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WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE TOGETHER
Smoky Valley Ranch (the Ranch) is a 18,600-acre, custom-grazed cattle and bison operation that carries 700 cow-calf pairs during a grazing season from March through October, with about 150 bison grazing year-round. The Seasonal Conservation Steward (Conservation Steward) is instrumental in helping the Conservancy meet it management and conservation targets on the ranch by helping with livestock handling, invasive plant control, and maintaining equipment, trails, and buildings.
More specifically, the Steward will:
- Works with cattle and bison and attends daily to water, fencing, salt, and mineral.
- Organizes and manages ranch inventory.
- Maintains preserve infrastructure, including roads, water systems, fences, and other facilities.
- Keeps vehicles clean and in good working order.
- Carries out vegetation and other ecological monitoring and management activities as directed by the Ranch Manager or Rangeland Specialist.
- Will require training to assist with prescribed burns, under the direction of the designated burn boss.
- Performs various ranch work as directed by the Ranch Manager or Rangeland Specialist.
- Work with outside entities (universities, extension, etc.) to design this grazing experiment.