2023 Internship Applications Open

Black Leg Ranch is now accepting applications for a Summer internship opportunity. The program will run from May 15th – August 18th (dependent on college schedule). Students will have the opportunity to earn college credits upon successful completion of the internship.

The ranch is a family-owned operation consisting of 20,000 acres. The headquarters are located 7 miles SE of McKenzie, ND, or 25 miles SE of Bismarck. We are a commercial cow/calf operation with 700 cows and graze an additional 2,000 head of cows in the summer. We also have a 300 head herd of bison on the ranch. The ranch has a feeding enterprise where we feed cattle and bison as well. In addition, we operate several ag-related ventures on the ranch. Rolling Plains Adventures, a full-service hunting/outfitting operation, Black Leg Events, an agri-tourism operation, Black Leg Brewery, and Black Leg Ranch Meats, using our own sourced cattle and bison.

We utilize Holistic Management to operate the ranch and focus on regenerating our rangelands, cropland, and wildlife. We use no-till and cover crops to winter graze allowing us to cut feed costs and build soil health. We calve our cows in May and June and intensively manage our grazing system utilizing planned rotational grazing.

Black Leg Ranch has won many awards including the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award and the NCBA National Environmental Stewardship Award. The ranch was also inducted into the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2020.

Deadline for Summer Internship Application: March 10th (virtual interviews will be conducted following).

For more information on job duties, about the ranch, and the application go to the ranch’s main Internship page.

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