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Eight-Month Ranching Apprenticeship in Rush, CO at Brett Gray Ranch - 2693

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Eight-Month Ranching Apprenticeship in Rush, CO
Brett Gray Ranch
Rush, CO
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Job Description: 

Round River Resource Management, LLC is a land resource and livestock management company dedicated to restoring and improving agricultural operations through the principles of Holistic ManagementTM in a sustainable manner and consistent with the goals of the resource owner.

The name Round River is derived from the metaphorical river described by Aldo Leopold that flows endlessly into itself, circling around and around in a never ending circuit that symbolizes the current of life. Leopold's illustration describes the manner in which energy streams from the soil into plants, then into animals and finally back into the soil in a continuous circuit of life.

Round River Resource Management was founded in 2008 to manage the Brett Gray Ranch and other agricultural enterprises following the principles of Holistic ManagementTM and to provide educational and business opportunities that help young, innovative people enter the ranching business.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn and participate in all aspects of ranch operations and enterprise development, and will develop an appreciation for conservation and sustainable ranch management practices.

Hands on learning opportunities will include, but are not limited to:
Grazing planning and management
Rangeland monitoring
General maintenance of equipment and facilities
Livestock handling, and health management
Enterprise budgeting, planning and development
Animal nutrition and reproduction

The apprentice/intern will work closely with Louis, Cathy, or John on a daily basis to refine skills and perform a variety of ranch and land improvement tasks including: daily livestock care (health monitoring, supplementation and pasture movements); building and maintaining ranch infrastructure and equipment (fences, water pipelines, buildings and vehicles); land and range monitoring, grazing planning and management; low-stress stockmanship, and financial analysis and decision making.

The apprenticeship is a physically, emotionally and intellectually challenging experience. Enthusiasm, a strong desire to learn and a sincere commitment to conservation, sustainable agriculture and food production are important.

Stipend: Round River typically provides a $700.00/month stipend to apprentices. This is paid bi-weekly and direct deposited to your bank. The stipend may or may not cover monthly expenses for the apprentice/intern based on his/her needs and lifestyle. The position does not allow time for a second job, so the apprentice should consider their budgetary needs before applying to this position.

Housing: Round River provides a furnished 2-bedroom, 1 1/2-bath house with living room and functional kitchen located on the Brett Gray Ranch. Utilities: water, gas, electricity, phone & internet are provided. Housing may be shared with 1-2 others enrolled in our apprenticeship. It is expected that the house and personal spaces will be maintained in an orderly manner and efforts made to conserve energy and minimize waste. Pets, spouses, significant others, and/or children cannot be accommodated on the ranch.

Time Off: The apprentice will receive every other weekend (Saturday/Sunday) off and will be required to be on duty to check livestock and be available to handle emergencies on their weekends on duty. If an apprentice needs additional days for specific activities, he or she should let the mentors know as soon as possible. Be aware that the ranch and the herd dictate workflow over the course of the apprenticeship.

Food: Apprentices are responsible for their own food budget. Round River will provide a $100 cash grocery allowance, ranch-raised beef and fresh eggs. Additionally, apprentices/interns are expected to assist with the ranch garden and will have access to garden produce grown on the ranch.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

As an apprentice you will be expected to:
Work outside much of the time, often engaged in repetitive and extremely physical activities.
Live in rural area, near a small town with few amenities and a 60 mile drive to purchase groceries.
Live in close proximity to your mentors and respect their homes and property.
Work closely with a small team on a daily basis.
Work closely with mentors, adding independent task as skills and ability allow.
Maintain high work quality standards.
Respect and properly maintain equipment.
Be observant and communicate effectively.

Education & Experience: 

Quivira Coalition Activities: The apprentice is required to attend the annual Quivira Coalition conference, held each November in Albuquerque, NM; conference and hotel fees are covered by the Quivira Coalition. In addition to the conference, the apprentice will participate in an Holistic Management International webinar series geared Whole Farm/Ranch Planning Series. Apprentices are also required to write several reports during their apprenticeship; these reports will go through the NAP Coordinator at Quivira, and be posted on the Quivira website.

Application Instructions: 

Start Date: Flexible start date
For more info:
TO APPLY: Please email a resume and letter of interest to Louis Martin at

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