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Crane Captive Breeding Internship
Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species
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.
- Some quantifiable, hands-on, animal husbandry experience, such as: farm, zoo, pet store, wildlife rehabilitation center, stables, kennel, vet office, or similar.
- 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.
- Good judgment and exemplary attention to detail.
- A positive attitude and a solid work ethic.
- Ability to communicate positively and effectively with co-workers both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to work independently and execute tasks efficiently and accurately.
- A comprehensive understanding of avian imprinting and its role in costume-raising endangered crane chicks for release into the wild.
- Ability to work safely with some visual obstruction around small, mobile chicks.
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org