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Grassland Manager Apprenticeship at Sonoma Mountain Institute - 13997

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Grassland Manager Apprenticeship
Sonoma Mountain Institute
4080 Manor Lane
94954 Petaluma , CA ,
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Job Description: 

Sonoma Mountain Institute manages public and private land for individuals, governmental organizations and nonprofits across Sonoma and Marin County. Our team of land managers, stewards, and scientists, focus on managed herbivory as our most effective tool to restore the health of the grasslands and savannas in our bioregion. We plan our grazing, monitor its effect both in real time and through over 100 monitoring points across our ranches, and constantly adapt based on changing conditions. This scientifically rigorous, boots on the ground approach to adaptive management is the bread and butter of our operation.

Our Grassland Manager Apprenticeship provides extensive experience and training in the day to day work of operating a ranch, managing herbivory and ecology. The program is designed to support the development of land managers, who are committed to and capable of effectively managing livestock to improve ecological health, biodiversity, and resilience of working lands. Over the course of this two year program apprentices will gain experience in low stress stockmanship, grazing planning and management, infrastructure repair, maintenance and construction, and applied ecological literacy.

Scope: Two years, December through June with summers off. 40-60 hours a week.
Wages: $15-$20 an hour depending on experience
Education: Support in continued education including workshops, site visits to other ranches, and community college courses if so desired.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

-Provide hands-on day-to-day management of cattle and work to ensure their health and well-being. This includes but is not limited to regular low-stress moves, checking water points, and assessing and addressing any health problems that arise.
-Collaborate with the SMI team to collectively determine and execute ecological goals and strategies.
-Repair, construct, and monitor both temporary and permanent infrastructure across our 4 ranches, in alignment with our ecological goals.
-Engage with cattle suppliers, land owners, and the public effectively and respectfully, as a liaison for SMI and our work.

Education & Experience: 

-Desire to pursue a professional career in regenerative ranch management.
-Previous experience working with livestock, experience working in an applicable trade, or other form of manual labor with transferable skills (e.g. construction, carpentry, plumbing, welding, etc)
-Able to safely perform manual labor in varied climatic and environmental conditions and willing to work outdoors up to 10+ hours/day in uncomfortable conditions.
-University degree or other relevant coursework in a field related to animal husbandry or land management preferred but not required.
-Ability safely drive off-road vehicles in varied terrain

Application Instructions: 

Please send a CV and cover letter to to be considered for the position. Applications accepted until December 1st, 2021, however the earlier submitted the better.

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