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Become A Ranch Hand

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Working As A Ranch Hand

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Repetitive

  • $16,931

    Average Salary

What Does A Ranch Hand Do At Montana Employer

* trim and clear brush using chain saws and hand tools, hand stack debris for removal; maintain and make minor mechanical adjustments and repairs on farm/ranch machinery; may mix and/or spray chemicals (according to appropriate restrictive use laws, when/if applicable); remove undesirable and excess growth from pastures or farm/ranch grounds; paint/repair farm/ranch structures; replace/repair fencing; perform general cleanup of farm/ranch areas; operate all-terrain vehicle in the course of performing duties.
* Duties related to the production of Livestock will include the following: examine animals to determine delivery time, assist in delivery; feed/water livestock; load/unload feed trucks by hand; load/unload/stack baled hay by hand; manually clean/disinfect livestock corrals/stalls/sheds; dock, castrate, brand, clip/tag, vaccinate and clamp livestock.
* Instruction, training, and general supervision will be provided by the farm operator or a designated employee.
* However, the worker must perform required duties without close supervision and listen to, understand, and follow simple instructions of the employer or supervisor. all tools, supplies, and equipment required to perform the duties assigned will be provided at no charge to the worker.
* The worker will be required to return worn out supplies before new supplies will be provided.
* Most duties are performed out of doors and entail exposure to heat, cold, dust, rain, and other environmental conditions common infields, including mosquitoes during certain seasons.
* The worker must crouch, bend, and lift and carry items weighing up to 100 pounds in the course of performing required activities.
* In view of the statutorily established basic function of the Employment Service (ES) as a no-fee labor exchange that is as a forum for bringing together employers and job seekers, neither the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) nor the State Workforce Agencies (SWA) are guarantors of the accuracy or truthfulness of information contained on job orders submitted by employers.
* Nor does any job order accepted or recruited upon by the ES constitute a contractual job offer to which the ETA or a SWA is in any way a

What Does A Ranch Hand Do At Arrow Hill Ranch

* to include feeding, medicating, calving, driving tractor, haying, sprinkler and flood irrigating, fencing, and farming.
* This is a very physical position with some heavy lifting, may also do some digging.
* Will be working in all kinds of weather.
* Other duties as assigned.
* SCHEDULE: This is a full time, year round, permanent position
* WAGE: Depending on

What Does A Ranch Hand Do At Montana Employer

* check physical characteristics, observe general condition of livestock and apply the appropriate care, examine animals to detectillness/injury/disease, rate of weight gain to determine delivery time, assist in delivery and night calving, apply or administer medications/vaccines, mix feed/additives, feed/water livestock (only when livestock are not grazing on natural grasses and drinking from natural water sources during the warm growing season); place mineral blocks, drive equipment, herd livestock to various pastures, calculate the carrying capacity of different paddocks, develop grazing plan, schedule livestock movement, operate 4-wheeler to move livestock; confine livestock in stalls, clean/disinfect livestock corrals/stalls/sheds, dock, castrate, brand, clip/tag and clamp livestock, monitor sale bulls throughout the season and up to the bull sale in December, clip bulls, semen test bulls, sort and manage bulls prior to and after the sale.
* Worker will be required to operate farm equipment to plant and harvest hay, irrigate fields including install/remove irrigation pipe, lift/carry/move pipe, monitoring flood irrigation and water supply, prioritize water use, maintain irrigation equipment and oversee operation of irrigation pumps, turn off irrigation systems and winterize all equipment and infrastructure; hoist/stack bales of hay onto wagon/truck, repair, replace and build barbed wire fence, manually pick rocks, perform general cleanup of farm acreage, and drive/load/unload semi-trucks (on the ranch only).
* Worker must be willing to perform tasks capably and efficiently without close supervision, and live and work singly or in small groups of workers.
* The job entails working with farm animals and machinery, outdoors in all types of weather (extreme heat, wind, dust, rain, snow and below zero temperatures) and occasional exposure to herding hazards such as cattle stampedes, kicking/bucking horses, poisonous snakes and predators.
* Worker must crouch, bend, lift and carry items weighing up to 100 pounds.
* A minimum of 3 months experience is required.
* Drivers' License is required
* In view of the statutorily established basic function of the Employment Service (ES) as a no-fee labor exchange that is as a forum for bringing together employers and job seekers, neither the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) nor the State Workforce Agencies (SWA) are guarantors of the accuracy or truthfulness of information contained on job orders submitted by employers.
* Nor does any job order accepted or recruited upon by the ES constitute a contractual job offer to which the ETA or a SWA is in any way a

