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The Caretaker's Job at the Walking Box Ranch is to keep an eye on the place (security, broken pipes, electrical outage, etc.), keep the big house clean (sweep outside, dusting inside), maintain the landscaping (water plants around the big house and at the caretaker residence), tend to visitors who use the bunkhouse (clean up, wash bedding, maintain supplies of toilet paper, etc.), and other duties as assigned (e.g., prepare for visiting big wigs). Heavy maintenance is done by professional cleaners and grounds keepers. For this, the caretaker is paid for 1 hour of work daily, plus hours for special events and managing bunkhouse visitors.

The area currently is owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and managed by University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) Public Lands Institute. The area is watched by a caretaker, and three law enforcement officers live onsite in travel trailers. The site is available for researchers, but otherwise it is closed to the public until the old buildings and facilities are restored.

Walking Box Ranch, caretaker's job
Dry mopping the floor in the Big House.
Walking Box Ranch, caretaker's job
Hauling yard clipping to the dumpster.
Walking Box Ranch, caretaker's job
After a rain, the caretaker needs to pump out the pool.
Walking Box Ranch, caretaker's job
Sump pump in the pool.
Walking Box Ranch, caretaker's job
Using the pool to water courtyard landscaping.
Walking Box Ranch, caretaker's job
Patrolling the perimeter and checking gates.
Walking Box Ranch, caretaker's job
Liz digging up noxious weeds such as puncturevine.
Walking Box Ranch, caretaker's job
Puncturevine - few weeds are so nasty!
Walking Box Ranch, caretaker's job
Feeding the barn cat (not fed in 2012)
Walking Box Ranch, caretaker's job
Ensuring that gates are locked at night.
Walking Box Ranch, caretaker's job
The easy way to check the water level in the Fire Water Tank.
Walking Box Ranch, caretaker's job
Water level marker for the Fire Water Tank.
Walking Box Ranch, caretaker's job
The hard way to check the water level in the Fire Water Tank.
Walking Box Ranch, caretaker's job
When everything else is done, you can always polish your floor.

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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