Outreach Coordinator – Whooping Crane

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Deadline to Apply:

Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 12:00pm


Baraboo,, WI
United States

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Job Description:

Over the past 45 years, The International Crane Foundation (ICF) has grown from the dream of two college students to a world-renowned conservation effort to save the world’s cranes and the flyways and habitats they frequent.  The successful candidate will be a conservation minded individual who will bring their outreach experience to the world of Cranes.  If you are not currently a crane enthusiast do not worry you will become one fast in our mission-based organization.

What is it like to work at ICF? Prepare to be surrounded by people who are passionate for our mission, dedicated to the organization and engaged with their fellow staff and associates. Our campus is located on 200+ acres of rolling prairies with trails. ICF operates a zoo that features all 15 of the world’s cranes.  The salary range is $42,000 to $45,000, plus a nice benefit package. You will play a critical role in promoting and expanding our mission across the U.S. and 55 countries around the world.  Does this sound like you?  

Position Summary:

The Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator supports the mission of the International Crane Foundation by providing the leadership of initiatives necessary to preserve and grow Whooping Crane populations. The effort involves engaging individuals and conservation partners willing to assist with the awareness and protection of Whooping Cranes. The Coordinator will work with all stakeholders to develop awareness and caring for Whooping Cranes and develop their commitment to safeguard Whooping Cranes; areas of emphasis will be communities in states where reintroduced Eastern Migratory Population (EMP) of Whooping Cranes occur.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and coordinate Whooping Crane behavior change campaigns and evaluate their impact in partnership with social scientists. Identify needs and gaps in the initiatives and adjust as necessary for effectiveness.
  • Build and maintain partnerships with communities in Whooping Crane flyway states. Key partners will include state agencies, US Fish & Wildlife Service, hunting clubs and organizations, birding groups, conservation nonprofits, and private businesses.
  • In partnership with social scientists, assess the knowledge, values, and behaviors of community members towards Whooping Cranes in areas where Whooping Cranes occur. Evaluate the impact of ICF’s outreach work on knowledge, value, and behavior and modify initiatives to ensure effectiveness.
  • When Whooping Crane shooting cases occur, lead efforts to work with law enforcement, journalists, local advocates, prosecuting attorneys, and judges to ensure tougher sentences for perpetrators.
  • Communicate, through written materials and presentations for different audiences, information about Whooping Cranes and why their protection is important. Audiences will include school groups, civic organizations, hunting groups, and birding/conservation clubs. Work with journalists to promote Whooping Cranes in print and online publications.
  • Identify and engage community outreach agents and work with them to design and implement a Whooping Crane awareness and protection initiative.


Additional duties:

  • Supervise and train interns, LTEs, and full-time staff at headquarters and remotely off-site. Provide mentorship and seek opportunities for interns and LTEs to grow their skillsets and networks.
  • Develop annual work plans and budgets. Manage budgets from multiple sources with different spending timelines. Review and approve monthly expense reports for employees.
  • Assist in raising funds for the initiatives through grant proposal writing and reporting, donor solicitation in partnership with the development team, and identifying funding sources through a network of partners.
  • Coordinate Human Dimensions of Crane Conservation internal discussion group at the International Crane Foundation, including international staff.
  • Provide a leadership role in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums – Saving Animals from Extinction, Whooping Crane Program.


Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrated experience with project management and independently leading projects, providing metrics of milestones and meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated community leadership and ability to work with a diversity of stakeholders in communities. 
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings and coordinate the actions of diverse groups of stakeholders using both in-person and remote access approaches.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including speaking clearly and persuasively to individuals and groups; listening effectively; responding well to questions from the general public.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to effectively draft correspondence and reports in a clear, concise, logical, and grammatically correct manner; and ability to vary writing style to meet the needs of the audience and media.
  • Experience with grant writing or other forms of fundraising.

Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a biological field, communications, sociology, or other relevant field, and preferably three years related experience.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time, including travel in Wisconsin and flyway states.  During travel, work outside of normal business hours will be required.
  • Experience and comfort using word processing, spreadsheet, email, and power point software (MS Office), internet search engines, and remote meeting platforms.
  • Ability to adapt quickly, effectively, and continually to changes in work duties, processes, and technologies, and give attention to detail and thoroughness.
  • Valid state driver’s license and acceptable driving record.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Work as a constructive member of a team and commitment to the free sharing of information and technical expertise as needed.
  • Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for others; inspire trust; and work with integrity.
  • Experience working with volunteers to achieve desired results; delegate work; train and encourage skill development; access and provide feedback on individual performance.
  • Experience working with hunters, youth, and rural audiences.
  • Experience with various form of media; cameras/photography, film editing or the development of multi-media education tools and managing social media accounts for a business or organization.


Physical Abilities and Work Environment:

  • The physical abilities and work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Ability to operate computer and phones.
  • Ability to communicate with fellow staff, donors, and the general public. Communication will include both one to one communication and small and large group communication.
  • Must be able to remain in stationary position for 5-7 hours a day.
  • Occasionally required to lift and move items up to 20 pounds.
  • Occasionally required to move throughout the building and throughout the site. 


Work Environment:

Office environment with a comfortable climate and limited noise.  Occasional travel.

How to Apply:

To apply send resume and cover letter to ICFjobs@savingcranes.org  Please put Outreach in the subject line.

“ICF is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We hire great people regardless of background. “

ICF is an equal opportunity employer