Listing Information

Number of Workers Sought

1

Type of Farm

Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats)

Marketing Strategy

Restaurant, Commodity, Other

Marketing Strategy (Other)

Consumer Direct

Paid

Yes

Pay Rate

$500/month minimum

Housing

Yes

Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interests

We are a family owned/operated cattle ranch and tree nursery. We are all believers in the economic, environmental and social components of sustainable agriculture. We feel strongly about the importance of preserving our ranch and community for future generations.

Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you live

The ranch is six miles (10 minute drive) from the town of Big Timber (pop. 2,000) which is the county seat. The ranch is mostly rolling hills. The Crazy Mountains are 20 miles to the west and the Yellowstone and Boulder Rivers are a short distance away.

Describe your farm operation

We are a commercial cow/calf operation with low levels of mechanization. We practice low stress livestock handling, use minimal production inputs, and calve in May/June to limit the need to feed hay and better match up with natural production cycles.

Describe the work to be performed by applicant

Responsibilities of the intern would include frequent cattle movement, fence construction and repair (permanent and temporary electric), flood irrigation, range monitoring, weed management and occasional work with the family owned retail tree nursery and landscaping business. (www.blakenursery.com)
The ranch is implementing a new range monitoring system and the intern would have opportunity to help develop the system through computer mapping and the establishment of new monitoring sites. We will also be testing techniques for restoring vegetation and building soils on disturbed and degraded areas and developing/improving stock water resources. There will be some opportunity for horse work, but the majority of our summer cattle movement is done on foot or with ATVs.

What do you expect of a worker?

The intern will work 6 hours a day for approximately 10 hours/day although this will vary depending upon work to be completed, weather, etc. There will be occasional Sunday work (irrigating). There will be periods of heavy physical labor. The intern will get the equivalent of a full day off per week and the position is flexible to accommodate personal needs and the occasional long weekend.

Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a worker

We encourage the intern to find educational opportunities throughout the summer and to the extent possible will pay for workshops or short classes. There will be periods of working alone as well as with other employees and the intern will be provided a recommended reading list prior to commencing work.

Are you a full-time farmer?

Yes

Do you require a trial period or require a prospective worker to visit your farm before hiring?

Yes

Explain the room and board arrangements or describe options in your area

Shared housing is available in a mobile home 1/4 of a mile from the ranch headquarters. Alternatively, we have a site for a basic tent camp that has power and the possibility of running water. No smoking or drugs are allowed on the ranch or in any of its buildings.

Farm Address

316 Otter Creek Rd, Big Timber, MT, United States

What are the dates of your position?

April 1, 2018-November 1, 2018

Are you open to shorter periods of employment or do you prefer that workers stay the full season?

Shorter periods of employment possible

Currently Hiring

Yes

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