UPDATE: Due to recent personal medical issues, aoart from the Covid-19 concerns we were not taking and help but, things are now much better and greatly improved and we still need help in September/ October and would love to hear from you if you are available during those months.
With Covid-19 still here we do not know what spring 2021 will look like but we can start thinking about working outside again as our snow hopefully with be gone and our days are getting longer.next year we are looking for help in April /May and again in the fall Sept/Oct, June, July and August can be too hot to work outside so we try to get our work done in the swing months
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 dog, Piper, that we rescued from a SPCA shelter. Although she still very excited when anyone comes to our home, 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 are raising an orphan bison calf this year with the hope off turning her back into the herd mid October .This means feeding four times a day and some baby sitting at night
DIY and building projects
Help around 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. We are working on this years fire wood and are just about done and look forward to using some good help!! to get it finished If you have some wood working or carpentry skills - that would be super!!
Some mechanical knowledge and experience on heavy duty equipment and automotive too is also appreciated 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.
Please have your own medical insurance documents in place in case of illness or accident while staying with us. We may ask to see a copy.
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 E 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 and you can tag along if there's time. There are many good hikes in and around the ranch. Just watch out for the wildlife...
We are non-smokers and, as we raise bison, we are a non-vegetarian family and aren't equipped for vegan or vegetarian diets.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
25 hours per week, always depending on the weather.