Gardener needed at 4,100-acre Private Family Ranch in Okeechobee, Florida

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Amistad Ranch

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Okeechobee, FL
Job Type
Full Time
By negotiation and experience
Date Posted
June 21, 2022
Housing Offered
0-2 yrs

Amistad is two adjoining ranches creating a 4,100-acre private hunting ranch situated eight miles east of the town of Okeechobee. It has extensive forestry, Lakes, farmland and a large 80-acre parkland area. The ranch is maintained to the highest of standards, and is primarily kept as a private hunting preserve for the ranch owner, his family and friends.

The workforce includes a full time Forester, Groundsman, Gamekeepers, Ranch Foreman, Dog trainers, General Farm workers, along with a seasonal House Manager, Chef and Housekeeper.

The ranch also has a Cow/Calf operation, Game bird rearing/holding pens along with extensive hunting dog kennels. There are numerous staff houses within the ranch fenced in boundaries, all of which are kept to the highest standards.

The ranch has two main seasons, the hunting season (Nov-April) and maintenance season (May-October) The large dog kennels found at Amistad, house some of the very best American and British gundogs and are an extremely important part of the ranch.

The ranch hunts extensively during the winter months with shoots every Saturday when the owner is in residence. Amistad is primarily a bird hunting ranch for Quail, Pheasant and Partridge, but wild boar, whitetail deer and turkey can also be found on the ranch,

Outline of role and responsibilities

Working with and as directed by the owners wife to maintain to the highest of standards, a large private house garden, to include, Vegetable Garden, Shrubberies, Lawns, Entry roads, Garden paths and Trees found within the immediate vicinity of the main lodge.

Responsible as part of the maintenance team for creating a clean and healthy environment for all those that visit Amistad Ranch.

Responsible for sourcing and providing firewood as and when required by the house manager. Also for cleaning fireplaces after usage.

Being available at weekends or evenings for family members when they are residence, this includes transporting the owners from around the ranch if required, ensure the owners grandchildren electric carts are kept fully charged and available when required. Washing dogs (Labradors) after hunt days. Be prepared to work long hours and be available as and when required. Main busy period is during the hunting season Nov/April.

Along with the ranch manager, meet the owner, his wife, family or guests on arrival, this may be via car or helicopter and be responsible for transferring luggage from the car/helicopter to the main house.

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