Conservation Education Naturalist Intern

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Sunday, December 12, 2021, 3:00am


Baraboo, WI
United States

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The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is a leader in the conservation of the world's 15 crane species. We provide experience, knowledge, and inspiration to involve people in resolving threats to cranes and the ecosystems vital to their long-term survival. ICF has projects around the world, and our international headquarters is nestled in the rolling hills of rural Sauk County, Wisconsin. We are just one hour north of Madison in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  Visit our website at for more information.

ICF Conservation Education Naturalist Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the Conservation Education Department (CED) and will:

  • Learn to develop interpretive programs that make a positive impact for conservation.
  • Acquire confidence as you develop your public speaking skills.
  • Lead interpretive tours at ICF for visiting schools, community organizations, private groups, and the public.
  • Assist in the completion of one or several projects related to the goals, work plan, and objectives of the ICF Conservation Education Department (CED) (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 signage; assist in managing ICF’s volunteer program; research policy related projects and initiatives; etc.)
  • Plan, organize, promote, and execute one or more special events onsite (Mother’s Day, Whooping Crane Day, Cranes of the World Festival, Good Neighbor Day).
  • Provide outreach programs for local schools, civic groups, housing facilities, parks, and festivals.
  • Conduct virtual outreach programming for groups that cannot visit our site.
  • Conduct duties associated with opening/closing the visitor center, exhibits, and gift shop daily.
  • Learn about ICF project initiatives related to crane ecology, behavior, and husbandry; field conservation and ecology; and ecosystem restoration techniques and processes.
  • Assist with the sale of admission tickets, gift shop merchandise, annual memberships, and overall ICF site orientation as needed.
  • Have the opportunity to volunteer with and participate in job shadowing experiences in other departments at ICF.
  • Meet and work with a variety of international colleagues and professional staff at ICF.

ICF’s Conservation Education Naturalist Internship begins March 14th, 2022, through November 18th, 2022. A taxable $800/monthly 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 in Wisconsin. Conservation Education 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 and is adjacent to state parks and many nature-oriented activity areas. 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.

The International Crane Foundation achieves our mission by working with individuals, teams, and communities in more than 50 countries. The ability to form cooperative relationships with people from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds requires ICF to seek out and engage with staff, volunteers and associates who value and honor these relationships. ICF recruits individuals who have a true passion for our mission, regardless of race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical and mental abilities, and religious choice. Each person’s life experiences, backgrounds, thoughts and ideas make ICF stronger. ICF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Two years of college or equivalent practical experience required; B.A. or B.S. or Associate degree in a relevant program is preferred. Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply, however studies relating to wildlife conservation, education, or biology are preferred. The applicant should have a strong desire to teach diverse audiences in a non-formal setting. Candidates should demonstrate an interest/background in the fields of interpretation, environmental education, conservation biology, ornithology, education, digital marketing, graphic design, film/documentary production, or other related fields. Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license.


How to Apply:

Applicants should send a one-page cover letter, resume (no more than two pages), and contact information for three references to with the subject line “Conservation Education Naturalist Intern”.

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position will remain open until filled.

If selected, applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to arrival for internship or request a religious or reasonable accommodation.

ICF is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer.