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Crane Intern- Stipend

Posted: January 17, 2024 Expired: February 14, 2024
Freeport McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center
New Orleans

Freeport McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center

The Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center (FMASSC) is a breeding and conservation facility run by Audubon Nature Institute. It is a unique piece of property that expands approximately 1,000 acres in an area south of downtown New Orleans and is closed to the general public. The FMASSC is the conservation and breeding center focused on hoofstock and its Cane Recovery Program.

Crane Intern- Stipend

This internship runs from March-November 2024. Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience working with a large collection of endangered whooping cranes and Mississippi sandhill cranes and other various bird species at this AZA certified facility. The internship starts at the beginning of the crane nesting season and ends with the release of offspring to the wild, with out USFWS and LDWF partners. Interns will gain experience in husbandry, enrichment, record keeping, diet preparation, monitoring animal behavior, assist in egg processing, costume-rearing of chicks, artificial insemination, pen design and maintenance, and veterinary procedures as they relate to general animal care. This internship offers a stipend and free onsite housing. The position is contingent on passing a background check and drug test.

Daily tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Diet preparation
  • Feeding Cleaning enclosures (raking, sweeping, mopping, hosing etc.)
  • Behavioral observations
  • Facility maintenance (fence repair, mowing, weed eating, painting, etc.)
  • Helping maintain and service incubators and the eggs within
  • Wearing heavy denim costumes while walking, feeding, and cleaning around chicks
  • Daily care for individual birds, pairs, flocks, and chicks
  • Preparation and administering of enrichment items
  • Assist staff with veterinary procedures when required
  • Interns living on grounds are expected to keep the house clean

Experience Required

Requirements: A sincere interest in birds. Strong interest in animal care, husbandry and conservation. Comprehensive understanding of avian imprinting and it’s relation to costume rearing Capable of accurately following written and verbal directions, policies and protocols. Good attitude and solid work ethic. Ability to work alone or as part of a team. Ability to work outdoors in physically demanding adverse conditions (heat, humidity, rain, biting insects, poison ivy, and snakes etc.), limited visibility, and lift 50 lbs. Up-to-date tetanus vaccination and proof of negative TB skin test prior to beginning work. Must be able to pass a background check and drug test.

Further Comments

Applicants must be 18 or older.


Free onsite housing available, stipend, free entrance to other Audubon Nature Institute facilities


Gross $200 per week stipend

How to Apply

Send the following to Richard Dunn,, by January 25, 2024.

  • Cover letter - please state “stipend crane internship position” in your coverletter or email so we know what you are applying for
  • Resume
  • 3 Reference contacts

Freeport McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center
14001 Patterson Rd
New Orleans, LA 70131
Fax: Freeport McMoRan Audubon

@Freeport McMoRan Aud

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