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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.

Responsibilities:

Criteria:

  • 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 info@thehideout.com
  • 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 www.thehideout.com or email info@thehideout.com. You can also call 307 765 2080.

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: thehideout.com
Dates: 04/1/2021-10/31/2021

Location: Klondike Ranch – Wyoming

Horse experience required; must be willing to do domestic chores.

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: klondikeranch.com
Dates: 06/1/2021-10/1/2021

Location: Hunewill Circle “H” Guest Ranch – California

Breakfast cook/salad preparer. Cook for up to 90 people. Buffet style and plate up, but not to order. Must have knowledge of quantities & portioning as well as cooking for special diets such as vegan & gluten-free. Must be able to lift 50 pounds and have a neat clean appearance. Must be able to follow the menu as posted (creativity encouraged once the basic menu is executed well) Must work well in a team environment with co-workers from 18 years to 60 +. Be willing to do your own pots when needed. Cook dinner on the lunch/dinner cook’s day off. There is an outdoor breakfast served once a week. Hours are approximately 5:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: Email job application and resume to bhunewill@gmail.com – Job application available at www.hunewillranch.com, under Contact Us.
Dates: 05/17/2021 thru 11/07/2021

Location: Hunewill Circle “H” Guest Ranch – California

Provide friendly, responsive service to create an exceptional dining experience for all of our guests. Each server’s primary objective is to show our guests such an excellent time that they will want to return again and again. This includes cleaning (dining room, and other areas), serving meals either buffet or plated, food prep for the salad bar, and communicating with guests and cooks.

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: Email job application and resume to bhunewill@gmail.com – Job application available at www.hunewillranch.com, under Contact Us.
Dates: 05/17/2021 thru 10/12/2021

Location: Hunewill Circle “H” Guest Ranch – California

Waitstaff: Provide friendly, responsive service to create an exceptional dining experience for all of our guests. Each server’s primary objective is to show our guests such an excellent time that they will want to return again and again. This includes cleaning (dining room, and other areas), serving meals either buffet or plated, food prep for the salad bar, and communicating with guests and cooks.

Dishwasher: responsible for washing dishes and pots; keeping floors swept and mopped; taking out trash regularly

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: Email job application and resume to bhunewill@gmail.com – Job application available at www.hunewillranch.com, under Contact Us.
Dates: 05/17/2021 thru 10/12/2021

Location: Upper Canyon Outfitters and Guest Ranch – Montana

Help serve breakfast from 6:30 – 8 am
In charge of housekeeping all rooms and cabins. On the big check-out day, this person will have help, but day-to-day cleaning will be up to them. The cleanliness of the ranch will be this person’s responsibility. We take cleanliness very seriously and have high expectations. This job will be Monday – Friday. Monday – Thursday hours will be 6:30 am to 2:30 pm. On these days this person will help serve and clean up breakfast and then will move onto housekeeping. On Fridays, this person will come in at 8 am and clean the cabins and lodge. Usually, this is until about 4. For this position, we need someone that is responsible and detail-oriented.
This person will also be in charge of watering flowers around the ranch

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://ucomontana.com/
Dates: 06/01/2021 thru 12/01/2021

