Direct Autumn Release Lead Chick Rearing Intern

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

Direct Autumn Release Lead Chick Rearing Intern Position Available

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is looking to fill a Lead Chick Rearing Internship position for the Direct Autumn Release Project. Lead Intern will receive intensive hands-on training in the care and management of endangered crane chicks, specifically whooping cranes. Training and responsibilities include: facilities building and maintenance, general husbandry, behavior, handling of adults and possibly chicks, and health care of crane chicks. Additional duties may include assisting with housing & light supervision duties in field location, projects documenting chick development, food studies, updating database of chick weights and growth charts and end of year reports.

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 the Crane Conservation Department 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. 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 will 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. Lead Chick Rearing Internship is for 9 months. Starting date is somewhat flexible, preferred starting date on or before May 1.

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 follow directions, communicate clearly in challenging circumstances; as well as work reliably and independently as assigned is required. Valid driver’s license required. Basic CPR & First Aid training is desired.

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 30. If replying by email, send to Please include Lead Chick Rearing Internship in the subject line.