Trout Creek Ranch Grazing Lead

Oregon Desert Land Trust

Fields, Oregon

Job Type: Full-Time

Salary: $55,000-$67,000 plus housing and benefits

Start / End Dates: Start date 05-01-2024

The Trout Creek Ranch (TCR) Grazing Lead will work in Fields, Oregon with the TCR Ranch Manager, other ODLT staff, grazing lessees and co-permittees, The Nature Conservancy, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to develop and implement TCR’s Collaborative Grazing Program. In addition to managing the grazing program at Trout Creek Ranch, the Grazing Lead will participate in The Nature Conservancy’s multi-state Sagebrush Sea network, sharing knowledge gained at Trout Creek Ranch with other participants and bringing knowledge gained on other projects back to Trout Creek Ranch.

Key Responsibilities

  • Works with ODLT staff and partners to develop and implement the Trout Creek Ranch collaborative grazing program and plan, including a virtual fence demonstration project.
  • Participates in the Nature Conservancy’s Sagebrush Sea Virtual Fence network, including regular virtual meetings or conference calls and semi-annual travel.
  • Collaborates with grazing lessee(s), co-permittees, neighbors, and the BLM to improve, maintain, and repair fences, corrals, and livestock watering facilities.
  • Collects and manages field data to track operations and management impacts in partnership with lessees, TNC and BLM.
  • Coordinates with the TCR Restoration Manager to incorporate grazing program input on habitat restoration and enhancement projects.
  • Works with the Ranch Manager to identify and secure appropriate equipment for grazing operations.
  • Assists the TCR Restoration Manager with mapping, control, and monitoring of invasive and noxious plant species.
  • Helps monitor property boundaries and safely addresses livestock trespass.


Working Environment

  • Regularly required to hike through a variety of habitat types and terrain, walk over uneven ground, climb over obstacles, and access remote locations.
  • Regularly sits or stands at a desk or computer workstation.
  • Regularly required to operate a 4×4 vehicle (i.e. trucks and all-terrain vehicles).
  • Work week is 40 hours per week but may require evening and weekend work and
  • Occasionally may be required to use or supervise the use of pesticides and or other chemical substances and to use or supervise the use of powered equipment such as weed trimmers and chainsaws.
  • Occasionally lifts, positions, or otherwise moves objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

Qualifications / Experience Level Required:

The qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experience. Below we’ve described important qualifications for a candidate but we recognize the diversity of experiences that can create these skill sets. We strongly encourage you to apply if you believe you have what it takes to thrive as ODLT’s Trout Creek Ranch Grazing Lead.
  • Degree in and/or related experience in range management, similar field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s Degree in related field or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Experience with natural systems and ecological land management principles.
  • Experience creating and implementing management plans.
  • Experience operating and/or repairing various types of farm/ranch equipment and machinery.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently and meet deadlines.
  • Experience managing volunteers or entry-level staff.
  • Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in grazing management, land management, natural resource conservation, and/or similar fields.
  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group Firefighter Type 2 or higher preferred.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.

To Apply:
Please email a PDF cover letter and resume to with “Trout Creek Ranch Grazing Lead” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Housing: Yes


Brad Nye


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