Location: Upper Canyon Outfitters and Guest Ranch – Montana

The workweek will be Sunday – Thursday from 1 pm to Close. We can provide housing and pay depending on experience. The job responsibilities that will go with this position include, but are not limited to the following:
Plan all menus – Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Menu must have all meal items.
The menu must be planned out before the start of the season.
Alternate meal options to accommodate any dietary needs should be done the week before
guest arrival.
Order all supplies, food items, and paper products.
Research the best option for food/product purchases.
A thorough, weekly inventory of all food items/paper products at the ranch.
Be sure to be able to find a way to order/purchase fresh fruit and veggies for each week.
Check with housekeeping staff to see if they need items/cleaning supplies ordered.
Help create a positive work environment.
This position will be in a lead position and will be expected to have clear, positive communication with the other UCO staff.
This person will be expected to oversee making sure all meat for every meal is pulled out.
If for some reason this person is not here to pull out the meat, it is their responsibility to assign and clearly communicate this task to another kitchen staff member.
This person will be asked to work any special events UCO may have.
Meal Preparation and Service
Preparation of Dinner Appetizer
Have appetizer out at 6 pm
Make Bread for dinner
Preparation of Dinner Entree`
Preparation of Dinner Sides
Preparation Dessert- this might be assigned to the morning cook.
Have dinner plated and temperature appropriate at 6:30
Help with dinner dishes.
Date and label any leftovers and cool before refrigerating.
Clean counters and grill
Layout next day’s frozen items.
Keep the kitchen clean and organized.
Keep refrigerator and food storage areas clean, organized, and labeled.
Write down items that are low.
Clean Grill and kitchen appliances used.
Clean Countertops
Clean grill side sink
Clean outside grill at least once a week
Sweep and mop the kitchen floor.
Make sure the coffee pot is turned off and sanitized, the pig bucket is emptied, burners are turned off.
Drain, clean out and turn off the dishwasher.
The expectation is that this person will be the last person to leave the kitchen to ensure that all tasks are complete.

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://ucomontana.com/
Dates: 06/01/2021 thru 12/01/2021

Location: Upper Canyon Outfitters and Guest Ranch – Montana

5 days a week you would be assisting our chef in the production of high-quality, made from scratch meals.
Would be in charge of making well-balanced, healthy lunches for outdoor excursions.
Would also be in charge of the following: making apps, hosting a happy hour, serving dinner, and cleaning up.
The hours for these five days would be 12:30-Cl, Sunday – Thursday

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://ucomontana.com/
Dates: 06/10/2021 thru 12/01/2021

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.
The Head Wrangler is responsible for all guest activities related to equine including but not limited to proper fit, 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 Head 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 Head Wrangler is responsible for the entire 5-8 employee wrangler team as well as a pasture manager and interaction with facility maintenance personnel. This includes but is not limited to employee relations, coaching, training, administration, human resources, accounting, budget adherence, and all general operations of the Equine Department. The Head Wrangler position reports directly to the General Manager and/or Principals.

Salary Exempt: $4480.00 per month
Includes: lodging and two daily meals

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

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://greenhornranch.com/
Dates: 04/01/2021 thru 11/30/2021

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.
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: Seasonal
More Information: https://greenhornranch.com/
Dates: 04/01/2021 thru 11/30/2021

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 ride@greenhornranch.com
Attn: Cynthia Carreon 1-530-283-0930

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://greenhornranch.com/
Dates: 04/01/2021 thru 10/31/2021

Location: R Lazy S Ranch – Wyoming

May 3rd through October 13th, Must be 21 with a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record and be able to commit to the full season. Need to have experience driving trucks and tractors, using a chainsaw and have knowledge of minor plumbing, carpentry and electrical repairs. Applicant needs to be a fast learner and able to quickly solve daily minor maintenance problems. Duties include: cutting and delivering firewood, landscaping (irrigation, grass cutting, maintaining sprinkler systems), with occasional bartending and airport shuttles. Saturday and Sunday night dishwashing may be part of the schedule. We offer a 5 day work week, salary plus gratuities, room and board included. Send resume with references to: info@rlazys.com.

