video-monitoring of crane behavior, record keeping, speaking with the public, and adult crane care. Chick rearing interns will focus on all aspects of working with and raising chicks as part of the Whooping Crane Reintroduction program. Daily routine varies as the chicks grow and to adjust for moving to new locations. Expect to spend between 1- 8+ hours wearing a costume while exercising and socializing chicks, in any and all WI weather conditions. Most cleaning procedures are done when chicks aren’t present, so personnel can be un-costumed. Rearing program starts at the International Crane Foundation. Chick rearing staff and interns will then relocate to one or two National Wildlife Refuges late summer and fall as the program dictates. Housing is provided, but accommodations may differ from on site housing at ICF.

The work week is five consecutive days, including holidays and weekends. Hours worked in a week will average 40-45 hours, but will vary based on seasonal duties and field conditions. Be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions that may occur in Wisconsin. Chick rearing internship is for 6 months. Starting date is somewhat flexible, but must start on or before 15 May.

Requirements: Two years of college or equivalent practical experience, knowledge of or interest in bird conservation, good organizational and communication skill. Persons with 4 year college degrees are preferred. Must be able to carry a 50 lb. feed bag and do hard physical labor. Applicants need to be able to handle changing work conditions, tasks and schedules. Shared housing with team members is provided and is adequate for field work. Personnel need to be able to adjust to changing locations and housing accordingly. Ability to work with direction, communicate in challenging circumstances; as well as, the ability to work reliably and independently as assigned is required. Valid driver’s license required as moderate amount of time is spent driving interstates as well as back roads.

Send cover letter and resume with 3 references to Chick Rearing Internship, International Crane Foundation, P.O. Box 447, Shady Lane Rd., Baraboo, WI 53913. Applications accepted through March. If replying by email, send to Please include DAR Chick Rearing Internship in the subject line.