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DIRT FARMER & SHEEP WRANGLER, IN-DEPTH: I See The Tangible Results Of What I Do Everyday

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Debby, a dirt farmer and sheep wrangler on a vineyard, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. Working outdoors in her ecology class was key to sparking her interest in agriculture. Breaking into this industry can be tough, but putting in the time as an assistant and learning the ropes helped her get where she is today.

Degree: Biology - Women's Studies
Job Title: Dirt Farmer & Sheep Wrangler
Employer: Robert Sinskey Vineyards

Job Summary: Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

Job Description

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers run establishments that produce crops, livestock, and dairy products.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

All state university systems have at least one land-grant college or university with a school of agriculture. Common programs of study include business with a concentration in agriculture, farm management, agronomy, dairy science, and agricultural economics.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMR)

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$30,000 - $105,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
-8 to 0 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Seasonal
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Strength/stamina, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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m='25380'>so</span> <span m='25470'>it's</span> <span m='25590'>taken</span> <span m='27100'>a</span> <span m='27330'>little</span> <span m='27590'>bit</span> <span m='27730'>of</span> <span m='28260'>time</span> <span m='28790'>and</span> <span m='28870'>experience</span> <span m='29400'>to sort of</span> <span m='29450'>learn</span> <span m='29970'>how</span> <span m='30140'>to</span> <span m='30220'>manage</span> <span m='30670'>all</span> <span m='30800'>that</span> <span m='30970'>together.</span> <span m='31330'>But</span> <span m='31460'>it's</span> <span m='31590'>also</span> <span m='31830'>part</span> <span m='32030'>of</span> <span m='32110'>what</span> <span m='32240'>I</span> <span m='32270'>really</span> <span m='32530'>love,</span> <span m='32840'>so--</span> <span m='33620'>bringing</span> <span m='33940'>people</span> <span m='34250'>together,</span> <span m='35370'>helping</span> <span m='35670'>them</span> <span m='35810'>become</span> <span m='36150'>also</span> <span m='36560'>invested</span> <span m='37150'>in</span> <span m='37270'>what</span> <span m='37720'>they're</span> <span m='37930'>doing,</span> <span m='38830'>it</span> <span m='38950'>actually</span> <span m='39200'>works</span> <span m='39440'>out</span> <span m='39560'>really</span> <span m='39740'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='40440'>Also</span> <span m='40650'>I</span> <span m='40740'>like</span> <span m='40960'>the</span> <span m='41050'>seasonal</span> <span m='43240'>nature</span> <span m='43560'>of</span> <span m='43620'>what</span> <span m='43760'>I</span> <span m='43850'>do.</span> <span m='44130'>Winter is</span> <span m='44500'>different from</span> <span m='44910'>spring,</span> <span m='45210'>which</span> <span m='45340'>is</span> <span m='45430'>different from</span> <span m='45800'>summer,</span> <span m='46250'>which</span> <span m='46280'>is</span> <span m='46350'>different</span> <span m='46620'>from</span> <span m='46780'>fall.</span> <span m='47040'>So</span> <span m='47120'>I'm</span> <span m='47230'>always</span> <span m='47440'>doing</span> <span m='47610'>something</span> <span m='47890'>different.</span> <span m='48170'>It's</span> <span m='48280'>the</span> <span m='48370'>same</span> <span m='48630'>thing</span> <span m='48950'>every</span> <span m='49210'>year,</span> <span m='49490'>but</span> <span m='49630'>there's</span> <span m='49840'>always</span> <span m='50750'>variety</span> <span m='51330'>and</span> <span m='52210'>it</span> <span m='52360'>changes</span> <span m='52700'>up</span> <span m='52870'>enough</span> <span m='53090'>to</span> <span m='53200'>keep</span> <span m='53370'>it</span> <span m='53440'>interesting.