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://www.rlazys.com
Dates: 05/03/2021 thru 10/13/2021

Location: R Lazy S Ranch – Wyoming

We offer a 5 day work week, salary plus gratuities, room and board included. May 31st through the 8th of October. Must be 21 with experience in the food industry, have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record. Additional requirements: a clean appearance, the physical ability to do the job. Duties will include: 3-4 days/week in the dining room and 1-2 days week as kitchen steward. Send resume with references to: info@rlazys.com…Call: 307-733-2655

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://www.rlazys.com
Dates: 05/31/2021 thru 10/08/2021

Location: Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch – Montana

Job description: primarily responsible for the cleaning and upkeep of ranch units. Kitchen duties include clean up and dishes after meals and maintaining a clean kitchen area. Laundry of linens is done by housekeeping staff. Also, help is given to the cook in the kitchen when needed. Other tasks to be included could be some maintenance, unloading groceries, and helping out in other areas when extra hands are needed. The workweek is 6 days.
Job requirements: Must have an excellent work ethic, be trustworthy, able to see things to be done (self-motivated), and have good people skills with guests and other staff. No visible piercings except earrings.
Compensation: monthly salary, starts at $1,100/month + board and room, and tips. The workweek is 6 days with some time off in the afternoons to enjoy wilderness surroundings

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://www.hawleymountain.com/
Dates: 06/01/2021 thru 10/14/2021

Location: R Lazy S Ranch – Wyoming

Must be 21 and be able to commit to the full season: May 31st – October 6th. Work with the Head Chef and the Assistant Chef in food preparation for 60 to 70 people, three meals a day. Professional cooking and baking experience required. We offer a 5 day work week, salary plus gratuities, room and board included. Send resume with references to: info@rlazys.com.

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://www.rlazys.com
Dates: 05/31/2021 thru 10/06/2021

VERSATILE Person Needed for Office Manager as well as other tasks at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch!

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 individual who wants it all: dramatic scenery, versatile work, independent living, and a truly memorable time in the mountains of southwest New Mexico! 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 to hire someone immediately to work at the ranch for our 2021 season (March through November), with remote work available over the winter. We are hoping to find someone to join us long term for multiple seasons!

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 likes 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. Unfortunately, we cannot accept pets.

Salary is $3,000 per month. Share of tip pool and room and board included. Living accommodations are a fully furnished private room in a house with a full kitchen, one bathroom and living area, shared with one other person and occasional other visitors. Eating our chef’s delicious meals with our guests is a huge bonus! Satellite TV and limited Wi-Fi are included. We value this entire package to be worth at least $5,000 per month.

A job at our ranch requires a fast learner and motivated self-starter. Versatility, flexibility attention to detail and a positive attitude are needed. 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.

Job Description:

  • Your main job will be taking over management of the office: answering the phone, responding to emails, taking bookings, marketing and social media, bookkeeping, organizing, etc. Previous experience is required. Excellent people skills, phone skills and customer service skills are a must.

You will also be asked to help out in other areas of work around the ranch:

  • Housekeeping: Cleaning the four guest cabins after each group of guests leaves. Cleaning other ranch buildings (i.e. Cantina, Rec Hall, etc.) at least once a week or as necessary. Attention to detail is a must. The cleaning will be shared with one other staff member.
  • Server: Setting up, serving meals to the guests, and cleanup after meals.
  • Ranch work: Cleaning, oiling tack and boots, fixing fence, painting, staining, other maintenance, watering flowers, anything else that needs to be done!
  • Horse Care: Loading and unloading hay, feeding, doctoring, brushing, saddling, scooping poop!
  • Back-up Wrangler: Following or leading on rides as necessary – again most of your time will be spent in the office, but there will be occasions where help at the barn may be necessary, so horse experience is a bonus!
  • 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 for an energetic, hardworking individual!

 

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

 

To apply, email info@geronimoranch.com with the following:

  • Cover letter telling us about yourself and why you would be an asset to our operation.
  • Dates available
  • Resume
  • References – ideally contact info for 3 former employers. 

All info required to be considered. PLEASE DO NOT CALL US. Once ALL the above info is received we will be in touch.

Type of work: Year-Round
More Information: https://www.geronimoranch.com

Location: Elk Mountain Ranch – Colorado

Assistant Cook/Swing: Great pay (approx. $3000 per month and room and board for those with a passion for caring for others.) Staff arriving May 15 and needed until mid August – some until mid September. Assistant cook will prepare meals on the Cook’s day off. Also “team” cooks on most days. Because we are a smaller ranch, this person will fill in with housekeeping and serving meals (see Housekeeper/Waitstaff/Dishwasher/Food Prep position). An organized and clean person can be trained for this position.

Housekeeper/Waitstaff/Dish Washer/Food Preparation: Four employees share and rotate the four positions. Looking for conscientious individuals with excellent attention to detail. General housekeeping is shared with one other person for 7 cabins and 3 lodge rooms. The day also includes doing ranch towels, watering flowers and picking up the grounds. Waitstaff will work hard as a team and interact with guests. Able to serve 40 people eating family style, setups, clearing, cleaning, serving desserts and beverages. Also food storage and inventory control. Maintain a clean work area. Rotate dish washing, preparing packouts, and food preparation (salads, appetizers, etc.). Also participate in guest entertainment, such as a guided hike, hayride, volleyball, and square dance.

Cook: This person is responsible for preparing meals for 50 people each day. Three meals a day are served with the cook mainly being responsible for breakfast and dinner. The workday begins at 6 a.m. most days with a break in the afternoon and returning to the kitchen for dinner preparation. Our weekly meal schedule does not change. Person must enjoy working in the kitchen, be organized, maintain a clean work area, and supervise five employees. Able to control food storage and inventory. Must be able to follow instructions and have knowledge of basic cooking. Although experience is preferred, the right person can be trained.

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 09/16/2021

Location: Elk Mountain Ranch – Colorado

Children’s Counselor and Assistant Children’s Counselor: (Approx. $3000 per month and room and board) Responsible for children 7 and under. High level of energy, enthusiasm, and genuine love of children required. Must have ability to lead children through a variety of planned activities including horseback riding, fishing, hiking, arts and crafts, treasure hunts and swimming at hot springs. Willing to get “down and dirty” with the kids. Ideally 21 years of age with excellent driving record, as will be responsible for transportation of children to hot springs in town. Will accompany children to lunch sites. On certain days, you will not have the children as long as others and will be expected to help out in other departments. Will participate in guided hike & evening activities. Also see Housekeeper/Waitstaff position below.

Housekeeper/Waitstaff/Dish Washer/Food Preparation: Four employees share and rotate the four positions. Looking for conscientious individuals with excellent attention to detail. General housekeeping is shared with one other person for 7 cabins and 3 lodge rooms. The day also includes doing ranch towels, watering flowers and picking up the grounds. Waitstaff will work hard as a team and interact with guests. Able to serve 40 people eating family style, setups, clearing, cleaning, serving desserts and beverages. Also food storage and inventory control. Maintain a clean work area. Rotate dish washing, preparing packouts, and food preparation (salads, appetizers, etc.). Also participate in guest entertainment, such as a guided hike, hayride, volleyball, and square dance.

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 09/16/2021

Location: Elk Mountain Ranch – Colorado

Cook: Great pay (approx. $3000 per month and room and board for those with a passion for caring for others.) This person is responsible for preparing meals for 50 people each day. Three meals a day are served with the cook mainly being responsible for breakfast and dinner. The workday begins at 6 a.m. most days with a break in the afternoon and returning to the kitchen for dinner preparation. Our weekly meal schedule does not change. Person must enjoy working in the kitchen, be organized, maintain a clean work area, and supervise five employees. Able to control food storage and inventory. Must be able to follow instructions and have knowledge of basic cooking. Although experience is preferred, the right person can be trained. Staff arriving May 15 and until at least mid August, preferably until mid September.

