26 Land & Cattle, based near Geyser, Montana, is establishing an internship program and we invite Williams College CES students to apply for the Summer, 2017 session. The internship period will last approximately eight weeks, from mid-June to mid-August. Students will be able to earn college credit and be eligible to receive a bonus upon successful completion of the internship. As an intern, you will have an opportunity to put your education to work in a real-world setting, learning valuable lessons that will complement your academic background.
The 26 Ranch is a 25,000-acre commercial cow-calf ranch located about 45 miles east of Great Falls. Hay is put up on the ranch each summer and interns will be asked to pitch in with haying, when needed. We will be establishing a range monitoring program which will track carrying capacities and trends in grass species in individual pastures, and we’d like to start actively testing grass and water in each of the ranch’s pastures. The ranch has an integrated weed management program to address weed infestations that includes chemical, mechanical, and biological forms of treatment. Fencing on the ranch is in good condition, but there are areas where we would like to install some wildlife-friendly fencing.
The internship work will consist of about 50% ranch work in the form of:
–haying (raking, transporting round bales to stack yard) and flood irrigation
–weed management (chemical, mechanical, and biological controls)
–fencing (maintenance of existing fence, constructing wildlife-friendly fencing)
–building and yard maintenance
The balance of the intern’s time will be spent with:
–range monitoring (implementing a plan to measure site-specific goals)
–cutting grass samples for testing, as well as testing water in wells/springs/reservoirs
–mapping weed infestations for spraying using GPS/Google Earth
–water development projects to benefit livestock and wildlife
Interns are expected to work roughly the same hours we do, which vary from day to day. Expect 10 to 12 hour days normally, with an hour off for lunch. Interns will work a half a day on Saturdays and they will get Sundays off, as well as any national holidays that occur during the internship. The ideal candidate will be a hardworking individual who is open-minded and willing to try new things.
Interns will be provided with housing and a vehicle for ranch work. Interns will be covered under Workman’s Compensation for work-related injuries. A bonus is possible if the intern performs exceptional work.
Interested students should complete the following application. Please be sure to attach a separate document that includes answers to the written questions on the application, as well as a separate resume and work references, if you have them.
Please direct any questions you may have to Tom Groneberg at [email protected]
26 Land & Cattle Internship Application
Return application and resume to Tom Groneberg
Date of Birth:
Do you have a valid driver’s license?
Are you willing to submit to a background check?
Major: Minor (if any):
Year: Anticipated Graduation Date:
Advisor’s Phone #: Advisor’s Email:
Please answer the following questions on a separate piece of paper and include in your submission.
–Describe your ranching/farming/agricultural background.
–Why would you like the opportunity to work for 26 Land & Cattle?
–If selected as an intern, what specific areas would you like to pursue (farming, range, livestock)?
–Describe your horseback riding experience.
–Can you operate a tractor? Have you been involved in haying operations? If yes, please describe.
–Describe your computer skills and any programs you are proficient in.
–List your extracurricular activities (4-H, FFA, livestock judging, rodeo, college groups), most recent first.
–Provide an example of how you have worked as a member of team.
–Provide an example of how you have served as a team or group leader.
–As an intern, you may be asked to work in areas that you are unfamiliar with. How would you handle such a situation?
–During your internship you will be asked to perform certain duties that may require you to lift up to 75 pounds and you may be working outdoors in adverse conditions. Are there any physical attributes that may limit your ability to perform these duties? If so, please explain.
In compliance with State and Federal opportunity laws, qualified applicants are considered for all positions regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or disability.