Position Wanted: Seeking Ranch Hand Job

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Joel H.

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Location
Willing to Relocate
Job Type
Full Time or Seasonal
Salary
Negotiable
Date Posted
February 27, 2022
Housing Needed
Maybe
Experience
5-10 yrs

Howdy, my names Joel.

A little about myself, I'm currently in Central Oregon. I’m not a master of any one thing, I’m a really hard worker, I’m dependable, honest, loyal, and I’m always trying to learn new things to be a better and more valuable ranch hand. I don’t mind living out in the middle of nowhere. Most of my ranching jobs in the past have been part time. So, I’d really like to find one full time, long term job, but I’d also take something seasonal. I just don’t like hoping around from job to job.

I can ride horses, identify health issues, have most experience with cold starting and mustangs (I can do all the ground work leading up to starting under saddle, just haven’t had the opportunity to have someone give me pointers on putting in the first ride). I have good stockmanship skills, can feed cattle, put out minerals, identify health concerns, give meds, help at brandings, help during calving time. I have irrigation experience (flood, wheel line, and hand line). I can drive and operate tractors and skid steers. I can fix and repair all types of fences (including electric). I have carpentry skills, some mechanical knowledge, and some basic welding.

These are some areas where I’m probably the weakest: I took automotive classes in college, but I am not a mechanic. At most I have the skills of a lube tech. Most places I’ve worked I’ve been in charge of taking care of the vehicles, equipment maintenance, and record keeping. I don’t have any formal training in welding. I haven’t had anyone to learn from, so I’m self taught. As far as haying, I understand the process, I can operate a tractor, buck and stack bales, but I don’t have any experience. I am an intermediate rider, not an expert. I do have a horse that I’ve started that I’d like to bring with me. He’s green, small, and nobody wants him (just like me). But if I found a place where I could bring him, I would cover all the feed and vet costs, and I do do all the farrier work on him myself. I have been trying to find someone who can give me roping lessons on horseback, but nobody offers that over here. Several cowboys at ranches where I’ve worked have given me lessons in the past. Now I’m taking lessons from a team roper over here just on the ground. I’m really good at it, and I can catch the dummy from any angle. But the best I can do right now is sitting on my saddle with reins in hand. I do have some learning disabilities. But I try hard and I can learn and do just about anything if I’m given the chance. So, I hope you’ll take that into consideration with my above weaknesses / lack of experience.

I’d really like to find a job where I can work on my stockmanship and horsemanship. There both things I’ve been investing all my extra money and free time into, and I enjoy them. I can and will travel and would like to work for a few days at any place that might hire me. If you see all my skills, even the ones I’m lacking in, and wouldn’t mind giving some direction to get an employee you can trust and who’d stick around for a while, give me a try. I have great references I can send you. Sometimes I can’t always answer my phone at work, or I may not hear it, so please leave a voicemail if I don’t pick up (evening are best).

Thank you for taking the time to read this. God bless!

– Joel

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