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 09/16/2021

Location: Elk Mountain Ranch – Colorado

Wrangler: Great pay (approx. $3000 per month and room and board for those with a passion for caring for others.) Horse experience required. Must be safety conscious, have the ability to instruct guests and have strong communication and interpersonal skills. Responsible for conducting safe trail rides for groups of 4-7. Feed and care for herd of 50 horses. Maintain and repair tack. Clean barn and arena area daily. Willing to perform other maintenance duties as assigned – trail maintenance, stocking wood, fencing, etc. – and willing to work long hours. Shoeing and veterinary knowledge a plus. CPR and First Aid required (class will be provided at beginning of season). Must have good driving record as may be driving guests to Aspen or airports. Required to have neat and clean appearance, and dress in western style. Cowboy hat, cowboy boots, and collared shirts required. Wranglers will eat many meals with the guests and may be required to cook and serve some outdoor meals. Will be responsible for one hayride a month and weekly square dance and volleyball with guests. Staff arriving May 15 and must be able to stay until Mid August.

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 08/15/2021

Location: Elk Mountain Ranch – Colorado

Maintenance/Sports/Utility: Great pay (approx. $3000 per month and room and board for those with a passion for caring for others.) Willing to learn several skills such as basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical, vehicle maintenance and general ranch operations. Ability to be flexible and act immediately as circumstances arise. Also responsible for grounds maintenance, firewood, trash. Will conduct safe archery, marksmanship and trapshooting tournaments. Possibly drive to Aspen, ropes course and airport. Insurance requires driver to be 21 years of age with good driving record. Will help at barn in a.m. feeding and saddling horses and may also need to work with children in riding arena. Experience with horses not required but a willing attitude a must, plus excellent people skills working with adults, teens and children. Will eat many meals with the guests and may be required to cook and serve some outdoor meals. Will be responsible for one hayride a month and weekly square dance and volleyball with guests. Staff will be arriving on May 15 and needed until at least mid August (preferably til mid September).

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 09/16/2021

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 www.hawleymountain.com.
Contact Hawley Mountain at 877-496-7848 or hawleymountain@aol.com for an application or have questions.

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://www.hawleymountain.com/
Dates: 06/01/2021 thru 10/14/2021

Location: Elk Mountain Ranch – Colorado

Housekeeper/Waitstaff/Dish Washer/Food Preparation: Four employees share and rotate the four positions. Looking for conscientious individuals with excellent attention to detail. General housekeeping is shared with one other person for 7 cabins and 3 lodge rooms. The day also includes doing ranch towels, watering flowers and picking up the grounds. Waitstaff will work hard as a team and interact with guests. Able to serve 40 people eating family style, setups, clearing, cleaning, serving desserts and beverages. Also food storage and inventory control. Maintain a clean work area. Rotate dish washing, preparing packouts, and food preparation (salads, appetizers, etc.). Also participate in guest entertainment, such as a guided hike, hayride, volleyball, and square dance.

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 09/16/2021

Location: Red Horse Mountain Ranch – Idaho

We believe our ranch exists to “Reconnect People to the Important Things of a Life Well-Lived.” To achieve that mission, we need an excellent team that values professionalism, has a positive outlook, takes ownership of their work, and can help us create a safe environment where people can grow and create unforgettable memories. We are a great place to work and the team members here are the pride and joy of the ranch (as well as our horses, of course)!

Job Description: The Wrangler/Guides of Red Horse Mountain Ranch are here to help the ranch reconnect our guests to the important things of a life well lived. Every guest has a different reason they wanted to come visit us for the week and our guides’ jobs are to figure out what that is and help them get there. Sometimes it is to create a beautiful memory with their children or to have their breath taken away from a killer view. Whatever it is, our guides get it done. They do all things by being professional, having a positive outlook, taking ownership over their work, and by creating a safe environment where people can grow and create unforgettable memories. Our guides not only help our guests, but help other department team members achieve their summer goals of adventures too! They love horses, are inspiring examples of western riding, and are eager to share their passions and skills with others.