What Does A Ranch Hand Do At Montana Employer

* maintain, drive, attach and operate farm implements/tractors/equipment to till soil, plant, cultivate, fertilize and harvest crops; make minor mechanical adjustments and repairs on farm machinery; may mix and/or spray chemicals (according to appropriate restrictive use laws, when/if applicable); remove rocks from field; paint/repair farm structures; replace/repair fencing and corrals; perform general clean up of farm areas; drive, load/unload trucks; operate motor bike or all-terrain vehicle in the course of performing duties.
* Irrigation duties will include the following:Hand lines: connect pipes; check alignment of pipe and adjust for proper water distribution; attach lines to water supply; turn on pump; turn valves to start flow of water; disassemble lines and carry pipes across fields at specified intervals; move pipes through freshly irrigated crops and/or plowed fields where mud may be deep at times; lift and carry pipe sections weighing approximately 40 pounds on a sustained basis.
* Wheel lines: start gasoline engines and operate controls to move lines across fields at specified intervals.
* Pivots: push on switch that activates circle sprinkler system; set timing/application amounts; continuous monitoring of pivot travel; operate, maintain, and repair system
* Other Irrigation Duties: mix and apply proper solutions to fill holes/cracks in pipes, ditches, and spillways, and make minor repairs to metal, concrete, and wooden frameworks in pipe and ditch valves and gates; remove pipes/wheel lines from storage and lay out/place in predetermined patterns in fields; lubricate, adjust, repair and replace parts such as sprinkler heads and drive chains using hand tools; observe revolving sprinklers and adjust to ensure proper operation and uniform distribution of water; disassemble, service and store pipes/mainlines/wheel lines after irrigation season.
* To meet minimum acceptable performance standards when irrigating, the worker must, after a 10 day conditioning period, move an average of at least 48 40-foot sections of 3-inch pipe or 44 40-foot sections of 4-inch pipe per hour under normal working conditions
* Other duties as assigned, include: check physical characteristics, observe general condition of livestock and apply the appropriate care; examine animals to detect illness/injury/disease, rate of weight gain or to determine offspring delivery time, assist in delivery (including night calving as necessary); apply or administer medications, vaccines and/or insecticides; mix feed/additives and feed/water livestock; place mineral blocks; drive equipment to haul/distribute feed/water; herd livestock; confine livestock in stalls; clean/disinfect livestock corrals/stalls/sheds; dock, castrate, brand, clip/tag and clamp livestock; maintain records on animals; hoist/stack bales of hay onto wagon/truck.
* Instruction, training, and general supervision will be provided by the farm operator or a designated employee.
* However, the worker must perform required duties without close supervision and listen to, understand, and follow simple instructions of the employer or supervisor. all tools, supplies, and equipment required to perform the duties assigned will be provided at no charge to the worker.
* The worker will be required to return worn out supplies before new supplies will be provided.
* Most duties are performed out of doors and entail exposure to heat, cold, dust, rain, and other environmental conditions common infields, including mosquitoes during certain seasons.
* The worker must crouch, bend, and lift

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How To Become A Ranch Hand

Construction laborers and helpers learn their trade through on-the-job training (OJT). The length of training depends on the employer and the specialization. Formal education is not typically required.

Education

Although formal education is not typically required, high school classes in mathematics, blueprint reading, welding, and other vocational subjects can be helpful.

To receive further education, some workers attend a trade school or community college.

Training

Construction laborers and helpers learn through OJT after being hired by a construction contractor. Workers typically gain experience by performing tasks under the guidance of experienced workers.

Although the majority of construction laborers and helpers learn by assisting experienced workers, some construction laborers opt for apprenticeship programs. Programs generally include 2 to 4 years of technical instruction and OJT. The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) requires a minimum of 4,000 hours of OJT, accompanied by 300 hours of related instruction in such areas as signaling, blueprint reading, using proper tools and equipment, and following health and safety procedures. The remainder of the curriculum consists of specialized training in one of these eight areas:

  • Building construction
  • Demolition and deconstruction
  • Environmental remediation
  • Road and utility construction
  • Tunneling
  • Masonry
  • Landscaping
  • Pipeline construction

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs, which usually have only a basic age qualification—age 18 or older—for entrance. Apprentices must obtain a high school diploma or equivalent before completing their apprenticeship. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Laborers who remove hazardous materials (hazmat) must meet the federal and state requirements for hazardous materials removal workers.

Depending on the work they do, laborers may need specific certifications, which may be attained through LIUNA. Rigging and scaffold building are commonly attained certifications. Certification can help workers prove that they have the knowledge to perform more complex tasks.

Advancement

Through experience and training, construction laborers and helpers can advance into positions that involve more complex tasks. For example, laborers may earn certifications in welding, erecting scaffolding, or finishing concrete, and then spend more time performing those activities. Similarly, helpers sometimes move into construction craft occupations after gaining experience in the field. For example, experience as an electrician’s helper may lead to becoming an apprentice electrician.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Construction laborers and helpers may need to be able to distinguish colors to do their job. For example, an electrician’s helper must be able to distinguish different colors of wire to help the lead electrician.

