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International Crane Foundation

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.

Crane Conservation Naturalist/ Digital Media Intern

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill one Crane Conservation Naturalist/ Digital Media Intern position with the Conservation Education Department in 2017.
 
ICF 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. Although ICF has projects all around the world the 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. For more information, please visit our website at www.savingcranes.org
 
Description:
The ICF Crane Conservation Naturalist/ Digital Media Intern will fill requirements set by the Antonia Foundation Grant and will focus on technology and its role in non-personal interpretation for the conservation of cranes. The Crane Conservation Naturalist/ Digital Media Intern will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the Conservation Education Department and will:
  • Develop and lead daily interpretive tours at ICF for visiting schools, community organizations, private groups, and the general public.
  • Interact and assist with the sale of admission tickets, gift shop merchandise, annual memberships, and overall ICF site orientation on a daily basis.
  • Assist in the completion of one or several projects related to the goals, work plan, and objectives of the ICF Conservation Education Department with a focus on non-personal interpretation. Responsibilities will include collaboration on scripts, photography, development of social media posts, recording and coordinating a video library for internal and external use, video editing, and updating of digital resources such as iBooks.
  • 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.
 
ICF’s Crane Conservation Naturalist/ Digital Media Intern begins March 1st, 2017 and runs through November 17th, 2017. A taxable $565/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. Naturalist Interns will work weekends and will have two consecutive days off during the work-week. The ICF campus is set in a rural Wisconsin setting at the edge of Wisconsin’s beautiful Driftless area. 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. ICF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Experience Required

Qualifications: B.A. or B.S. preferred. Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply, however studies relating to wildlife conservation, education, or biology are preferred. The applicant should have exceptional customer service, proficient public speaking skills and a strong desire to teach diverse audiences in a non-formal setting. Proficiency with iMovie, Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premiere Pro is preferred. Candidates should demonstrate an interest/background in the fields of interpretation, environmental education, conservation biology, ornithology, education, digital marketing, graphic design, film/documentary production, and other related fields.

Perks

Local reciprocity programs, included housing with utilities and appliances, garden plot, community, opportunities to work with other departments.

Salary

$565/mo + Housing

How to Apply

Application Procedure: Applicants should send a one page cover letter, resume (no more than two pages), and contact information for three references to: Andy Bingle, Interpretive Programs Manager (abingle@savingcranes.org). Phone: 608-356-9462 x108 Positions are open until filled and review process will start immediately upon application submission. Position offering closes Wednesday, February 15th 2017.

International Crane Foundation
E11376 Shady Lane Road
Baraboo, WI 53913
Phone: 608-356-9462

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