A ranch manager is generally responsible for coordinating the operation and management of a ranch. This person is not necessarily its owner, although the position does require the owner's presence on the property on a near-daily basis. Depending on the owner's specifications, this position may require an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in a field such as Agricultural Management; however, most owners prefer on-the-job training and experience.
Additional certifications are also available in this area from both rural appraisals and the American Society of Farm Managers. This position also requires developed knowledge and understanding of all federal, state, and local agricultural laws and how they apply to a given ranch.
A ranch manager is responsible for managing and overseeing the operation of livestock, agricultural operations, and many other day-to-day issues that arise on a ranch. This person is responsible for maximizing the ranch’s profits and minimizing expenses, which means research must be done regularly, as well. This position is supervisory in nature, and the ranch manager does hire, train, and supervise ranch hands and other workers while raising livestock.
A ranch manager should have excellent communication skills, as well as superb leadership skills which will be called-upon daily. An analytical mind is a bonus, as are computer skills for record-keeping. Organization skills are a must, as the ranch manager is responsible not only for the workers, but the entire ranch and all that it produces.
Ranch Manager Tasks
Keep records on animals, workers, inventory and other ranch information.
Monitor animals, equipment and land, ensuring proper maintenance and upkeep.
Interact with the public and promote the ranch's visibility and services and products.
Supervise ranch operations, scheduling workers and meeting budget goals.
Maintain a neat and sober public appearance.