• Full Time
  • Petaluma

Website Sonoma Mountain Institute And Sonoma Mountain Ranch Preservation Foundation


Sonoma Mountain Ranch Preservation Foundation (SMRPF) and Sonoma Mountain Institute (SMI) are two organizations who work together on the same land base with similar goals. SMRPF performs cutting edge restoration and monitoring science on its home ranch as well as supporting other organizations to do the same. SMI manages public and private land for individuals, governmental organizations and nonprofits across Sonoma and Marin County including its partnership with SMRPF. SMI’s and SMRPF’s team of land managers, stewards, and scientists focuses on managed herbivory and other tools to restore the health of the grasslands and savannas in our bioregion. This scientifically based, boots on the ground approach to adaptive management is our strategy to try and increase biodiversity across the land we manage. Our two organizations are looking for a new team member to help facilitate regenerative management across these landscapes by focusing on the infrastructure and equipment we need to do so. This position allows you to work with great people, outdoors in a collaborative setting.


The Job:

Seeking a hard-working, team-oriented, problem solver to join our team of grazing and cattle managers, biologists and land stewards with a focus for the role on ranch infrastructure construction projects and maintenance. The ranch infrastructure position is focused on managing multiple ranch maintenance, construction and repair projects across the portfolio of ranches we manage and own. The types of tasks include but are not limited to: plumbing and water system work, mechanical repair and equipment operation, fence work. While the focus will be on ranch infrastructure and construction, and related project management, there will be the opportunity to work with the animals from time to time. This job requires someone that likes to work outside in big beautiful landscapes, is self directed, can prioritize and project manage well, and is also a good human.


  • Being an important and supportive part of a team that is stewarding the ecology of landscapes
  • Regularly thinking about all infrastructure (water systems, fences, corrals) in our system across our ranches and shifting priority and focus to make sure we are addressing the next weak link in our system
  • Managing maintenance and equipment schedules and depreciation on vehicles, equipment, and tools
  • Ensuring water systems and water points are functionally correct to provide sufficient water to the animals at all times
  • Building and repairing barbed wire and electric fence in remote locations
  • Grading and roadwork
  • Building and fabricating ranch related infrastructure such as gates
  • Building repair and maintenance
  • Possible light cattle work


  • Problem solver with the ability to overcome obstacles
  • Desire to be part of a great team: that gets along and focuses on solutions rather than problems
  • 5+ years experience in the trades
  • Experience managing projects and other tradesman
  • Plumbing and carpentry skills
  • Thorough fence building experience
  • Safe driving with trailers and tying down loads
  • Equipment operation not required but a serious plus


  • Very competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Possible housing included in addition to salary

Please send a CV with which position you are applying for and cover letter to bria.beauvais9600@gmail.com to be considered for the position. Applications accepted until  October 15th, 2022  however the earlier submitted the better.

To apply for this job email your details to bria.beauvais9600@gmail.com