Employer: Turner Enterprises Management, LLC
Supervisory Position: No
Job Title: Ranch Technician I
Uses Time & Attendance: No
Location: Gallatin Gateway, Montana
Division: Flying D Ranch
Home Department: Bison
FLSA Status: Exempt
Position Type: Seasonal / Non-Benefits Eligible
Housing Provided: Yes
TURNER RANCHES SUMMARY
Turner Ranches are collectively known as the largest and most progressive bison operation in the world. We stand at the forefront of research, innovation, conservation, and production in the bison industry. Our mission statement “To manage Turner Lands in an economically and ecologically sustainable manner while conserving native species and habitats” provides a solid foundation for how we exercise balanced stewardship of the land while integrating conservation and commerce. We are passionate about improving land health and diversity through innovative grazing practices and conservation management. Our ranches are the model for sustainable ranching practices throughout the western United States. Low-stress livestock handling is an important component of how we promote the ethical and moral treatment of our animals. Our diverse team consists of veterinary, wildlife biology, ecology, range management, ranch management and hospitality professionals who provide a unique balance of knowledge and insight into the balanced management of the properties. We provide an atmosphere in which our employees can grow and progress through work experience, training and community involvement. If you are passionate about sustainable ranching and conservation, come help us make a difference and be part of something great!
The Flying D Ranch is a spectacular property located in southwest Montana. The property operates as a working ranch managed for the production of bison and wildlife. A 113,613-acre Ranch, the Flying D ranges from steep, wooded land on the south end, to rolling meadows in the central portion, to high-rolling bench topography on the north end. A good habitat for a variety of native wildlife, the Flying D is home to established populations of mule deer, white-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain elk, Rocky Mountain gray wolf, Shiras moose, pronghorn antelope, black bear, mountain lions and badgers, among others. In addition to these species, golden and bald eagle sightings are made throughout most of the year. The Flying D Ranch also boasts excellent trout fisheries in its rivers and streams and offers hunting opportunities through Montana Hunting Company.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Ranch Technician I position will help with the regenerative grazing and yearling operation on the Madison River side of the Ranch. This position will have daily duties associated with irrigation, fencing and herding of bison. The Ranch Technician I will also be involved in operation and maintenance of the ranch and construction equipment.
As a Ranch Technician I, the job responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Coordinate daily movement of a yearling bison herd, up to 800 head.
- Follow and implement a grazing management plan for pasture and paddock rotations.
- Run and maintain center pivot irrigation systems.
- Assist in range and soil monitoring activities.
- Maintain lawn and landscaping at various building locations.
- Maintain, build, and repair fences and gates.
- Perform general Ranch work.
- Safely operate and maintain vehicles, tractors, and heavy equipment with various attachments.
- Safely operate ATVs and UTVs.
- Handle equipment repair and maintenance.
- Participate in Ranch safety programs.
- All other duties as assigned.
This job does not have supervisory responsibilities.
COMPETENCIES AND CHARACTERISTICS
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
- Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; works well alone.
- Project Management – Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time.
- Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests.
- Judgment – Exhibits sound and accurate judgment.
- Motivation – Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
- Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently.
- Professionalism – Reacts well under pressure; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
- Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.
- Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
- Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.
- Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
- Confidentiality – Occasional contact with owner and guests.
This will include bunk house style living and may/ may not have another occupant living in the bunkhouse. The house is partially furnished with a kitchen and laundry machines. Basic utilities will be provided by the company including water, power, propane, local landline telephone and internet access.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
This is an entry level position. No experience and / or education is required. An understanding or background of managed intensive grazing systems, temporary fence construction and repair and bison or cattle handling ability is highly preferred.
The employee must be able to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. The employee must be able to write routine reports and correspondence.
The employee must be able to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. The employee must be able to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.
The employee must be able to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
If position requires operation of a vehicle, the employee must possess a valid Driver’s License or be able to obtain one within 30 days of employment. The employee’s driving record must meet the standards and requirements of the Company and the Company’s insurance carrier.
- The employee must adhere to Company and Ranch policies and procedures, which are included in the Company’s Employee Handbook.
- The employee must present documentation establishing both identity and employment authorization within three days of hire, pursuant to federal law.
- The employee must have a personal vehicle to travel from Ranch location to local town for personal needs.
- The Company operates as a drug free/smoke free workplace. Smoking is not allowed on the Ranch property, to include but is not limited to, Ranch housing, Ranch vehicles, Ranch offices or on Ranch machines.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, dig with various tools, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee must be able to ride ATV / UTV for extended periods of time on uneven, rough terrain, and occasionally on roads and flat terrain while performing ranch duties. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The employee must be able to perform physical labor for extended periods of time.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts; outside weather conditions; extreme cold and extreme heat. The employee is frequently exposed to high, precarious places and fumes or airborne particles. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This position is located in a remote location. A ranch radio will be provided for communication and is required every day for work.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be alert and aware of dangers that are present while working on a ranch and its surroundings.
*In accordance with applicable law, the Company will reasonably accommodate any disabled individual who requests an accommodation that will allow him/her to perform the essential job duties or functions of his/her position. Accommodation inquires must be made to the Company’s Human Resources Department for consideration.”
Turner Enterprises Management, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Smoke Free/Drug-Free Workplace.
For more information, and to apply online, visit www.tedturner.com.