Ranch Hand in Olympia, WA

Nisqually Indian Tribe
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Job Description

BENEFITS INCLUDE: Excellent health care coverage for employee, including dental and vision; 401k contribution from the Tribe, even if you don’t contribute; 15+ paid holidays a year; Life insurance for employee, spouse, and children provided by the Tribe (employees have the option to purchase more); EAP and more!

: This position is responsible for performing repair, maintenance and cleaning to ranch buildings, fences, and grounds along with caring for and working with horses.


  • Install and repair ranch facilities and grounds including fencing, barns and outbuildings.
  • Maintain fences, roads, and water systems.
  • Perform a variety of general building maintenance repairs and services.
  • Paint interior and exterior of facilities and other structures.
  • Assist with preparation, setup, and teardown for events and meetings.
  • Repair and service equipment.
  • Perform grounds keeping such as brush clearing, mowing, weed eating, pruning, and watering.
  • Clean horse stalls and other areas of the ranch grounds and facilities.
  • Monitor herd and ensure animals have access to food, water, and shelter.
  • Groom and feed horses, monitor each horse’s nutritional needs and diet and record eating habits; work closely with veterinarians to ensure a horse is getting proper nutrition.
  • Assist with exercise regiments, training, assessing and correcting problematic behaviors and evaluating horse health and injuries.
  • Work with troubled youth and other non-violent offenders participating in rehabilitation programs; teach participants to ride and take care of horses.
  • Attend tribal and cultural events with horses including Huckleberry Camp.
  • Work cooperatively with law enforcement to create mounted units.
  • Assist during manmade and natural disasters to relocate tribal people, animals, and assets.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of general ranch work.
  • Knowledge of horsemanship.
  • Knowledge of farm equipment such as tractors, animal feeders, and brush mowers.
  • Knowledge of equine care and needs.
  • Knowledge of ranch operations.
  • Ability to ride and handle horses independently.
  • Ability to perform detailed work as assigned.
  • Ability to lift up to 75lbs and to lift heavy materials and equipment.
  • Ability to maintain courteous and effective working relationships and to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Ability to use a variety of tools.


  • 2 years’ of recent experience performing related farm, ranch or animal husbandry work.

OR a comparable combination of approved education and/or recent related work experience.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable under the Tribe’s insurance policy.
  • Must be able to handle horses unsupervised.
  • Must be willing to learn and attend horse clinics and other related training.
  • Must be willing to work in all weather, during odd hours, and travel as needed.

Classification Title

Ranch Hand



Medicine River Ranch


Pay Range

A-18 Step I (1) $23.42 to Step VII (7) $31.42