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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

Location: Lost Creek Ranch – Wyoming

In the role as Ranch Manager, the first responsibility is to ensure the safety of all guests, staff, and animals on the ranch. Secondly, protect and enhance the long-term image and reputation of the ranch as an informal, high-quality, professional, community-minded, guest-focused facility as seen through the eyes of the guests, the local, national, and international communities. This is to be accomplished through delivering consistent, high-quality, sustainable management strategies and practices across all components of the organization at all times. Reports to Owners’ Representative.

The Ranch Manager is responsible for ensuring the long-term success of the Ranch. Overall responsibilities for overseeing the entire operations of the ranch include but are not limited to: continued development and implementation of safety practices and protocols, profitability, management of all guest services, employees, horse string, maintenance and operation of facilities, grounds, and vehicles, office operations, marketing efforts, food services, lodging facilities, vendors, state and federal land permits, and compliance, and community development and outreach.

Being a responsible, dedicated role model to the guests and staff; providing organized, punctual and solution-oriented leadership, creativity, direction, and supervision during recreational activities and around the ranch and in the Lodge; having a positive and collaborative attitude, seeking to develop institutional knowledge and learning from others and implementation of industry best practices; working with other staff members and department heads to provide a quality experience for all guests; primary steward and advocate for the philosophy, policies, and ideals of the ranch.

Responsibilities Include:
• Work with Owners’ Representatives to develop goals, strategies and calendar for execution for the coming year.
• Monitoring, tracking, and reporting on the success of implementation of goals and strategies.
• Learning and understanding the current operating parameters affecting all areas of the ranch.
• Prioritize and process work on a daily basis. Continually seeking ways to increase customer experience, streamline operations, reduce expenses, work within a budget, increase safety measures, and minimize waste. Staff safety, hiring, development, training, evaluation, and when necessary separation. Strong emphasis on importance of hiring people who are suited to hospitality and have a genuine desire to provide an experience for the guests.
• Weekly communication and direction to direct reports and promotion of cross-operational communication between staff.
• Oversight of marketing and advertising strategies and implementation.
• Oversight of livestock operations, procurement, riding programs, training, care, and boarding
• Oversight of all guest activities and development of programming based on guest interests.
• Oversight and management of all area vendors supplying services to the ranch
• Ensuring the ranch is in compliance with all town, state and federal regulations
• Ensuring that all federal and state permits and licenses are attained, complied with maintained, renewed and submitted on time to the proper agencies
• Oversight of lodge, cabins, spa, grounds, and vehicle maintenance and upkeep.
• Oversight of all new construction, equipment purchases, and installation.
• Handle all purchasing for the ranch and find a balance between best pricing and buying local
• Work with the owners’ representative and vice president to determine appropriate capex projects/purchases each year where funds are most acutely needed and realized
– Find the best mixture of pricing and quality in determining any capex projects
• Networking with local and regional area allies, working within the tourism infrastructure and working with local areas organizations utilizing the territories the ranch is operating in. Strong equine and ranch management experience, knowledge, and comfort executing on all equine and ranch management work.
• Maintain a good relationship with homeowners and neighboring ranches
• Oversight of all maintenance requirements including vehicle care and cleanliness, permits and insurance, noxious weed control and fertilization, grass care.
• Water system monitoring, testing and quality assurance.
• Assurance of a quality, clean, innovative food service operation.
• Implementation of an effective employee structure & program including to:
– Hiring/separation
– Understanding of employee manual and expectations.
– Human Resource and workman’s compensation laws
– Performance motivation techniques across all employees
– Training, problem solving and accountability of all employees
– Work and meet with all department heads on a daily basis
• Ability to work autonomously and make decisions that are in line with the expectations of the owners’ representative and the philosophy of the ranch
• Be a resource to office staff and department heads and handle the difficult guest conversations should they arise
• Handle all reservations and designation of projects from October until May
• Do ranch site visits as needed for wedding parties year-round
• Be a personal resource to resolve employee conflicts or personal difficulties

Position Requirements:
Behavioral
• Predictable, consistent, and positive attitude and outlook
– Welcoming “Can do” attitude
• Collaborative team player—ability to manage up and down equally.
• Personable and jovial with the ability to make work fun while still completing tasks at the highest level
• Flexible and adaptable
• Ability to work well with people, be opened minded and willing to listen to suggestions of others
• Ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects, problems and requirements concurrently and in a productive, measured and timely manner.
• Self-motivated; able to work long hours and get the job done as required seasonally and without impacting behavior, energy and decision making
• Willingness and proof-in-action to perform all duties of the ranch as a team player
• Ability to refrain from taking things personally and rise above any emotions to make the right decision
• Ability to notice the details while also seeing the bigger picture and understanding the impacts of decisions immediately and ripples down the line
• Ability to reduce overreactions to the appropriate level and provide an appropriate perspective to staff when stressed

Computer & Electronics
• Competency with Microsoft and Google Suite
• Understanding of all payroll reporting systems and guest tracking systems.
• Understanding of ranch financials.

Communication
• Excellent writing skills
• Excellent verbal skills with the ability to communicate with staff and guest.
• Excellent communication with Owners’ Representatives.
• Ability to deal with difficult people and situations with true objectivity and fairness
• Excellent mediation skills and the ability to see different perspectives to bring differing views to a common ground

Safety
• Certifications
– CPR and First Aid
– DRA Horse Safety
– Certified Pool Operator
– ServeSafe Manager

Type of work: Year-Round
Dates:
ASAP
More Information: Please send resumes to Laura at laura@hewittladd.com to apply.

