Be part of a team to develop and implement a small ruminant program,  currently ~100 goats.

Small Ruminant Assistant

TomKat Ranch is an educational ranch located an hour from San Francisco and Santa Cruz, CA.

POSITION PURPOSE

  • Part of a team to develop and implement a small ruminant program,  currently ~100 goats.
  • Develop and build your technical and management skills in regenerative agriculture.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

  • Humility, open-mindedness
  • Desire to learn and grow
  • Strong work ethic 
  • Good sense of humor
  • Appreciate hard work in tough outdoor environments
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Ability to work independently or in a team
  • Interest in learning concepts, operations, activities, programs, goals of TomKat Ranch

JOB RELATED AND ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

Overview:

Ability to perform ranch-related duties including: 10+hour days (as needed) in winter and summer outdoor conditions; a considerable amount of physical effort to fence daily in and around poison oak, hike on steep terrain, stoop, crouch, climb, and lift in performance of assigned duties;  ability to work around animals, farm tools, electric and barb wire fences, and equipment in a safe manner; subject to outdoor working conditions, including exposure to dust, noise, heat, cold, brush, ticks; ability to recognize and work safely around hazards associated with ranching, ability to travel to different sites and locations.

Duties described below are examples and are not meant to be an exhaustive or all-inclusive list: 

  • Basic small ruminant stockmanship: herding and handling
  • Daily fencing, monitoring, and care
  • ATV use – steep terrain
  • Grazing planning, execution, and monitoring
  • Data collection and management
  • Collaborate with the cattle team
  • Daily care – vet and kidding  
  • Work and care for livestock guard dogs 
  • Good communication skills
  • Grazing in or around Prescribed burns on the ranch

Opportunity to participate in the following, depending on skills and workload:

  • Assist in the management of cattle and other livestock, including herding in pastures and corrals; vaccinations and treatments; loading and hauling; feeding; building fences for cattle and grassland management.  
  • Assist with planned grazing program, including developing skills to create and adjust grazing plans, collecting and analyzing monitoring data, and managing the health of pastures, soils, and animals. 
  • Assist with general ranch management; building and maintaining water systems, fencing, infrastructure; operating and maintaining ATVs, tractors, equipment, facilities, landscape, and road maintenance.  
  • Participate in the ranch’s education and outreach programs that introduce visitors to concepts, operations, and activities.
  • Attend conferences, classes, and/or visits to other ranches to expand knowledge of related subjects in regenerative agriculture. 
  • Work in gardens with soil, weeding, planting, and harvesting.

Basic Skills:

  • Experience with livestock – especially ruminants 
  • Basics of holistic management concepts and regenerative agriculture, livestock care
  • Interest in open range herding 
  • Interest in grazing planning, executing and monitoring, planning, research, ecology
  • Knowledge or willingness to practice low-stress livestock handling
  • Willing to be involved in Vet and Kidding responsibilities
  • Comfortable working with Livestock Guard Dogs and Herding  Dogs
  • Intermediate ATV rider familiar with steep terrain or willing to learn 
  • Able or willing to operate farm tools, equipment, vehicles, computers

Preferred Skills:

  • Small ruminant husbandry skills 
  • Knowledge of basic holistic management concepts and regenerative agriculture
  • Corral experience with livestock 
  • Grazing planning 
  • Experience with electric fence 
  • Ability to load and haul livestock with gooseneck trailers=

Essential Attributes:

  • Maintain high standards of efficient, ethical, and professional operation for the well-being of the Ranch’s staff, facilities, land, animals, and resources
  • Establish and maintain positive, cooperative, effective relationships with high energy team
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing to colleagues and visitors
  • Possess a Class C California Driver’s License in good standing

DETAILS OF EMPLOYMENT

Report to Ranch Manager or his/her delegate.
Work 6 days, 50-60 hours/week (may be asked to work some evenings).
One full day off per week, one full weekend off per month. 

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Hourly wage commensurate with experience and education.  Starting: $22/hour, may increase after 90 day probation period to $24/hour
  • Personal stock dogs welcome once vetted compensation package available
  • Education, classes, and training
  • On-site housing (studio apartment), partner welcome
  • Insurance – health, dental, vision, life 
  • Up to 4 weeks paid vacation depending on hours worked
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid sick days – 1 hour/30 hrs worked
  • Simple IRA with 3% match from employer 
  • Cell phone reimbursement 
  • $100/month self care stipend
  • Discounted meat for employees
  • Potential for multi-year contract

 

If interested, please send Cover Letter and Resume to mark@tomkatranch.org