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Ranch Hand at Slide Ranch - 15325

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Ranch Hand
Slide Ranch
2025 Shoreline Highway
94965 Muir Beach , CA
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Job Description: 

Slide Ranch seeks a Ranch Hand who will be responsible for day-to-day upkeep, maintenance and repair of the farm including animal care, garden, facilities, staff housing and outdoor improvements, such as trails and fencing, in a manner that is safe and appropriate for providing hands-on educational programs to the public. Slide Ranch is a nonprofit organization providing farm-based environmental education to over 10,000 visitors a year on its coastal farm and nature preserve in Marin County. The Ranch Hand reports to the Executive Director and is part of the Ranch Operations Team, which also includes a Senior Operations Manager, a Garden Manager, an Animal Care Manager and a Facilities Manager. The Ranch Hand coordinates regularly with the Ranch Team to assist with maintenance tasks and chores as needed or directed.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Primary Responsibilities:

Supports the maintenance of the ranch facilities, including all buildings, grounds and trails in a safe, functional and attractive manner, consistent with organizational values and available budget.
Supports the safe and responsible operation and maintenance of all utility systems at Slide Ranch including: water system, plumbing systems, electrical systems, appliances, wood burning stoves and electrical heating systems, waste management and disposal systems including trash, recycling, and composting toilets.
Works with staff to help maintain the water system, including daily monitoring and sampling, repairs, and monthly sampling in accordance with State and Federal regulations.
Responsible for supporting the maintenance, repair and improvement of all buildings and facilities at Slide Ranch.
Helps the team maintain fire safety systems including fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and wood stoves.
Helps maintain Ranch workshop and tools in clean and safe working order.
Helps maintain gates, fences and drainage systems.
In coordination with the Animal Care Manager, helps maintain and repair animal shelters, pastures, fences, pens and enclosures.
In coordination with the Garden Manager, helps maintain and repair garden beds, hose bibs, irrigation, and plumbing in the garden.
Provides regular input to the Ranch team and Executive director about needed repairs and ideas for improving facilities, safety and operations around the ranch.
Helps maintain the eBuggy and other renewable energy resources, both current and possible future infrastructure (solar panels etc.)

Other Responsibilities

Coordinates with Ranch team to seek help with ranch tasks as needed.
Assists with farm chore coverage as needed to maintain the animals and garden, including occasional evenings and weekends.
Collaborates with staff regarding volunteer groups scheduled to work at Slide Ranch in support of facilities needs; leads or assists volunteer groups as needed. Volunteer projects may include repairing trails or fences.
Collaborates with and supports staff regarding tasks for site rentals and special events.
Maintains firewood supply.
If a member of the residential community at Slide Ranch, participates in weekly community chores, monthly meetings, and regular cook nights for a community of 15 people.
Supports maintenance of the Farm to Table Teaching Center. Ensures that facilities remains clean, safe and in good working order, coordinating the storage and usage of both upstairs and downstairs area.
In conjunction with Facilities and Experiences Manager, coordinates set up and management of Glamping Events, including ensuring tents and other materials are properly set up for Glamping Events, and properly taken down and stored after events. Also maintains Glamping materials, repairing or requesting replacement materials as needed. Further Glamping support services such as tent set-up and take down, carrying luggage, food and beverage delivery, starting bonfires and washing and storing linens and other provisions, along with other support services as needed.

Education & Experience: 


Commitment to sustainable farming and environmental education.
Farm experience is a plus.
High School diploma and 5 years demonstrated experience with gardening, animals, carpentry, plumbing, electrical or other facilities maintenance skills.
Ability to lift 50 lbs. and perform strenuous outdoor tasks related to ranch maintenance.
Willingness to do what it takes to perform emergency repairs when needed. Creativity and flexibility in finding and implementing solutions with facilities and maintenance challenges.
Flexibility to provide on-duty coverage on weekends and/or evenings on rotational basis or with other days off, as needed and arranged.
Ability to work closely and collaborate with a wide variety of people.
Computer literately a plus.
Clean DMV record and valid driver’s license required.
Applicants must be comfortable living in rustic accommodations and sharing communal residential facilities and duties.
Passion for teaching others to work with their hands, and enthusiasm for executing group projects, including working with volunteer groups.
Willingness to work in a rural and rustic ranch environment. Knowledge of general ranch or farm operations and environmental stewardship a plus. Must be comfortable working with a wide variety of people and situations including farm and ranch staff, office staff and program participants in outdoor environment.
Be flexible, positive and helpful in tackling other duties as needed.
Support Slide Ranch's efforts to create a workplace that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion and ensure that DEI is a top-of-mind priority.

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