 

Office/Guest Services

Location: Elkhorn Ranch – Montana

Description of Duties: Our office coordinator oversees the day-to-day operations of the office, from arranging excursions for guests, managing guest records, booking reservations, as well as other office duties. Bookkeeping experience is a plus! Must have a valid driver’s license and be 21 or older.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May 15 – Oct 16, 2022
How To Apply: Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ to download an application and email it completed to office@elkhornranchmontana.com. We do require video of candidates tacking up and riding w/t/c for any wrangler or kid’s wrangler applicants.

Where to find more information:

Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ , email questions to office@elkhornranchmontana.com , or call 406-995-4291.

Location: Elkhorn Ranch – Montana

Description of Duties: This position entails a bit of everything – from answering calls, assisting in guest services, airport pickups, town errands, tracking inventory, as well as other office/ranch duties. It’s perfect for those who like variety throughout their week. Must have a valid driver’s license and be 21 or older.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May 15 – Oct 16, 2022
How To Apply: Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ to download an application and email it completed to office@elkhornranchmontana.com. We do require video of candidates tacking up and riding w/t/c for any wrangler or kid’s wrangler applicants.

Where to find more information:

Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ , email questions to office@elkhornranchmontana.com , or call 406-995-4291.

Location: Triangle C Ranch – Wyoming

Description of Duties: This is the perfect position for a high-energy, outgoing personality. Hospitality will be the center of the duties required, greeting and checking in guests, representing the ranch through tasks all over the ranch. The importance of having a flexible mind, multi-tasking skills, the love of diversity on the ranch from assisting in areas from the lobby, dining room, kitchen prep, bar room, to assisting the wranglers at the barn. A problem-solving and positive nature is needed and will leave a lasting impression on our ranch family and those we welcome!

If applying for HOSPITALITY position, you must submit 1.) A short “selfie” video introducing yourself and telling us a bit about your interests.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May 22, 2022 – September 15, 2022 (dates are approximate – final date TBD)
How To Apply: Via our website or email resume to: info@trianglec.com

More Information:  www.trianglec.com/employment

 

All-Around Seasonal Staff

Location: Tumbling River Ranch – Colorado

Who are we Looking For?:

We love staff that are enthusiastic, love people and are up for anything! While there are some ‘technical’ activities at the ranch (cooking, baking, wrangler and kids counseling) that may demand ‘hard skills’, we look at personality traits first, including people who are:

  • available from early May to the end of August.
  • 18 years of age, or older
  • good at building one on one relationships with guests
  • positive attitude at all time
  • love kids, people, and service
  • hard workers/able to work long, sometimes varied hours
  • problem solvers
  • enjoying working on a team and jumping to help the collective team
  • flexible/able to adapt activities to the needs of guests

Tumbling River Ranch is a premier dude ranch resort hiring for all positions including: cooks, baker, wait staff, housekeepers, children counselors, nannies, wranglers, fly-fishing guides, ranch hands, drivers, dishwashers, and office staff. Most positions do not require experience, but we are looking for staff that are high energy, fun, hardworking, love to serve people, and that have a positive attitude and outlook.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May – August
How To Apply: www.tumblingriver.com/employment
More Information: www.tumblingriver.com/employment

Location: Wind River Ranch – Colorado

Description of Duties: You will be hired for a specific job (see our application), but you will also have the opportunity to experience other areas of the ranch as well. Wranglers help out with housekeeping, the maintenance crew pitches in at the barn, everyone is on the dish schedule, etc. We are strong believers in working together. Our hours are long, before breakfast till 8:30-9:30 pm every night, and the work is often hard. If it sounds challenging…it is! But as our returning staff would tell you – the work is worth it.

In addition to providing a wonderful experience for our guests, we hope that our staff grows in their relationship with Christ. We begin each morning with devotionals and have a weekly worship night. These are amazing times to study God’s Word, interact with one another, and pray together. God will change your life as you serve Christ by serving the guests of Wind River Ranch.

As a staff member, you will eat well and live in comfortable living facilities. We have a strict policy of not pursuing a relationship with a co-worker or guest while working at Wind River Ranch. This is to keep the staff focused on serving the guests and on growing in their own spiritual walk. We also do not allow tobacco, drugs, or alcohol to be consumed or used by our summer staff.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
4 Date Range Options: May 18 – August 20 | May 18 – August 27 | May 18 – September 3 | May 18 – October 15
How To Apply: Open application – Our staff is usually around 40 in size
More Information: https://www.windriverranch.com/about/employment/

 

Wranglers

Location: Klondike Ranch – Wyoming

Description of Duties: Working with horses and guests. Managing guests on horseback while moving cattle/ranch work. Housekeeping for our 4 cabins. Assisting with meal prep and cleanup. Any other domestic chores necessary.

We are a small working ranch where you will be an instrumental part in the function and success of our summer season. We take no more than 10 guests at a time and you will be directly involved in their interactions throughout their stay at the ranch.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: May 20 – October 10, 2022
How to Apply: Please email resume, short personal bio, and 3 professional references to rtass@wyoming.com
More Information: Find more information on our website – www.klondikeranch.com

Location: Triangle X Ranch – Wyoming

A wrangler at Triangle X Ranch must be a responsible team player with excellent horsemanship skills. He/She must have an outgoing personality to provide first-class customer service in a safety-conscious state of mind. A wrangler’s appearance must reflect the western cowboy image at all times when working. Proper knowledge, appearance, and demeanor will communicate professionalism and instill confidence in your guests. All guides will have a current First Aid and CPR certification.

