Ranch Management Internship

Location: This internship is based at the San Antonio Viejo Ranch, 45 minutes south of Hebbronville, and will include work on East Foundation properties throughout South Texas.

Salary: Compensation is $13 per hour and includes housing on the San Antonio Viejo Ranch. This is a temporary position, not to exceed 40 hours per week, with no health or retirement benefits.

Start and End Date: May 22 to August 7, 2023
Last Date to Apply for Summer: April 14, 2023

East Foundation will assist successful applicants in any way to receive university credit for the appropriate term(s).

Description: East Foundation is seeking two interns for the spring session. Interns Interns are expected to participate in all facets of the Foundation, including Programs, Field Operations, Ranch Operations, and Administration. The Ranch Management internship aims to equip future natural resource managers with skills in cattle, range, and wildlife management. The emphasis for ranch interns is to dedicate the majority of their time to understanding the importance and integration of range science in cattle management. East Foundation Ranch interns will assist with:

  • Cattle workings (palpating, weaning, calf turnout, and bull pickup) (35% of the time)
    • Interns will gain an understanding of stockmanship, handling, ranch economics, and husbandry.
  • Ranch maintenance (brush spraying, water systems repairs, welding, and pen repairs) (45% of the time)
    • Interns will gain an understanding of ranch maintenance techniques by working with East Foundation staff.
  • Vegetation surveys for forage standing crop, vegetation composition, cover, and structure (20% of the time)
    • Interns will gain skills in plant identification, vegetation sampling methods, and stocking rate calculations based on available forage.

Qualifications: Juniors, seniors, or recent graduates (one to two years post-graduate) in Natural Resources, Animal Science, Wildlife and Range Management or related degree programs are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will be an honest, self-motivated person with a strong work ethic and an interest in ranching. Applicants should possess strong people skills, leadership qualities, and communication abilities. This position will require working long hours in adverse conditions and lifting objects greater than 50 lbs. Successful candidates must maintain a valid driver's license. Applicants are subjected to background checks. Applicants must be able to use software such as Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, in addition to basic computer skills.

The ideal candidate will have at least one year of experience handling cattle.

To Apply: Please send the following documents to cpavlicek@eastfoundation.net with "Ranch Management Internship" in the subject line:

  • A 1–2 page statement of interest – describe your background, pertinent experiences and interests, accomplishments, and how this internship will benefit you.
  • Full resume – include all skills and proficiencies, volunteer experience, and/or other accomplishments.
  • Three references (contact information only).
  • A copy of your current college transcript.  Applicants may submit an unofficial copy.

Contact: Cindy Pavlicek, Chief of Staff