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Oxbow Cattle Company Ranch Hand Job Announcement


Oxbow Cattle Company Missoula, Montana

Job Category

Year Round/Permanent Position


  • –  Salaried

  • –  Depends On Experience

  • –  $30-$40,000 annually

  • –  Beef allowance

  • –  Educational Allowance

  • –  4 weeks paid vacation

    Start Date

    September 27th, 2021

    Last Date to Apply

    September 3rd, 2021


    Oxbow Cattle Company Mission
    ́ Regenerate the ecosystem
    ́ Respect all animals
    ́ Connect with our community
    ́ Produce high quality and healthy food that nourishes the body and soul.

    Oxbow Cattle Company is a regenerative ranching operation that raises high quality grass-finished beef and sells it directly to the community of Missoula and surrounding areas. We use the most current regenerative management techniques for year round grazing of our cattle herds and are always evolving and learning to improve upon this. We take pride in our low-stress stockmanship and horsemanship skills. This job is not an 8-5, 5 days a week job, we usually work longer days and weekends. With that said we strive for a life/work balance. This position will challenge you both physically and mentally, and will be rewarding in the end.

    Daily routines vary with seasonal change of work, so the following are general guidelines with notable exceptions. A typical work day starts at 7 AM and ends at 5 PM. Work weeks are Monday thru Friday with an additional Saturday or Sunday expected to assist with Farmers Market, cattle moves, branding and when Bart and Wendy are gone. Notable exceptions:

    • –  Calving; checks every few hours from daylight to dark and if needed throughout the night. Calving is from April 15 to July 14th.

    • –  Farm to market store (f2m) stocking. This is done every day of the week.

  • –  Delivering beef every other Tuesday, means we are at the mercy and timing of our processor. Depending on when they show up deliveries may extend past 5 PM.

  • –  Daily cattle moves and daily irrigating.

  • –  Environmental conditions such as hot days, may dictate changing starting times to first light and concluding after lunch.

  • –  When livestock are out. We must act timely if animals are out and need to be

    placed back within their pasture/paddocks.

  • –  Weather emergencies such as heavy snow on poly wire, flooding, fires etc.

  • –  Ranch work in general has a way of throwing curveballs at you and plans

    change daily.
    January – February: Livestock feeding & monitoring, livestock moves, e-fence construction, equipment maintenance, grazing and business planning, WOTB work, education opportunities, meetings. This tends to be some of our slowest time and easiest to follow a schedule of Monday thru Friday 8 AM to 5 PM.
    March – April: Livestock feeding & monitoring, livestock moves (daily), equipment maintenance, e-fence construction, permanent fence maintenance and construction, irrigation infrastructure maintenance, irrigating, planting cover crops and legumes/forbs. May – November: Calving, livestock monitoring, livestock moves (daily), equipment maintenance, e-fence construction, permanent fence maintenance and construction, irrigating, range monitoring, branding, goat and sheep management, weed management, water development projects, educational opportunities.
    December: Holidays, and all the above. Like January and February, December tends to be some of our slowest time and easiest to follow a schedule of Monday thru Friday 8 AM to 5 PM.
    *The employer has the right to vary the working ours, days and time to meet the needs of the business.

    Potential Jobs/Tasks

    This job will be very diverse and rewarding. Here is a partial list of potential job duties:

    • –  Calving

    • –  Irrigating

    • –  Animal husbandry

    • –  Load & haul livestock while applying low stress techniques

    • –  Move livestock while applying low stress techniques

    • –  Feeding & supplementing livestock

    • –  Fence construction

    • –  Fence maintenance

    • –  E-fence construction and deconstruction

    • –  Range & soil health monitoring

    • –  Livestock health monitoring

    • –  Equipment repair and maintenance

    • –  Building repair and maintenance

    • –  Weed spraying, chopping & pulling

    • –  Leading volunteer days

    • –  Conduct education outreach and field days

    • –  Water development

    • –  Wildlife habitat protection

    • –  Stream regeneration

  • –  Soil regeneration

  • –  Operate side-by-side, ATV, 4 wheel drive trucks (standard)

  • –  Gather, saddle and ride horses while using natural horsemanship methods

  • –  Sell Oxbow Beef

  • –  Deliver Beef

  • –  Plant and monitor cover crops as well as other plantings

  • –  Assist with goat/sheep enterprise

  • –  Move & monitor sheep and goats

  • –  Website development

  • –  Media development for Oxbow

  • –  Assist with constructing annual grazing plan

  • –  Contribute meaningfully to Oxbow Cattle Company Mission

  • –  Most of all learn, grow and have fun

    Additional Information

    Housing will not be provided.

    No Health insurance, but have great access to agricultural worker health in Lolo.

    You will be required to carry your own personal cell phone for communication.

    You will be required to provided your own transportation for all personal use such as travel to and from work.

    How to Apply

    Send your resume to [email protected] along with answers to following three questions.

  1. What is your definition of regenerative agriculture?

  2. Describe what a good and contributing team member looks like.

3. This is more of a lifestyle than it is a job. Explain why you would be interested in

this lifestyle rather than just having a job that pays the bills?

You’ve never Seen the Land Until You’ve Seen it From the Air

(we are featured at 2:30)

Five Valleys Land Trust, May 2018



Update: Oxbow Cattle Company Conservation Easement

Five Valleys Land Trust, May 2018

Caring for the Land, a Passion and a Mission

NRCS, February 2018










Oxbow Cattle Company Conservation Easement

Five Valleys Land Trust, November 2017
ox · bow
/ 'äks,bō /
An abandoned channel in the course of a river, shaped like a U. We graze our cows on the ancient "oxbows" of the Bitterroot River, where these sub-irrigated fertile remnants of the Bitterroot provide lush feed for grass-finishing cattle.