Seeking Eco-Cattle Ranch Volunteer in Hawaii

Here’s an internship opportunity for all you eco-cowgirls and boys.


The ranch is located in the small village of Kealakekua , along Mamalahoa Highway 10 miles from Kona on the Big Island . Boarding will be provided and participants will be able to access some great areas of the island.


The ranch is being put into a conservation easement and includes the largest reforestation project in the state of Hawaii . The cattle are an important component of prepping the land for this and other projects, but need to be brought under control in order to accomplish project objectives.

These cattle have not been worked or gathered for over 20 years and therefore do not accept the presence of people, horses, corrals or the necessary procedures to gather them.

Skill Requirements:

Advanced cattle handling, including the ability to read cattle is required.

Must be an experienced horse rider, horses will be provided. Horsemanship classes & instruction will be provided for the participants.

Job Description:

Many hours in the saddle every day will be required. Participants will stay with the cattle to habituate them to human presence and to build trust. The cattle make every effort to get to the forest and hide, so good riding skills will be necessary to keep them in site.


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  1. We have some eco-ranch stays that might be of interest. Please see below the news on the latest initiatives from two green ranches in our portfolio.

    Many wilderness ranches claim to be off grid, but there’s no greenwash at the Siwash Lake in British Columbia, as the ranch has recently been awarded with a 5 Green Key eco-rating by the Hotel Association of Canada: the highest accolade for environmental and social responsibility. While guests are out eco-ploring on unspoiled wilderness trails, the luxury ranch is working behind the scenes to ensure a seamless green stay for its guests. Siwash Lake runs on solar power and a combined diesel generator – the latter charging up the battery bank on cloudy days, or when city slickers who can’t resist curling irons and hairdryers stay at home on the range. Biodegradable chemicals, energy saving light bulbs and emission controlled wood stoves are just a few of the ranch’s initiatives – the 2-acre organic garden rounding off the eco theme. Situated in the heart of Cariboo Country, guests can experience the wonders of the natural grassland on horseback, by canoe or on foot – numerous bird and wildlife stopping by to greet wilderness ranchers. (7-nights with Ranch Rider from £1,939pp, excludes transfers as car hire recommended.)

    The Rocking Z in Montana might seem like an ordinary guest ranch at first sight, but ask the owners about their deed of conservation and you might see it differently. The ranch now uses solar and straight waste vegetable oil power to irrigate the land – saving over 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 600 gallons of petrol per year. The ranch also uses pure bio diesel for its tractors and earth moving equipment making the Rocking Z a truly green home on the range. As part of their conservation commitment, the owners work with the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Foundation – a recent initiative at the Little Pickly Pear Creek helping to lower stream temperatures by 2 degrees; ensuring a more amenable habitat for the resident rainbow trout. In 2009, the Rocking Z is also hoping to install a wind charged generator – making this the perfect stay for eco-ranchers. Activities include fishing, hiking, canoeing and of course horse riding – with guests being able to view over six mountain ranges on the challenging upward trails. (7-nights with Ranch Rider from £890pp.)

    All the above prices (unless otherwise stated) include all accommodation (based on two adults sharing), transfers, gratuities, meals, and all ranch based riding. Excludes International flight. Telephone Ranch Rider on 01509 618811 or visit Ranch Rider at for further information. ATOL PROTECTED No 4660 ABTA 96395/V9150.

  2. Dear Practical Environmentalist:
    please remove the post regarding the eco cattle rancher position in Hawaii. it has not been available for some time and the program was discontinued years ago. i am still getting emails requesting information on the position. contact me if necessary.
    Best and Aloha,
    Tim McGaffic

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