Interpretive Naturalist Internship




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

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill 4 Interpretive Naturalist Internship positions in 2014.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. ICF's world 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. These cranes, our interpretive tours, interactive exhibits, multimedia theater, and nature trails attract more than 25,000 visitors each season. In order to achieve our mission, the Communications and Education Department disseminates ICF’s message as widely as possible, both on-site and through outreach work, using the latest technologies available and by selling annual memberships to support ICF’s conservation initiatives. For more information, please visit our website at www.savingcranes.orgDescription: Interpretive Naturalist Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the ICF Communications and Education Department and will:• Develop and lead daily interpretive tours at ICF for visiting schools, community organizations, private groups, families, and the general public. • Interact and assist the general public with the sale of admission tickets, gift shop merchandise, annual memberships, and overall ICF site orientation on a daily basis. • Conduct duties associated with opening/closing the visitor center, exhibits, and gift shop on a daily basis. • 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. • Have the opportunity to volunteer with other departments and participate in job shadow experiences at ICF.• 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.• Assist in the completion of one or several projects related to the goals, work plan, and objectives of the ICF Communications and Education Department (e.g. help design and develop self-guided written or audio media; write, film and edit short films about ICF’s work; create, test, and evaluate interpretive programs; design interpretive wayside panels; organize and implement on-site events; or research policy related projects and initiatives, etc.)The Interpretive Naturalist Internship begins March 3rd, 2014 and runs through November 22nd, 2014. A $550/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. Interpretive Naturalist Interns will work weekends and usually have two consecutive days off during the work week. The ICF campus is located 10 miles from downtown Baraboo, WI. 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. Qualifications:Two years of college or an equivalent practical experience; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to teach diverse audiences in a non-formal setting; aptitude to provide exceptional customer service; and be able to work cohesively as a member of the ICF team. 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. Application Procedure: Applicants should send a one page cover letter, resume (no more than two pages), and contact information for three references to: Mr. Cully Shelton, Interpretive Programs Manager (cshelton@savingcranes.org). Positions are open until filled.