We are two wildlife biologists who wear several different hats, which I’ll describe in a very cursory manner. Our main work is as the two biologists that make up our Wildlife Consultants, which means that we are hired by anyone who wants to have us find out something about the wildlife or wildlife habitat that they are interested in.
Our other “hat” is as the biologist hosts of wildlife vacations – a place where we provide a private vacation experience in the wilderness of the Big Belt Mountains to help connect and teach guests about wildlife and bison.
And yet another of our “hats” is as the owners of a bison reserve – a Montana ranch where a herd of bison reside. If you are reading this, then you have contacted us as the owners of our bison reserve because you are interested in volunteering to work with us on either of the last two "hats".
What types of jobs can you expect? Well, this is a ranch. You can expect just about anything! We will supply room and board in exchange for an average of 6 hours of work daily.
We have an organic garden that is used to feed the ranch and you will almost assuredly spend some time working in it. Other jobs may include collecting eggs from our chickens, cleaning out nestboxes or the chicken coop, feed and water, whatever. There may also be fence repair, work on water pipes or tanks, or we will put up fences to protect wildlife habitat (we don’t handle the bison, nor will you EVER approach them on foot or by yourselves). As wildlife biologists, we are constantly working to improve the ranch for wildlife. As such, we have several habitat manipulation projects going on including weeding, putting up fence enclosures to protect aspen and other habitat, stream and pond work to improve the aquatic and riparian areas, checking on, cleaning and repairing bird nestboxes, etc. If you don’t like animals, don’t come here. If you are very allergic to animals, same thing. We have a dog, cats, poultry, bison – even deer feeding in the front yard (they aren’t pets although they think so).
Cooking and kitchen duty are all something you can expect to do. We grind our own wheat, make our own bread, yogurt, etc, and we often cook using a solar oven in the summer – all kinds of “homesteading” type activities.
Our ranch runs off of solar and wind power. There’s no work associated with it, but for those of you interested in “off the grid” living, this will be a firsthand experience for you. The ranch also relies on wood heat during the winter months, so you may find yourself helping to drag, load or stack wood for either the ranch headquarters, or for the our Bison camp (or even for your own campfire in the tipi). You will NOT be using a chainsaw or any other major equipment while you are here.
You can also expect to help with cleaning in the main ranch house, and helping to cook and prep food. When we have guests here, you may help out in many ways from setting the table, to making a bed and helping clean a cabin,etc. One thing about this place - you will not be doing the same thing day after day. The work is varied and most of it is really quite fun. I mean, there's a reason that we live up here!