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***Currently Recruiting for Winter Lodgekeeper!
Spend some winter time at the ranch! We often get cold, snowy winters (but not always!) and our needs during these months is typically in animal care (feeding and water chores take longer in the winter) and in keeping the lodge woodstove going. Various other projects will almost certainly present themselves (reorganizing the bathroom, taking the horses for walks, inventorying the garden seeds, etc.) but we are really looking for someone interested in hunkering down and getting cozy!
We are a non-profit land trust organization that runs: summer camps and other outdoor education programs, a natural-burial conservation cemetery, and a conservation program that manages 1,138 acres of pine/oak forest and grassland on the eastern edge of the Columbia River Gorge in south central Washington state. The ranch is also home to a community of people and animals year-round. There are currently six full-time residents at the ranch, a couple staff members that live off-site, and always other wonderful guests, volunteers, and program participants coming and going.
What we do:
• Run overnight summer camp in the summer and host numerous other field trips and retreats for children and adults (spring, summer, and fall)
• Manage our 20-acre, natural-burial, conservation cemetery
• Care for many animals - we share the land with about 20 horses, a flock of chickens and pigeons, seasonal pigs, several cats, and a few dogs. (Not to mention all the wildlife!)
• LOTS of gardening (April-October) – we produce a lot of food!
• Forestry (October-February) – wildfire-fuels reduction and forest health management, designed to be fire-wise and climate-resilient
• Conservation projects, including invasive species removal, native plantings, etc.
• Live off-grid, and manage the off-grid systems
• Various ranch projects, including building and fixing things, fencing and unfencing, trail maintenance, moving objects from place to place, and cleaning… so much cleaning.
Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendreEnseignementJardinageBricolage et projets de constructionS’occuper des animauxCuisine/repas pour la familleAide à la maisonEntretien général
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Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre
General homesteading skills, animal care, help with kids, living with off-grid systems, gardening and landscaping, conservation practices like invasive species ID and forest health basics... Other possibilities (but not guarantees) also include chainsaw safety and skills, driving a tractor, occasional horse rides or horse connection time, driving a stick shift, power tools, etc.
Volunteers have the opportunity to come as a general ranch volunteer, or to focus their service in our garden, forestry project, or lodge-keeping (although *everyone* helps with the various kinds of general tasks and chores, and volunteers should always expect to be involved in our programs).
We aim to have two-six volunteers at a time, depending on the season, and ask that folks stay at least a month. Internships generally require a longer stay (2-6 months). Volunteers will be directly supervised by our volunteer coordinator – and will often work alongside other amazing staff members as well, depending on need and interest.
• Garden Intern (April-October) – all the garden tasks! Starting plants from seed, transplanting into the greenhouse and garden, irrigation, thinning, weeding (so much weeding), harvesting, etc.
• Forestry Intern (October-February) – thinning our dryland forests to promote forest health and fire-wise landscapes; felling trees, limbing branches, pulling brush, cutting firewood, burn piles, etc.
• Lodgekeeping (Year-Round) – keeping our beautiful community space looking sharp! Basic household chores, occasional deep cleaning, beautification, watering the house plants, keeping the wood stove lit, laundry, cooking, hosting guests, etc.
• General Ranch Volunteer (Year-Round) – construction, animal care, cleaning and organizing, cutting firewood, fencing, occasional garden projects, and everything else under the sun that keeps us running smoothly year-round.
• Cemetery Intern (Year-Round) – help prepare grave places, support burials, host tours and visits, and tend grave places
• Kitchen Intern (May - September) – help our kitchen manager make delicious, healthy food for all our program participants and guests in our cafe! Learn all the secrets, tips, and tricks for planning, preparing, and cooking for groups of people and come away with some of favorite recipes.
Qualifications for a volunteer are:
• Genuine interest in ranch life and sustainable living
• The physical capacity to help in all types of weather and lift up to 50 lbs.
• Ability to receive directions and work collaboratively, and also to work independently and be self-motivated to take initiative
• Willingness to engage in non-violent communication practice as part of the team
• Experience or education in permaculture, horticulture, farming, gardening, forestry, outdoor/environmental education, or community living is a bonus!
Volunteers will be provided with either a room in the lodge, bunkhouse, or a trailer. There is also plenty of room to camp if that is preferred. We provide all basic food. During programs, meals are shared, but during the off-season most meals are cook-for-yourself or cook-for-each-other. There are also 1,263 acres to explore!
We are located outside of Goldendale, WA – a small, rural town with a population of around 3,000 - a 2.5 hour drive from Portland, OR. We are on the eastern edge of the Columbia River Gorge, which has vast trails, rivers and waterfalls galore, and extremely interesting climate variations. It’s beautiful here!
A note about the horses: we love to take our volunteers out on the trail when time and weather / ground conditions allow, but this may only be once during your stay. Riding possibilities can be limited by conditions and program demands of the horses. But there are other ways to connect with horses that we may be able to facilitate as well.
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25 hours a week
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This was our very first WorkAway opportunity, and it was such an incredible introduction. Michelle was very incredibly accommodating and helpful from Day 1, and everybody else at the ranch, through every task and chore we helped with, was friendly and so generous with their time and expertise. We have only great things to
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