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Round River Resource Management

Contact information
Farm Address:
15501 County Rd 11

Rush , Colorado , 77705

Primary Contact: "Monica Pless, New Agrarian Program Director, Quivira Coalition"
Secondary Contact: "Christopher Burke, Round River Director of People and Culture"

Primary Phone:
    Number: 505-820-2544

Secondary Phone




Internship information
General Farm Description: "The Brett Gray is a 50,000-acre ranch currently leased and managed by Round River from the Colorado State Land Board. In partnership with the State Land Board and The Nature Conservancy, Round River has a three-part goal for the ranch: to maintain a productive and profitable ranching operation, to encourage science and stewardship that improves biodiversity and regenerates prairie ecosystems, and to engage in education and community outreach for the benefit of the land and the future of the ranching industry. <br><br> Round River Resource Management was founded on the principles of conservation inspired by the writings of Aldo Leopold and the teachings of Allan Savory and Stan Parsons. By working upon the four fundamental ecosystem processes: mineral cycle, energy flow, water cycle and community dynamics, Round River strives to improve the resource base and bring ecological and economic regeneration to the ranching industry. <br><br> During the past seven years of operations at the Brett Gray Ranch, Round River has demonstrated its commitment to these principles by implementing a planned rotational grazing system that is designed to limit the duration of the grazing process and provide adequate recovery for the grazed plants. This grazing system helps to improve the four ecosystem processes by adding more organic matter to the soil, building a stronger root system, providing better water capture and infiltration, stronger, more vigorous plants that capture more energy from the sun, increases the biodiversity of the plant and animal community and helps to protect sensitive riparian areas from degradation and erosion. These improvements have been achieved during some of the most severe drought conditions on record and have been documented through an intensive monitoring process conducted by Round River, the State Land Board and The Nature Conservancy. <br><br> The Lyme BX Ranch is a 25,000-acre ranch managed by Round River for Lyme Timber Company, a private conservation investment company. We collaborate with Lyme Timber, The Savory Institute and The Nature Conservancy in an attempt to improve the natural resource base and develop a replicable ranch management model centered on a holistic decision making approach. Apprentices will have the opportunity to work on both ranches throughout the season.. <br><br> Round River assumed management of the Lyme BX Ranch in December of 2014 and is collaborating with the landowner, The Nature Conservancy, the Savory Institute and the Palmer Land Trust to develop and implement a management plan designed to improve the ecosystem processes, protect the resources, and achieve the economic and ecological outcomes desired by its partners. To accomplish these goals we implemented a dormant season rotational grazing system and have initiated an infrastructure development plan designed to improve and expand operations. The first phase has begun with a water development plan designed to provide adequate storage and supply the water required for a large herd in a rotational grazing system. The next step includes a fencing plan that will allow for increased stock density and herd effect, shorter grazing periods and improved recovery periods further enhancing the four ecosystem processes. "

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: Open year-round
Internship Ends: Open year-round
Number of Internship Available: 3
Application Deadline: 1/1/2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 8 months. Open year round with preferred application deadline of January 1.

Internship Details:

“Start your career in Regenerative Ranching on the vast shortgrass prairie of eastern Colorado. Round River Resource Management has an opening for an 8-month apprenticeship at the 50,000 acre Brett Gray Ranch in Rush, CO.<br><br>
Apprentices are responsible for:<br><br>
1. Working
effectively within a team of mentors and fellow apprentices in accomplishing each day's goals. Regular tasks include checking herd health, fence and water, moving cattle on ATV according to the grazing plan, tagging calves, maintaining infrastructure and processing cattle in the chute. Almost all work is done outdoors in all kinds of weather. We do not use horses.
2. Learning
how to think like a Land Steward. An apprentice must understand the complex relationship between livestock, land and people; develop a sensitivity to small changes in forage, water, wildlife, animal impact and make decisions based on this information; understand the unique business mechanics that allow Round River to operate and influence our decision-making.
3. Reaching
proficiency in each of the skills listed on our 8-month skills checklist. Apprentices must reach performance expectations set by the team, learn to emulate mentors' efficiency of work, and calibrate the quality of their work to Round River's standards.
Every day is a new challenge that we tackle within a positive team environment that is both effective and supportive of its members. The ranch features wide-open rangeland, abundant wildlife and unique riparian corridors and reservoirs with cottonwoods and willows. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the Colorado State Land Board, Round River Resource Management is committed to restoring the climax species of our native grassland and riparian areas, stabilizing soil, improving wildlife habitat, creating opportunities for young people to build a career in the ranching industry, and operating a profitable and innovative cattle ranching business.

Hands on learning opportunities will include, but are not limited to: <br>
High-tensile and barbed-wire fencing<br>
Water delivery systems<br>
Low-stress stockmanship and health management<br>
Beef Quality Assurance<br>
Ecological restoration and rangeland monitoring<br>
Holistic Management<br>
General maintenance of vehicles, equipment and facilities<br>
Company policy development<br>
To apply, please read the full ranch and apprenticeship description at: <br>
and the description of the New Agrarian program at<br>
Apply online at”

Educational Opportunities: "This apprenticeship is offered through Quivira Coalition's New Agrarian Program. The full cohort of apprentices on regenerative ranches and farms across the west will attend an April orientation, complete courses through Holistic Management international on whole farm and ranch planning, biological monitoring, financial Management and Business planning and marketing. Apprentices will also attend the annual Quivira Conference, hosted with Holistic Management International and the American Grassfed Association, in November. <br><br> In addition to the conference, the apprentice may have opportunities to participate in Quivira Land & Water restoration workshops and to visit other NAP apprenticeship locations. Apprentices are also required to write two reports during their apprenticeship; these reports will go through the NAP Coordinator at Quivira, and be posted on the Quivira website. "

Skills Desired: "Applicants must have a love of the ranching lifestyle, experience in production agriculture, an interest in land stewardship and the ability to thrive under strict time constraints when needed. <br><br> All cattle movement is performed on ATVs, horses are not used. "

Meals: "Apprentices are responsible for their own food budget. Round River will provide a $100/month grocery stipend, ranch-raised ground beef and fresh eggs. Apprentices and mentors will share a meal at least one day a week."

Stipend: "Compensation includes housing, a $700 monthly salary, $100 monthly grocery stipend, responsible tool-use bonus and opportunities for professional development and networking at industry events. Opportunities for advancement are available upon successful completion of the apprenticeship. Apprentices' pets, family members, partners or spouses are not allowed to live on the ranch. <br><br>The salary may or may not cover monthly expenses for the apprentice based on his/her needs and lifestyle. The position does not allow time for a second job, so the apprentice should consider their budgetary needs before applying."

Housing: "Round River provides a furnished house with living room and functional kitchen located on the Brett Gray Ranch. All utilities including water, gas, electricity, landline & internet are provided. Housing may be shared with 1-2 other apprentices or mentors. It is expected that the house and personal spaces will be kept clean and organized and efforts made to conserve energy and minimize waste. Pets, spouses, significant others, and/or children cannot be accommodated on the ranch. "

Preferred method of Contact: "email with questions, apply online at Quivira Coalition website"