Supervisor / Ranch Foreman needed at Land & Cattle Operation in New Mexico ~ $55k

Acoma Land and Cattle

Acoma Pueblo, NM
Job Type
Full Time, Year round
Starting at $55K/year, DOE
Date Posted
June 11, 2024
Housing Offered
5-10 yrs

Job Purpose

This position ensures the smooth day-to-day operation of Acoma Land and Cattle Enterprises’ ranch management program for ~200,000 acres of Pueblo of Acoma owned lands operated by Acoma Business Enterprises (ABE). The position uses modern sustainable livestock grazing practices and maintains compliance in regards to environemental and Tribal livestock regulations. The Land and Cattle Foreman will supervise ranch hands and day laborers. In addition, they will work in partnership with ranchers, grazing associations, and conservation groups, other government agencies, and members of the community on rangeland management and conservation issues. All duties are to be performed within the guidelines of the ABE policies and procedures. The Land and Cattle Foreman 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

  • Oversees daily operations of the ranches, ensuring all tasks are completed efficiently.
  • Supervises and coordinates ranch staff including supervising, hiring, training, and scheduling.
  • Maintains the daily production of the beef cow/calf and forage operations within all ranch units of the Land and Cattle operation.
  • Coordinates with external vendors and suppliers for feed, equipment, and other necessary ranch supplies.
  • Prepares and maintains daily ranch, livestock, and equipment records.
  • Produces project, quarterly, and annual reports.
  • Oversees all ranch activities.
  • Manages and schedules ranch hands and day laborers.
  • Researches and recommends purchases of cattle and equipment for the ranches.
  • 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.
  • Responsible for horses, and their complete care, including shoeing, feeding, grooming, and care of ranch owned tack.
  • Repairs and maintains water pipelines, “drinkers,” pump jacks, electric pumps, windmills, fences, gates, facilities, and equipment and other ranch structures.
  • Must maintain harmonious business and employee 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.
  • Administration of grazing permits.
  • Identification and development of rangeland improvement projects.
  • 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.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science, Wildlife Biology, Zoology or related field preferred.
  • Five years hands-on experience required in ranching, pre-conditioning, feedlot, or farm with experience in yearling cow/calf herd health and feeding.
  • Five years Beef and Agricultural business preferred.
  • Five years supervisory experience preferred.
  • Valid New Mexico Drivers’ License required (or the ability to obtain and/or one if moving from out of state).
  • Heavy equipment operators must have a valid Commercial Driver’s license and certified training.

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 live in a remote geographic/ranch area.
  • 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 work with and use a saddle and reins.
  • 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 good horsemanship and completing daily tasks on horseback.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of cattle ranching, range and related activities.
  • Knowledge of understanding livestock concerns and environmental conditions which would require immediate response.
  • Knowledge of general public safety and security regulations.
  • Knowledge of general and environmental laws and regulations, tribal and government law.

Working conditions

  • Living conditions are in a remote ranch setting environment.
  • 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 ranch areas and properties. Work is performed on horseback on some occasions. Must be able to lift, push, pull, reach, bend, twist, stoop, stack, kneel and balance up to 100 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

Direct Reports-Cowboys, Ranch Staff, Day Laborers


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.


Forward cover letter & resume to our email address. Or call for more info.

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