We are coming to the end of our need for workaways for 2017. Our calendar is open for 2018 and we look forward to hearing from you. We will be needing volunteers from mid- to last week in April - all depending on the snowfall during the winter.
We are both long time ex pats from the UK and a newly retired couple raising a small herd of 30 plus Bison/Buffalo high on the north side of the Nicola Valley 20 minutes from the town of Merritt, BC. We have been raising Buffalo since 1982 and have now found the right numbers that our land can support.
While we live in an in-ground house with wind and solar as our main power supply and diesel generator as a back up; we have all mod cons of any modern house. For accommodation, we have a guest room with a queen size bed and a study with bunks. We also have an older self-contained mobile home which several couples have enjoyed using. As we live in a semi desert area, water is always some thing to be used wisely.
My interests are Black Powder shooting - this is with muzzle loaded firearms used for targets and for hunting. We love to read when we get a chance and Isobel is active with a couple of social groups in town. We get into town two to three times a week and we can take you in and let you loose !! There is no public transportation into town from our ranch.
We have a puppy, Piper, we rescued from a SPCA shelter. She is slowly learning the ropes around the ranch ! She is allowed into our home but does sleep in our sun room at night. We raised an orphan bison calf in 2013 and although she is back with the herd, she loves to come for 'treats' and petting !
Help in the house
Depending on the time of year, we do limb and thin on the tree stands we have; clearing the winter's dead fall trees; fencing, always fencing :-}}}, wood splitting and stacking for winter and general maintenance.
Preference will be given to any volunteers who have some mechanical knowledge and experience on heavy duty equipment and automotive too as another pair of hands and eyes is always useful on a ranch !
Extra help with feeding and keeping a check on the buffalo is always appreciated too.
TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE IS A MUST AND WILL BE ASKED FOR - please respect this.
We have a guest room for couples with a Queen size bed or bunks in the office. We also have a separate mobile home for volunteers and guests.
Boots and some older clothes for working in will come in handy. We have gloves, some warm jackets for use and some rubber boots. Our ranch is at 1,375 meters above sea level so it can get hot during the daytime and cooler in the evenings. We enjoy sitting around our outdoor fire in the evenings chatting about everything and anything whilst roasting marshmallows !
We can pick you up in Merritt as there is a Greyhound Bus depot in town. Although there is no local transportation to Merritt from our ranch, we are in town several times a week to pick up groceries, banking and meeting friends. There are many good hikes in and around the ranch.
We are non-smokers and, as we raise bison, we are a non-vegetarian family.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
no more than 5 hours per day, 5 days per week, always depending on the weather.