Ranch Hand needed at Cattle Ranch in Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico ~ $30k

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Acoma Business Enterprises dba Acoma Land and Cattle

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Acoma Pueblo, NM
Job Type
Full Time
Starting salary of $30,000
Date Posted
July 14, 2022
Housing Offered
2-5 yrs

Job Purpose

This position performs physical outdoor work on an operating cattle ranch. The Ranch Hand assist in the day-to-day operation of Acoma Land and Cattle Enterprises. The position uses modern sustainable livestock grazing practices and maintains compliance in regards to environmental and Acoma tribal livestock regulations. All duties are to be performed within the guidelines of the ABE policies and procedures. The Ranch Hand is expected to serve as a public relations ambassador for all Acoma Business Enterprises and must be courteous and helpful to customers at all times. Other related duties may be directed by management.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for horses, and their complete care, including shoeing, feeding, grooming, and care of ranch owned tack.
  • Responsible for the care of cows, bulls, and calves, including feeding, branding, sorting, herding, working cattle through cattle chutes, dehorning, castrating, vaccinating, pregnancy testing, calving out heifers, weaning and processing calves.
  • Prepares and maintains daily ranch, livestock, and equipment records.
  • Repairs and maintains water pipelines, “drinkers,” pump jacks, electric pumps, windmills, fences, gates, facilities, and equipment and other ranch structures.
  • Maintains written records of equipment and livestock as needed
  • Maintains the daily production of the beef cow/calf and forage operations within all ranch units of the Land and Cattle operation.
  • Must maintain harmonious business and team member relationships on all levels. Good communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Must communicate and have willingness and desire to grow personally as well as growing the business.
  • Plays a vital role in the development of coordinated resource management plans, including grazing management.
  • Identification and development of rangeland improvement projects.
  • Development and implementation of rangeland soil and vegetation restoration.
  • May be required to administer First Aid and/or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
  • Must be socially perceptive; administer good to excellent judgement, and decision making abilities essential.
  • Must be able to handle stressful situations, maintain composure and be able to prevent and/or handle emergency situations.
  • Must be presentable when reporting to work, wearing appropriate clean and pressed uniform when applicable. Good personal hygiene required.

Minimum Qualifications


  • High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent required.
  • Three years hands-on experience required in ranching, pre-conditioning, feedlot, or farm with experience in yearling cow/calf herd health and feeding.
  • Valid New Mexico Drivers’ License required. Or the ability to obtain one if moving from out of state
  • Heavy equipment operators must have a valid Commercial Driver’s license.

Skills, Abilities, Knowledge and Other Qualifications:

  • Skill in customer service and ability to remain calm and cheerful in stressful situations.
  • Skill in maintaining a friendly demeanor at all times and performs job requirements with a Smile, Eye Contact & Greeting.
  • Skill in exhibiting good to excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate complex or unwelcome information courteously and helpfully to guests, co-workers, and management.
  • Skill in computer literacy.
  • Skill to effectively multitask and have strong written/oral communication, both in reading and writing.
  • Skill in actively listening.
  • Ability to use and interpret topographic and aerial maps.
  • Ability to operate four wheel drive, standard transmission, all-terrain vehicles.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to lift certain outdoor equipment.
  • Ability to operate a two way radio device/communications.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to operate four wheel drive, standard transmission, all-terrain vehicles.
  • Ability to use and interpret topographic and aerial maps.
  • Ability to identify livestock problems and environmental conditions and to respond to emergencies quickly and appropriately.
  • Ability to work effectively with other department team members.
  • Ability to obtain and administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with tribal and governmental officials, and the general public.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of cattle ranching, range and related activities.
  • Knowledge of general public safety and security regulations.
  • Knowledge of general and environmental laws and regulations, tribal and government law.

Working conditions

Working conditions will be in an exterior, varied climate environment and may include exposure to certain weather conditions and moderate-to-loud noise levels. Often required to ride on horseback and in truck on ranch property and surrounding areas that are rough, uneven, and/or rocky terrain.

Some accommodations will be in an interior office environment pending work assignments. The position requires working days/evenings including weekends, holidays and special event shifts. Work Schedule may vary (7/24/365).

Physical requirements

Physical requirements include standing and walking for long periods of time and use of whole body motion and strength throughout all properties. Work is performed on horseback on some occasions. Must be able to lift up to 80 pounds and perform repetitive tasks requiring manual dexterity, speed and concentration. Requires the visual acuity and manual dexterity to read and write reports. Must be able to stand, walk, grasp and remain in a saddle for long periods of time.

Direct reports: None


Background Investigation: This position is subject to a background check though Acoma Business Enterprises. Selected individuals must successfully complete and pass all requirements to qualify for position.

Insurability: This positions requires to have a valid driver’s license. Candidates must successfully complete a pre-employment motor vehicle check and must be insured through the company insurance carrier.

All Applicants must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening prior to beginning employment and is subject to random drug testing during employment.

Selected applicant may be required to obtain a COVID-19 test prior to beginning employment and may be subject to further testing.

Selected applicant may be required to provide vaccination status of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Acoma Business Enterprises is committed to achieving full equal opportunity without discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, physical disability, age or sexual orientation. Acoma Business Enterprises (ABE) has implemented an Indian Preference Policy. It is the policy of Acoma Business Enterprises to give preference to any qualified person who is an enrolled Acoma Indian Tribal Member or non-Acoma tribal member of a federally-recognized Indian Tribe, pursuant to the Acoma Gaming Commission, Regulation 26 of the Acoma Gaming Regulations, Section 26.020. The application of Indian Preference is not automatic, an applicant must request for consideration for tribal preference. Applicants must provide tribal affiliation and registered census number. ABE is dedicated to policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientations, political belief or disability.


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