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8 Month Agricultural Apprenticeship at C&R Ranch Apprenticeship through the Quivira Coalition's New Agrarian Program - 13093

Job Title: 
8 Month Agricultural Apprenticeship
C&R Ranch Apprenticeship through the Quivira Coalition's New Agrarian Program
Paskenta , CA
US
Job Type: 
Internship
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

2021 applications are now open for an apprenticeship position at C&R Ranch outside Paskenta, California. C&R Ranch, LLC is a small cattle ranch operating on two properties in northern California. This position runs from November 2021 through June 2022. The apprenticeship is a professional training program for people ready to make a commitment to a life in agriculture. It is open to both entry level individuals with no prior agricultural experience or those who have some hands-on experience on farms and/or ranches. Enthusiasm, physical strength, stamina, and a willingness to learn from your mentors are required. The apprenticeship is physically, emotionally, and intellectually challenging. The apprentice and mentors work together closely on day to day ranch operations. Housing and a monthly stipend (~$850/mo in take home pay) provided. This opportunity is provided in partnership with Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

The apprentice will participate as a full member of their ranching family. The activities on the ranch will provide opportunities to acquire specific skills necessary for a future career in production agriculture. From the following types of activities, the apprentice will development competence and a working knowledge of ranching practices anchored in the principles of regenerative agriculture.

Pasture Management and Soil Health:
Activities: Planning and monitoring pasture rotations using the Savory Institute grazing chart; paddock design and management with electric fencing; moving the cattle in paddock rotations; monitoring grazing intensity to sustain adequate forage growth; adjusting herd density; soil samples and the interpretation of soil analysis data; participating in the Point Blue Conservation Science Rangeland Monitoring Network; no-till planting of fall cover crops.

Cattle and Herd Management:
Activities: Computerized record keeping for tracking individual animals from birth or acquisition to the point of sale; animal husbandry (calving, vaccination, castration, dehorning, branding, tagging); disease management; breeding management by age group; controlling body condition for optimal reproductive performance; calculating feed consumption and supplemental feeding during dry periods.

Hay Production:
Activities: Determining optimal condition of the grass/forage prior to cutting; training in the safe use of a swather, side-delivery rake and other haying equipment; transporting and stacking hay bales.

Farm Equipment and Safety:
Activities: Training in the safe use of tractors, ATV’s and the farm vehicles; safe operation of a seed drill, harrow, rotary mower, trailers and haying equipment; safe movement of feed stocks from hay barn to field.

Farm Shop and Tool Safety:
Activities: Outfitting and organizing a farm shop; safe use of power tools used in metal working and basic carpentry; on-farm maintenance and repair of water systems, electrical circuits and cattle managing equipment

On-Farm Construction:
Activities: Design and construction of permanent fences, both barbed wire and field fencing (woven wire); fitting, shaping and welding of pipe braces for fence construction; design and construction of farm outbuildings.

Education & Experience: 

This apprenticeship is a professional training program for people ready to make a commitment to a life in agriculture. It is open to both entry level individuals with no prior agricultural experience or those who have some hands-on experience on farms and/or ranches. Enthusiasm, physical strength, stamina, and a willingness to learn from your mentors are required. The apprenticeship is physically, emotionally, and intellectually challenging. The apprentice and mentors work together closely.

Application Instructions: 

For full details about this opportunity and to apply please visit https://quiviracoalition.org/cr-ranch/ Email newagrarian@quiviracoalition.org with further questions.

Job Categories: 
Livestock/Ranching