Bob Wesley, Ranch Manager
Full Time/Benefits Eligible
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 grazing practices and conservation management. Our ranches are the model for sustainable ranching 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!
McGinley Ranch Summary
McGinley Ranch encompasses roughly 80,000 deeded acres split between Cherry County, NE and Bennet County, SD. The ranch ecosystem is Sandhills Mixed-Grass Prairie, characterized by grass-covered sandhills interspersed with wet meadows. The primary ranch operation is bison production (cow/calf and yearling) and grazing management of approximately 2,500 animal units as well as very limited commercial hunting (deer). McGinley also participates in many research and conservation projects. The ranch headquarters is located 35 miles northeast of Gordon, NE which has most of the necessary amenities (Hospital, K-12 school, Grocery and hardware stores, movie theater, etc.).
The mission of the McGinley Ranch is to manage our habitat in a manner that improves ecological health, promotes biological diversity of native species, and produces positive economic returns from high quality bison. Employees of the ranch work very closely in a congenial and fun team environment. We value a conservation consciousness in our approach to ranch management while keeping profitability in mind when making decisions. We value innovation and sharing new ideas amongst our team as well as through collaborative work with other Turner ranches and outside partners.
This will be a “on the ground” position, meaning that the person will spend a majority of their time working in the field on ranch projects with minimal office time required. The Assistant Manager will work directly with the Ranch Manager in developing goals and strategies for ranch operations including, grazing and range management, capital improvements, research projects, conservation projects, and ranch maintenance. The Assistant Manager will also work closely with the other full-time employees in the day to day operations to achieve goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
This position will have a focus on planning and executing grazing operations for the stocker herd. This includes planning, execution, and record keeping of intensive grazing wet meadows, pasture rotations, strategic supplementation, preconditioning and some on ranch finishing. In addition, this position will assist with budgeting, accounts payable, and oversight of multiple projects. The Assistant Manager will work closely with our Range Specialist in Bozeman, MT with range monitoring, reporting of grazing activity, and developing plans for improved grazing through strategic fence and water developments. The successful candidate will work closely with the rest of the team and be highly involved in the day to day ranching operational activities listed below. As the candidate develops essential skills and demonstrates competencies towards leadership, additional responsibilities will be added, including, but not limited to: employee supervision, increased budgetary responsibilities, and increased responsibilities in the rest of the operation.
Duties will include but may not be limited to:
- Assist the Ranch Manager with the following: leading a team that supports the mission and vision of TEI; overseeing third party vendors and ensuring all contractual obligations are met; working closely with the community, county and state on any issues regarding McGinley Ranch.
- Support the McGinley administration office as needed with record-keeping and reporting.
- Provide Support in the development and implementation of a comprehensive grazing and haying plan within TEI guidelines.
- Work with other team members on facilitating operations across McGinley Ranch.
- Development of plans for capital improvements as needed.
- Coordinate projects and work schedules for employees as needed.
- Ensure a safe work environment for all employees.
- Participate in and supervise the preparation of pastures (fences, water systems, forage inventory) ahead of the grazing rotation and ranch wide as needed.
- Work directly with company Range Specialist to establish and maintain monitoring sites.
- Work directly with Ranch Manager to review and develop portions of the ranch budget and bison planning worksheets.
- Monthly reporting of grazing activity, range health, feeding and feed inventories, fuel and maintenance logs, capital project status, and conservation efforts to management.
- Assist the Ranch Manager with annual employee reviews of all ranch employees as needed and requested.
- Feeding bison.
- Move/Handle Bison using low stress techniques.
- Development and maintenance of ranch buildings, fences, corrals and water sources.
- Safely operate and maintain vehicles, tractors, and heavy equipment with various attachments.
- Safely operate ATV and UTVs.
- Perform general ranch work.
- Maintain and repair windmills, solar units, and tanks.
- Use chemicals to assist with weed control.
- Watch for fires during storms /fight fires in the event of one.
- Vaccinate livestock using syringes and hypodermic needles.
- Lead and Participate in Ranch Safety Program.
- Other duties, projects or assignments from the General Manager as necessary.
- The Assistant Manager has no direct reports, but has supervisory and approval authority, and will facilitate the work of full-time employees, seasonal help, and contractors as required in the absence of the Ranch Manager.
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; ability to meet deadlines
- 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.
- Computer Skills- have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
- Communication – effectively communicates through verbal, written, and electronic forms.
- Professionalism - reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments; represents the ranch and TEI in a professional and respectful manner.
- 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. Wears appropriate PPE.
- 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.
- Inquisitive - Desire to learn new things and seek out unknowns.
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
- A four-year degree in Agriculture, Natural Resources, or Business is required. Masters level education preferred.
- Five years of experience in production agriculture is preferred.
- Experience implementing management intensive grazing practices required.
- Experience with low-stress handling experience required.
- Heavy equipment operations and maintenance preferred.
- ATV/UTV experience required.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
Certificates, Licenses, Registration
- Must possess a valid Nebraska Driver’s License or be able to obtain one within 30 days of employment.
- Driving record must meet the standards and requirements of the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles and the Company's insurance carrier.
- Possession or ability to obtain Nebraska Applicator’s License.
- Possession or ability to obtain Wilderness First Aid/CPR.
- 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.
- May be subject to undergo pre-employment drug test, (after offer is given but before applicant has commenced work).
- 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 is frequently required to climb ladders, pipe corrals, and windmill towers.
- The employee is occasionally required to sit.
- The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 50 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.
- Must be able to perform physical labor for extended periods of time.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters 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 noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
- McGinley Ranch is located in a remote location in Nebraska.
- 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.
Turner Enterprises, Inc. offers a competitive salary, Group Medical, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, 401(k), Employee Assistance Program, Life Insurance, Dependent Life, accidental Death and Dismemberment Coverage, Long Term Disability, Supplemental Life, Supplemental Death and Dismemberment Coverage, paid time off and holidays.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job duties/functions.
McGinley Ranch is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Smoke Free/Drug Free Work Place!