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Range Manager for Cattle to Bison Conversion

The Wolakota Buffalo Range — located in south central South Dakota and established by the economic development arm of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe — is seeking a Range Manager for immediate hire. Candidates with bison handling experience should send a resume, along with a brief explanation of why this opportunity interests them to wolakota@sicangucorp.com. This project is an opportunity to get in at the ground level of an ambitious and innovative initiative to convert 28,000 acres from cattle land to a buffalo range in order to benefit the land and people of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. This position will require relocation, with residence at on-site, provided housing strongly preferred.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Ability to effectively lead and motivate a team in the direction of the outlined mission
  • Coordinates and implements bison management activities, including the preparations for future growth, as outlined in the Wolakota Buffalo Range Business Plan
  • Communicates with Assistant Bison Range Manager on daily assessments of the health of the bison herd and surrounding ecosystems, updating database and taking copious note
  • Stays current on the latest research and best practices of bison management and planned grazing
  • Monitors the effectiveness of implemented bison management strategies to ensure cultural targets and goals are being met.
  • Assists in the recruitment, hiring, and training of Range employees, and effectively manages personnel schedules and conflicts.
  • Communicates with Assistant Bison Range Manager to ensure infrastructure, equipment, and tools are in good working order and assists performing maintenance as necessary on including but not limited to wells, fencing, corrals, roads, trucks, ATVs, and tractors.
  • Maintains regular and effective communication with supervisor and other relevant parties on progress, budget, opportunities, and risks
  • Purchases supplies, equipment, and contracts for necessary operations, meticulously tracking expenses and managing the annual budget
  • Engages with contractors on large-scale projects such as fence tear-out and installation, well fixes, and housing upgrades
  • Builds relationships with potential customers and wholesale buyers
  • Maintains strong partner relationships through regular and open communication
  • Other duties as required or assigned
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor’s degree in agricultural, horticultural, land or animal management, agronomy or related subject preferred
  • Minimum five years of applicable experience
  • Commitment to low-stress handling and 100% grass-fed operations
  • Valid Driver’s License and reliable transportation, with CDL preferred
  • Willingness to learn Indigenous plains culture specific to bison handling and management 
  • Willingness to learn Native grassland restoration methodology and practices. 
  • Appreciation and respect for Lakota knowledge, lifeways, and culture
  • Demonstrated ability to operate small farm machinery
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively manage a small team
  • Strong workplace ethic and values
  • Willingness to work in a remote location, willingness to live on-site in upgraded housing preferred
More information and a full job description can be found at www.rosebudbuffalo.org. Call (715) 896-1051 or email wolakota@sicangucorp.com with questions.