Seasonal Bison Ranch Worker

Turner Enterprises Inc. - Lake City, KS

TemporaryEstimated: $25,000 - $35,000 a year
Job Title: Seasonal Bison Ranch Worker

Department: Z Bar Ranch

Reports To: Keith Yearout

FLSA Status: Exempt

Position Type: Seasonal/ Non-Benefits Eligible

Housing Provided: Yes

Position Duration: May 20, 2019 – September 1, 2019

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!

Z Bar Ranch Summary:
The Z Bar Ranch is a 43,000-acre property located in the Gyp Hills of southwest Barber County, KS. This mixed grass prairie ecosystem offers recreational opportunities and wildlife is abundant. The ranch raises bison and grazes around 1,200-1,500 head. The grazing is very progressive including: Patch Burn Grazing, Rotational Grazing, and Holistic Management practices. Bison handling is ongoing and the crew strives to be stockmen and grass managers first and foremost. The ranch ecosystem is diverse including all types of soil and water resources. The ranch headquarters is located approximately 35 miles from the nearest town with a school, post office and gas station (Coldwater, Kiowa and Medicine Lodge). The nearest Walmart’s are located 40 or 60 miles away in Alva, OK or Pratt, KS.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
This position incorporates cutting edge grazing practices and a high interest in stockmanship. The employee will be involved in the rotational grazing of approximately 22 pastures, will assist in the planting and harvesting of food plot strips and be involved in the operation and maintenance of the ranch farm and construction equipment. Fence maintenance, as well as, new fence construction are frequent tasks for the employee. Ability and skills to use ATV’s and UTVs to perform ranch work, including moving bison, is required.

  • Development and maintenance of ranch buildings, fences, corrals and water sources.
  • Move/Handle bison in pasture.
  • Perform general ranch work.
  • Use chemicals to assist with weed control.
  • Watch for fires during storms /fight fires in the event of one.
  • Safely operate and maintain vehicles, tractors and heavy equipment with various attachments.
  • Safely operate ATV, UTV and pickups.
  • Participate in ranch safety programs.
  • Use of welder, plasma cutter, cutting torch and shop equipment.
  • Range monitoring and grazing planning.
  • Assist with grounds maintenance of all ranch housing.
  • Assist with ranch construction projects as directed.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

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.
  • Self-motivated – takes initiative to perform tasks that need to be done without continuous direction and prompting.
  • Confidentiality – Occasional contact with owner and guests.
Accommodations will be provided. This will include quest house style living and may/ may not have other occupants living in the quest house. The house is fully furnished with a kitchen and laundry facilities. Basic utilities will be provided by the company including water, power, propane, local landline telephone, satellite TV and internet access.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:
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. Livestock care and familiarity with low-stress handling experience preferred. Heavy equipment operation experience may include but not limited to
tractor, backhoe, dump truck, and dozer. ATV and UTV experience preferred.

Language Skills:
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

Mathematical Skills:
Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.

Reasoning Ability:
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Must possess a valid United States Driver’s License or be able to obtain one within 30 days of employment. Driving record must meet the standards and requirements of the Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles and the Company's insurance carrier.

Other Qualifications:
  • Must adhere to Company and Ranch policies and procedures, which are included in the Turner Enterprises, Inc. Employee Handbook.
  • Must present documentation establishing both identity and employment authorization within three days of hire, pursuant to federal law.
  • Successful candidate must possess a valid United States Driver’s License or be able to obtain one within 30 days of employment.
  • May be subject to undergo pre-employment drug test, (after offer is given but before applicant has commenced work). Random drug test are given throughout the year.
  • 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 may be required to climb ladders and pipe corrals. The employee is occasionally required to sit for extended periods of time. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 50 pounds and/or occasionally lift and/or move more than 80 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability
to adjust focus. Must be able to perform physical labor for extended periods of time.

Must be able to competently move/ handle livestock with other employees. Be able to spend extended hours riding ATVs in rough uneven terrain. Moving and
handling livestock in a corral setting may require walking, running, and climbing pipe corrals, opening and closing gates in a time sensitive manner while in the
presence of livestock, and performing 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.
  • The Z Bar Ranch is located in a remote location. No cell phones are allowed while actively at work unless preapproved by the Manager. Ranch radios will be provided for communication and are 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.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job duties/functions.
Z Bar, LLC Ranch is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Smoke Free/Drug Free Work Place!