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Inquiring About Internships
If you’re interested in an internship, please contact Garrett Spencer, via email at hyatt@tctwest.net.


Applications are welcome year round
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Paint Rock Canyon Enterprises started its internship program in 2000. The internship program strives to provide an opportunity for students to learn and explore non-traditional approaches to production agriculture. Paint Rock Canyon Enterprises is located in north central Wyoming. Our primary enterprise is a commercial cow/calf herd of 900 head that graze on our irrigated pastures, BLM and forest service grazing permits. The farming enterprise produces hay, grain and irrigates the pastures. The feedlot enterprise is mainly used to background our weaned calves each year.

Some of the non-traditional ranch policies include: low-stress livestock handling, natural beef production, cell grazing and integrating animals into the cropping system. Interns who gain the most from this experience are ambitious and hardworking. Interns should be excited about change and willing to invest a semester or two towards a learning experience that will compliment and build on their present knowledge. Part of our commitment to our internship program is to invite industry professionals within the agricultural field to present seminars and round table discussions relating the range monitoring, marketing and animal health and nutrition.

Internships are available to students of all majors. The key requirement is to have integrity, responsibility, a passion for production agriculture and a willingness to work hard and have fun. The intern must commit to a minimum 3 months - extended internship opportunities available. The internship can start anytime within the year including in the middle of a season.

Ranch Activities:

Irrigation is fundamental to our operations. WE'RE IN THE BUSINESS OF GROWING GRASS:

How much grass we grow determines how many cows we can run.
How many cows we can run determines how many calves we have.
How many calves we have determines how much money we make since selling calves is the primary source of revenue we have.


Spring: March through May
Spring time involves more cattle work than other times of the year as we are calving, as well as feeding. As the weather begins to warm up the plants are just starting to grow so preparing our irrigation systems and irrigating becomes increasingly important to each day's agenda. Below is a list of tasks the interns would be involved in during this time period.

Spring Activities:

Feeding cows
Calving
Calf vaccination
Preparing irrigation systems
Irrigation
Ranch maintenance
Fencing
Weed control
Stock water lines





Summer: June through August
This is typically the busiest time of the year for us which is why we have 8 interns here during this time. As most of the cow’s have began to graze their way up to our mountain leases, irrigation and hay production represents the primary focus of Paint Rock Canyon Enterprises. Although there is some cattle work during this time period, our objective is to put up as much hay as we can for the winter and to grow as much grass as possible for the cattle and horses that remain at the ranch. There will be a day shift and a night shift during this period to maximize production. Below is a list of tasks the interns would be involved in during this time period.

Summer Activities:

IRRIGATION and maintaining the systems
Equipment maintenance
Some cattle work
Fencing
Stock water lines
Ranch maintenance
Weed control





Fall: September through November
As the Summer time comes to an end so goes the growing season. Irrigation typically stops the first week of October and the cow’s begin their descent from their Summer on the mountains. There is a shift into more cattle work during this time for the interns as weaning and preg. testing occur in the Fall. Below is a list of tasks the interns would be involved in during this period.

Fall Activities:

Working and moving cattle
Irrigation
Winterizing irrigation systems
Fencing
Equipment maintenance
Ranch maintenance





Winter: December through February
The Winters in Hyattville can find temperatures well below 0. As most of the cow’s are out on winter pastures until February, the staff keeps busy with ranch maintenance and special projects. We typically start feeding the cow’s around the first of February in preparation for calving in March. Our staffing needs for interns during the Winter is usually one. Below is a list of the tasks the intern would be involved in during this period.

Winter Activities:

Some cattle work
Ranch maintenance
Fencing
Special projects





Atmosphere
You will be living in Hyattville, a small town with a population around 100. This community is made up of people who live and work on nearby ranches. Most of the ranches, including Paint Rock Canyon, have been in operation for over 100 years, and have been handed down from generation to generation. This family atmosphere creates the basis for a friendly, hard working community. On the ranch you will be living and working with a variety of people from around the country. Our ranch is situated in one of the most beautiful areas of Wyoming, well off the beaten path. This unique location offers numerous opportunities to explore the surrounding environment. Nearby you will find ancient petroglyph sites, excellent fishing, and numerous hiking trails. A short drive offers access to Yellowstone and Teton National Parks, as well as historic Cody and the Buffalo Bill Museum.

Benefits
In addition to an excellent learning opportunity, you will also be provided with housing and a generous stipend.