Seeking summer caretaker(s) for off-grid ranch, a short walk from a spectacular, unspoiled beach on the pacific coast of Mexico. Rustic but comfortable house, garden & internet. Incredible views, swimming, fishing, etc. Welcoming, rural, mexican community plus travelers. Housing + internet and stipend in exchange for 4-5 hours per day maintenance, animal care & yard work. mid-May through early October.
Candidate(s) must have intermediate or higher spanish, be very comfortable in nature, and be interested in exploring a sustainable, off-grid lifestyle. Experience with goats, chickens, horses, solar electric, water systems, and personnel management all a plus. References required. $250 U.S./mo. stipend + some income potential.
We are looking for someone to take care for our many animal friends (15 goats, 3 horses, 60+ chickens, 2 burros, 1 dog), keep the place clean, monitor and maintain off-grid solar systems, basic yard care, communicate with us weekly, and be good liaisons to our mexican neighbors who have welcomed us into their community so graciously.
We are a working ranch and education center for sustainable living (wwwdotranchsosolymardotcom). Our focus is increasingly on Permaculture, and this November we will be hosting the Permaculture Institute for a 2 week certification course. Summer is our off season and the pace slows to the rhythms of nature. That said, farm animals need to be let out shortly after sunrise to forage, and put away each evening. Pens need to be cleaned, etc. We have one friendly, reliable, full time ranch hand to help handle any situations that come up. We will also be back for most of July during which time Caretaker is free to stay on and work 4hrs./day for the continued stipend, or leave to take a break and travel. Summers range from cool and comfortable (low 80’s day) to hot & sticky (mid 90’s day), depending on the rains. Many people consider it their favorite time, despite the heat.
The beach provides spectacular swimming, fishing, sunsets, etc., and the ranch comes to life in a riot of tropical abundance. This does include all manner of insects, reptiles, etc., so the candidate(s) must be someone truly comfortable in nature!
Caretaker is welcome to use the garden, eggs, and whatever fruits are in season (bananas, papayas, coconuts, etc.) to supplement. There is also a fruit and veg truck that comes to the property 2x/wk, + a fishing village a short walk away for buying seafood. The local village has taco stands and basic foods. Use of quad bike included. Internet use is limited 1 gig monthly. Some income possible from eggs sales and occasional camping fees.
I am manifesting continued opportunities to share my gifts and talents. Experienced college educated all organic farmHer individual with organic/biodynamic/sustainable/permaculture/homesteading skills. Utilizing 3 Permaculture Certificates, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Evergreen State College with major area of Emphasis on Environmental Studies and Cultural Studies.
Strong marketing, book keeping, Internet skills. I have taken culinary courses starting in junior high, high school and continued in college. I have the ability and culinary knowledge to preserve food; some examples are by making cheese, cultured vegetables, wild fermentation, canning, dehydrating. I also grow herbs and wild forage plants for medicinal and culinary uses. This includes making tinctures, salves, and tea. I have earned a Floral Design college certificate and have held a management position as a Floral Designer.
I have raised dairy/meat goats, sheep, and chickens all organically and holistically. I know horse care and ride English (hunter/jumper/arena), Western (trail), and Australian. Past experience with driving trucks, trailers, tractors, lawn tractors, ATVs. I can provide basic maintenance in managing a farm. With option to travel with lamancha dairy goats. Currently providing Community Supported Agriculture goat shares memberships in Missouri.
In my spare time practice Hatha and Kundalini yoga and have since I was 12 years old including facilitating as a teacher assistant. Participated in tribal style belly-dancing classes for 3 years.
Experience with Deep Ecology in the Pacific Northwest coast and Midwest and I am flexible in relocating. I welcome traveling by land or water and sharing mutual knowledge, education, and experience with each other. I am available to travel immediately. I have references available on request.