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Location: Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch – New Mexico

Horse Experience Necessary! 1 VERSATILE Person Needed for Wrangler Position at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch! (+ Free Housing and Meals!)

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!
We are looking to hire one unique, energetic individual who wants it all: dramatic scenery, versatile work, independent living, and a truly memorable 2021 season in the mountains of southwest New Mexico!
We are looking for someone who has horse experience and is comfortable working with and training young, fresh, energetic, spooky, and/or rank horses.
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!
We are looking for someone to start work immediately and work until the end of November. We will consider applicants with the right experience who can only work for the summer.
We are a small ranch (16 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. If you are an independent person who enjoys others’ company as well as time alone when working and during time off, this may be the job for you! Again, we are very remote, 2 hours from the nearest town. We cannot accommodate pets or personal horses.
$2,500/month salary, plus a share of tip pool and room and board included. Eating our chef’s delicious meals with our guests is a huge bonus! Satellite TV and limited Wi-Fi are included. The total value of this entire package is at least $5,000/month. Incentives are available for returning for more than one season!
A job at our ranch requires a fast learner and a motivated self-starter. Versatility and flexibility are needed for this job’s multiple roles. Fitness and strength are necessary for this very active job! Working on a ranch consists of long hours, not your typical 9-5. One day off per week maximum. 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.
We are hiring 1 person to do multiple tasks. Here are some of the things you will be expected to do:
• Working with and training new horses to become guest horses. Must have experience and feel comfortable working with young, 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.
• Server: Helping set up for meals, serving meals to the guests, and cleaning up after meals.
• 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.
• One Person, Many Hats! We are looking to hire a positive, hardworking, and energetic individual!
Please look at our website to learn more about the ranch.
*Please read all the above information very carefully!*
• Cover letter – what applicable experience do you have and why would you be an asset to our operation?
• Video of you riding and working with horses.
• Earliest date you can start work at the ranch?
• Resume
• References – written letters or contact information for 3 former employers.
ALL info required to be considered.
We, unfortunately, cannot accommodate personal horses, pets, spouses, or families. Thank you for understanding.

Type of work: Seasonal
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Location: Paradise Ranch – Wyoming

Paradise Ranch is looking for hardworking, enthusiastic, responsible horsemen and horsewomen for the summer season. Must have strong people skills, be a team player and have substantial horse experience.
Should be versatile and open-minded enough to take part in other jobs related to the ranch as well as ranch activities.
Especially interested in wranglers with roping, packing, or shoeing experience.
To apply, submit a resume online at: or by email:

Type of work: Seasonal
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Location: Paradise Ranch – Wyoming

Start ASAP thru September 25
Primary responsibilities are to cook breakfast 6 days a week for 125 staff and guests, cook for staff /a la cart 50 staff from 7:00- 7:30 am, and cook for guests 7:30 – 8:30 am ( 75 guests)
– competent breakfast cook, cook eggs to order, and daily specials
– all breakfast prep, could include daily specials, fruit trays, pancake prep, potato prep, meats
– work with Chef and/or owners to create daily breakfast specials
– additional prep work, could include, salad bar, lunch or dinner, appetizer prep
– maintain clean work area, assist in deliveries

Leah or Clay Miller
Apply online with resume at

Type of work: Seasonal
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Location: Triangle C Ranch – Wyoming

While working on the ranch performing daily cleaning routines and techniques, creating a clean, inviting, and sanitary atmosphere for our guests. Attention to detail, effective time management, and personal dedication to accomplishing the guest’s needs are a necessity. Team working skills will assist in accomplishing a successful season!

Please find the application form here: or call us at 307-455-2225.

Type of work: Seasonal
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Location: Bull Hill Guest Ranch – Washington

Job Summary: The main duty of a Wrangler is to entertain and socialize with guests both on the trail and off. On an average day, we usually do two rides, one in the morning at 9:30 and another in the afternoon around 2:30. You will be required to meet with your assigned “group” of guests and discuss/schedule a ride time, length, and type. Other days you may be required to take a group out all day. Socializing with guests on rides and hospitality is the most important aspect of being a Wrangler at Bull Hill Guest Ranch. A wrangler’s day starts at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. with a long break mid-day after lunch.