We employ 11 wranglers at Triangle X. The main responsibility of our wranglers is leading our guests on trail rides, providing them a safe, first-class experience. Wranglers are expected to lead rides of any skill level, provide lessons, and have an in-depth knowledge of our complex trail system. In addition to leading rides, wranglers are responsible for completing other responsibilities and helping with the overall success of the department. This includes the care and upkeep of 100 plus head of horses, maintaining a clean and organized corral/tack shed area, wrangling horses in and out of the pasture, saddling over 75 head of horses each morning, providing assistance to guests prior to rides with whatever they might request while in the corral area, making adjustments to cinches and tack as needed prior to handing horses out, handing horses out to guests and assisting guests in mounting and placing items in saddlebags or tying coats or extra layers to saddles.

Wranglers also attend a square dance on Monday evening – dress code is neat western attire with a cowboy hat.

As a wrangler, you can also expect to help with other necessary jobs around the ranch that do not involve horses. This will mostly be experienced during our shoulder seasons (spring and fall) when we are opening and closing the ranch. These jobs may include but are not limited to; fixing fences, property and building maintenance, digging holes, loading hay, shuttling vehicles, trucking horses, cleaning and oiling tack, chopping firewood, cleaning out irrigation ditches, trash pickups, painting, etc.

Wranglers will be provided the necessary training to competently complete the above responsibilities.

Due to the dynamic of employee housing, we do not allow pets.

Benefits

  • Free room and board (you will have a roommate)
  • Competitive wages
  • End of year bonus if agreed upon employment dates are met
  • At least one and a half days off per week to explore Jackson Hole
  • Ranch activities are free of charge on free time.
  • Working in the great outdoors within Grand Teton National Park

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: May 1 – October 31, 2022
How to Apply: Please email resume, short personal bio, and 3 professional references to lucasturner@trianglex.com. Riding videos are also strongly encouraged and applicants with videos are considered first.
More Information: Find more information on our website – www.trianglex.com

Location: Red Horse Mountain Ranch – Idaho

The Wrangler/Guides of Red Horse Mountain Ranch are here to help others “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 our 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 taking care of people and not just horses to see the beauty of this job and you will thrive if you want to learn more about how to mix your love of the outdoors and horses 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, grow, and be proud of the summers you’ve spent with us.

This position offers free housing and meals.

Visit our website to read more about us and what a day looks like for a Wrangler/Guide:  https://redhorsemountainranch.recruitee.com/

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: May 16 – October 1, 2022
More Information:

Facebook or Instagram:    @redhorsemountainranch or #RHMR

Phone: 208.689.9680 x 2

Ranch Website: https://redhorsemountainranch.com/

About Our Full-Time Team: https://redhorsemountainranch.com/the-ranch/staff/

Location: Elkhorn Ranch – Montana

Description of Duties: We are looking for responsible and hard-working horsemen/women to join our barn crew. Every morning our wranglers gather our herd of 100 horses from the pastures that we graze. These pastures can be in thickly wooded areas, on hillsides and mountain top meadows, and gathers can range from less than an hour to more than two depending on where they are at. Our trails vary, but most are in mountainous terrain and they span between 2 – 8 hours. Applicants must be comfortable and confident outside of an arena, as we teach our guests to ride on the trail. To be considered for this position, we do require a video of you tacking up and riding, in addition to filling out an application. Teaching experience and backcountry skills are a plus!

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May 15 – Oct 16, 2022
How To Apply: Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ to download an application and email it completed to office@elkhornranchmontana.com. We do require video of candidates tacking up and riding w/t/c for any wrangler or kid’s wrangler applicants.

Where to find more information:

Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ , email questions to office@elkhornranchmontana.com , or call 406-995-4291.

Location: Elk Mountain Ranch – Colorado

Description of Duties: 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 a 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 are a plus. CPR and First Aid required (class will be provided at beginning of the season). Must have a good driving record as may be driving guests to Aspen or airports. Required to have a 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.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
We are looking for employees who are available for Colorado dude ranch jobs from mid-May to mid-August. Some positions extend through the end of September.
How To Apply:

https://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/

Our employment pages provide more information, job descriptions, and an online application.

Location: Triangle C Ranch – Wyoming

Description of Duties: Wranglers have the opportunity to share the western way of life with guests from all over the world. Safety is the number one priority and will be the center of all activities conducted. A hard-working individual that has strong communication skills, genuine, patience, and honesty will be utilized while carrying out responsibilities from caring for livestock, teaching basic riding skills, taking out trail rides, trail maintenance, fence repair to other necessary ranch duties. This is a challenging position yet extremely rewarding and will enrich the lives of many as the horses on the ranch are our main focus and passion they have a way of connecting our souls to nature and life! Wranglers that apply must be intermediate riders and willing to submit a video of their horsemanship skills and ability with the application. Personal horses and dogs are not allowed as the ranch has a plentiful supply of horses available.

If applying for WRANGLER position, you must submit 1.) A short informal video/selfie of your riding at a walk, trot, and canter/lope, and any other skills you would like to demonstrate.  Also, 2.) short “selfie” video introducing yourself and telling us a bit about your interests.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May 22, 2022 – September 15, 2022 (dates are approximate – final date TBD)
How To Apply: Via our website or email resume to: info@trianglec.com

More Information:  www.trianglec.com/employment

Location: Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort – California

Description of Duties: Come work for one of the most beautiful guest ranches in California! The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Solvang is looking for a full-time Wrangler Supervisor. This position will report to our Head Wrangler and Herd Manager. In addition to regular Wrangler duties like taking out trail rides, giving lessons, basic doctoring of horses, addressing guest issues, and assisting with lead-around rides, this position will support the department with various other tasks including supervisory and administrative. Such duties include: Pairing horses with rides using HOST; Assisting in lining out the scheduling of rides and staffing; Working with Ranch Concierge and/or the Sales team to help with special ride requests; Review payroll; Communicate with team to improve the guest experience; and, oversee daily workflow to maximize efficiency. Must be organized, represent the department well to guests, coworkers, and other departments, and have computer skills and strong written and verbal communication skills. Previous experience as a Wrangler (preferably in a supervisory position) required. Must be willing to work weekends and holidays. Full-time position includes full benefits including insurance, 401k, paid time off, and recreational privileges. Please either forward your resume or complete our online job application at www.alisal.com to be considered for this exciting role. Come join our team!

