The Monday before last, a few people from a rather large Ranch just north of Cardston, Alberta came to put on a presentation to the agriculture students at the college. They spoke about the history of their ranch, how their calving season works and about how their operation is generally run. Rumor had it that they also might just be recruiting for summer positions on the ranch as well! I was more than game so I packed along a resume. Half way through the presentation though, my heart sank. Darren, the gentleman who was speaking, announced that they had filled all their summer positions the week before. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty disappointed but a few minutes later he also mentioned that they would still like to meet those of us who were interested and if they met the right person, they might be able to create a position. Being the stubborn and uneasily discouraged person that I am, I still thought it was worth a shot. After being interviewed that afternoon, I went home hopeful.
It had been a week and I was starting to think I was out of luck when my phone rang last Monday. I guess I can take a sigh of relief because the summer job is officially off my to-do list! It has also brought me one step closer to crossing something off my bucket list too!
This summer I will be living on a branch of that ranch's place, where they calve their heifers out in the spring. I promise to post pictures! My duties will include branding (they have so many cows that it takes a month to get it all done), fencing (they have enough fence to go from Lethbridge to Edmonton) assisting with artificial insemination, calving heifers and general ranch up keep.
I can’t wait to get down there but until then, I guess I should probably get back to studying…. But while I'm doing so, I'll be listening to the wonderfully talented Matt Robertson! If you like that real cowboy sound, check him out!