Math skills. Construction laborers and some helpers need to perform basic math calculations while measuring on jobsites or assisting a surveying crew.

Mechanical skills. Construction laborers are frequently required to operate and maintain equipment, such as jackhammers.

Physical stamina. Construction laborers and helpers must have the endurance to perform strenuous tasks throughout the day. Highway laborers, for example, spend hours on their feet—often in hot temperatures—with few breaks.

Physical strength. Construction laborers and helpers must often lift heavy materials or equipment. For example, cement mason helpers must move cinder blocks, which typically weigh more than 40 pounds each.

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Ranch Hand Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    76.2%
  • Female

    22.9%
  • Unknown

    0.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    82.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.6%
  • Asian

    5.4%
  • Unknown

    1.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    65.5%
  • German

    7.6%
  • Dakota

    5.5%
  • French

    4.8%
  • Portuguese

    2.1%
  • Swedish

    1.4%
  • Russian

    1.4%
  • Carrier

    1.4%
  • Choctaw

    1.4%
  • Arabic

    1.4%
  • Italian

    1.4%
  • Indonesian

    0.7%
  • Hawaiian

    0.7%
  • Filipino

    0.7%
  • Greek

    0.7%
  • Irish

    0.7%
  • Japanese

    0.7%
  • Cheyenne

    0.7%
  • Polish

    0.7%
  • Mandarin

    0.7%
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Real Ranch Hand Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Ranch Hand Singletree Ranch New Castle, CO Jun 17, 2016 $42,515
Cattle Ranch Hand Finney Cattle Cuero, TX Dec 21, 2015 $31,305
Cattle Ranch Hand Finney Cattle Cuero, TX Nov 21, 2016 $31,305
General Ranch Hand Jessica Weldon Ray, ND Dec 15, 2016 $29,218
Ranch Hand Topp Land and Cattle Jamestown, ND Nov 25, 2016 $29,218
General Ranch Hand Donald B Lambourn Scranton, ND Jan 01, 2016 $29,218
General Ranch Hand Smith Cattle LLC SD Jan 11, 2016 $28,801
General Ranch Hand Lindskov-Thiel Charolais Ranch Isabel, SD Jun 02, 2016 $28,801
General Ranch Hand Walton Swathing LLC Johnson City, KS Nov 15, 2016 $28,801
General Ranch Hand Smith Cattle LLC SD Dec 21, 2015 $28,362
General Ranch Hand Jessica Jean Weldon Ray, ND Dec 15, 2015 $28,362
General Ranch Hand E B AG LLC IA Dec 15, 2015 $26,338
General Ranch Hand Edwards Family Farm, Inc. Alexis, IL Nov 15, 2015 $24,230
General Ranch Hand Guymon Farms, Inc. New Burnside, IL Dec 20, 2015 $24,230
General Ranch Hand Timothy D Pearson Cattle Park Rapids, MN May 11, 2015 $24,126
Ranch Hand II-Ff, LLC CO Apr 01, 2015 $23,729
Ranch Hand Fogel Ranch LLC Silt, CO Mar 10, 2015 $23,729
General Ranch Hand Wheatland Farms Hudson, CO Dec 19, 2016 $23,520
Ranch Hand II-Ff, LLC CO Jan 04, 2016 $23,520
Ranch Hand OOPW, LLC Lovelady, TX Mar 28, 2016 $23,270
Ranch Hand Cw Ranch & Cattle Co., LLC Woodward, OK Aug 31, 2016 $23,192
Ranch Hand Cw Ranch & Cattle Co., LLC Woodward, OK Sep 11, 2016 $23,192
Ranch Hand II-Ff, LLC CO Apr 01, 2014 $22,727
General Ranch Hand Bar A Ranch CO Mar 05, 2014 $22,727
Ranch Hand Guadalupe George Garcia Lopeo, TX Feb 09, 2015 $22,665
Ranch Hand OOPW, LLC Lovelady, TX Mar 25, 2014 $22,665
Ranch Hand Guadalupe George Garcia Lopeo, TX Apr 14, 2014 $22,665
Ranch Hand Camp Mystic, Inc. Huntington, TX Feb 24, 2015 $22,665

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Top Skills for A Ranch Hand

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Top Ranch Hand Skills

  1. Cattle Ranch
  2. Water Livestock
  3. Tractors
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist in day to day duties and operations commonly found on dry land wheat farms and cattle ranches.
  • Fill feed troughs with feed, water livestock, and herd livestock to pasture for grazing.
  • Drive trucks, tractors, and other equipment to distribute feed to animals.
  • Experienced operating a tractor and other heavy machinery and proved my ability to perform intensive labor for many hours.
  • Performed landscaping duties while using heavy farm equipment including large tractors and large brush hogs.

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