Cowboy/Cowgirl II at Matador Cattle Company in Dillon, Montana

Posted in General Labor 13 days ago.

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Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

The Matador Cattle Company operates three ranches: Beaverhead in Montana, Matador in Texas and Spring Creek in Kansas. The ranches were acquired between 1941 and 1952 by Fred C. Koch, co-founder of what is now Koch Industries. Today, the ranches total more than 460,000 acres of owned or leased land. The ranches wean about 9,500 calves annually and support more than 12,000 cattle. Safety programs held at The Matador Cattle Company's Montana, Kansas and Texas ranches include horsemanship clinics that focus on riders and horses. 
Beaverhead covers approximately 345,000 acres in Southwest Montana. It stretches along a 90-mile road from Dillon to the Idaho border then east to Yellowstone Park. It is home to nearly 7,000 cow/calf pairs but also bald eagle, elk, and beaver. The Beaverhead uses a rest-rotation grazing plan developed in the 1970s that promotes biodiversity and healthier grazing.  As a result, the ranch can support 8 percent more cattle while using 25 percent less supplemental feed. The ranch earned a Preservation Excellence Award from the Montana Preservation Alliance for preserving the historic character of its buildings. Interior walls that had to be replaced were kept, including one with signatures of cowboys dating back to the 1880s. In 2002, the ranch became the first ranch certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council for outstanding natural resource management initiatives, including re-establishing habitat for the Westslope cutthroat trout, increasing the number of elk and deer, and the diversity of plants. It received recertification in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014. Other recognition: The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Environmental Stewardship Award for finding new ways of protecting environmental resources while increasing ranching profitability; the first-ever National Private Lands Fish and Wildlife Stewardship Award; and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Administrator's Award for "important...environmental accomplishments."

This is a full-time Cowboy / Cowgirl II position located at the Matador Cattle Company Beaverhead Ranch. This position entails working with the Herd Manager at Sage Creek to provide care for 2,500 cows in the summer and 800 cows in the winter.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Herd management (feeding, branding, weaning, pregnancy checks, vaccinating, etc.)

  • Horse care / riding

  • Maintenance (fence repair, etc.)

  • Flood Irrigation

Basic Qualifications:

  • 3+ years’ experience working with livestock or on a ranch

  • Experience riding horses for the purpose of cattle care (i.e. roping, calving, branding, etc.)

  • Valid driver’s license

  • Willing and able to live in company provided housing

  • High School Diploma or GED

Physical Requirements/Other Considerations:

  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50lbs.


  • Ability to work a seven-day work week depending on seasonal fluctuations

  • Ability to work outside in all types of weather conditions and temperatures

  • Ability to work in a physically demanding job

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with yearlings and herd health

  • Mechanic/welding skills

  • 5+ years of experience on both large ranches and small operations.

  • Associate degree or equivalent education with an emphasis in one of the following fields: Animal Science, Agriculture, Economics or Range Management

This role is not eligible for VISA sponsorship

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
Equal Opportunity Employer.
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