Seasonal Ranch Tech in Oshkosh, NE 69154

Turner Enterprises Inc.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Employer: Turner Enterprises Management, LLC

Supervisory Position: No

Job Title: Ranch Technician
Uses Time & Attendance: No

Location: Oshkosh, Nebraska

Time & Attendance Supervisor: N/A

Division: Blue Creek Ranch

Home Department: 675

Prepared By: Tyrell Anderson

FLSA Status: Exempt
Position Type: Seasonal / Non-Benefits Eligible

Housing Provided: No

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. The mission statement: To manage Turner Lands in an economically sustainable and environmentally sensitive manner while promoting the conservation of native species and habitats directs our balanced stewardship of the land while integrating conservation and commerce. We are passionate about improving land health and diversity through regenerative grazing practices and conservation management. Our Ranches are a model of 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 team comprises veterinary, wildlife biology, ecology, range management, ranch management and hospitality professionals who provide a unique balance of knowledge and insight into the stewardship of our properties. We provide an atmosphere where employees can grow and progress through work experience, training, and community involvement. If you are passionate about regenerative ranching and conservation, come help us make a difference and be part of something great!

LOCATION SUMMARY

Blue Creek Ranch encompasses approximately 84,000 deeded acres in Garden County, NE, located 15 miles Northeast of Oshkosh, NE. The Ranch ecosystem is Sandhills Mixed-Grass Prairie, characterized by grass-covered sandhills interspersed with wet meadows. Blue Creek flows through the ranch, providing excellent habitat for numerous animal species.

The primary ranch operation is bison production (cow/calf and yearling) and grazing management of approximately 1,300 breeding bison cows and 1,400 yearling bison bulls and heifers. Bison grazing is managed using planned grazing of the uplands and wet meadows, with intensively managed grazing on crop lands and along Blue Creek to achieve ecological goals and animal performance. The Ranch also operates two ORF (on ranch finishing) facilities, with a combined capacity of ~3,500 head, to finish Blue Creek Ranch raised and other Turner Ranch raised bison. Ranch staff utilize use low stress livestock handling techniques while interacting with the bison in pastures and corrals.

The Ranch headquarters is located 15 miles northeast of Oshkosh, NE or 16 miles North of Lewellen. Oshkosh, Nebraska offers K-12 schools.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The primary duties of the Ranch Technician incorporate a high degree of stockmanship. The Ranch Technician will be involved in the operation and maintenance of farm and construction equipment, temporary electric fence as well as new fence construction and maintenance. The employee must be able to use horses and ATVs to perform ranch work including moving bison.

As a Ranch Technician, the job responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Develop and maintain ranch buildings, fences, corrals, and water sources.
Move and handle bison in pasture and corral.
Perform general Ranch work.
Use chemicals to assist with weed control.
Watch for fires during storms. Suppress wildfires or assist with prescribed fires as necessary.
Vaccinate livestock by placing vaccine in drinking water or feed or using syringes and hypodermic needles.
Safely operate and maintain vehicles, tractors, and heavy equipment with various attachments.
Safely operate ATVs and UTVs.
Participate in Ranch safety programs.
Use of welder, plasma cutter, cutting torch and shop equipment.
All other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

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.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

A High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Livestock care and familiarity with low-stress handling experience is highly preferred. Must have heavy equipment operation experience which may include but not limited to tractor, backhoe, dump truck, and dozer. ATV/UTV experience is highly preferred.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

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.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

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.

REASONING ABILITY

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.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

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 candidate may be subject to undergo pre-employment drug test, (after offer is given but before applicant has commenced work).
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.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
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 for extended periods of time on uneven, rough terrain, and occasionally on roads and flat terrain while performing ranch duties. The employee is frequently required to climb ladders and pipe corrals. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 75 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Moving and handling bison in corral setting requires walking, running, and climbing pipe corrals for extended periods on uneven terrain. The employee must also be able to open and close heavy pipe gates in a time sensitive manner while in the presence of bison and be able to perform these duties alone.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

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 based 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.