Type of work: Year Round
Dates:
ASAP
How To Apply: Forward resume to aairey@alisal.com or go to our Employment page on our website at www.alisal.com.

More Information:  www.alisal.com

Location: Tombstone Monument Ranch and Cattle Company – Arizona

5 days per week, year-round position.
Applicant must be able to ride comfortably at a lope.
Like both horses and people.
The job involves dude wrangling and participating in cattle roundups and drives when necessary. Plus ranch work such as mending fence etc… Applicants must be able to communicate politely and effectively with guests and uphold ranch standards of service.

The ranch location is just outside the West’s most iconic town Tombstone, AZ.

Type of work: Year-Round
Dates:
ASAP
More Information: Please send resumes to ltrue@whitestallion.com to apply.

Location: Rancho de la Osa – Arizona

Rancho de la Osa is looking for an experienced and qualified Wrangler to join our team. Ample horse experience and riding skills are required. Applicants must be hard working with good people skills. We are a small staff looking for someone who will be a team player and able to step in where needed.
Rancho de la Osa is a historic guest ranch located along the U.S.-Mexico border, about 1.5 hours southwest of Tucson.

Type of work: Year-Round
Dates:
ASAP
More Information: Call 520-339-1086 and press “1” to get in touch with us or email info@ranchodelaosa.com to apply.

Learn more about Rancho de la Osa at www.ranchodelaosa.com

Location: Circle Z Ranch – Arizona

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

Essential Functions:
• Lead ranch guests on trail rides six days per week (2 half-day rides or one full day ride)
• Conduct rides in a safe and courteous manner as instructed by Foreman
• Give horseback riding lessons and trail orientation to guests as requested by Foreman
• Feed, groom, and saddle horses
• Keep holding pens and tack house area clean and organized
• Clean and mend tack
• Trail cleaning and brush removal
• Treat horses for minor injuries and vaccinate
• Efficiently adjust to last-minute changes
• Attend staff and department meetings
• Shoeing horses as needed
• Training horses as needed

Required Qualifications:
• High School Diploma or GED
• 3-5 years wrangling experience
• Driver License with a clean record
• Ability to learn and navigate trails
• Ability to ride horses and lead trail rides
• Ability to communicate in English both verbally and in writing
• Excellent physical condition and stamina to work irregular and long hours
• Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
• First Aid and CPR Training (Circle Z Ranch will provide this training if hired)

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience driving manual transmissions
• Experience hauling trailers
• Experience horseshoeing
• Experience starting colts

Working Conditions for the Wrangler position:
• Working outdoors in all types of weather
• Sitting in the saddle for long periods of time
• Lifting, reaching, stooping, kneeling, climbing, riding
• Working with horses and other livestock
• Exposure to desert wildlife
• Working weekends, nights, and holidays
• Extended periods of work without time off may be required

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 – Mid April 2022
More Information: https://www.circlez.com/about-us/employment

Location: Spotted Horse Ranch – Wyoming

Ready for adventure out west? What better way than on horseback at the Spotted Horse Ranch! The ranch is located approximately an hour and a half south of Yellowstone and a half-hour from Grand Teton National Park. The beautiful Hoback River flows through the ranch and our property backs up to the Bridger Teton National Forest, where there are miles of trails on which to hike or ride horses. We also have two hunting camps that are fun to go stay at!

Our employees are free to take advantage of our weekly cookouts with live entertainment, horseback riding, fishing, and a free whitewater rafting trip! Also, the town of Jackson is just 20 minutes away – there are plenty of great restaurants, shopping, museums, art galleries, and a thriving nightlife on the square.

Wranglers are responsible for the following:

  • Entertaining guests on trail rides
  • Feed, brush, groom, saddle, and love on the horses
  • Providing riding and fly-fishing instructions to the guests on a daily/weekly basis
  • Scooping manure
  • Keeping the barn tidy and performing tack maintenance
  • Providing transportation for the guests when they go whitewater rafting, to the rodeo, and swimming at Granite Hot Springs
  • Demonstrating the ability to work with all types and ages of people (adults and children)
  • Tending to injured horses
  • Assisting in setting up hunting camps
  • Fixing fences, working with irrigation, and other ranch maintenance that requires heavy lifting
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Ensuring the guests’ safety while on trail rides

Our season runs from May through the end of October.  Staff begins arriving in May. Wranglers are offered an end-of-season bonus if they stay for the duration of their contract, and other benefits include free housing, three meals a day, and a free whitewater rafting trip!

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
05/01/2022 – 11/01/2022
More Information: Apply through our website, spottedhorseranch.com, or send a resume and three professional references to info@spottedhorseranch.com

Location: Cherokee Park Ranch – Colorado

Responsibilities Include:

  • Catch & Grain 130 horses daily
  • Saddle 50+ horses daily
  • Safely & Happily guide trail rides
  • Have a sense of comfort navigating miles of wilderness
  • Administer first aid care when needed
  • Assist in doctoring sick/hurt animals
  • Teaching basic riding skills & horse care to guests
  • General ranch chores; fencing, picking up rocks, loading hay, poop scooping, etc.
  • Assist with Kids Program
  • Teach & Facilitate cattle penning

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: 05/15/2022 – 08/13/2022 or 09/10/2022
More Information:www.cherokeeparkranch.com/contact/jobs 

Call 970-403-6522 or email info@cherokeeparkranch.com with any questions.

