Ranch Hand Caretaker needed at Wildlife Sanctuary Hoofstock in southern California

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Wildhaven Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

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Lake Arrowhead, CA
Job Type
Full Time or Seasonal
Date Posted
September 11, 2021
Housing Offered
2-5 yrs

Beautiful 35 acre Southern California wildlife sanctuary in the San Bernardino Mountains National Forest seeking ranch hand experienced in horses, and other farm animals to assist with wildlife care as well as security, and maintenance of property, buildings, enclosures and barns. Our mission is to rescue orphaned and injured wildlife and to educate the public about conservation and preservation of the importance of wildlife in our environment. We are permitted under USDA, USFW and CAFW, and their regulations require that our employees are honest, reliable, trustworthy, conscientious, have a good work ethic, have a clear background check, are drug free, not addicted to alcohol, marijuana, vaping or smoking in order to ensure the safety of the wildlife and staff.

Duties Include, but not limited to:

  • Daily animal care providing water, feed, medications, cleaning and safety of mule deer, and possible care of some birds of prey, carnivores and mammals
  • Mucking and raking of stalls and enclosures; shifting wildlife into weathering areas; inspecting their shelters and checking for wild animal interference
  • Maintenance of fencing, security gates, enclosures, water faucets and tanks, gates, barns and buildings ensuring cleanliness and order
  • Property maintenance including watering, weed eating, cutting down of trees, and gathering forest food for the animals like acorns and browse
  • Basic knowledge and skills in mechanical, electrical and carpentry for ranch maintenance
  • Upkeep of snow blowers, seasonal equipment, golf carts, and other vehicles operation and care
  • Security of 5 acre Educational Center and the perimeter fencing of our upper 30 acres

Requirements Include:

  • Must speak and read English, with good communication skills and comfortable with the public
  • Able to lift 25-100 lbs and to twist, bend, kneel, climb and safely use hand tools & equipment
  • Be computer literate to fill out logs, evaluations and reports
  • Work effectively with normal supervision as a self-motivated, self-starter who can adapt to change and respond to emergencies
  • Work outdoors day or night in snow, ice, rain or other forest weather conditions
  • Comfortable in forest environment living near wildlife like bears, mountain lions, coyotes, deer and other animals that we protect on our sanctuary from hunters and poachers
  • Be a team player with our staff, volunteers, management and wardens and supervisors
  • Use good social skills to encourage trespassers off of our property, or order them to do so

Salary: TBD with required onsite living accommodations including utilities as part of compensation

Education: Degrees in animal sciences, or biology preferred but not required for entry level position.

To apply: Please furnish resume and 3 references to apply for position (via email). Please read our website thoroughly before your interview.

View website here: https://wildhavenranch.org/

Wildhaven Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildhaven Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

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