</span> </p><p><span m='55200'>I</span> <span m='55280'>think</span> <span m='55490'>a</span> <span m='56240'>key</span> <span m='56420'>moment</span> <span m='56890'>in</span> <span m='57380'>my</span> <span m='57500'>career</span> <span m='57930'>was</span> <span m='58720'>being</span> <span m='59180'>encouraged</span> <span m='59610'>by</span> <span m='59710'>my</span> <span m='59810'>science</span> <span m='60140'>adviser</span> <span m='60490'>in</span> <span m='60550'>college</span> <span m='60950'>to</span> <span m='61030'>take</span> <span m='61220'>a</span> <span m='61280'>biology</span> <span m='61690'>class.</span> <span m='62040'>And</span> <span m='62390'>I</span> <span m='62920'>for</span> <span m='63070'>some</span> <span m='63220'>reason</span> <span m='63500'>thought</span> <span m='63710'>I</span> <span m='63790'>was</span> <span m='64000'>going</span> <span m='64209'>to</span> <span m='64700'>major</span> <span m='65000'>in</span> <span m='65060'>environmental</span> <span m='65570'>science,</span> <span m='65960'>but</span> <span m='66110'>not</span> <span m='66290'>take</span> <span m='66440'>biology,</span> <span m='67010'>which</span> <span m='67070'>was</span> <span m='67240'>dumb.</span> <span m='67470'>I don't</span> <span m='67610'>know</span> <span m='67710'>where</span> <span m='67820'>that</span> <span m='67940'>came</span> <span m='68130'>from.</span> <span m='69380'>And</span> <span m='69550'>I</span> <span m='69640'>took</span> <span m='69890'>that</span> <span m='70100'>class</span> <span m='70510'>and</span> <span m='70650'>really</span> <span m='71020'>fell</span> <span m='71270'>in</span> <span m='71350'>love</span> <span m='71640'>with,</span> <span m='72570'>specifically,</span> <span m='73300'>the</span> <span m='73710'>ecology</span> <span m='74140'>labs</span> <span m='74440'>where you're</span> <span m='74640'>out</span> <span m='74820'>in</span> <span m='74860'>the</span> <span m='74950'>field,</span> <span m='75770'>doing</span> <span m='76040'>field</span> <span m='76360'>research,</span> <span m='77720'>looking</span> <span m='78200'>at</span> <span m='78480'>sort</span> <span m='78650'>of</span> <span m='78760'>the</span> <span m='78940'>interwoven,</span> <span m='79930'>interconnectedness</span> <span m='81060'>of</span> <span m='81570'>life.</span> <span m='82410'>And</span> <span m='82580'>that</span> <span m='82750'>really</span> <span m='83070'>sparked</span> <span m='83440'>my</span> <span m='83560'>interest</span> <span m='84100'>in</span> <span m='84960'>living</span> <span m='85290'>things.</span> </p><p><span m='85730'>And I</span> <span m='85900'>sort</span> <span m='86070'>of</span> <span m='86170'>followed</span> <span m='86590'>that</span> <span m='86870'>path</span> <span m='87590'>and</span> <span m='87760'>ended</span> <span m='88040'>up</span> <span m='88180'>in</span> <span m='88290'>ag.</span> <span m='88690'>So</span> <span m='89480'>it</span> <span m='89590'>went</span> <span m='89830'>from,</span> <span m='90680'>I</span> <span m='91030'>did</span> <span m='91240'>study</span> <span m='91570'>abroad</span> <span m='92400'>in</span> <span m='92650'>the rain forest</span> <span m='93120'>in</span> <span m='93200'>Costa Rica</span> <span m='93870'>and</span> <span m='94120'>Australia,</span> <span m='96080'>I</span> <span m='96410'>worked</span> <span m='96850'>in</span> <span m='97300'>California</span> <span m='97730'>native</span> <span m='97970'>plant</span> <span m='98240'>conservation,</span> <span m='99050'>and</span> <span m='99290'>then</span> <span m='99950'>managed</span> <span m='100300'>a</span> <span m='100670'>California</span> <span m='100925'>native</span> <span m='101180'>plant nursery</span> <span m='101730'>for</span> <span m='101850'>a</span> <span m='101890'>while,</span> <span m='102250'>and</span> <span m='102410'>then</span> <span m='102560'>ended</span> <span m='102790'>up</span> <span m='102920'>here</span> <span m='103185'>at</span> <span m='103450'>Robert</span> <span m='103790'>Sinskey.</span> <span m='104590'>So</span> <span m='105230'>it's</span> <span m='105460'>got</span> <span m='106070'>a</span> <span m='106190'>theme,</span> <span m='106910'>but</span> <span m='108260'>really</span> <span m='108560'>that</span> <span m='108780'>class</span> <span m='109090'>sort</span> <span m='109240'>of</span> <span m='109290'>sparked</span> <span m='109620'>that</span> <span m='109760'>interest.