Location: Sundance Trail Guest Ranch – Colorado

The job description of Winter Wrangler is simple: each of us does pretty much everything: feed horses & goats & chickens & cats, take guests on trail rides, wash dishes, clean rooms, clean toilets, plow snow, provide sparkling conversation at the table with guests, event set up & take down, fix broken things, answer the phone, wash more dishes. This winter we are planning on renovating bathrooms, painting lots of walls and furniture, and major plumbing: mechanical skills a plus.

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

We are not necessarily looking for the most skilled or most knowledgeable – we are looking for team players and a good fit. If this seems like a good fit to you, please send us your application.

 

Food & Beverage

Location: Elkhorn Ranch – Montana

Description of Duties: We are looking for outgoing individuals to join our Kitchen crew. If you have a culinary background, serving experience, or just love to bake cookies and bread, we have various positions open. Must be a team player.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May 15 – Oct 16, 2022
How To Apply: Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ to download an application and email it completed to office@elkhornranchmontana.com. We do require video of candidates tacking up and riding w/t/c for any wrangler or kid’s wrangler applicants.

Where to find more information:

Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ , email questions to office@elkhornranchmontana.com , or call 406-995-4291.

Location: Elk Mountain Ranch – Colorado

Description of Duties: 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
Dates:
We are looking for employees who are available for Colorado dude ranch jobs from mid-May to mid-August. Some positions extend through the end of September.
How To Apply:

https://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/

Our employment pages provide more information, job descriptions, and an online application.

Location: Elk Mountain Ranch – Colorado

Description of Duties: Assistant Cook/Swing: 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.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
We are looking for employees who are available for Colorado dude ranch jobs from mid-May to mid-August. Some positions extend through the end of September.
How To Apply:

https://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/

Our employment pages provide more information, job descriptions, and an online application.

Location: Elk Mountain Ranch – Colorado

Description of Duties: 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 dishwashing, 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
Dates:
We are looking for employees who are available for Colorado dude ranch jobs from mid-May to mid-August. Some positions extend through the end of September.
How To Apply:

https://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/

Our employment pages provide more information, job descriptions, and an online application.

Location: Triangle C Ranch – Wyoming

Description of Duties: Provide genuine hospitality through serving and assisting our guests with needs, utilizing proper cleaning and serving techniques measured by our guest hospitality reviews. A positive, upbeat personality and attitude will greet our guests and facilitate a memorable vacation.

If applying for DINING ROOM SERVER position, you must submit 1.) A short informal video/”selfie” introducing yourself and telling us a bit about your interests.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May 22, 2022 – September 15, 2022 (dates are approximate – final date TBD)
How To Apply: Via our website or email resume to: info@trianglec.com

More Information:  www.trianglec.com/employment

Location: Triangle C Ranch – Wyoming

Description of Duties: Assisting the Head Chef in a western culinary experience for our guests. Creativity in providing menus, preparing hors’ d oeuvre and baked goods while using strong team development skills through the kitchen and dining room. Flexibility, punctuality and attentiveness to detail will be a beacon through the ranch offering a once in a lifetime ranch dining experience.

If applying for SOUS CHEF position, you must submit 1.) A short informal video/”selfie” introducing yourself and telling us a bit about your interests.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May 22, 2022 – September 15, 2022 (dates are approximate – final date TBD)
How To Apply: Via our website or email resume to: info@trianglec.com

More Information:  www.trianglec.com/employment

Location: Triangle C Ranch – Wyoming

Description of Duties: Provide genuine hospitality through serving and assisting our guests with needs, utilizing proper cleaning and serving techniques measured by our guest hospitality reviews. A positive, upbeat personality and attitude will greet our guests and facilitate a memorable vacation.

If applying for BARTENDER/SERVER position, you must be at least 21 years of age and submit 1.) A short informal video/”selfie” introducing yourself and telling us a bit about your interests.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May 22, 2022 – September 15, 2022 (dates are approximate – final date TBD)
How To Apply: Via our website or email resume to: info@trianglec.com

More Information:  www.trianglec.com/employment

Location: Wind River Ranch – Colorado

Description of Duties: You will be hired to work under our Head Chef with prep and roll out of all meal provided to guest and staff at Wind River Ranch. Previous Kitchen Experience is encouraged and needed in this position. We are strong believers in working together. Our hours are long, before breakfast till 8:30-9:30 pm every night, and the work is often hard. If it sounds challenging…it is! But as our returning staff would tell you – the work is worth it.

In addition to providing a wonderful experience for our guests, we hope that our staff grows in their relationship with Christ. We begin each morning with devotionals and have a weekly worship night. These are amazing times to study God’s Word, interact with one another, and pray together. God will change your life as you serve Christ by serving the guests of Wind River Ranch.

As a staff member, you will eat well and live in comfortable living facilities. We have a strict policy of not pursuing a relationship with a co-worker or guest while working at Wind River Ranch. This is to keep the staff focused on serving the guests and on growing in their own spiritual walk. We also do not allow tobacco, drugs, or alcohol to be consumed or used by our summer staff.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
4 Date Range Options: May 18 – August 20 | May 18 – August 27 | May 18 – September 3 | May 18 – October 15
How To Apply: Open application but the Kitchen Crew consists of up to 4 people
More Information: https://www.windriverranch.com/about/employment/

Location: Circle Z Ranch – Arizona

Circle Z Ranch is seeking a Kitchen Aide that can meet our high standards of exemplary customer service and cleanliness. We serve a variety of cuisines and special diets including, but not limited to, Hypoallergenic, Vegan, Vegetarian, Asian, Mexican, and Italian. Attention to detail, along with a friendly and energetic personality are a must for this position.