Responsibilities Include:

Caring for Guests

  • Talk with guests and get to know them and their goals for the week
  • Learn guest names
  • Keep them safe on all activities
  • Answer questions
  • Teach riding instruction according to the principles of western horsemanship
  • Create memorable moments
  • Encourage them as they learn
  • Show them the best time of their life

Caring for Horses

  • Care for over 100 head of horses
  • Stick to feeding and water schedules
  • Perform basic veterinary procedures
  • Learn all horse’s names and personalities
  • Gather horses from pasture
  • Groom and pick feet
  • Saddle and bridle horses
  • Turn horses out
  • Work with various different types of horses
  • Work with various different personalities of horses

Taking out Rides

  • Load and unload riders
  • Lead guest trail rides
  • Learn our trail system

Barn Maintenance

  • Tack upkeep and repair
  • Completing daily checklists
  • Fencing and fence repair
  • Corral maintenance
  • Barn and barnyard cleanup
  • Trail maintenance
  • Braiding Horse Tails…just kidding.

Other Guided Activities

  • Sporting Clays
  • Mountain Bike Tours
  • Challenge Course & High Ropes Course
  • Lake Kayaking
  • Archery
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Possibly Helping the Kids’ Program if Needed

Other Ranch Duties

  • May need to help in hosting evening entertainment for guests such as roping, karaoke, line dancing, etc.
  • Help in other departments as needed
  • Represent the ranch well at all times and demonstrate our core values to others

Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be physically fit and capable of all Guide/Wrangler activities
  • Must be a US Citizen or possess a current and appropriate working visa
  • Must have skills in Western riding and horsemanship AND experience in working with a herd. Past guide or horseback leading is preferred. Past experience in giving horseback instruction is also preferred. Vetting experience is preferred.
  • Must Ability to lift 75 pounds multiple times and work long hours
  • Must Valid Driver’s License and clean driving record
  • Must be willing to wear proper western attire including a cowboy hat, boots, western long sleeve shirt and be presentable in a good western image in dress and behavior.
  • Must be able to show strong safety for riders and horses
  • Must be able to show proof of First Aid / CPR certification or pass certification on arrival.
  • Must be able to communicate with tact and clarity, exhibit a patient and knowledgeable attitude with horses, animals, dogs, children and our guests.
  • Must be able to show the ability to talk with parents and colleagues about the progress of the children in their care. They need both good speaking skills to provide this information effectively and good listening skills to understand parents’ instructions.

This position is being offered from May through September. This position is being offered with housing (a dorm room with roommate and common area) and meals.

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://redhorsemountainranch.recruitee.com/o/wrangler-guide-summer-2021-harrison
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 10/10/2021

Location: Red Horse Mountain Ranch – Idaho

Red Horse Mountain Ranch is a gorgeous and remote dude ranch in Northern Idaho offering peace, outdoor adventure, and warm western hospitality to all our wonderful guests. It is one of the last rare spots, kept secluded and safe, and we want to share that with others, especially during times like now! People need to get away and get refreshed more than ever!

We believe our ranch exists to “Reconnect People to the Important Things of a Life Well-Lived.”
To achieve that mission, we need an excellent team that values professionalism, has a positive outlook, takes ownership of their work, and can help us create a safe environment where people can grow and create unforgettable memories. We are a great place to work and the team members here are the pride and joy of the ranch (as well as our horses, of course)!

We are currently looking to add more amazing team members for the upcoming 2021 guest season. Current open positions include: Morning and Lunch Chef, Dinner Chef, Kitchen Assistants, Prep Cook and Baker, Hospitality Crew (Serving/Housekeeping), Wranglers, Ranch Hands, Massage Therapist, and Bartender. Please follow the links to read more about these positions!

We offer a healthy working environment, free employee housing and meals five days a week (plus leftovers), competitive wages, and access to all the same amazing activities our guests enjoy in your free time! It will be a summer you will never forget, not to mention you’ll be surrounded by beautiful country and good people.

We are currently accepting applicants who are awesome, authorized to work in the USA, 21 years of age or older, drug free, not grumpy, and can lift 50 pounds.

If You Are Techy – Come visit us on Facebook or Instagram
@redhorsemountainranch or #RHMR.