Certain days you may also be asked to help with cattle drives in which guests may or may not come along. Other duties will include general ranch chores, grounds keeping, and barn cleaning. The last ride of the day usually gets done by 5:00 p.m. In the evenings, guests gather in the main lodge for dinner, drinks, campfire, horseshoes, etc. where Wranglers are required to be present to interact with guests until around dinner.

Primary Details and Responsibilities:

  • Wranglers will be asked to take guests on trail rides and cattle drives
  • Wranglers need to have great people skills and display the utmost hospitality in catering to all guests needs.
  • Be able to go above and beyond to entertain guests, especially children in creative and new ways.
  • Wranglers do not necessarily need to be expert riders. Horsemanship skills and safety can and will be taught on the job.
  • Socialize and entertain with guests and occasionally bartend (not required and only for 21+)
  • Help with ranch work e.g.) cleaning barn, mowing, other ranch work.
  • $2,400/month salary plus room, meals & drinks, and tips.
  • Wranglers get 1 day a week off. If multiple days are needed at one time, that will need to be scheduled ahead of time.
  • We try to create a flexible, friendly and relaxing atmosphere for our wranglers. We operate under the idea that if our staff is having fun, our guests will as well.

Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: Immediately thru 10/31/2021

Location: Paradise Guest Ranch – Wyoming

Should have line cooking experience. We feature hearty ranch cuisine with a gourmet flair. Pantry and prep experience a definite plus. Looking for a team-oriented individual to fit in with our talented kitchen team and wait staff.

Please send in an application at: . Call us at 307-684-7876 or email @ Ask for Clay or Leah.

Type of work: Seasonal
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Location: Elkhorn Ranch – Montana

Elkhorn Ranch is looking for a few good people to round out our 2021 crew. There are openings as
• Housekeeping
• Kitchen/server
• Children Counselors (PBP) – needs to be a comfortable horseback rider
All positions run from late May until the end of August or later. Salary plus room & board. Exploring this corner of the Yellowstone Area, riding and hiking are fringe benefits.

Would love to get an application (available on our website).

Type of work: Seasonal
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Location: Blacktail Ranch – Montana

Blacktail Ranch a historic Montana Guest Ranch in Wolf Creek Montana –  Hiring a housekeeper for the upcoming season, June 1-October 1.  The Blacktail is a family-owned and operated ranch that has been in our family for over a hundred years.  We are seeking a mature and responsible person to help round out our staff.  Must have good people skills, past experience in the hospitality industry is helpful and preferred.  Our staff is small 10-15 people and being willing to work as a team player is key to a successful season for everyone involved guest as well as other staff members.  Energetic and enthusiastic and being open to an array of different kinds of people is a plus.  If interested please send us a message.  Room and board available.

Type of work: Seasonal
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Location: Nine Quarter Circle Ranch- Montana

This is a blended position with about 75% of the work dedicated to cleaning tasks and 25% dedicated to serving meals in our dining hall. Our cabin staff are responsible for maintaining clean, organized guest cabins and shared spaces on the ranch, as well as other tasks needed for maintaining good customer service associated with guest comfort. We are seeking motivated individuals who enjoy both independent work and social, teamwork to fill our remaining slots for the summer season.

This job runs May 24-September 30, 2021. Applicants must be able to stay the entire season. Room & board + end of season bonus included in the compensation package. Horseback riding, fly fishing, and hiking opportunities are a big perk of working at our mountainous location!

Type of work: Seasonal
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Location: Nine Quarter Circle Ranch- Montana

We are looking for an individual who loves children and the outdoors. Our Ranch Babysitter is responsible for childcare for guests ages 0-5. Must have the ability to lead children through a variety of planned activities including lead-around horseback walking, fishing, hiking, arts and crafts. A willingness to get “down and dirty” with the kids is a plus. The Ranch Babysitter eats lunch and dinner with the children. The babysitter will work other ranch duties during times when childcare is not offered.

This position runs June 7 -September 18, 2021. Room & board included + end of season bonus. Horseback riding and fly fishing is a perk of the job!

Type of work: Seasonal
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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).

Type of work: Seasonal
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Location: The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch – Wyoming

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch, Shell – Wyoming, is looking for mature wranglers with a solid equestrian/riding background and a hospitality mind.

Applicants must be 21 years old, have a clean driver’s license, and be drug-free. We are looking for applicants who have excellent horsemanship and riding skills. By preference but not mandatory both English and Western.

We are looking for wranglers who are caring, respectful, leave their ego at the door, and are well-educated. Candidates need to be mature, responsible, friendly, well-spoken, hard-working, and team-oriented. Understanding and experience with structured horsemanship programs like Parelli Horsemanship are a plus.

The Hideout provides wranglers with extensive training to set you up for success.

We embrace diversity, enthusiasm, and an open-mind approach to life. We believe in a respectful, positive, and disciplined work environment. Willing to learn and take on other non-riding activities. Part of the job is helping with chores around the barn, cleaning, etc.



  • Wranglers must be 21 years of age or older
  • Wranglers must have legal permission to work in the United States.
  • Wranglers must submit a short video introducing yourself and showing your riding and horsemanship skills. This means catching, haltering, grooming, saddling the horse and riding the horse in all gates. You are welcome to show any additional riding talents.A link to YouTube or other video sites is preferred.
  • Wranglers must submit a resume and cover letter to
  • Wranglers must have a clean driving record and pass an insurance/driving record background check
  • Wrangler must be an advanced rider
  • Wrangler will drive (or learn to drive) a 4×4 truck and 20-foot stock-trailer carrying 6 horses (additional training is provided to all wrangler staff)
  • Wrangler must have current First Aid CPR certificate
  • Wrangler must attend our Wrangler safety and Wrangler Training program
  • Wrangler must feel comfortable taking 4-6 novice riders on a trail ride
  • Wrangler must be able to saddle horses and lift Western saddles
  • Wrangler will be involved in cattle work/drives (we will train you in Stockmanship)
  • DRA Certification is a plus
  • Additional language skills, musical talent, photography experience, outdoor experience, training is welcome and encouraged. Having lived abroad and experience with other cultures are also assets.

What do we offer?

  • A job and experience working for a professional and organized operation
  • A work environment that is respectful and cares about staff, horses, travelers, and the environment
  • Well-trained, healthy horses to ride, professional and well-maintained infrastructure including the barn, tack, vehicles, equipment, etc.
  • A respectful, honest and safe working environment
  • A rarely seen diversity and terrain to ride
  • Well maintained, clean, and nice homes to live in (not bunkhouse living)
  • Most evenings except Friday wranglers are free and not required to entertain guests
  • A competitive salary package that is in part performance-related

Job may start as early as May 1, 2021, and some positions will be through to the beginning of November 2021.

For more information visit or email You can also call 307 765 2080.

Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 04/1/2021-10/31/2021

Location: Lost Creek Ranch – Wyoming

We are currently looking to wrap up our hiring with a massage therapist, server/bartender, and guest services representative. If you are interested in spending a summer in the Tetons providing an exceptional experience for our guests while having one of your own please visit our site ( to apply. Employment Opportunities are listed at the bottom of the homepage. Our positions begin in early/mid-May and conclude on September 25. You must be available for the entire season to be considered. We provide hourly or salary compensation depending on position, complimentary room and board, a portion of the tip share, and an end-of-season bonus.

Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 09/25/2021

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.
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
Attn: Cynthia Carreon 1-530-283-0930

Type of work: Year Round
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Dates: Year Round

Location: Greenhorn Ranch – California

Greenhorn Ranch is a premier guest ranch in Northern California’s Lost Sierra featuring 560,000 acres and 60 horses. Established in 1962, we’ve built our reputation on providing refined comforts and relaxed mountain adventures in a spectacular natural setting. We think work should be fun with a team that is passionate about making guests happy.
A wrangler is responsible for tack, proper fit, cleaning, and repair of horse facilities as directed. A wrangler is responsible for guest activities related to equine including but not limited to trail rides, riding lessons, grooming lessons, wagon rides, rodeo activities, etc. Maintenance may include but is not limited to the following: inventory, feeding, shoeing, grooming, training, healthcare, trail maintenance, fencing, pasture/turnout areas, guest relations, and socialization. As the focus of many of our guest’s itinerary, the Wrangler must ensure pleasant and safe rides for guests of varying levels of horsemanship. This position requires superior guest relations and professional interaction at various ranch events, dinners, camp side fires, etc. The Wrangler position reports directly to the Head Wrangler and/or General Manager.

Non- Exempt Full Time: $14.00 per Hour plus Gratuity
Includes: Lodging and two daily meals

Contact: Send resume to
Attn: Cynthia Carreon 1-530-283-0930

Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 04/01/2021 thru 10/31/2021

Location: Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch – Montana

Prepares two meals daily for 25-40 guests and staff 6 days a week with some assistance from the 1st Cook and prepares all three meals on 1st Cook’s day off. The cooks alternate weeks to switch off meal responsibilities.
Job requirements: Second cook position works under direction from First Cook. Cooking experience is needed to provide tasty and hearty ranch cuisine that is pleasing to the eye and can accommodate restrictive diets. Must be hardworking, have a clean appearance, and a willingness to work with others. Do some daily maintenance housekeeping in the kitchen and main lodge area. Must be willing to help out where needed beyond the main job description. Appreciation of the great outdoors would also be an asset.
Pay includes wages (amount depends on Experience), room and board are provided on top of your pay as extra (no charge to you). Cooks are also included in the gratuity pool. Last year each staff received about $5000 in gratuity just to give you an idea.
Our guest season runs from the beginning of June until the end of September. We are located south of Big Timber, MT in the mountains 24 miles north of Yellowstone Park (as the crow flies!). You can visit our website for more information at
Contact Hawley Mountain at 877-496-7848 or for an application or have questions.

Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 06/01/2021 thru 10/14/2021

Location: Mountain Sky Guest Ranch – Montana

Are you passionate about horsemanship? Do you love working with people?

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, a luxury guest ranch located in Montana’s Paradise Valley, is now beginning to review applications for our 2021 wrangler team.

The ideal wrangler candidate will demonstrate both excellent customer service and strong horsemanship skills.

Job Duties Include:

  • Guiding on 17,000 private acres, plus many more acres of Gallatin National Forest that border the ranch. Trail rides are not the typical boring nose-to-tail walking dude rides. Our guests stay for a week at a time, and come to ride! We lead walk, trot, and lope rides, all with a heavy instruction component.
  • Moving the herd in and out of pasture every day (wranglers are horseback for this process, which typically takes between one and two hours).
  • Training project horses. A two-day intensive horsemanship clinic kicks off every summer to better prepare our wranglers for work with these green horses.
  • Maintaining fences and trails (we will train as needed on this)
  • Managing the health of our herd of +/-150 head. We work closely with a renowned vet out of Billings who does a doctoring clinic with us at the beginning of the season. We work on lameness evaluations and general equine first aid so that we are able to handle almost everything that comes up in house.


  • Seasonal positions of varying length (3.5 months to 8 months) are available. Longer seasonal positions are eligible for health, dental, and vision benefits.
  • Staff housing and great food are provided to staff as part of their compensation
  • All guest activities are available to staff (weekly dance night with live band, pool, hot tub, gym, massage, rafting, golfing, yoga, tennis courts, saloon, etc.)
  • Roping steers are available 7 days a week for wranglers to work in their off time. The ranch also runs cows, and wranglers will have the opportunity to assist the ranch foreman with moving and doctoring cattle as their schedule permits.
  • A personal horse may be approved, however we cannot accommodate dogs and are not able to provide family housing. Unfortunately there is very limited off-site housing available in the nearby community, so almost all employees live on-site.

Email to request an application.

Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 04/01/2021 thru 10/31/2021

Location: Rawah Ranch – Colorado

Job Duties:

The server/lodge team member may alternate between the server/kitchen staff and hospitality teams throughout the season (I.e., one week on, one week off) to allow some differentiation in responsibilities.

Server/Kitchen Staff:

  • Play a key role as a member of the service staff in providing the highest quality guest dining experience for cocktail hour and daily meals
  • Prepare and deliver accurate daily coffee service to guest cabins as requested
  • Keep accurate inventory of liquor, beer, and wine products sold to guests in addition to all-inclusive beverages and reflect accurate sales on final guest bills at check-out
  • Control all aspects of the service flow as a team and work cooperatively with kitchen staff to complete all cocktail hour and meal-related tasks (table settings, lodge prep, service, dishwashing, etc.)
  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge of ranch food and beverage menus, ingredients, appearance and food preparation
  • Manage dining area set-up, cleaning, and re-sets before/after each meal
  • Work with your teammates to clean and maintain orderly lodge bathrooms, staff lounge, kitchen/dishwashing station, guest dining area, and lodge.

