Ranch Management Internship

Location: This internship is based at the San Antonio Viejo Ranch, 45 minutes south of Hebbronville, and will include work on East Foundation properties throughout South Texas.

Salary: Compensation is $11 per hour and includes housing on the San Antonio Viejo Ranch.

Start and End Date: The start and end dates are flexible and the East Foundation will assist successful applicants in any way to receive university credit for appropriate term(s).

Spring Session: February 1–May 15
Last Date to Apply for Spring: November 18, 2022

Description: The East Foundation is seeking two interns for the spring or summer session. This is a temporary position, not to exceed 40 hours per week, with no health or retirement benefits. Interns are expected to participate in all facets of the Foundation, including Programs, Field Operations, Ranch Operations, and Administration. The goals of the Ranch Management internship is to equip future natural resource managers with skills in management of cattle, range, and wildlife. The emphasis for ranch interns is to dedicate a majority of their time to understanding the importance and integration of range science in cattle management. East Foundation Ranch interns will assist with:

  • Cattle workings (branding, sorting, palpation etc.), inventory, gathering, and rotations (50% of time)
    • Interns will gain an understanding of stockmanship, handling, ranch economics, and husbandry
  • Vegetation surveys for forage standing crop, vegetation composition, cover, and structure (40% of time)
    • Interns will gain skills in plant identification, vegetation sampling methods, and stocking rate calculations based on available forage.
  • Wildlife surveys, exotic harvests, prescribed burns when available (10% of time)
    • Interns will gain hands-on experience with wildlife related field work

In addition to the duties described above: East Foundation interns can expect to assist with the education and outreach program; management of facilities, infrastructure, security, and service; and in administrative processes.

Directed Projects: Ranch interns are required to complete a project during their internship. For each position:

  1. We are seeking one intern to complete a range focused research project. Ideally this candidate will have a professional and academic interest in range research and management. This intern will be sponsored by the Texas Section of the Society of Range Management (TSSRM). This intern will present their research at the TSSRM meeting in October.
  2. We are seeking one intern to complete an agricultural/animal science focused research project. Ideally this candidate will have a professional and academic interest in animal science and agricultural economics.

Interns will work as a team to assist with each other’s projects under the supervision of their advisor. In addition, interns will be taught basic GPS and GIS skills to assist with field work.

Qualifications: Juniors, seniors, or recent graduates in Natural Resources, Animal Science, Wildlife and Range Management or related degree programs are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will be an honest, self-motivated person with a strong work ethic and an interest in ranching. Applicants should possess strong people skills, leadership qualities, and communication ability. This position will require working long hours in adverse conditions, and lifting objects greater than 50 lbs. Successful candidates must maintain a valid driver license. Applicants are subjected to background checks. Applicants must be able to use software such as Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, in addition to basic computer skills.

To Apply: Please send the following documents to cpavlicek@eastfoundation.net with "Ranch Management Internship" in the subject line:

  • A 1–2 page statement of interest – describe your background, pertinent experiences and interests, accomplishments, and how this internship will benefit you.
  • Full resume – include all skills and proficiencies, volunteer experience, and/or other accomplishments.
  • Three references (contact information only).
  • A copy of your current college transcript.  Applicants may submit an unofficial copy.

Contact: Cindy Pavlicek, Chief of Staff