Organization: Audubon Nature Institute Species Survival Center
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Job or Internship: Job
Description: Answering directly to the Crane Program Coordinator, the Audubon Nature Institute crane keeper is a valuable part of a team dedicated to the captive husbandry, propagation, and recovery of the endangered Mississippi sandhill crane (Grus canadensis pulla) and Whooping crane (Grus Americana).
• Provide daily care of the captive flock of fifty cranes.
• Perform seasonal artificial insemination of breeding flock.
• Assist in egg handling and incubation practices.
• Assist in the "costume-raising" of five to twenty-five Mississippi sandhill crane chicks per year.
• Identify and correct maintenance issues. Often conducting many projects at one time.
• Maintain records and conduct behavioral observations.
• Assist in the training and supervision of other keepers, interns, and volunteers.
• Assist veterinary and supervisory staff in treating animals as assigned.
• Prepare and follow prescribed diets and feeding procedures.
• Maintain regular attendance in compliance with Audubon Nature Institute’s standards, as required by scheduling which may vary according to the needs of the organization.
• Maintain high standards of personal appearance and grooming, which includes wearing the proper uniform and name tag when working.
• Comply at all times with Audubon Nature Institute’s standards and regulations to encourage safe and efficient operations.
• A bachelor's degree in a life science field and two years’ experience working with birds preferred.
• A proven interest in birds. Prior experience in avian captive breeding ideal but not necessary.
• A comprehensive understanding of avian imprinting.
• Observe strict costume protocol, including not speaking for long periods of time.
• Perform repetitive tasks in costume, outdoors, in extreme heat, high humidity, heavy rain, and around a wide array of potentially harmful snakes and insects.
• Work safely in costume with accompanying visual obstruction around small, mobile chicks.
• Lift, carry, push, and pull 50 lbs.
• Pleasantly receive and follow direction well.
• Work well both independently and in a small group.
• With training, be able to safely manage tall aggressive birds.
• Anticipate, identify, prevent, and solve problems.
• Risk periodic exposure to fairly predictable and controllable hazards associated with wild animals and zoonotic diseases.
• Possess a good attitude, common sense, and able to produce quality work in fast paced, high pressure situations.
• Excellent communication skills. Convey information and ideas clearly and in a timely manner.
• Some people management skills a plus.
• A current tetanus shot and proof of a negative TB test prior to starting.
• A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
• Willingness and ability to work weekends, holidays, and overtime.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume at the Audubon Nature Institute website –