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Management

Location: Greenhorn Ranch – California

SUMMARY: Oversees all aspects of ranch management in accordance with company standards including maximization of financial performance, guest satisfaction, staff development, and facility upkeep within established quality standards. Responsible for the hiring, training, scheduling, and discipline of all ranch staff including wranglers and independent contractors/vendors.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility in a safe and satisfactory manner, and the individual must be punctual and have a good attendance record, and have reliable means of transportation to work. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Performs the role of “Standard Bearer”, ensuring that all criteria of Greenhorn standards are communicated, understood, achieved, and maintained by ranch staff.
2. Performs all criteria as communicated by ranch “Standard Operating Procedures” in a satisfactory manner.
3. Creates an operating environment that assures superior guest and employee satisfaction including frequent and consistent guest interaction.
4. Monitors the performance of the ranch through verification and analysis of guest satisfaction systems and financial reports. Initiates corrective action.
5. A strong understanding of P&L statements and the ability to react with impactful strategies.
6. Maintains product and service quality standards by conducting ongoing evaluations and investigating complaints and initiates corrective action.
7. Develops accurate and aggressive long and short-range financial objectives consistent with the Company’s goals by maximizing room yield and ranch revenue through innovative sales practices and yield management programs.
8. Prepares timely financial reports for management that clearly explain operational effectiveness, trends and variances.
9. Develops improvement actions and initiates and consistently carries out cost savings initiatives.
10. Establishes and maintains a pro-active human resource function to ensure employee motivation, training and development, safety, wage and benefits administration, and compliance with established labor regulations.
11. Maintains an appropriate level of community, associations and public affairs involvement.
12. Executes marketing, sales, administrative and operational activities, producing results that meet or exceed the ranch business plan.
13. Ensures good safety practices of employees and guests, assisting in the maintenance of proper emergency and security procedures.
14. Establishes and maintains applicable preventive maintenance programs to protect the physical assets of the ranch, Buildings, horses, ranch owned land and surroundings.
15. Implements and maintains an effective open-door communication system that crosses departmental lines in order to reach all employees.
16. Understands the government regulations affecting ranch operations, ensuring ranch is operating in compliance with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and requirements of any federal, state, county or municipal authority.
17. Deals with the general public, customers, employees and government officials with professionalism, tact and courtesy.
18. Plans, organizes and schedules the work of others.
19. Accepts full responsibility for managing all activities.
20. Other duties as assigned.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Directly oversees 2 to 50 employees and or vendor contractors at the ranch, including all department heads. Indirectly supervises all ranch personnel. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the ranch and principal policies, training programs, and applicable laws. Responsibilities include recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Salary Exempt: Salary & Bonus Commensurate with Experience
Includes: lodging and two daily meals

Contact: Send resume to ride@greenhornranch.com
Attn: Cynthia Carreon 1-530-283-0930

Type of work: Year-Round
More Information: https://greenhornranch.com/
Dates: Year-Round

 

Office/Guest Services

Location: C Lazy U Ranch – Colorado

Our Reservations team is a vital part of C Lazy U Ranch as they are the first point of contact for new and returning guests when planning their next trip to the ranch! This position includes answering reservation inquiries over the phone and by email, making reservations, working closely with senior reservationist and director of sales and marketing, becoming knowledgeable on all aspects of ranch life and be able to effectively convey that to guests, and referring guests to appropriate departments when necessary. You will be trained in our reservations system and the ins-and-outs of the ranch. Must be proficient in a variety of computer programs and have outstanding, top-tier professional guest service skills.

C Lazy U Ranch provides housing and three meals a day for all staff. Benefits include weekly rodeos and barn dances, staff wide contests with cash prizes, discounts for clothing/boots/accessories in the ranch store, discounts on spa treatments, access to participate in ranch activities such as fishing, horseback riding, shooting sports, and more.

Granby, Colorado is a great small town with several good restaurants, coffee shops, and community events. Grand County is full of access to recreational areas like Granby Lake and Arapaho National Forest. Two hours from Denver, and two hours from Steamboat Springs.

Type of work: Full Time – Year-Round
Dates: Start ASAP
More Information:
Apply online at www.clazyu.com/employment

Location: C Lazy U Ranch – Colorado

Our concierge team is the face of the ranch, and the go-to for guests on property for anything at all. This position includes answering phone calls, answering any questions, and directing calls to appropriate departments if necessary, coordinating all logistics of daily tasks such as mail, scheduling transportation, scheduling guest activities, and any other task necessary to meet guest needs. This position requires you to become knowledgeable on all aspects of ranch life and be a quick thinker and problem solver. Often, this position is the first person to know if there is any issue or concern and will facilitate finding a solution. The ideal candidate will have advanced communication and organizational skills, as well as a professional demeanor that aligns with luxury hospitality standards.

C Lazy U Ranch provides housing and three meals a day for all staff. Benefits include weekly rodeos and barn dances, staff wide contests with cash prizes, discounts for clothing/boots/accessories in the ranch store, discounts on spa treatments, access to participate in ranch activities such as fishing, horseback riding, shooting sports, and more.

Granby, Colorado is a great small town with several good restaurants, coffee shops, and community events. Grand County is full of access to recreational areas like Granby Lake and Arapaho National Forest. Two hours from Denver, and two hours from Steamboat Springs.

Type of work: Full Time – Year-Round
Dates: Start ASAP
More Information:
Apply online at www.clazyu.com/employment

Location: C Lazy U Ranch – Colorado

The Store and Spa Attendant will be managing two independent assets of the ranch and must be able to divide their time and attention accordingly. This position is responsible for the retail sales of the ranch store, as well as the welcoming and preparation of spa guests for their treatments. Both the ranch store and spa are to be kept in pristine and visually appeasing order at all times. The ideal candidate will have advanced communication skills, as well as a professional demeanor that aligns with luxury hospitality standards.

C Lazy U Ranch provides housing and three meals a day for all staff. Benefits include weekly rodeos and barn dances, staff wide contests with cash prizes, discounts for clothing/boots/accessories in the ranch store, discounts on spa treatments, access to participate in ranch activities such as fishing, horseback riding, shooting sports, and more.

Granby, Colorado is a great small town with several good restaurants, coffee shops, and community events. Grand County is full of access to recreational areas like Granby Lake and Arapaho National Forest. Two hours from Denver, and two hours from Steamboat Springs.

Type of work: Full Time – Year-Round
Dates: Start ASAP
More Information:
Apply online at www.clazyu.com/employment

 

All-Around Seasonal Staff

 

Wranglers

Location: Red Horse Mountain Ranch – Idaho

Red Horse Mountain Ranch is a gorgeous and remote dude ranch in Northern Idaho. Our mission is to help people reconnect to the important things of a life well-lived.

Every guest and team member has a different adventure goal during their time at the ranch and the Wranglers/Guides help them get there. Horseback riding, archery, sporting clays, mountain biking, kayaking, challenge courses… our guides love everything outdoors and sharing their knowledge with others. Every guide brings a different skill set to the table as we learn and grow together.

You have to enjoy interacting with people and not just horses to do well at this job and you will thrive if you want to learn more about how to mix your love of the outdoors with world class hospitality. Lead by kind and encouraging managers, you can expect to be held to a high standard, be on the move, work hard, have a lot of fun, and be proud of the summers youve spent with us.

You can visit our website to read more about us, perks of working here, and a day in the life of a Wrangler/Guide at Red Horse Mountain Ranch: https://redhorsemountainranch.recruitee.com/

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: May 15 – October 6, 2023
How To Apply: https://redhorsemountainranch.recruitee.com/

Location: White Stallion Ranch – Arizona

White Stallion Ranch is looking for a full time, year round, wrangler.
Horse experience is required, wrangling experience is not necessary.
We take out a variety of rides, slow, fast (loping), mountains, all days and half days. Plus some cattle sorting and team penning.
Wranglers are expected to be safety and service oriented.

Applicants need to be able to ride comfortably at a lope, get on from the ground and lift 100lbs.

Type of work: Year Round
Dates: ASAP
How To Apply: Email Resumes to info@whitestallion.com

Location: White Stallion Ranch – Arizona

Applicants must be outdoorsy by nature and like both horses and people. Horse experience is helpful, wrangling experience not necessary.

We take out a variety of rides, slow, fast (loping), mountains, all days and half days. Plus some cattle sorting and team penning.

Wranglers are expected to be safety and service oriented.

Applicants need to be able to ride comfortably at a lope, get on from the ground and lift 100lbs.

The activity portion of the job involves guiding Ebiking, Archery, Shooting 22s, 45s and black powder, accompanying Climbing. Plus some inside craft programs. Again guides must be safety and service oriented.

Type of work: Year Round
Dates: ASAP
How To Apply: Email Resumes to info@whitestallion.com

Location: Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch – New Mexico

Come join the Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch team in our beautiful area of southwest New Mexico, located at 6,500 feet elevation in the ponderosa pines. Explore the canyons, creeks, forests, and mountains of the Gila National Forest! Get off the grid, reconnect with nature and find your serenity again!
We are looking to hire a unique, energetic individual who wants it all: dramatic scenery, versatile work, independent living, and a truly memorable 2022 season in the mountains! The best way to have a good time is to show others a good time – Help us give our guests the best vacation they have ever had!
● Do you LOVE working with horses and feel you understand them?
● Do you have EXPERIENCE working with and TRAINING HORSES that are young, untrained, fresh, energetic, spooky and/or rank?
● Do you use NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP TECHNIQUES?
● Do you LOVE to MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY and help give them the best vacation they have ever had?
● Are you SAFETY CONSCIOUS and do you have an EYE FOR DETAILS?
● Do you LOVE to have a VARIETY of different things you do every day in your job?
● Do you get a feeling of SATISFACTION from putting in a FULL DAY’S WORK and giving it your ALL?
● If you answered YES to ALL the above questions, this may be the job for you!

Considerations: We are a small ranch (12 guests max) and we are very remote. You need to have your own transportation to work here and be comfortable with long periods away from town/city life as we are located 2 hours from the nearest town. There is no cell phone service at the ranch, so this is a great opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature and the important things in life! Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets or personal horses as the ranch has plenty of animals!
Compensation:
● Salary $3,000/month.
● Share of tip pool during the guest season. (We can’t promise a number, but this often adds about $2,000/month to the salary!
● Room and board included. Living accommodations are a fully furnished private room in a co-ed house with a full kitchen, one bathroom and living area, shared with two other people. Eating our chef’s delicious meals with our guests is a huge bonus! Please note we cannot accommodate spouses or families.
● Satellite TV, laundry and limited Wi-Fi are included.
● Incentives available for finishing the season and returning for more than one season!
Typical Day: Working on a ranch consists of long hours, not your typical 9-5. A normal day during our guest season starts at 6 AM and goes until evening activities are over. Entertaining and spending time with the guests is also a key element of a job at the ranch: during the day as well as evening activities (campfires, line dancing, games, or movies, etc.) until 10 PM each evening. One day off per week maximum during the guest season. You will be able to hike and explore our beautiful area during your time off! Staff must be well groomed, flexible, able to take constructive criticism and be a team player. Western attire is required.
Job Description:
● Working with and training new horses to become guest horses. Must have experience and feel comfortable working with young, untrained, fresh, energetic, spooky, and/or rank horses.
● Wrangler: Leading or following rides with guests as necessary. Must be a quick learner – you will need to learn our trails, how we do everything and about our horses within 1-2 weeks of arrival! Must be flexible and willing to do things our way. Must pay close attention to guests’ safety. If you have current Wilderness First Aid training that is a huge bonus!
● Horse Care: Loading and unloading hay (must be able to lift multiple 80 lb bales!), feeding, doctoring, brushing, saddling multiple horses, picking multiple horses’ feet, scooping lots of poop!
● Ranch work: Cleaning, oiling tack and boots, fixing fence, painting, staining, other maintenance, watering flowers, anything else that needs to be done!
● Hiking: Guiding some trips to Archeological and Historical sites and scenic viewpoints as guests desire.
● Housekeeping: Helping clean the 4 ranch cabins once a week after each group of guests leaves and cleaning other ranch buildings as necessary at least once a week. Attention to detail is necessary. This task will be shared with one other staff member.
● Entertaining and spending time with the guests: during the day as well as evening campfires, line dancing, games or movies as they desire until 10 PM each evening.

Previous experience working with horses is required. A background check will be required prior to a job offer. We require staff to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and to follow current New Mexico protocols.
A job at our ranch requires a fast learner, a motivated self-starter, and the ability to work independently with little supervision. Versatility and flexibility are needed for this job’s multiple roles. Fitness and strength are necessary for this very active job!

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
ASAP to early December 2022. Winter work/Year-Round Work can be discussed.

How To Apply: *Please read all the above information very carefully!*

Email info@geronimoranch.com:

  • Cover letter – what applicable experience do you have and why would you be an asset to our operation?
  • Video showcasing your training skills with horses, not just riding.
  • Earliest date you can start work at the ranch? Date you can work until?
  • Resume highlighting your applicable experience.
  • References – written letters or contact information for 3 former employers.

ALL INFO REQUIRED TO BE CONSIDERED

More Information: Please look at our website www.geronimoranch.com to learn more about the ranch.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate personal horses, pets, spouses, or families. Thank you for understanding.

Location: Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch – New Mexico

Come join the Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch team in our beautiful area of southwest New Mexico, located at 6,500 feet elevation in the ponderosa pines. Explore the canyons, creeks, forests, and mountains of the Gila National Forest! Get off the grid, reconnect with nature and find your serenity again!
We are looking to hire a unique, energetic individual who wants it all: dramatic scenery, versatile work, independent living, and a truly memorable 2022 season in the mountains! The best way to have a good time is to show others a good time – Help us give our guests the best vacation they have ever had!
● Do you LOVE WORKING with HORSES and feel you understand them?
● Do you LOVE to MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY and help give them the best vacation they have ever had?
● Are you SAFETY CONSCIOUS and do you have an EYE FOR DETAILS?
● Do you LOVE to have a VARIETY of different things you do every day in your job?
● Do you get a feeling of SATISFACTION from keeping things NEAT, CLEAN and ORGANIZED?
● Do you get a feeling of SATISFACTION from putting in a FULL DAY’S WORK and giving it your ALL?
● If you answered YES to ALL the above questions, this may be the job for you!

Considerations: We are a small ranch (12 guests max) and we are very remote. You need to have your own transportation to work here and be comfortable with long periods away from town/city life as we are located 2 hours from the nearest town. There is no cell phone service at the ranch, so this is a great opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature and the important things in life! Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets or personal horses as the ranch has plenty of animals!
Compensation:
● Salary $2,000/month.
● Share of tip pool during the guest season. (We can’t promise a number, but this often almost doubles the salary!
● Room and board included. Living accommodations are a fully furnished private room in a co-ed house with a full kitchen, one bathroom and living area, shared with two other people. Eating our chef’s delicious meals with our guests is a huge bonus! Please note we cannot accommodate spouses or families.
● Satellite TV, laundry and limited Wi-Fi are included.
● Incentives available for finishing the season and returning for more than one season!
Typical Day: Working on a ranch consists of long hours, not your typical 9-5. A normal day during our guest season starts at 6 AM and goes until evening activities are over after dinner. Entertaining and spending time with the guests is also a key element of a job at the ranch: during the day as well as evening activities (campfires, line dancing, games, or movies, etc.) until 10 PM each evening. One day off per week maximum during the guest season. You will be able to hike and explore our beautiful area during your time off! Staff must be well groomed, flexible, able to take constructive criticism and be a team player. Western attire is required.
Job Description:
● Working with and training new horses to become guest horses. Must have experience and feel comfortable working with young, untrained, fresh, energetic, spooky, and/or rank horses.
● Wrangler: Leading or following rides with guests as necessary. Must be a quick learner – you will need to learn our trails, how we do everything and about our horses within 1-2 weeks of arrival! Must be flexible and willing to do things our way. Must pay close attention to guests’ safety. If you have current Wilderness First Aid training that is a huge bonus!
● Horse Care: Loading and unloading hay (must be able to lift multiple 80 lb bales!), feeding, doctoring, brushing, saddling multiple horses, picking multiple horses’ feet, scooping lots of poop!
● Ranch work: Cleaning, oiling tack and boots, fixing fence, painting, staining, other maintenance, watering flowers, anything else that needs to be done!
● Hiking: Guiding some trips to Archeological and Historical sites and scenic viewpoints as guests desire.
● Housekeeping: Helping clean the 4 ranch cabins once a week after each group of guests leaves and cleaning other ranch buildings as necessary at least once a week. Attention to detail is necessary. This task will be shared with one other staff member.
● Entertaining and spending time with the guests: during the day as well as evening campfires, line dancing, games or movies as they desire until 10 PM each evening.
A background check will be required prior to a job offer. We require staff to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and to follow current New Mexico protocols.
A job at our ranch requires a fast learner, a motivated self-starter, and the ability to work independently with little supervision. Versatility and flexibility are needed for this job’s multiple roles. Fitness and strength are necessary for this very active job!
One Person, Many Hats! We are looking for an upbeat, conscientious, and dynamic individual!

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: 
ASAP to Early December 2022

How To Apply: *Please read all the above information very carefully!*

Email info@geronimoranch.com:

  • Cover letter – what applicable experience do you have and why would you be an asset to our operation?
  • Video showcasing your training skills with horses, not just riding.
  • Earliest date you can start work at the ranch? Date you can work until?
  • Resume highlighting your applicable experience.
  • References – written letters or contact information for 3 former employers.

ALL INFO REQUIRED TO BE CONSIDERED

More Information: Please look at our website www.geronimoranch.com to learn more about the ranch.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate personal horses, pets, spouses, or families. Thank you for understanding.

 

Food & Beverage

Location: Elkhorn Ranch – Arizona

Live in sunny Arizona for the winter! Housing and meals provided.

The Breakfast Cook / Baker prepares short-order breakfast for all ranch guests and crew, bakes fresh breakfast bread and cookies daily, preps salads for lunch and covers the chef’s day off for all three meals. This is a great job for someone who loves cooking and baking and being part of a close-knit team ~ and it can be a great step for someone building skills and experience.

Learn more about a season at the Elkhorn Ranch and view the full job description on our CoolWorks profile page.

This position is open now and we’d love to have someone join the team asap!

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: ASAP – Late April 2023
How to Apply: Contact Mary at 520-822-1040 or email your resume to office@elkhornranch.com
More Information: www.elkhornranch.com

Location: Circle Z Ranch – Arizona

Spend your winter working under the blue skies at our historic guest ranch in Southern Arizona 4 miles South of Patagonia, Arizona, in the mountainous region of Southern Arizona

LOCATION:
Patagonia, Arizona
WAGES/PAY:
$2,350.00 / month + tips

Circle Z Ranch will be filling several Server/ Housekeeper/Float positions for 2022-2023 guest season. These positions will open immediately and end mid to late April 2022. We are seeking individuals who are energetic, friendly, and responsible. If you are a hard worker and work well with people, we want you on our team. At Circle Z, we value Ranch style teamwork and expect everyone to pitch in as needed to give our guests the most memorable ranch experience.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Housekeeper Duties:
• Daily Maid Service
• Clean Guest Rooms per the daily maid service list
• Set up rooms for incoming guests according to check in list
• Vacuuming
• Cleaning/dusting
• Wash windows (inside and out)
• Clean office, laundry room, linen room, boot room, game room, pool area, and other ranch buildings as requested
• Launder and fold all linens, bedding, table napkins, etc.
• Various other duties required to keep our ranch immaculate

Wait Staff Duties:
• Prompt preparation of dining areas for meals
• Take meal orders from guests when serving short order breakfast
• Serve meals and beverages to guests
• Set up buffet table for meals
• Set tables with appropriate dishes, napkins, etc.
• Clear tables after meals
• Organize and clean server closets
• Clean dining room, lodge living room, porch, bathroom, cantina, and the kitchen servery
• Wash staff and guest dishes on a rotational basis with scheduled wait staff team member
• Help pack food and utensils for rides and picnics
• Assist with food prep as needed
• Various other duties required to keep our ranch immaculate.

Physical Requirements:
• The position requires excellent physical condition and stamina. Hours tend to be irregular and long. Extended periods of work without time off may be required.
• Holidays will require additional work hours.

Specific Skills Required:
• Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions in English
• Ability to be flexible and follow direction from ranch management
• Strong and positive communication skills
• Ability to merge seamlessly between various tasks

Education/Experience:
• High School Diploma or GED
• 1-2 years serving experience
• 1-2 years housekeeping experience

The specific requirements, duties, and skills set forth in this job description are intended to be all-inclusive as of date this document is prepared. Circle Z Ranch reserves the right to modify this job description at any time. This job description may not contain all the duties you may be asked to perform during the period you work at the ranch. Further, the job description is not a guarantee that you will perform any of these duties.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: ASAP – Late April 2022
How to Apply: Contact Jennie at info@circlez.com or 520-394-2525
More Information: www.circlez.com

Location: Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch – New Mexico

We are seeking a Chef to start immediately and work through the end of our season in early December 2022. Season 2023 from late-February through early December is also open for discussion/retainment.

Come join us in our beautiful area of southwest New Mexico, located at 6,500 feet elevation in the ponderosa pines. Explore the Canyons, Creeks, Forests and Mountains of the 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest during your free time!

  • Do you LOVE to cook healthy, delicious, nourishing meals for people?
  • Do you LOVE to make people happy and help give them the best vacation they have ever had?
  • Do you LOVE to cook from scratch and use the freshest ingredients possible?
  • Would you LOVE to run your own kitchen making the menus, shopping for all the ingredients and creating all your own dishes?
  • Are you FLEXIBLE and WILLING to accommodate special diets and requests?
  • Are you ORGANIZED and EFFICIENT?
  • If you answered YES to the above questions, this may be the job for you!

Description of Duties:

    • All menu planning, including bringing your own recipes to the table. Menu will fall within the guidelines of Western/Southwestern/Ranch cooking with a healthy twist, using the freshest ingredients possible.
    • Weekly grocery shopping, keeping staples stocked and food service orders.
    • Full food preparation: 3 meals a day for up to 6 nights for a maximum of 18 people when we have guests.
    • All cleanup including dishes.
    • Accommodating special dietary needs including but not limited to Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan and any Allergies and Sensitivities.
    • Maintaining high standards of cleanliness & organization in accordance with NM food service permit.

    This job is breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day for up to a full week of guests. If you are PASSIONATE about feeding people healthy, delicious, nourishing meals using as many fresh ingredients as possible and ENJOY spending your time in the kitchen this may be the job for you! This is a solo job (no assistants) which is great for those who enjoy working alone and running their own kitchen!

Compensation:

    • Salary $3,000/month.
    • Share of tip pool during the guest season. (We can’t promise a number, but this often adds about $2,000/month to the salary!
    • Room and board included. Living accommodations are a fully furnished private room and bathroom behind the kitchen. Please note we cannot accommodate spouses or families.
    • Satellite TV, laundry and limited Wi-Fi are included.
    • Incentives available for finishing the season and returning for more than one season!

    Typical Day: Working on a ranch consists of long hours, not your typical 9-5. A normal day during our guest season starts at 6 AM and goes until dinner is cleaned up and evening activities are over. One day off per week maximum during the guest season. You will be able to hike and explore our beautiful area during your time off! Staff must be well groomed, flexible, able to take constructive criticism and be a team player. Western attire is preferred.

Type of work: Full time – Seasonal
Dates: 
February to Early December 2022

How To Apply: *Please read all the above information very carefully!*

Email info@geronimoranch.com:

  • COVER LETTER – what applicable experience do you have and why would you be an asset to our operation?
  • DATES AVAILABLE
  • RESUME highlighting your applicable experience.
  • REFERENCES – Written Letters or Contact Info from 3 Former Employers.

ALL INFO REQUIRED TO BE CONSIDERED

More Information: Please look at our website www.geronimoranch.com to learn more about the ranch.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate personal horses, pets, spouses, or families. Thank you for understanding.

Other:

Considerations: We are a small ranch (12 guests max) and we are very remote. You need to have your own transportation to work here and be comfortable with long periods away from town/city life as we are located 2 hours from the nearest town. There is no cell phone service at the ranch, so this is a great opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature and the important things in life! Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets or personal horses as the ranch has plenty of animals!

Location: Tombstone Monument Ranch and Cattle Co. – Arizona

  • Join our team and cook at a dude ranch in the heart of the old west 3 miles from the “Town too tough to die”
  • Varied shifts
  • 40 hours per week
  • Some experience is helpful but a love of cooking is required.

Type of work: Year-Round
Dates: ASAP
How to Apply: Email Michelle at info@tombstonemonumentranch.com or Laura at ltrue@whitestallion.com to apply, or call 520-457-8707.
More Information: www.tombstonemonumentranch.com 

Location: Sundance Trail Guest Ranch – Colorado

As Head Cook, you will be responsible for feeding up to 24 hungry Dude Ranch guests and 12-15 staff members! This job is fast-paced, hot, and cramped! We have hired both culinary professionals and self-taught home cooks for this position, both with great success! Our kitchen is small so you must be able to work efficiently and maintain cleanliness. You will have an assistant cook to help you execute all three meals, or you can delegate any meals, as long as quality and timeliness are not sacrificed. We do not micro-manage, which is why we require employees who have the ability to self-start. This means seeing what needs to be done and accomplishing it without any outside assistance (when applicable). Please review the below duties & abilities to see if you’d be a good fit.

REPORTS TO: House Manager

DUTIES:

  • Create and Execute Weekly Menu Plan
    • Write basic weekly menu template
    • Allocate meal responsibilities (Will you cook all three meals? Will Assistant Cook take charge of breakfast?)
    • Ensure that all meals are prepared in a timely fashion and to guests liking
    • Ensure baked goods are prepared each day (Or allocate to Assistant Cook)
  • Oversee Kitchen Staff
    • Ensure that Assistant Cook and Dishwasher are following health code standards, preparing quality food in a timely manner, and cleaning kitchen daily to ranch standard
  • Draft Food order for House Manager’s approval
  • Ensure that ALL guest dietary needs/desires are met.
    • This is NOT a Michelin Star restaurant. We are flexible to what our guests need and want – even if that means serving chicken nuggets or ketchup with steak. Our “product” is a delighted guest, not a fine dining plate presentation
  • Ensure Cleanliness & Safety in Kitchen
    • Follow Health Code Standards exactly
    • Maintain a high standard of cleanliness in kitchen at all times
    • Make sure that food items and leftovers are stored properly

ABILITIES:

  • Cooking Experience (5 years +) preferably for large crowds
  • Management Experience (1 year or equivalent experience)
  • Ability to work as a team
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure
  • Self-starter
  • Hospitality mindset
  • Exceptionally high standard of cleanliness
  • Organizational capabilities
  • Flexibility – ability to change your personal plans/desires to suit all kinds of guest requests
  • Ability to take direction from General Manager (Ellen) and House Manager (and not contradicting their directions to your staff)
  • Honesty and open communication skills

Type of work: Seasonal or Year Round
Dates: Starts ASAP
More Information: https://www.sundancetrail.com/dude-ranch-jobs/

Location: C Lazy U Ranch – Colorado

The bartender is responsible for ordering and pairing of wine to the ranch guests and staff. The Sommelier has extensive guest contact and does a lot to influence the quality of the ranch experience. The high standards of the ranch must be maintained both aiding in wine selections and interacting with the patrons. Consequently, the sommelier may also serve as a bartender, and is responsible for prudent judgment and exercising legally required action in refusing to serve minors or intoxicated patrons and for controlling inappropriate behavior. Rules established by management are to be scrupulously obeyed.

C Lazy U Ranch provides housing and three meals a day for all staff. Benefits include weekly rodeos and barn dances, staff wide contests with cash prizes, discounts for clothing/boots/accessories in the ranch store, discounts on spa treatments, access to participate in ranch activities such as fishing, horseback riding, shooting sports, and more.

Granby, Colorado is a great small town with several good restaurants, coffee shops, and community events. Grand County is full of access to recreational areas like Granby Lake and Arapaho National Forest. Two hours from Denver, and two hours from Steamboat Springs.

Type of work: Full Time – Year-Round
Dates: ASAP
More Information: Apply online at www.clazyu.com/employment

Location: C Lazy U Ranch – Colorado

The bar supervisor is responsible for assessing inventory and ordering beer and liquor accordingly, as well as coordinating with the sommelier for wine choices. The bar supervisor is also responsible for scheduling and managing staff. Bartenders have extensive guest contact and do much to influence the quality of the ranch experience, and the supervisor is widely responsible for facilitating that relationship, and will need to serve as a bartender throughout the week. The high standards of the ranch must be maintained both in mixing drinks and interacting with the patrons. Consequently, the bartender is responsible for prudent judgment and exercising legally required action in refusing to serve minors or intoxicated patrons and for controlling inappropriate behavior. Rules established by management are to be scrupulously obeyed.

C Lazy U Ranch provides housing and three meals a day for all staff. Benefits include weekly rodeos and barn dances, staff wide contests with cash prizes, discounts for clothing/boots/accessories in the ranch store, discounts on spa treatments, access to participate in ranch activities such as fishing, horseback riding, shooting sports, and more.

Granby, Colorado is a great small town with several good restaurants, coffee shops, and community events. Grand County is full of access to recreational areas like Granby Lake and Arapaho National Forest. Two hours from Denver, and two hours from Steamboat Springs.

Type of work: Full Time – Year-Round
Dates: ASAP
More Information: Apply online at www.clazyu.com/employment

Location: C Lazy U Ranch – Colorado

Cooks are responsible for all aspects of the culinary program for the guests. This position will work directly with Chef Corey Untch to develop menus, assist in ordering, and check food quality. This position will also be responsible for maintaining a clean kitchen, indoors and out. The ideal candidate for this position has a passion for making gourmet meals that are prepared to a high standard. Other attributes include openness to feedback, ability to make changes based on that feedback when necessary. This person is able to take direction for the Executive Sous Chef and Executive chef and implement change as needed.

C Lazy U Ranch provides housing and three meals a day for all staff. Benefits include weekly rodeos and barn dances, staff wide contests with cash prizes, discounts for clothing/boots/accessories in the ranch store, discounts on spa treatments, access to participate in ranch activities such as fishing, horseback riding, shooting sports, and more.

Granby, Colorado is a great small town with several good restaurants, coffee shops, and community events. Grand County is full of access to recreational areas like Granby Lake and Arapaho National Forest. Two hours from Denver, and two hours from Steamboat Springs.

Type of work: Full Time – Year-Round
Dates: Start ASAP
More Information: Apply online at www.clazyu.com/employment

Location: C Lazy U Ranch – Colorado

Dishwashers are responsible for maintaining cleanliness and sanitation standards for china, glassware, tableware, cooking utensils, cookware, etc. using machine and manual cleaning methods. Dishwashers ensure that the kitchen and dishwashing area are maintained as a clean, safe, and sanitary facility.

C Lazy U Ranch provides housing and three meals a day for all staff. Benefits include weekly rodeos and barn dances, staff wide contests with cash prizes, discounts for clothing/boots/accessories in the ranch store, discounts on spa treatments, access to participate in ranch activities such as fishing, horseback riding, shooting sports, and more.

Granby, Colorado is a great small town with several good restaurants, coffee shops, and community events. Grand County is full of access to recreational areas like Granby Lake and Arapaho National Forest. Two hours from Denver, and two hours from Steamboat Springs.

Type of work: Full Time – Year-Round OR Seasonal
Dates: Start ASAP
More Information:
Apply online at www.clazyu.com/employment

 

Housekeeping

Location: Red Horse Mountain Ranch – Idaho

Red Horse Mountain Ranch is a gorgeous and remote dude ranch in Northern Idaho. Our mission is to help people reconnect to the important things of a life well-lived.

The Hospitality Crew helps everyone cherish their time here because we create the tidy, peaceful and beautiful backdrops for all the memories made in the lodge, dining, and cabin areas. By being kind, helpful, and attentive to our guests and other staff members and by creating these clean and inviting areas on the ranch, we help everyone reset from their lives, bond with others, feel like they are home, and focus on creating memories.

Folks who enjoy cleaning and helping people will do great at this job and you will thrive if you want to learn more about world class hospitality. Lead by kind and encouraging managers, you can expect to be held to a high standard, be on the move, work hard, have a lot of fun, and be proud of the summers youve spent with us.

You can visit our website to read more about us, perks of working here, and a day in the life of someone on the Hospitality Crew at Red Horse Mountain Ranch: https://redhorsemountainranch.recruitee.com/

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: May 15 – October 6, 2023
How To Apply: https://redhorsemountainranch.recruitee.com/

 

Activities Guide

Location: Greenhorn Ranch – California

Awesome, fun job in California’s Sierras! Great pay and gratuities. Wonderful team and great guests.

Description of Duties: Oversees non-equine guest activities. Including but not limited to – Skeet shooting, archery, e-boking, fishing, karaoke, dancing, lawn games & children’s activities.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
April – October 2022 (flexible)
How To Apply: Email ride@greenhornranch.com
More Information: www.greenhornranch.com

 

Grounds & Maintenance

Location: C Lazy U Ranch – Colorado

Maintenance technicians are what keeps C Lazy U Ranch running! Duties include:

  • Performing preventative maintenance on all ranch vehicles from standard vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, heavy equipment, and farm/ranch equipment
  • Trouble shooting vehicle problems and determine if the work can be done on site or needs to be sent out for repairs
  • Maintain shop supplies and tools
  • Maintain a clean work area
  • Perform preventative maintenance and repairs on all ranch buildings/structures
  • Possible operation of heavy equipment or assistance in grounds/maintenance projects that require specialty equipment
  • Daily rounds of checking for proper care and function of ranch property
  • Be willing and able to lend a helping hand to any department upon request/availability.

C Lazy U Ranch provides housing and three meals a day for all staff. Benefits include weekly rodeos and barn dances, staff wide contests with cash prizes, discounts for clothing/boots/accessories in the ranch store, discounts on spa treatments, access to participate in ranch activities such as fishing, horseback riding, shooting sports, and more.

Granby, Colorado is a great small town with several good restaurants, coffee shops, and community events. Grand County is full of access to recreational areas like Granby Lake and Arapaho National Forest. Two hours from Denver, and two hours from Steamboat Springs.

Type of work: Full Time – Year-Round OR Seasonal
Dates: Start ASAP
More Information:
Apply online at www.clazyu.com/employment

 

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Each year our 90+ member ranches offer a variety of dude ranch employment opportunities. They hire many seasonal employees, and some year-round employees, for such positions as wranglers, cooks, waitstaff, housekeepers, maintenance workers, children’s counselors, office workers, and more!

Most seasonal employees are hired by the Southern ranches for the months of September through May and by the Northern ranches for the months of May through October. Many Northern ranches have last-minute openings during the months of May and June.

The compensation for each position is at each ranch’s discretion and will be discussed prior to hiring. Jobs on dude ranches typically involve hard work and long hours as well as participation in evening guest activities such as line dances, hayrides, and staff talent shows. Good people skills and an ability to live and work well with others are required. The more flexible you are in the type of position you would like, the more likely you are to be successful.

Recommendation for Dude Ranch Employment Opportunities

Non-U.S. Citizens:

Employment opportunities on ranches for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely limited. Individuals must contact the ranches individually to see if they are willing to hire non-U.S. citizens. Individuals must also have a work permit for the U.S.A. Please contact the U.S. Embassy for information on work permits. The Dude Ranchers’ Association is not able to help in obtaining work permits for those looking for dude ranch employment opportunities.

Student Internships:

U.S. students often contact the Association seeking internship positions. The Dude Ranchers’ Association has no formal internship program but a number of our member ranchers have been willing to negotiate with students for internship positions as a part of their seasonal employment. Students interested in such positions may utilize the opportunities listed below and are encouraged to research DRA member ranches and reach out to them directly about internship opportunities.

Options for DRA Assistance in Seeking Dude Ranch Employment

To assist the many students and others seeking employment, the Association is offering the following services:

  1. Upon request, we will send the Dude Ranchers’ Association Directory. All 90+ member ranches are listed, along with their contact information. Interested individuals may contact each ranch themselves.
  2. The Dude Rancher’s Association also publishes a newsletter that is sent directly to all member ranches. For a US$10 fee, you may place an employment wanted ad in one issue. Many ranchers refer to the ads published in the newsletter when hiring. There are no guarantees, but it is a good, inexpensive way to contact all member ranchers at the same time.

Send us your name, address, phone number, dates of availability, type of position(s) sought, and 2-3 sentences describing your experience or qualifications along with the US$10 fee to:

The Dude Ranchers’ Association Newsletter
P.O. Box 2307
Cody, WY 82414

Payment must be received before the ad will appear.

Download the Advertising Rates Form to place an employment ad.