Whooping Crane Outreach Program Associate

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Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 5:00pm


Baraboo, WI
United States

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Position Background and Summary:

The Whooping Crane Outreach Associate supports the mission of the International Crane Foundation by providing support to initiatives necessary to preserve and grow the reintroduced eastern migratory population of Whooping Cranes in their breeding grounds in Wisconsin. The effort involves engaging individuals and conservation partners willing to assist with the awareness and protection of Whooping Cranes. ICF’s Whooping Crane Outreach Associate position begins Wednesday, March 15th and runs through Friday, November 19th, 2021. 

The Associate will work with individuals and groups to develop awareness and caring for Whooping Cranes and develop their commitment to safeguard Whooping Cranes in their areas.  This position will focus on the breeding range of the eastern migratory population of Whooping Cranes, which is in central Wisconsin.

The Associate will form appropriate partnerships that include involving farmers, hunters, landowners and other community members to create strong collaboration and advocacy for the protection and awareness of Whooping Cranes in their areas.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Use the principles of interpretation to educate and inspire people of all ages and walks of life by providing crane education and outreach programs in Wisconsin. This includes visits to public and private schools, homeschool groups, civic organizations, hunting groups, gun clubs, birding groups and other organizations. Most of this work will take place in Wisconsin, but there may be opportunities to work in other states.
  • Lead the International Crane Foundation’s outreach efforts to raise awareness about cranes in Wisconsin, including the endangered Whooping Crane. Outreach efforts include tabling at organizing awareness events, visiting classrooms, and planning events and other duties as needed.
  • Assist in the completion of one or several projects related to the goals, work plan, and objectives of the Conservation Education and outreach program (e.g. updating K-12 Whooping Crane education materials, crane trunk program coordination, on site special events)
  • Work with hunters through hunter education classroom and online courses to raise awareness about crane conservation.
  • Interact and assist with the sale of merchandise, and annual memberships.
  • Coordinate and train ICF volunteers for outreach programs and other projects.
  • Work collaboratively with academic researchers to evaluate the impact of ICF’s outreach programs.
  • Maintain and develop new relationships with community partners.
  • Maintain a database of contacts and outreach events.
  • Participate in strategic planning for the Wisconsin outreach program.
  • Plan, design, and evaluate interpretive programs and written materials, and create marketing materials using Adobe graphic design programs.
  • Translate educational materials from English to Spanish.
  • 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.
  • Learn about ICF project initiatives related to crane ecology, behavior, and husbandry; field conservation and ecology; and ecosystem restoration techniques and processes.
  • 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.

Qualifications required:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including speaking clearly and persuasively to individuals and groups; listening effectively; responding well to questions from the general public as well as experts.
  • Strong experience in the fields of interpretation, environmental education, conservation biology, ornithology, education, graphic design, or other related fields.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct K-12 programs both inside and outside of a classroom setting.
  • 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.
  • Ability to develop new ideas or approaches to engage, educate, and inspire behavior change in community members.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time, including travel throughout Wisconsin and potentially other midwestern states.
  • Valid state driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
  • Experience and comfort using email, word processing, spreadsheet, and power point software (MS Office) and internet search engines.
  • Attention to detail and thoroughness.
  • Ability to quickly, effectively, and continually adapt to changes in work duties, processes, and technologies.
  • 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.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a biological field, communications, sociology, or other relevant field and preferably three years related experience.
  • Experience working with volunteers to achieve desired results; delegate work; train and encourage skill development; access and provide feedback on individual performance.
  • Experience working effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders to achieve a challenging goal.
  • Experience working with youth, rural, hunter, and farmer audiences.

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 use hands and fingers to type.
  • Ability to lift or move up to 25 pounds; occasionally reaching, stooping and kneeling.
  • Ability to walk and sit for reasonable periods of time.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to work outside a traditional office and in a variety of environments while traveling.
  • Ability to travel long distances, including solo driving.

Revised:  12/16/2020                       ***

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a one-page cover letter, resume (no more than two pages), and contact information for three references to ICFinternships@savingcranes.org with the subject line “Whooping Crane Outreach Associate”.

Phone: (608)356-9462

Positions are open until filled. Hire is dependent on a clean background check.