Job Openings

Ranch Manager

Live and work on site at this beautiful, remote, off grid location in northern NM. Gain experience in ranch & natural resource management, facility maintenance, retreat management, customer service and mindfulness practice. Applicants must be resourceful, responsible, caring, handy, have strong personhood and some ranch/land management experience. Job is shared with other ranch managers and runs during open season from mid-April to mid-November. We offer fair compensation plus gourmet vegetarian meals and single occupancy heated accommodation.

Responsibilities include:

  • Stewarding the land and natural resources
  • Ensuring proper maintenance and function of irrigation, water/well, vehicles, solar system
  • Maintaining all facilities (approx. 40 structures)
  • Keeping a clean and safe environment for guests
  • Driving guest shuttle on opening and closing day of retreats
  • Assisting retreat manager with timely guest response/communication
  • Collecting and ensuring enough firewood for operations (Experience with a chainsaw required)
  • Monitoring propane use and coordinating refill logistics
  • Managing two weekly town runs (laundry, food pick up, trash, recycle, supplies, etc.)
  • Monitoring trash, recycle and compost efforts
  • Maintaining barbed wire fencing
  • Managing opening and closing of the ranch and facilities seasonally
  • Coordinating volunteers when appropriate
  • Assisting with guest orientation talk and work meditation job training for guests
  • Anticipating and responding to guests needs and safety
  • Maintaining medical kit and emergency supplies
  • Trail maintenance and familiarity with trail system
  • Point person for the emergency plan protocols at the ranch
  • CPR/Wilderness First Aid Certified or ability to acquire (required)

Availability: We are looking for both seasonal and back up ranch managers, separately.

  • Seasonal
    • 2 weeks on site end of April/early May for opening
    • Retreat season is shared with another ranch manager in a mutually agreed upon schedule to allow for appropriate breaks (breaks are off-site)
    • 2 weeks on site late October/early November for closing
  • Back up
    • attend 1-2 weeks on site end of April/early May for opening
    • back up ranch manager during season as schedule needs (as little as a few days up to a few retreats)
    • attend 1-2 weeks on site late October/early November for closing

All interested parties please email a letter of interest to You must include:

  • why you believe you are an ideal candidate for the position
  • if you have ever been to Vallecitos before or your connection to the organization
  • your related experience
  • your availability
  • your contact information

reposted 1/6/19