Job: Smoky Valley Ranch Rangeland Specialist - TNC - Oakley, KS


The Rangeland Specialist coordinates cattle shipping, weaning strategies, salt and mineral supply, and other livestock care with tenants, and recognizes symptoms of illness in cattle and bison, and consults with cattle owners and veterinarian necessary (not responsible for monitoring calving.) When cattle are off the ranch, in addition to bison, primary responsibilities are infrastructure and equipment maintenance and improvement (fencing, water, corrals, and facilities).

Follows SVR bison management plan, leads annual bison works, including facilities and herd management preparations and coordination of staff, veterinarian, and sales and marketing,

Maintains ranch infrastructure, including roads, water systems, and fences, and is responsible for other general upkeep, such as junk removal.  Maintains facilities, tools, and equipment.  Keeps vehicles clean and in good working order.  Maintains and improves ranch areas visited by the public and donors, including trails, headquarters, residence areas, and perimeter parking lots and signage.

Carries out rangeland and wildlife monitoring and management activities as directed by the Project Manager, including grazing utilization and management of invasive species. Wildlife work includes rangeland management, monitoring, and research related to primary conservation targets: Lesser Prairie-Chicken and Black-tailed Prairie Dogs. Assists Project Manager with developing, implementing, and monitoring associated habitat management practices.   

Assists with prescribed burns, under the direction of the designated burn boss.  

Maintains constructive, positive relationships and liaisons, on behalf of TNC, with staff, neighbors, partners, the community, and visitors to the ranch.

Must have a commitment to ecological resource conservation in the Great Plains, and a willingness to learn about conservation issues and priorities.

Records hours and work performed, and reports information to the Project Manager. Performs other ranch work as directed by the Project Manager, and may occasionally assist Project Manager with off-ranch conservation projects and initiatives, such as rangeland and CRP conservation and management planning, implementation, and monitoring.

Post Date

Jan 16, 2020


Feb 7, 2020