We are looking for a hardworking and hands-on caretaker for our 70-acre family ranch in the mountains above Napa, California. This property is a well-loved private and secluded ranch that is a ten-minute drive from downtown Napa and is visited primarily on weekends by the two families who have owned it for the past sixty years. The ranch has three houses, a pool, a barn, two gardens, and large pastures and sweeping views of both Napa hillsides and the San Francisco Bay. The position starts on April 1, 2019.
This live-in position (on the ranch) comes with the use of a caretakers’ house as its primary form of compensation. (Any additional compensation can be discussed based on individual situations.) The home is a two-bedroom, one and a half bathroom dwelling that backs up against forest and looks out on pasture and distant views. Caretaking duties and ranch duties are approximately 15-20 hours/week during mornings, nights, and weekends.
Duties include primarily grounds keeping; water system management; irrigation; fence, tree and road maintenance; equipment upkeep; pool care; light construction; tending chickens and horses; security; oversight of major projects; buying supplies; managing a budget; and other general duties typical of upkeep of this type of property. There is a flexible work schedule as this is not an 8-5 job.
The perfect candidate(s):
We are looking to hire an individual or a couple team with significant experience in a similar situation working or managing a rural property. You have expertise in all aspects of ranch management and are able to advise and communicate easily with the owners. The owners do not live on site, so you are a hard worker in unsupervised situations and must be able to complete projects and work independently. You have experience operating and maintaining major ranch systems and equipment, some mechanical skills with tools, ideally some small motor maintenance skills, landscaping, irrigation, general carpentry and construction, fencing and repair, and tending horses and chickens. You can communicate frequently and clearly with absentee owner on projects and issues and can use a computer/phone for email/texting.
This is a physically demanding job. This is a longterm opportunity for a stable person / couple. You must be eligible to work legally in the United States, have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record, no criminal record or outstanding warrants, and be drug-free. You must provide professional references in order to qualify for this job. We will conduct a background check. Please respond with a resume and contact information. We will contact those candidates most qualified for the position. Years of experience preferred: 3 yrs. Thanks for your interest.
Here are some of the skills we are looking for in job candidates: small motor maintenance, animal care (chickens/horses), tractor, carpentry, fence building, pool maintenance, farming, gardening, use of power tools, use of chainsaw, tree trimming, tree cutting, firewood cutting, electrical systems knowledge, water systems knowledge.
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