Website Sonoma Mountain Institute

Our Work:

Sonoma Mountain Institute manages public and private land for individuals, governmental organizations and nonprofits across Sonoma and Marin County. Our team of land managers, stewards, and scientists focuses on managed herbivory as our most effective tool to restore the health of the grasslands and savannas in our bioregion. We plan our grazing, monitor its effect both in real time and through over 100 monitoring points across our ranches, and constantly adapt based on changing conditions. This scientifically based, boots on the ground approach to adaptive management is our strategy to try and increase biodiversity across the land we manage.


The Job: 

Seeking a hard-working, team- oriented problem solver to join our team of grazing and cattle managers. This position is responsible for managing animal health and well-being while improving and managing the grass and ecology across our ranches. We are an organization that believes that properly managed herbivores can improve the biodiversity and health of the land. This position is involved in all the facets of making that happen. Your job will include managing 1 – 2 herds of animals, the infrastructure they rely on and need. While you will receive training into our organizations workflows you will be granted a high level of autonomy a   We are a small and close team, who enjoys working together and supporting one another to do our best. Located in Sonoma County, California.


  • Leading the day to day management on 1 – 2 herds of cattle
  • Moving cattle from pasture to pasture based on cattle needs and grass stage, with herds of upwards of 1,000 head at a time
  • Ensure calm cattle through using low stress livestock techniques
  • Ensure the health of animals by assessing individual cattle health regularly
  • Ensure water systems and water points are functionally correct to provide sufficient water to the animals at all times.
  • Ensure electric fencing is functioning
  • Ensure that perimeter fencing is properly maintained in order to maintain livestock control.
  • Ensure that all materials are organized and put away so that third parties can easily find and use them
  • Fence, water system, and infrastructure repair and maintenance
  • Own and complete specific projects delegated by Managers, managing tasks and timelines to meet written goals of those projects


  • Desire to be part of a team that is focused on regenerating grasslands and working with cattle using low stress livestock techniques
  • Previous experience working with livestock
  • Experience working in construction or applicable trade, or other form of manual labor with transferable skills (e.g. construction, carpentry, plumbing, welding, equipment operating, mechanical etc)
  • Able to safely perform manual labor in varied climatic and environmental conditions and willing to
  • work outdoors up to 10+ hours/day in uncomfortable conditions
  • University degree or other relevant coursework in a field related to animal husbandry or land management preferred but not required
  • Ability safely drive offroad vehicles in varied terrain

Competitive industry salary and benefits package commensurate with experience

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