The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is looking for a community-oriented team member in Alabama to provide outreach on conservation efforts for the endangered Whooping Crane. This is a limited-term employment opportunity. Salary is $15.00 an hour.
ICF is a leader in the conservation of the world’s 15 crane species and is dedicated to providing experience, knowledge, and inspiration to involve people in resolving threats to cranes and the ecosystems vital to their long-term survival. The Whooping Crane Outreach Program, located at our global headquarters in Baraboo, WI, is committed to increasing awareness and protection of the most endangered crane, the Whooping Crane. Our outreach program administers important educational and community-based outreach efforts in areas Whooping Cranes nest to alleviate historic and present-day threats due to habitat loss and increasing threats from illegal shootings. As a staff member at ICF, you will learn through hands-on experience mentored by seasoned professionals. We are committed to developing your skills and providing you with the support and skillset to become a future leader in your field.
Duration and Salary: 7 months. Position to start September 2022. $15/hour
The Whooping Crane Outreach Program Assistant II supports the mission of the International Crane Foundation and initiatives necessary to preserve and grow Whooping Crane populations. Within the North America Program, this position involves engaging individuals and conservation partners willing to assist with the awareness and protection of Whooping Cranes. The Assistant will form appropriate partnerships that include involving hunters, landowners and other citizens in monitoring and keeping “watch” over the Whooping Cranes in their areas.
The Assistant will educate and inspire people of all ages and walks of life by providing education and outreach programs in Alabama that develop an awareness for Whooping Cranes and the ecosystems they depend on and a commitment to safeguard their future.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The primary duty of the Whooping Crane Outreach Program Assistant will be to conduct the Whooping Crane awareness program in Alabama in key Whooping Crane areas and large metropolitan areas. The Outreach Program Assistant II will gain valuable experience working with the ICF Conservation Education Department and North America Program and will:
- Provide virtual and in-person outreach programming to K-12 classrooms, civic organizations, hunting groups, gun clubs, birding groups, zoos, and other key organizations near Whooping Crane use areas or in large cities. This work will be done independently, with weekly check ins from a supervisor.
- Form and maintain partnerships with hunters, landowners, and other citizens who monitor or keep watch over the Whooping Cranes in their areas.
- Assist ICF staff with outreach efforts to raise awareness about Whooping Cranes in Alabama. This could include media interviews, organizing awareness events, and fundraisers and other duties as needed.
- Train and coordinate volunteers to help ICF at outreach events.
- Coordinate distribution of marketing materials.
- Receive training on delivering Whooping Crane programs to all ages in the first two weeks of the position. Work with our education and outreach team to give presentations to adults and K-12 audiences, either online or in-person.
- Work with hunters through hunter education classroom and online courses to raise awareness about Whooping Cranes.
- 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.
- Perform other tasks as assigned.
- Oral communication: Excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate conservation messages to a wide range of audiences, from individuals to lecture halls.
- Teamwork and Collaboration: Work cooperatively with individuals across departments, making valuable contributions to shared projects and assisting with outputs of others.
- Written Communication: Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to effectively proofread and edit reports and correspondence in a clear, concise, logical, and effective manner while utilizing proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure.
- Detail-oriented: Carefully monitors the details and quality of own and others’ work, ensuring accuracy and effectiveness of large and small projects and products.
- Organization and Time Management: Manage multiple concurrent and competing priorities in a fast-paced workplace, using appropriate manual and electronic resources to ensure timely completion.
- Customer Service: Very strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with key stakeholders.
- Project Management: Demonstrated experience independently leading projects, providing metrics of milestones and meeting deadlines.
- Associate’s Degree (Bachelor’s preferred) in a biological field, communications, sociology, or other relevant field preferred.
- Valid state driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
- Experience with public speaking, diverse partnerships, and volunteer management
- Access to a vehicle for travel (your work travel will be paid for through ICF funds)
- Work as a constructive member of a team, and commitment to the free sharing of information and technical expertise as needed.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently on project planning and coordinating with a long list of external partners.
- Demonstrated ability to set goals and reach them.
- Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for others; inspire trust; and work with integrity.
- Experience delivering programs via online platforms.
Preferred Experience and Knowledge:
- Background relating to wildlife conservation, education, or biology preferred
- Proficiency with basic Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and PowerPoint
- Experience working with volunteers to achieve desired results; delegate work; train and encourage skill development; access and provide feedback on individual performance.
- Exceptional customer service, proficient public speaking skills and the ability to teach diverse audiences in a non-formal setting.
- Demonstrated a strong interest/background in the fields of interpretation, environmental education, conservation biology, ornithology, education, graphic design, film/documentary production, or other related fields.
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, 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 work outdoors in a various weather conditions.
Office environment with a comfortable climate and limited noise.
Application Procedure: Applicants should send a one-page cover letter that also includes start date, resume, and contact information for three references to: ICFjobs@savingcranes.org. Please use the subject line “Outreach Assistant – Alabama” Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
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ICF is an equal opportunity employer.