</span> <span m='112190'>Yeah,</span> <span m='112410'>it</span> <span m='112430'>was</span> <span m='112580'>pretty</span> <span m='112740'>much</span> <span m='112930'>just</span> <span m='113080'>that</span> <span m='113230'>class</span> <span m='114580'>that</span> <span m='114650'>sparked</span> <span m='114890'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='116070'>Is</span> <span m='116200'>it</span> <span m='116280'>hard</span> <span m='116480'>to</span> <span m='116530'>get</span> <span m='116670'>a</span> <span m='116720'>job</span> <span m='116980'>in</span> <span m='117050'>this</span> <span m='117200'>industry?</span> <span m='117700'>It</span> <span m='118030'>really</span> <span m='118260'>can</span> <span m='118550'>be.</span> <span m='119490'>One</span> <span m='119780'>of</span> <span m='119950'>things</span> <span m='120290'>that,</span> <span m='120660'>in</span> <span m='120860'>my</span> <span m='121030'>position,</span> <span m='121600'>as</span> <span m='121920'>the</span> <span m='121980'>manager</span> <span m='122460'>of a</span> <span m='122610'>vineyard,</span> <span m='122960'>it's</span> <span m='123220'>pretty</span> <span m='123470'>atypical</span> <span m='124000'>to</span> <span m='124070'>have</span> <span m='124340'>women</span> <span m='124790'>in</span> <span m='125000'>my</span> <span m='125200'>position.</span> <span m='126410'>I</span> <span m='126490'>could</span> <span m='126630'>probably</span> <span m='126950'>count</span> <span m='127290'>on</span> <span m='127390'>one</span> <span m='127600'>hand</span> <span m='127930'>how</span> <span m='128039'>many</span> <span m='128229'>women</span> <span m='128470'>do</span> <span m='128660'>it.</span> <span m='129370'>So</span> <span m='129990'>that</span> <span m='130350'>said,</span> <span m='130720'>doesn't</span> <span m='130970'>mean</span> <span m='131200'>it's</span> <span m='131370'>not</span> <span m='131560'>worth</span> <span m='131770'>trying.</span> <span m='133420'>And</span> <span m='133840'>you</span> <span m='134030'>can</span> <span m='134350'>break</span> <span m='134600'>into</span> <span m='134830'>the</span> <span m='134930'>industry,</span> <span m='135400'>but</span> <span m='135550'>it</span> <span m='135660'>can</span> <span m='135960'>be</span> <span m='136550'>difficult.</span> </p><p><span m='137070'>Having</span> <span m='138380'>the</span> <span m='138850'>right</span> <span m='139140'>knowledge,</span> <span m='139920'>background,</span> <span m='140730'>sort</span> <span m='140900'>of</span> <span m='140980'>a</span> <span m='141040'>willing</span> <span m='141340'>attitude</span> <span m='141920'>and ability</span> <span m='142400'>to</span> <span m='142480'>maybe</span> <span m='142660'>start</span> <span m='142890'>as</span> <span m='143000'>an</span> <span m='143080'>internship</span> <span m='143740'>and get</span> <span m='143880'>to</span> <span m='143970'>know</span> <span m='144120'>people,</span> <span m='144530'>and</span> <span m='144610'>work</span> <span m='144800'>your</span> <span m='144910'>way</span> <span m='145100'>up</span> <span m='145340'>can</span> <span m='145490'>be</span> <span m='145750'>another</span> <span m='146010'>way.</span> <span m='146120'>Because</span> <span m='146300'>I</span> <span m='146370'>didn't</span> <span m='146580'>start</span> <span m='146820'>as</span> <span m='146930'>a</span> <span m='146980'>manager,</span> <span m='147370'>I actually</span> <span m='147580'>started</span> <span m='147880'>as</span> <span m='148000'>the</span> <span m='148090'>assistant</span> <span m='148430'>and</span> <span m='148580'>learned</span> <span m='148870'>the</span> <span m='149000'>trade</span> <span m='149320'>and</span> <span m='149430'>was</span> <span m='149560'>able</span> <span m='149790'>to</span> <span m='149910'>step</span> <span m='150160'>into</span> <span m='151170'>a</span> <span m='151230'>more</span> <span m='151370'>managerial</span> <span m='151860'>position.</span> <span m='152770'>So</span> <span m='154330'>yes,</span> <span m='154610'>it</span> <span m='154690'>can</span> <span m='154920'>be</span> <span m='155030'>hard,</span> <span m='155340'>but</span> <span m='155590'>if</span> <span m='155690'>you</span> <span m='155790'>put</span> <span m='155930'>in</span> <span m='156010'>the</span> <span m='156100'>time</span> <span m='156400'>you</span> <span m='156500'>can</span> <span m='156730'>break</span> <span m='156960'>in</span> <span m='157050'>usually.