Type of work: Full Time
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Dates: 05/16/2021 thru 10/16/2021

Location: Rawah Ranch – Colorado

Job Duties:

  • Leading guests on fishing trips.
  • Instructing beginners on how to fly fish.
  • Navigating the local fishing areas.
  • Caring for guests while out fishing.

Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/16/2021 thru 10/16/2021

Location: Circle Z Guest Ranch – Arizona

Circle Z Ranch will be filling a Server/ Housekeeper Float position for the 2021-2022 guest season. This position will begin October 18, 2021, and end mid-April 29, 2022. We are seeking an individual who is energetic, friendly, and responsible. If you are a hard worker and work well with people, we want you on our team. We like to remind all our employees of Ranch style teamwork, as we expect everyone to fill in as needed to help our ranch succeed.

Would love to get an application & Resume (available on our website).

No H2B Visas

Type of work: Seasonal
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Location: Circle Z Guest Ranch – Arizona

The Wrangler position at Circle Z Ranch for the 2019-2020 guest season begins on Monday, September 27th, 2021, and ends mid-April 2022.

Circle Z Ranch is seeking an experienced wrangler for our team that can meet our high standards of exemplary guest service and safety combined with horseback riding that is second to none. We offer an amazing variety of trail rides throughout various landscapes that keep our guests returning year after year. Attention to detail, along with a friendly and energetic personality is a must for this position.

The Wrangler position will require a love of horses and people, a strong work ethic, and the ability to work well with others.

Would love to get an application & Resume (available on our website).

No H2B Visas

Type of work: Seasonal
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Location: Circle Z Guest Ranch – Arizona

The Prep Cook position at Circle Z Ranch for our 2021-2022 season begins on Mid-October, 2021 and ends mid-April 2022.

Circle Z Ranch is seeking a Prep Cook that can meet our high standards of delicious, homemade meals. We serve a variety of cuisines and special diets including, but not limited to, Hypoallergenic, Vegan, Vegetarian, Asian, Mexican, and Italian. We provide an assortment of tried and true Circle Z recipes that are the building blocks for our weekly menus.

The Prep Cook position will require exceptional communication and organization skills, as well as the ability to perform multiple culinary skills including cooking, baking, prepping, and planning.

Would love to get an application & Resume (available on our website).

No H2B Visas

Type of work: Seasonal
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Location: Circle Z Guest Ranch – Arizona

The two Cook positions at Circle Z Ranch for our 2021-2022 season begins in Mid-September, 2021 for one of the cooks and Mid-October for the second. Both positions end mid-April 2022.

Circle Z Ranch is seeking two Ranch Cooks that can meet our high standards of delicious, homemade meals while incorporating their own recipes and flair. We serve a variety of cuisines and special diets including, but not limited to, Hypoallergenic, Vegan, Vegetarian, Asian, Mexican, and Italian. We provide an assortment of tried and true Circle Z recipes that are the building blocks for your weekly menus.

The Cooks position will require exceptional communication and organization skills, as well as the ability to perform multiple culinary skills including cooking, baking, prepping, and planning.

We will split the cooks into two areas depending on the strengths. One will be responsible for the daily breakfast/lunch while the other is responsible for the ordering of inventory and dinner prep. Both are responsible for meal planning. There will be a prep cook, in addition, to help with prep, baking, and cookouts.

Would love to get an application & Resume (available on our website).

No H2B Visas

Type of work: Seasonal
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Location: Kay El Bar Guest Ranch- Arizona

Seasonal, Possibly Full Time/Permanent Wrangler Position. We have two wrangler positions open immediately to guide morning and evening trail rides. Good candidates for positions should have both horse & people skills. A wrangler is responsible for tack, proper fit, cleaning, and repair of horse facilities as directed as well as guest activities related to equine including but not limited to trail rides, riding lessons, grooming lessons,  etc.

Type of work: Seasonal, possibly Full Time/Permanent
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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 this Advertising Rates Form to place an employment ad.