Our Ranch is a family-owned working cattle ranch along the Fraser river, in the Coastal mountain range of British Columbia. Just four hours northwest from Kamloops, BC. Over 200 head of cattle. Half a dozen horses. A 70,000 acre range. Ranch has a swimming pond and creek running through property.
We are looking for 2-4 work exchangers at a time, from March through October. You will be living in an off grid, remote location. Limited access to Wifi, and Satellite internet available. Stand alone accommodation may be available.
A WORK VISA or WORK HOLIDAY VISA is required for non Canadian residents.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Be part of a historic, family owned ranch and rugged life style. You will be immersed in an old fashioned homestead, surrounded by spectacular views, and lots of wildlife .
It is our hope that our workaways be a part of our team and family and be involved in family and local events from time to time. We also want them to enjoy the beauty and ruggedness of our surroundings as much as we do.
Most of all we want you to gain some ranch experience by being a part of western ranching culture.
We love to experience different cultures and learn new recipes , we are hopeful that you would be willing to share some of your culture and history as well as your cuisine. We would never turn down an offer to have someone cook and share some of their favourite foods.
You may learn new skills, and learn or improve your riding skills. You may be able to enjoy riding on thousands of acres through mountains, valleys, plateaus, meadows, along creeks and rivers.
Most of the time you will be riding with an experienced wrangler. Riding tack is available and will be supplied by ranch.
ANYONE who rides will be required to sign a LEGAL waiver of liability. You will also be REQUIRED to provide proof of travel insurance.
Sorry we do not accept smokers and prefer couples over 25, but may consider individuals depending on skills.
We offer free pick-up from Kamloops airport (4 hours from ranch) or prefer that you take a sheduled bus service ( Greyhound ) to Clinton, BC (2 1/2 hours from ranch).The closest town to our ranch.
Generally you would arrive in Vancouver,B.C. and commute from there.
A minimum of 25 hours per week, is required in exchange for room and board. Earned horseback riding and basic horsemanship training is available .
Note: Helpers will be required to live a rugged lifestyle while staying.
Following is a brief discription of some of the annual ranching tasks:
For example,but not limited to......fencing both wire and log , corral repair , corral construction , firewood , noxious weed removal , irrigating fields , gardening , building maintenance and or construction , housework , mecanical work , debri removal ie: sticks and stones , twine , brush piling , handling and or herding cattle...sometimes on range , branding and tagging , doctoring livestock , etc.
Every couple of weeks througout the summer you may be treated with the task of...saddling up and riding the range to monitor and move livestock to minimize over grazing and to maximize range use. This is also a good time to monitor herd health and observe possible predator sign.
Duties may change from day to day depending on ever changing circumstances.
We are currently accepting volunteers to join our team starting April thru Nov.
*️️️️ April thru June..is usually : sorting , calving , branding , fencing , field prep , equipment repair , irrigation prep , daily irrigation moving , moving cattle to range , livestock water development , etc
*️️️️ June thru Sept..is usually : daily irrigation moving , haying season , fencing , gardening , equipment mantainance , yard work , construction , etc.
These are longer, hotter and harder days and are very rewarding and satisfying as you experience how to nuture and grow the feed required for the winter months. It is also a satisfying experience to help reap the rewards of a summers worth of dedicated work during haying time.
*️️️️ Sept. thru Nov..is the start of roundup , sorting , weaning , tagging , branding lates , preg testing , and shipping .This may involve many hours on horseback in rugged terrain and possibly some nights sleeping in the mountains with or without a tent , and time to winterize things like irrigation equipment , vehicles...finish firewood , etc.
We feel we can offer 2 different volunteer positions on our ranch this year.
-- Ranch-hand...is someone who is prepared to do plenty of physical work in all weather conditions , willing and able to work xtra hours if required . Also able tolerate hot dry and often dirty conditions and willing to spend numerous hours in the saddle....maybe even take in an occasional rodeo . (please bring adequate and appropriate work clothing and footwear)
-- Home place helper is someone who is self motivated and prepared to work alone or as a team member around the ranch head quarters. Able to do yard and garden work , house chores , weed removal , fence and building mainteance , move irrigation , and some livestock handling as required.
Minimum of 5 to 6 weeks is usually required. Able to offer stays from spring through fall if desired.
Stand alone log cabin with two bedrooms, wood stove, propane stove, solar powered lights, bathroom, outhouse, and fully furnished. NO running HOT water, but cold running water. There will be 2-3 meals and showers provided at main house. We provide bedding and towels.
We require a commitment of at least 1month.
We also require a copy of your work visa as well as your travel insurance policy.
Workaways may eat with our family and may be required to share with some cooking and cleanup from time to time. If you require special foods you will need to let us know well in advance.
We eat meat and a variety of healthy wholesome home cooked meals.
Helpers can explore, hike, take pictures, gold panning, relax. Scout for wildlife such as mountain sheep, mule deer, bears, cougars, wolves, coyotes, bobcats, lynx, eagles, owls, hawks, among others.
Fishing along the Fraser river is available with proper licensing.
Bi-weekly supplie runs are made to local markets....it may be possible to pickup some of your needed supplies at this time.
Workaways must be prepared to go weeks on end without going to town.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week