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Assistant Ranch Manager

Title: Assistant Ranch Manager
Department: Animal Care/Ranch Maintenance
Supervisor: Ranch Manager
Classification: Non Exempt
Terms: Fulltime, long-term
Wage: Commensurate with experience

Vision: Our vision is a world with flourishing habitats for all Life

Mission: To reawaken our deep connection to wildlife and nature through Reconnection Ecology®, expanding our sense of community to include all living beings and moving us to protect thriving habitats for all Life. 


The Assistant Ranch Manager will assist Ranch Manager with overall handling, health, and wellbeing of the animals at Earthfire. Training skills are required for developing co-workers’ basic animal care expertise, understanding, and reflection of what the animals are thinking and doing, and why. Keeps the animals and the visiting public safe and the public inspired.  

  • Oversee daily animal care 
  • Look after physical and emotional welfare of animals
  • Present animals for educational programs
  • Teach and supervise animal care staff
  • Assist with ranch maintenance builds and repairs relevant to animal welfare

 Personal Qualifications

  • Reliability and responsibility are primary requirements
  • A natural animal-like alertness and confidence working with wild animals  
  • 3-5 years of experience working with wild domesticated animals including large carnivores, specifically Wolves and Bears, is preferred
  • Instinctive ability to bond with and understand animals
  • Intuitive, resourceful, flexible, patient, persistent, observant
  • Quiet, self-possessed, temperament preferred
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Serious about animal care, and about the status of animal welfare worldwide
  • In good physical shape, able to lift and carry 50+ lbs. at least 50 feet. Quick reflexes.
  • Willing to work under all weather conditions and periodic long hours
  • Ability to stay calm, clear-headed, and able to perform duties in an emergency
  • Ability to build and/or repair enclosures and fences
  • Onsite living is preferred

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