The Kitchen Aide position will require exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, as well as the ability to maintain our standards.

Essential Functions:
• Wash dishes for crew, guest, and kitchen according to procedure
• Clean dishwashing area thoroughly every day
• Sweep and mop kitchen floors
• Comply with Santa Cruz Count Health Department requirements
• Build a fire in Lodge living room prior to each meal and tend that fire
• Build a fire in Cantina at 5:30 pm
• Clean both fireplaces on Sundays and throughout the day as needed
• Ensure plenty of firewood is available for guests in Lodge
• Keep front porch and back patio swept
• Assist with special functions of the ranch such as Trailer Rides, Picnics, Breakfast and Chuckwagon rides
• Efficiently adjust to last-minute changes
• Attend staff and department meetings

Required Qualifications:
• High School Diploma or GED
• Ability to be flexible and follow direction from supervisor
• Strong and positive communication skills
• Ability to understand and follow written and oral directions
• Excellent physical condition and stamina to work irregular and long hours
• Ability to lift up to 50 lbs

Working Conditions for the Kitchen Aide position:
• Standing for long periods of time, lifting, reaching, stooping
• Working indoors and outdoors, occasionally in inclement weather
• Working with sharp kitchen implements, appliances, and equipment
• Working with and around high temperatures from ovens, stoves, grills, food warmers, and other kitchen appliances
• Working weekends, nights, and holidays
• Extended periods of work without time off may be required

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:
October 25th, 2021 – April 2022
More Information: https://www.circlez.com/about-us/employment

Location: Circle Z Ranch – Arizona

Circle Z Ranch will be filling several Server/ Housekeeper/Float positions for 2021-2022 guest season. These positions will begin October 25, 2021 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:
October 25th, 2021 – April 2022
More Information: https://www.circlez.com/about-us/employment

Location: Sundance Trail Guest Ranch – Colorado

Lead Cook prepares 3 meals a day plus snacks/cookies for 30-40 people (guests and staff). Maintains a clean kitchen, assists in menu planning, and food inventory management. Kitchen is staff with 2 cooks and 2 dishwashers/servers. Need to be prepared to do full meal preparation.
Someone with baking skills preferred.

Position to start as soon as possible and lasts until September 30 with the possibility of extending if mutually agreeable.

Apply online here: https://www.sundancetrail.com/dude-ranch-jobs/

Pay includes room/board and tips.

Location: C Lazy U Ranch – Colorado

The Employee Dining cook is responsible for all aspects of the culinary program for the employee dining room meals. This position will write menus, assist in ordering, develop menus, check food quality throughout meal periods. This position will also be responsible for maintaining a clean employee dining room. The ideal candidate for this position has a passion for making their fellow employees happy with high-quality meals that are prepared to a high standard. Other attributes include openness to employee feedback, ability to make changes based on that feedback when necessary. This position requires working in the kitchen five or more days a week. This person is able to take direction for the Executive Sous Chef and Executive chef and implement change as needed.

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

Location: C Lazy U Ranch – Colorado

The bartender is responsible for the accurate and friendly dispensing of beverages to the ranch guests and staff. Bartenders have extensive guest contact and do much to influence the quality of the ranch experience. 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.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: ASAP – January 8th
More Information: Apply online at www.clazyu.com/employment

Location: C Lazy U Ranch – Colorado

The wait staff is responsible for food service and its attendant functions, such as maintenance of the dining room and specified kitchen areas, and buffet set-up. The wait staff has a significant amount of contact with our guests and greatly influences the guests’ overall enjoyment of the Ranch experience. A server should make a guest feel truly welcome. He or she will learn the names of the guests and address them by their first name. The successful server is quick with a smile, friendly, outgoing, eager to serve, and exceptionally courteous. He or she is self-motivated and competent in performing all duties, both in preparation for meals and in providing guest service.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: August 1 – January 8
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.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: August 1 – January 8
More Information: Apply online at www.clazyu.com/employment

Location: Spotted Horse Ranch – Wyoming

Ready for adventure out west? What better way than working at the Spotted Horse Ranch for the summer/fall season!

The ranch is located approximately an hour and a half south of Yellowstone and a half-hour from Grand Teton National Park. The beautiful Hoback River flows through the ranch and our property backs up to the Bridger Teton National Forest, where there are miles of trails on which to hike or ride horses. We also have two hunting backcountry camps that are fun to go stay at!

Our employees are free to take advantage of our weekly cookouts with live entertainment, horseback riding, fishing, and a free whitewater rafting trip. Also, the town of Jackson is just 20 minutes away, and it boasts great restaurants, unique shopping, museums, art galleries, and a thriving nightlife on the square.

Our season runs from May through the end of October.  Staff arrives in May. The Cabin and Wait Staff employees are offered an end-of-season bonus if they stay for the duration of their contract, and other benefits include free housing, three meals a day, and a free whitewater rafting trip!

Cabin and Wait Staff are responsible for the following:

  • Waiting tables and assisting the chef with prep work in the kitchen
  • Washing guest and employee dishes
  • Laundry
  • Cleaning guest cabins
  • Cleaning the grease trap
  • Planting and watering flowers and landscaping maintenance
  • Cleaning the main lodge, office, kitchen, and other common areas
  • Covering Guest Services Position on their day off
  • Assisting in set-up for cookouts, serving, and break-down of cookout

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: 05/01/2022 – 11/01/2022
More Information: Apply through our website, spottedhorseranch.com, or send a resume and three professional references to info@spottedhorseranch.com

Location: Cherokee Park Ranch – Colorado

Responsibilities Include:

  • Serving
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Entertaining Guests
  • Laundry
  • Assisting in meal prep

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: 05/15/2022 – 08/13/2022 or 09/10/2022
More Information:www.cherokeeparkranch.com/contact/jobs 

Call 970-403-6522 or email info@cherokeeparkranch.com with any questions.

