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Black Leg Ranch Internship

Black Leg Ranch is offering an internship opportunity for the upcoming summer. The ranch is family owned on 17,000 acres and is located SE of McKenzie, ND, or 25 miles SE of Bismarck. We are a commercial cow/calf operation with 600 cows and graze an additional 2,400 head of cattle in the summer. The ranch also runs an outfitting business and an agri-tourism venue, however the internship will focus on the cattle side of the operation. Black Leg Ranch was the 2016 recipients of the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award for ND, as well as the 2016 NCBA National Environmental Stewardship Award Program.

Job responsibilties include; assisting with calving, building/fixing fence, moving cattle, assisting with planting, assisting with haying, and various day to day ranch requirements. Interns will also be able to learn principles of Holistic Management, Intensive Grazing, Utilizing Cover Crops to build soil health and to cut winter feed costs, and practices to become profitable in a ranching business.

Interns will be provided with on ranch housing and pay will be given as well as a potential bonus upon completion of successful internship. The program will run from May 20th- August 1st, and interns can expect to work Monday-Friday. Students will have the opportunity to earn college credits upon successful completion of the internship. Applications are attached and are due by March 10th! For more information on the ranch go to YouTube and search Black Leg Ranch. There are several videos highlighting what the ranch is all about.