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International Crane Foundation

Aviculture Internship

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill 1 Aviculture Internship position for Spring 2017.


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 just outside Baraboo, WI (one hour north of Madison, WI).  ICF is open to the public every day from April 15th to October 31st each year. ICF exhibits the only collection in the world of all 15 species of crane.  The Crane Conservation Department (CCD) is responsible for the care and management of approximately 120 birds year-round.  CCD Aviculture interns assist the full-time staff in the day to day management of the collection.  For more information, please visit our website at


Duration:  6-month, starting beginning of April 


Description: Aviculture Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the ICF Crane Conservation Department and will:


  • Develop husbandry skills related to daily cleaning and feeding of the flock
  • Learn and practice safe crane handling and restraint techniques
  • Conduct breeding behavior observations and learn to identify crane behaviors and vocalizations
  • Acquire an understanding of captive propagation including participation in artificial insemination, egg incubation, and chick rearing
  • Participates in the management of birds in public display areas to support site visitor program and aviculture goals
  • Achieve experience planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating a behavioral modification program
  • Assist with routine crane facility maintenance activities
  • Assist the Conservation Education Department with visitor outreach through keeper chats during the visitor season. 
  • 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.
  • Meet and work with a variety of international colleagues and professional staff at ICF.
  • Assist in the completion of one or several projects related to the goals, work plan, and objectives of the ICF Crane Conservation Department as time allows (e.g. help with behavioral monitoring; data entry and analysis; research related projects, etc.).


A taxable $567/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 every day in all weather conditions found in Wisconsin.  Aviculture Interns will work weekends and holidays; they will have two consecutive days off during the work week.  A typical work week may be 40-50 hours and will require some evening checks.  Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.  All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time they apply.  

Experience Required

Qualifications: Two years of college or equivalent practical experience; knowledge of avian biology and interest in animal husbandry/zoo keeping; ability to work both independently and in a team environment; strong oral and written communication skills. This position is physically demanding at times. Applicants must be able to carry 50 pounds and be able to lift, bend, or stoop for extended lengths of time.


$567/month plus on-site housing

How to Apply

Application Procedure: Applicants should send a one page cover letter including start date availability, resume (no more than two pages), and contact information for three references to: Cynthia Gitter, Assistant Curator ( Please use the subject line “Aviculture Internship” in the email. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

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

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