Location: Cherokee Park Ranch – Colorado

Responsibilities Include:

  • Preparing 3 hearty meals daily for 50+ guests & 20+ staff members
  • Organize & Clean kitchen daily
  • Be flexible and willing to make additional meals during service
  • Wash & Put away dishware after each meal

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: 05/15/2022 – 08/13/2022 or 09/10/2022
More Information:www.cherokeeparkranch.com/contact/jobs 

Call 970-403-6522 or email info@cherokeeparkranch.com with any questions.

 

Housekeeping

Location: Red Horse Mountain Ranch – Idaho

The Hospitality Department 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. We are not just housekeepers or servers, we are on a mission in leading others to “Reconnect to the Important Things of a Life Well Lived.” 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.

You have to enjoy cleaning and serving people to see the beauty of 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, grow, and be proud of the summers you’ve spent with us.

This position offers free housing and meals.

Visit our website to read more about us and a day of someone on the Hospitality Team:  https://redhorsemountainranch.recruitee.com/

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: May 16 – October 1, 2022
More Information:

Facebook or Instagram:    @redhorsemountainranch or #RHMR

Phone: 208.689.9680 x 2

Ranch Website: https://redhorsemountainranch.com/

About Our Full-Time Team: https://redhorsemountainranch.com/the-ranch/staff/

Location: Elkhorn Ranch – Montana

Description of Duties: We have three Cabin crew positions available. Candidates must be well-organized, meticulous individuals, who work well with others. Duties involve daily cabin cleaning, laundry, nightly turndowns, weekly turnovers of all cabins, as well as maintaining the cleanliness of common areas.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May 15 – Oct 16, 2022
How To Apply: Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ to download an application and email it completed to office@elkhornranchmontana.com. We do require video of candidates tacking up and riding w/t/c for any wrangler or kid’s wrangler applicants.

Where to find more information:

Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ , email questions to office@elkhornranchmontana.com , or call 406-995-4291.

Location: Triangle C Ranch – Wyoming

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

If applying for HOUSEKEEPING position, you must submit 1.) A short informal video/”selfie” introducing yourself and telling us a bit about your interests.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May 22, 2022 – September 15, 2022 (dates are approximate – final date TBD)
How To Apply: Via our website or email resume to: info@trianglec.com

More Information:  www.trianglec.com/employment

Location: Kay El Bar Guest Ranch – Arizona

Housekeeping opportunity at the historic Kay El Bar Guest Ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona. We’re looking for a hardworking new member of our housekeeping team and to assist with serving meals when needed. Duties include but not limited to:
-Cleaning and preparing rooms for incoming guests at the ranch
-Cleaning and maintaining indoor common areas on the ranch
-Maintaining laundry facilities
-Occasionally helping with dinner service of guests in the dining hall.
Housing available. Meals included.
The Kay El Bar is a historic guest ranch located about 1.5 hours outside of Phoenix in Wickenburg, Arizona. We are a small staff looking for someone who will be a team player and able to step in where needed.

Type of work: Year-Round
Dates:
ASAP
More Information: Call 928-684-7593 and press “1” to get in touch with us, or email info@kayelbar.com to apply.

Learn more about the Kay El Bar here: www.kayelbar.com

Location: C Lazy U Ranch – Colorado

Housekeepers are the employees responsible for the housekeeping and laundry functions of the ranch. Individuals work in guest units, public areas, the linen room, and the laundry room. All work is performed to standards of quality as required by the owners and communicated by the Housekeeping Manager. A successful housekeeper is one who takes pride in his/her work, is flexible, and works with initiative and momentum.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: August 1 – January 8
More Information: Apply online at www.clazyu.com/employment

 

Kids Programs

Location: Red Horse Mountain Ranch – Idaho

The Kids Program Wranglers/Guides of Red Horse Mountain Ranch are here to help our littlest guests and their families “Reconnect to the Important Things of a Life Well Lived.” Every child has a different adventure goal to reach and our Kids Program Wranglers figure out what that is and help them get there. Horseback riding, archery, .22 rifle shooting, campfire games, zip lines, crafts, kayaking, swimming, rock wall climbing… our guides love everything outdoors and sharing their knowledge with children. Every guide brings a different skill set to the table as we learn and grow together.

 

You have to enjoy working with children and not just horses to see the beauty of 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 for children. Lead by kind and encouraging managers, you can expect to be held to a high standard, be on the move, work hard, grow, and be proud of the summers you’ve spent with us.

This position offers free housing and meals.

Visit our website to read more about us and what a day as a Kids Program Wrangler/Guide looks like:  https://redhorsemountainranch.recruitee.com/

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: May 16 – October 1, 2022
More Information:

Facebook or Instagram:    @redhorsemountainranch or #RHMR

Phone: 208.689.9680 x 2

Ranch Website: https://redhorsemountainranch.com/

About Our Full-Time Team: https://redhorsemountainranch.com/the-ranch/staff/

Location: Elkhorn Ranch – Montana

Description of Duties: Our kid’s program is at the heart of our ranch. This role involves caring for our younger guests (6-12), spending your days inspiring a sense of adventure, excitement in the saddle, while teaching riding and promoting a safe and fun environment for growth and independence. Childcare experience is required,being comfortable on and around horses, riding instruction experience is a plus!

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May 15 – Oct 16, 2022
How To Apply: Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ to download an application and email it completed to office@elkhornranchmontana.com. We do require video of candidates tacking up and riding w/t/c for any wrangler or kid’s wrangler applicants.

