About Oregon Desert Land Trust
The Oregon Desert Land Trust (ODLT) was formed in 2017 and works with landowners, Tribes, land managers and other partners to conserve private land throughout the region. These wild and working lands are critical to ecological, economic and community health.
Oregon’s high desert is characterized by small towns and working ranches scattered among mountains, rivers, and canyons. Like other areas in the West, the region is experiencing turnover in land ownership, driven in part by inter-generational shifts in the ranching sector and increasing demand for recreational properties. With support from volunteers with decades of experience in real estate, law, ranching, business, and conservation science, as well as our relationships with landowners and knowledge of the region, ODLT has already conserved nearly 20,000 acres.
ODLT is committed to maintaining an inclusive environment. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and voices.
ODLT established one of Oregon’s largest conservation projects by purchasing the 16,645-acre Trout Creek Ranch in the Pueblo and Trout Creek Mountains. The property helps connect more than 1 million acres of wildlife habitat and has livestock grazing permits on nearly 500,000 acres of public land. Partnerships on research efforts and conservation management will help establish regional conservation goals, test innovative stewardship techniques, and develop new, collaborative land management strategies on wild and working lands for wildlife and people.
The Ranch Assistant will help transition Trout Creek Ranch from a commercial farm and ranch to a working lands conservation property in partnership with neighbors and other stakeholders. The primary role of the Ranch Assistant is to support other staff in management plan implementation, habitat restoration, grazing monitoring, facilities repair and development, and volunteer organizing and oversight.
- Work with ODLT staff, grazing lessees, co-permittees, vendors, and The Nature Conservancy to design and implement the Trout Creek Ranch virtual fence program on Trout Creek private lands and associated public lands.
- Coordinate with staff, grazing lessee(s) and BLM staff on improving, maintaining, and repairing fences, corrals, and livestock watering facilities.
- Assist with inventory, repair, and maintenance of residential and farm infrastructure and equipment.
- Assist with surface and groundwater irrigation.
- Provide on-site presence and serve as a local contact for neighbors, land managers, and other partners.
- Assist with mapping, control, and monitoring of invasive and noxious plant species (including herbicide application).