If You Are More Old Fashion
We have land phones and can chat! 208.689.9680 x 2

If You’re Sold and Want to Apply
https://redhorsemountainranch.com/ranch-jobs/

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://redhorsemountainranch.recruitee.com
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 10/10/2021

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.

Benefits:

  • 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 wranglers@mountainsky.com to request an application.

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information: https://www.mountainsky.com/
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
More Information: https://rawahranch.com/dude-ranch-resort-about-us/jobs/
Dates: 05/16/2021 thru 10/16/2021

Location: Rawah Ranch – Colorado

Job Duties:

  • Provide excellent service consistent with the property’s core service standards and brand attributes.
  • Provide a clean, well-maintained ranch: lodge, guest cabins and game room.
  • Monitor the responses of customer comment cards, identifying problem areas and formulate solutions.
  • Communicative
  • Take ownership of all requests and complaints; resolve issues immediately and follow up to ensure guest’s satisfaction.
  • Identify and report defects throughout the property; notify the proper staff immediately of any hazards or unsafe conditions.
  • Proficiency in knowledge of all room types, room positions, current rates, and all facilities and services within the Ranch.
  • File all paperwork within established guidelines.
  • Maintain work area and guest areas in a neat and tidy manner.
  • Personally, inspect all rooms.
  • Confirm all special requests are completed prior to guest arrival.

Type of work: Full Time
More Information: https://rawahranch.com/dude-ranch-resort-about-us/jobs/
Dates: 05/16/2021 thru 10/16/2021

Location: Rawah Ranch – Colorado

Job Duties:

  • Organize, schedule, and facilitate daily offered ranch activities for ranch guests, including but not limited to:
  • Fishing at the pond
  • Trap/target shooting
  • Archery
  • Hiking, camping/backpacking
  • Mountain biking
  • Stand up paddle boarding, flat bottom boat and paddle boats
  • Wildlife observation
  • Games with guests
  • Survey guests every evening and ensure all guests are signed up for their desired activities for the following day
  • Communicate with Management and appropriate staff members so that entire team is aware of the daily/weekly schedule and desired guest activities for the following day
  • Cross-train in other ranch departments to assist with operations on the ranch as needed (I.e., serving/hospitality, Kids Program, front desk, etc.)

Type of work: Full Time
More Information: https://rawahranch.com/dude-ranch-resort-about-us/jobs/
Dates: 05/16/2021 thru 10/16/2021

Location: Rawah Ranch – Colorado

Job Duties:

The Wrangler will work together and with head wrangler and ranch management, to provide the highest quality of horse care and guest experience. He/she will be responsible for helping a team of up to five wranglers. The daily operations of cleaning corrals, doctoring, providing care for a string of approx. 60 horses and maintaining a neat and orderly barn/corral.

In addition to the above, regular tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead twice daily guest rides with professionalism and positivity
  • Help with managing the rotation and irrigation of pastures
  • Track time spent on Wilderness and Natural Forest Land
  • Lead and participate in weekly special riding events (overnight camping trip rides, cowboy breakfast rides, evening rides, etc.), including set-up, tear down and event hosting
  • Provide general ranch maintenance (fencing, trail clearing, new trail construction, etc.)
  • Ability to perform any additional barn/ranch projects as assigned by ranch management
  • Must be comfortable in the saddle; walk, trot, lope. As well as helping run horses in by horseback.

Type of work: Full Time
More Information: https://rawahranch.com/dude-ranch-resort-about-us/jobs/
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 10/16/2021

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
  • Wait staff
  • Housekeepers
  • Maintenance workers
  • Children’s counselors
  • Office workers

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 are extremely limited and almost non-existent for working with the horses. Occasionally, a ranch will hire a non-U.S. citizen for wait staff, housekeeping, or kitchen staff position. Foreign persons seeking employment must be able to speak English well enough to understand guests and the employer. They 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, programs, and amenities. 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.