</span> </p><p><span m='158180'>So,</span> <span m='158270'>work-life</span> <span m='158750'>balance?</span> <span m='159180'>Like,</span> <span m='159360'>what</span> <span m='159600'>balance?</span> <span m='161220'>Farming</span> <span m='161670'>is</span> <span m='161790'>definitely</span> <span m='162310'>a</span> <span m='162370'>lifestyle.</span> <span m='163010'>Being</span> <span m='163290'>in</span> <span m='163380'>charge</span> <span m='163670'>of</span> <span m='163770'>it</span> <span m='163820'>all is</span> <span m='164130'>definitely a</span> <span m='164590'>lifestyle.</span> <span m='165620'>I have some</span> <span m='165790'>really</span> <span m='166060'>well</span> <span m='166300'>developed</span> <span m='166650'>boundaries.</span> <span m='167530'>I</span> <span m='167670'>know</span> <span m='167860'>certain</span> <span m='168160'>times</span> <span m='168450'>of</span> <span m='168490'>the</span> <span m='168600'>year</span> <span m='168860'>that</span> <span m='168970'>I'm</span> <span m='169090'>just</span> <span m='169300'>going</span> <span m='169500'>to</span> <span m='169550'>be</span> <span m='169660'>working</span> <span m='170030'>more. I</span> <span m='170190'>actually</span> <span m='170560'>tell</span> <span m='170890'>my</span> <span m='171030'>friends</span> <span m='171320'>and</span> <span m='171430'>family,</span> <span m='171770'>hey,</span> <span m='172120'>don't</span> <span m='172360'>try</span> <span m='172470'>to</span> <span m='172540'>get</span> <span m='172700'>a hold</span> <span m='172900'>of</span> <span m='172980'>me during</span> <span m='173350'>September,</span> <span m='173800'>October,</span> <span m='174280'>I'm picking grapes.</span> <span m='174860'>And</span> <span m='174990'>actually</span> <span m='175580'>that's</span> <span m='175900'>just kind of</span> <span m='176100'>how</span> <span m='176430'>it is.</span> <span m='177440'>Wintertime</span> <span m='178080'>I</span> <span m='178230'>get</span> <span m='178290'>a</span> <span m='178310'>little</span> <span m='178490'>more</span> <span m='178640'>time</span> <span m='178950'>off.</span> </p><p><span m='179210'>So</span> <span m='179400'>it</span> <span m='179540'>can</span> <span m='179710'>be</span> <span m='179830'>flexible.</span> <span m='180450'>When</span> <span m='180540'>it's</span> <span m='180660'>raining,</span> <span m='181070'>things</span> <span m='181300'>are</span> <span m='181380'>slower.</span> <span m='181880'>But</span> <span m='183490'>yeah,</span> <span m='183990'>it</span> <span m='184110'>can</span> <span m='184240'>be</span> <span m='184340'>hard</span> <span m='184590'>to</span> <span m='184870'>have</span> <span m='185030'>that</span> <span m='185170'>balance,</span> <span m='185430'>especially</span> <span m='185800'>with</span> <span m='185910'>cell</span> <span m='186160'>phones</span> <span m='186530'>and</span> <span m='186630'>emails.</span> <span m='187380'>There</span> <span m='187540'>are</span> <span m='187680'>some</span> <span m='187880'>days where</span> <span m='188150'>I'm</span> <span m='188310'>like,</span> <span m='188540'>OK,</span> <span m='189110'>today is</span> <span m='189330'>Sunday,</span> <span m='189870'>I am</span> <span m='190070'>not</span> <span m='190260'>checking</span> <span m='190540'>my</span> <span m='190640'>email.</span> <span m='191110'>This</span> <span m='191370'>is just</span> <span m='191580'>how</span> <span m='191830'>it</span> <span m='191920'>is.</span> <span m='192130'>So</span> <span m='193100'>having</span> <span m='193460'>well</span> <span m='193670'>developed</span> <span m='194040'>boundaries</span> <span m='194570'>can</span> <span m='194740'>really</span> <span m='194920'>help</span> <span m='195170'>with</span> <span m='195380'>making</span> <span m='195790'>it</span> <span m='195900'>a</span> <span m='195940'>better</span> <span m='196180'>balance,</span> <span m='196590'>I</span> <span m='196640'>think.</span> </p>","file":{"id":265682,"video_id":"2707902241001","name":"71480498","duration":198058,"thumbnail_url":null}});