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Posted: Sunday, October 1, 2017 12:06 AM

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Seeking Experienced Ranch & Animal Caretakers



Small nonprofit in Southern AZ seeking workers to care for horses, do cleaning for a place of lodging, and perform general maintenance. We prefer a couple. If you are a single person, you will have to be able to perform at least animal care and cleaning.



Duties include:

Feeding/watering animals twice daily, 2-2.5 hrs each time. This involves quite a bit of heavy lifting and manual labor, the ability to read and follow directions, the ability to safely drive a vehicle, the ability to maintain a schedule which includes getting up early in the morning, the ability to keep track of feed and communicate to someone when supplies are running low. Most of the animals are on special diets which will need to be followed exactly. If you are a “don’t want to bother” type of person, this is not the job for you. It is absolutely necessary that workers have extensive horse heath experience, be conscientious, and care enough to do the job well. You must be able to recognize and treat colic, minor wounds, etc and notice lameness, etc. Sorry, this is not a “can learn” job. We have 50 animals and workers must know what they are doing to properly care for them.



Manure removal with both manure fork and tractor. Must be able to safely and competently drive a tractor.



Maintenance: changing light bulbs, light plumbing, knowledge of simple electrical, etc. Knowledge of all the things you would do in your own home would be helpful, as would the ability to weld as needed, repair fencing, etc. Not looking for a specialist, but if you are handy that would be great.



Cleaning: We have a small B & B that is low occupancy because we cannot find help. Cleaning involves dust/vaccum/mop, cleaning bathrooms, doing laundry, making beds. Again, all the things you would do in your home, just with a greater attention to detail. This would be an opportunity for extra hours, as we are turning away business because we don’t have a cleaning person. Please realize this work will vary with occupancy, from weeks of no work to weeks of being busy.



If you are interested and able, we could also use assistance with the educational and therapeutic programs that occur occasionally here. There are opportunities for extra work given your abilities. We have some equines who could use gentling with humane techniques. There are often projects that need doing.



Life on the Ranch



This is a live-onsite position in a rural mountain community that has season. We are 20 minutes from the closest town with amenities. It gets cold, it gets hot, it rains and sometimes it even snows a little, but typically it is 10-15 degrees cooler than Tucson. You can bring your RV (yes, we have full hook-ups) or you can use ours. Electric (up to $100 monthly), water, septic, shared internet wifi, basic trash removal and laundry access included.



Pay is based upon your experience and whether or not you need housing. Keep in mind we are a 501c3 nonprofit, and while this is a paid position, the ranch owner has to work a second job to pay you. This is also not a full time job, so please be reasonable. You would have days off and are welcome to work another job during your free time.



We seek people who are NONSMOKERS, NO DRUGS and NO HEAVY ALCOHOL users. Sorry, no exceptions. Must be US citizen, as you will need to pass a security check to be able to go through an Army base (fastest way into town, but you can also go the longer way). We do not have space for your livestock, and prefer that you do not bring any dangerous dogs due to liability issues. Pets in our living space would need to be discussed in advance (no cats please), and there would be a pet deposit. We cannot have couples with children because there is no childcare in this area and you may both need to work at the same times. We prefer workers willing to make a long-term commitment of at least 6 months, prefer longer if it works out for everyone. You must have your own vehicle to get into town for your personal needs (like food). This is not a horse riding job, unless you have the proven ability to train with gentle methods. We do not tolerate any abuse of our animals. Please email a summary of your pertinent experience to oats4me@gmail.com.

• Location: Sierra Vista

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