13377 RD 18 1/2
MADERA, CA 93637
Workers must have at least 3 months experience birthing livestock with herds of 200 or more on the open range. One reference required.
May assist in lambing, docking, shearing and branching. The following seasonal duties will need to be performed. Be able to identify signs of ewes going into labor and identify potential problems during the labor process. Know when and how to assist during difficult births. Be able to constrain ewes for difficult births and able to graft orphan lambs to mothers. Be able to separate and moves ewes which have given birth from pregnant ewes and place in bonding pens. Ability to identify herd health issues including but not limited to malnutrition of ewes and lambs, prolapse and mastitis. Provide water to animals, including minor maintenance of water troughs and water lines. May need to haul water in truck to supplement water needs. May need to provide supplemental feed for the ewes and lambs if the range has insufficient forage. Disperse livestock on the range to reduce overcrowding and increase the success of mothers and lambs bonding. Protect vulnerable livestock (lambs and ewes in labor) from predators. Move ewes and lambs and assist in branding, castrating, vaccinating, tagging and worming. Ability to safely catch lambs with a sheep hook. Feed and care for guard dogs.
Build temporary fence and corrals in staging areas for loading sheep on trucks going to spring and summer pasture.
The worker must be able to operate a 4 wheeler in a safe and effective manner.
The worker must assist the employer to comply with all OSHA, CAL OSHA, EDD, USDA and DOL mandates and guidelines including but not limited to cleanliness, proper climate sensitive clothing, safe operation of equipment, food safety protocol and proper care and treatment of livestock.
Some work/tasks may occur off the range, but more than 50% of work will be performed on the range. Western Range Association and its member ranches facilitate practices of good animal husbandry. Employees that are found abusing, neglecting or abandoning livestock entrusted to their care may be terminated for cause. If the negligent/abusive actions of an employee result in the loss/death of livestock/animals or cause harm to another person, the employee may be held accountable for these actions.
The worker will live in the employer provided range housing. Said housing will be clean and in good repair at the time it is provided to the employee. The employee is responsible to maintain the housing unit in a reasonable level of cleanliness in order to avoid flies, mice or other vermin. The employee is responsible to alert the employer of damage to the housing unit within a reasonable amount of time. The employee may be held accountable for damage to the housing unit that is the result of negligence on the part of the employee (normal wear and tear excepted).
***Hours worked footnote: On call for up to 24 hours 7 days a week***