Employment Positions


MPG Ranch, a private conservation property in Florence, MT is hiring temporary seasonal botanists for the 2016 field season. Botanists will work independently collecting vegetation data for research and conservation goals 40 hrs/wk, May 2 to September 15. Position requires a working knowledge of western Montana’s native and exotic plants. Botanists must be comfortable working alone in rough terrain and inclement weather. Send a resume, cover letter, and the phone and email addresses of three references to: MPG Ranch, Attn: Botany position, 1001 S. Higgins Ste 3A, Missoula, MT 59801. Please address in your cover letter: 1) knowledge and experience identifying western Montana flora, 2) experience working independently in the field. Pay DOE. Applications must be received by February 12, 2016.


MPG Ranch is seeking several seasonal full-time field technicians. Successful applicants will assist with irrigation and restoration efforts. The season will run from approximately late March to mid-October. Applicants that cannot work the duration of the season will be considered. We encourage high school and college students to apply.

Responsibilities include:

  • Installing and maintaining drip irrigation systems.
  • Driving a watering truck and trailer to hand water plantings.
  • Operating center pivots, wheel lines, K-Lines, and hand lines.
  • Measuring planted trees and shrubs.
  • Working in teams and independently while maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Assisting with other projects, which may include: herbicide application, weed control, and other restoration and research activities.

Must be responsible, in good physical condition, and possess a valid drivers license. Must also be able to: lift 50 lbs, follow directions, record observations, and work outside in all weather conditions.

The workweek will consist of four 10-hour workdays. Applicants must be willing to work up to two weekends a month as part of their workweek. Pay Rate: $10-12 (DOE). Travel costs to and from MPG Ranch will be reimbursed as a stipend. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to ranchjobs@mpgranch.com. Please include “Irrigation Field Technician” in the subject line.We will stop accepting applications when all positions are filled.


Restoration Genetics and Ecology: MPG Ranch, a private conservation and environmental research organization (http://mpgranch.com) is recruiting a research associate to work on aspects of plant population and community genetics with our multidisciplinary team. Specific research objectives include the implications of local adaption and plant materials sourcing for plant population stability. This position involves analyses of plant traits in the field and laboratory. Preferred qualifications include 1) A working knowledge of experimental design and statistics; 2) Knowledge of plant ecophysiological concepts; 3) Demonstrated ability to write and publish scientific research papers. Minimum education requirements include a Master’s degree in a relevant field (i.e. plant ecology, plant genetics, restoration ecology). The position will start as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Salary commensurate with experience and other qualifications (annual minimum $45,000 with additional benefits). Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names and full contact information (email and phone numbers) of three potential references to dmummey@mpgranch.com. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the position before you apply.