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Assistant Ranch and Farm Manager at Deep Springs College - 12025

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Assistant Ranch and Farm Manager
Deep Springs College
Deep Springs Ranch Road, Highway 168 Deep Springs College
93513 Big Pine , CA
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Job Description: 

Deep Springs College seeks a full time Assistant Ranch and Farm Manager for combined cattle and irrigated hay operation on the high desert of Eastern California. Job responsibilities include primary oversight of hay production including irrigation and equipment operation/maintenance as well as assisting in care of cattle and horses. The successful applicant will have sufficient experience in these areas to work with limited oversight. Teaching and supervision of student workers are a vital part of this job, but prior experience in formal education is not required. Housing, meals, utilities, and benefits provided, salary DOE. Visit for more information including a full job description. To apply, email cover letter and resume to

Duties & Responsibilities: 

The Assistant Manager carries out the following responsibilities, with the help of student labor:

Management of the hay operation, including:
Operate, maintain, and perform basic repairs to tractors and implements related to hay harvesting
Routine care of hay fields
Production of at least 275 tons of usable hay on 150 acres each growing season.
Irrigation, harvesting, seeding, fertilizing and pest eradication.
Operate, maintain, and repair pumps, plumbing, irrigation lines, and sprinklers
Maintain field replanting schedule
Gopher control
Maintaining farm fertility, including
Operating on-farm composting system, including gathering materials, turning, and spreading compost
Regular soil testing and fertility monitoring
Purchasing and application of amendments and compost to maintain fertility
Monitoring water and electrical usage for reasonable efficiency. Operate pumps in consultation with Director of Operations to reduce electrical costs.
Controlling expenses within the authorized budget.
Managing inventories of all farm equipment and supplies.
Maintaining farm operating records and USDA Organic certification

Assisting the Ranch Manager in safe, effective operation of the College’s cattle operation, including
Care for horses and cattle, including nutrition and doctoring
Supervision and assistance of students and seasonal cowhands in ranch operations
Repairs and improvement to fences and other ranch infrastructure

Educating the community of students and staff about the farm operations and the goals and methods used, including:
Training assigned Student Body laborers
Participation in the Ranch and Farm planning process
Reporting on the farm operation to Trustees of Deep Springs

Implementation of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program for the above areas of responsibility, including equipment training, and serving on the campus and board Safety Committees.

Other duties as assigned by the Ranch Manager

Participating in the Deep Springs community outside of the farm operations, as described in the Staff Personnel Policy.

Education & Experience: 

The Assistant Manager must have the experience and skills necessary to independently carry out all tasks listed above. In addition, her/his work with the students is important. The Assistant Manager is both teacher and supervisor whose goal is the strengthening of the capacities of the students to carry responsibility in the areas of labor assigned and the efficient operation of the farm, consistent with the goals of the College and the Ranch. All students work at least 20 hours per week in positions throughout the College, including a crew of three to five students on the farm.

Application Instructions: 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: For additional information, visit or contact Padraic MacLeish, Director of Operations at To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to

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