The Crane Trust, Inc. is a non-profit organization devoted to addressing protection and enhancement solutions in order to mirror the unique and extraordinary habitat that has been used by the endangered whooping crane, two sub-species of sandhill cranes and other migratory birds along the Big Bend Region of the Platte River Valley in Nebraska.

Employment OpportunitiesThe Crane Trust consists of two facilities: the main campus includes the headquarter office, research laboratory, Pietrok VIP viewing blinds and Legacy Cabins. The second facility is the beautiful nature and visitor center located off I-80 exit 305 which welcomes guests to the Crane Trust’s rare, protected lands year round—and to the great sandhill crane migration in the spring. With an art gallery, gift shop, butterfly garden, roughly 10 miles of nature trails and a herd of genetically pure American bison, there is plenty for visitors to do during their visit.

Our compelling mission creates the foundation for rewarding and challenging careers. With a small, dedicated staff consisting of a diverse background including biologists, land managers, fundraising, marketing, and other professionals, everyone contributes to our mission of conservation and the enhancement of this rare ecosystem, including 4,500 continuous acres of native grassland prairie, wet meadows and an uninterrupted seven-mile stretch of the historic Platte River. Whatever your expertise, you’ll find an environment that encourages innovation and collaboration.

Employment Opportunities


Internships, similar to the REACH program, occasionally arise. Please send inquiries to info@cranetrust.org along with a cover letter, resume and two references. Also, include whether your interest lies in biological research, land management, or outreach and education.

Current Opportunities

Director of Development – DOWNLOAD JOB DESCRIPTION

The Crane Trust, a leading conservation organization and tourist destination, has an exciting opportunity for an experienced fundraising professional. If you have at least 5 years of proven fundraising success, please send cover letter and resume to the Crane Trust, Attn: Human Resources, 6611 West Whooping Crane Drive, Wood River, NE 68883 or email to wbailey@cranetrust.org.

Event and Marketing Coordinator – download job description
The Crane Trust is seeking an Event and Marketing Coordinator. This position will work to coordinate and execute an exceptional guest experience for a variety of visitors at the Crane Trust. An ideal candidate will have experience in customer service and event planning. If you are interested, please send cover letter and resume to Crane Trust, Attn: Human Resources, 6611 West Whooping Crane Drive, Wood River, NE 68883 or email to wbailey@cranetrust.org.