Ranch Mechanic needed at Deep Springs College in eastern California ~ $69k – $76k

Deep Springs College

Big Pine, CA
Job Type
Full Time, Year round
$69,000 - $76,000
Date Posted
April 24, 2024
Housing Offered
2-5 yrs

Deep Springs College, a unique educational institution in the high desert of Eastern California, is in need of an experienced and skilled Ranch Mechanic. This position requires an individual with a deep understanding and skill set in managing diverse mechanical systems and hands-on maintenance and repair work in collaboration with a dynamic and motivated staff and student team. The Ranch Mechanic’s responsibilities will extend across our active ranch and farm, encompassing a diverse fleet of vehicles, critical farm machinery, and a wheel line water irrigation system. The Ranch Mechanic is appointed by the President of the college and responsible to the Ranch Manager.

Job Summary

The Ranch Mechanic is an integral part of Deep Springs College. By overseeing the maintenance and repair of vehicles and equipment, this role ensures the smooth running of the college’s ranch and farm vehicles or equipment. Their work directly contributes to the college’s mission of self-governance, labor, and learning. They carry out the following responsibilities, with the help of a student team:

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Fleet Maintenance. Repairing and maintaining all college-owned vehicles and equipment. Preventive maintenance and repair for all vehicles and heavy equipment.
  2. Ensuring regular inspection, maintenance, and repair of vehicles used for College business.
  3. Maintenance and repair of farm and ranch equipment.
  4. Assist in farming operations at peak season if necessary.
  5. Other duties deemed necessary by Ranch Manager.


  1. Expertise in vehicle and equipment maintenance, exposure to gas, diesel, and electric systems.
  2. Two or more years of experience as a mechanic, preferably with exposure to agricultural settings

Compensation and Benefits

  • Onsite housing, paid utilities, all meals provided
  • Health, vision, and dental insurance
  • Above-average PTO allowance (starting at 27 days)
  • Substantial retirement contribution
  • Professional development funding and opportunities

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, alongside the opportunity to live and work in a distinctive educational environment. Here, you can have a meaningful and singular impact. The salary range for the Ranch Mechanic is $69,000 – 76,000.


Applicants must consent to a background check. If you believe you would excel in this role and make a meaningful contribution to our community, please apply by emailing us: 1. your resume, 2. a cover letter stating your interest and qualifications, and 3. contact information for at least two professional references. Send to both email addresses listed. We will begin reviewing applications on May 6th and will continue until the position has been filled.

For additional information, visit https://www.deepsprings.edu/employment/staff-job-openings/.

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