Where to find more information:

Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ , email questions to office@elkhornranchmontana.com , or call 406-995-4291.

Location: Elk Mountain Ranch – Colorado

Description of Duties: 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.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
We are looking for employees who are available for Colorado dude ranch jobs from mid-May to mid-August. Some positions extend through the end of September.
How To Apply:

https://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/

Our employment pages provide more information, job descriptions, and an online application.

Location: Elk Mountain Ranch – Colorado

Description of Duties: 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.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
We are looking for employees who are available for Colorado dude ranch jobs from mid-May to mid-August. Some positions extend through the end of September.
How To Apply:

https://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/

Our employment pages provide more information, job descriptions, and an online application.

Location: Spotted Horse Ranch – Wyoming

Ready for adventure out west? Spend your summer and fall at the Spotted Horse Ranch as the Childcare Director / Floater! The ranch is located approximately an hour and a half south of Yellowstone and a half-hour from Grand Teton National Park. The beautiful Hoback River flows through the ranch and our property backs up to the Bridger Teton National Forest, where there are miles of trails on which to hike or ride horses. We also have two hunting camps that are fun to go camp at! Our employees are free to take advantage of our weekly cookouts with live entertainment, horseback riding, fishing, and a free whitewater rafting trip! Also, the town of Jackson is just 20 minutes away – there are plenty of great restaurants, shopping, museums, art galleries, and a thriving nightlife on the square.

Our season runs from May through the end of October.  The Childcare Director normally arrives in May and is offered an end-of-season bonus if they stay for the duration of the contract. Other benefits include free housing, three meals a day, and discounted drinks in the saloon.

The duties and responsibilities of the Childcare Director / Floater are as follows:

  • Most importantly to ensure the safety of the children when the parents are absent
  • Organize games, crafts, and activities for children of all ages (number of children and ages vary from week to week)
  • Become cross-trained across varying positions and be willing to “float” when no children are present
  • CPR/ First Aid Certification required

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
05/01/2022 – 11/01/2022
More Information: Apply through our website, spottedhorseranch.com, or send a resume and three professional references to info@spottedhorseranch.com

 

Activities Guide

Location: C Lazy U Ranch – Colorado

A ranch hand is a member of a team who performs tasks which serves in an all-purpose capacity, helping all other departments during all working hours. A ranch hand will also safely and professionally guide guests on the activity experiences offered at the C Lazy U excluding horseback riding. The successful ranch hand will be flexible and diverse in nature, working with initiative, common sense, and momentum. Individuals are expected to be orderly in conduct and courteous to guests and staff.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: August 1 – January 8
More Information: Apply online at www.clazyu.com/employment

 

Grounds & Maintenance

Location: Triangle X Ranch – Wyoming

Triangle X Ranch is looking for a self-motivated individual with prior carpentry or building construction experience to assist our maintenance foreman with a large dormitory renovation. Project consists of a complete bathroom remodel, LVP flooring installation through the entire dorm, window installations, painting, and fixture upgrades.

This position could lead to summer employment as a ranch hand if interested.

Benefits

  • Housing and meals are provided free of charge
  • Competitive wages
  • At least one day off per week to explore Jackson Hole

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: January 1 – April 1, 2022
How to Apply: Please send resume, description of applicable qualifications and 2 professional references to lucasturner@trianglex.com
More Information: Find more information on our website – www.trianglex.com

Location: Elkhorn Ranch – Montana

Description of Duties: We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is outgoing and a self-starter. As choreman you are asked of many different tasks, from lighting stove fires around the ranch, chopping wood, daily irrigation, assisting in cookouts, baggage and airport runs, in addition to other various daily/weekly ranch chores. Must have a valid driver’s license and be 21 or older.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May 15 – Oct 16, 2022
How To Apply: Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ to download an application and email it completed to office@elkhornranchmontana.com. We do require video of candidates tacking up and riding w/t/c for any wrangler or kid’s wrangler applicants.

Where to find more information:

Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ , email questions to office@elkhornranchmontana.com , or call 406-995-4291.

Location: Elkhorn Ranch – Montana

Description of Duties: Are you a carpenter, contractor, or handyman? We are looking for someone with experience who is ready to spend their summer working on a variety of projects around a 100-year-old ranch. We have buildings, furniture, and general areas that would benefit from some extra attention from a skilled worker who values rich history and the integrity of craftsmanship. Must have a valid driver’s license and be 21 or older.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May 15 – Oct 16, 2022
How To Apply: Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ to download an application and email it completed to office@elkhornranchmontana.com. We do require video of candidates tacking up and riding w/t/c for any wrangler or kid’s wrangler applicants.

Where to find more information:

Visit https://www.elkhornranchmontana.com/guest-ranch-jobs-montana/ , email questions to office@elkhornranchmontana.com , or call 406-995-4291.

Location: Elk Mountain Ranch – Colorado

Description of Duties: Willing to learn (and experience most helpful) in 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.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
We are looking for employees who are available for Colorado dude ranch jobs from mid-May to mid-August. Some positions extend through the end of September.
How To Apply:

https://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/

Our employment pages provide more information, job descriptions, and an online application.

Location: Triangle C Ranch – Wyoming

Description of Duties: Perform duties around the ranch offering our guests the opportunity to have a serene view of the area. The ability to have a keen eye for what needs tending to, mowing, repair, maintenance a motivated individual that has high self-satisfaction and possibility of providing fishing and skeet shooting techniques upon request.

If applying for RANCH HAND position, you must submit 1.) A short informal video/”selfie” introducing yourself and telling us a bit about your interests.

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates:
May 22, 2022 – September 15, 2022 (dates are approximate – final date TBD)
How To Apply: Via our website or email resume to: info@trianglec.com

More Information:  www.trianglec.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.