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TomKat Ranch is a learning laboratory and grass-fed cattle ranch in Pescadero, California. Our mission is to provide healthy food on working lands in a way that sustains the planet and inspires others to action. We work closely with community, academic, research, and private institutions to deepen and spread regenerative ranching practices.
Regenerative Ranching is the science, art, or occupation of providing ample, nutritious food; improving local economies equitably; building soil fertility; restoring biodiversity, water cycling, and water quality; and using natural processes to achieve climate stability by restoring carbon and other nutrients to the soil.
The Regenerative Ranching Summer Internship (June – August) is a paid ($12-$15/hr) educational opportunity that provides broad exposure and experience for individuals interested in regenerative food systems. Over the summer, interns gain experience in land and soil stewardship, wildlife conservation and protection, compost science, regenerative cattle grazing, small business development, ranch management, and ecological data collection and research design. The primary focus of this program is to offer a breadth of regenerative ranching knowledge. Opportunities to take on a specific project or focus while at TomKat, such as soil testing, mapping, monitoring, cattle measurements or a mission-aligned idea proposed by the intern are available and encouraged, but not required for a successful internship.
Interns work primarily with the ranch’s Land & Livestock Team. We approach ranching and land management holistically. This means that our Land & Livestock management decisions are made such that they balance and optimize outcomes for the whole ranch, our community, and the ecosystems. Examples include; developing an annual grazing plan to promote wildlife habitat, and cattle fertility and gains, adjusting the intensity and duration of cattle grazing to promote native and perennial grasses while increasing total biomass.
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age with the ability to safely perform manual labor in varied climatic conditions and must be willing to work outdoors and with livestock. A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record (no major infractions) are strongly preferred and documentation establishing the right to work in the United States is required.
We are looking for candidates from all academic disciplines and professional backgrounds. Most prior interns have a college degree or are working towards one, however, this is not a requirement. Prior experience working outdoors and with livestock is desired, but also not required. Successful applicants will be self-motivated, curious, hard-working and able to communicate well with a diverse team. Interns will be expected to work 50-60 hours/week and some evenings and/or weekends. Interns will have one full day off per week. On-site housing is provided, but not mandatory.
TomKat Ranch is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage anyone excited about the opportunity to learn and gain hands-on experience in regenerative ranching to apply.
Approximate Time Distribution
- 30% Ranch chores and maintenance
- Instruction and training
- Weed eating
- Feeding ranch animals, Mucking stalls, cleaning out ranch chicken coop
- Vehicle maintenance
- Fence maintenance
- 20% Meetings, field trips, events, and other assorted educational opportunities
*interns can anticipate going on field trips several times per month.
Sample Daily Schedule
|7:00 am||Land and Livestock Check-ins|
|7:30 am – 12:00 pm||Livestock care, building and taking down fence, moving water troughs, general ranch work as time allows|
|12:00 pm -1:00pm||Lunch|
|2:00 pm – 4:30 pm||Soil Class with Point Blue Conservation Science|
|4:30 pm – 5:30 pm||General ranch work/training/instruction|
*On weekend interns will assist with cattle and may also work at a farmers market.*