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Crane Captive Breeding Internship

Job Type
Internship
Job Location
Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species

 

Job Description:

The Audubon Nature Institute Species Survival Center (New Orleans, LA), Spring (Feb/Mar - Apr/May), Summer (May/June - July/Aug), Fall (Aug/Sept - Oct/Nov), Winter Nov/Dec - Jan/Feb). Start dates are flexible.  Crane Captive Breeding Internship (start and end dates somewhat negotiable, 12 consecutive weeks. Intern will gain valuable, hands-on experience in the captive propagation of the endangered Mississippi sandhill crane and whooping crane. Responsibilities include the daily husbandry of a captive flock of 40 cranes, assisting keepers in the practice of artificial insemination of cranes for the purpose of producing fertile eggs, costume-rearing MSC chicks (feeding, cleaning, exercising), maintaining facilities, record keeping, and behavioral observations. This is an unpaid internship. Housing is available.

Qualifications:

  1. Some quantifiable, hands-on, animal husbandry experience, such as: farm, zoo, pet store, wildlife rehabilitation center, stables, kennel, vet office, or similar. 
  2. A sincere interest in birds and two years college or equivalent practical experience, preferably in the fields of ornithology, zoology, conservation biology, or captive wildlife. 
  3. Good judgment and exemplary attention to detail.
  4. A positive attitude and a solid work ethic.
  5. Ability to communicate positively and effectively with co-workers both verbally and in writing.
  6. Ability to work independently and execute tasks efficiently and accurately.
  7. A comprehensive understanding of avian imprinting and its role in costume-raising endangered crane chicks for release into the wild.
  8. Ability to work safely with some visual obstruction around small, mobile chicks. 
  9. Ability to perform duties outdoors in heat, humidity, and rain, to lift 50 lbs., and work weekends and holidays. 

PLEASE NOTE: To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and three references to: Richard Dunn, rdunn@auduboninstitute.org

Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
800-774-7394
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