Ranching Apprenticeship

Applications are currently closed

The 2024 apprentice program is full. Our 2025 application opens in January.

Learning through experience

The ranching apprentice role offers in-depth learning in ranching, irrigation, breeding, and hay production. In their second or third farming year, ranching apprentices engage in daily tasks like irrigation, cattle, fencing, and marketing meat to learn about ranching.  

Program details


April through October (approximately 26 weeks)

Must be available June 1-23 for the breeding season

Time commitment

Part-time work, an average of 25 hours a week

Training and off-peak hours may be under 25 per week, but peak times like irrigation, branding, and breeding often exceed 25 hours.

The Old Fort

18683 CO-140
Hesperus, CO 81326

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Land Acknowledgement 

We acknowledge the land that the Old Fort is situated upon is the ancestral land and territory of the Nuuchiu (Ute) people who were forcibly removed by the United States Government. We also acknowledge that this land is connected to the communal and ceremonial spaces of the Jicarilla Abache (Apache), Pueblos of New Mexico, Hopi Sinom (Hopi), and Diné (Navajo) Nations.

The Old Fort and Fort Lewis College are committed to reconciling their history as a federal Indian Boarding School from 1892 to 1909.

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The Old Fort is owned by the Colorado State Land Board and managed by Fort Lewis College.

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