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Year-Round Team Member
Location: Western Pleasure Guest Ranch - Idaho 1413 Upper Gold Creek Road 83864

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is searching for a team member that is available for a year-round full-time commitment. This job comes with ranch housing and some ranch meals. You would be employed on a guest ranch that operates year-round and your job requirements change with the season.

Horse experience is a must, as you will be assisting with our summer guest ranch program which includes, caring for the ranch herd, assisting with trail rides, giving horsemanship instruction to guests and all expects of that operation. Also, a must is the ability to communicate with our guests and provide them with horsemanship education and authentic western experience. We have developed a great horsemanship program both for starting and training our horses and for teaching our guests. Applicant must be willing to adapt and be teachable to our horsemanship program.

The ranch offers sleigh rides in the winter, so driving experience would be a plus. Other winter jobs include caring for and feeding the herd, snowplowing, and grooming cross country ski trails.

Other ranch jobs may include but not limited to, construction, fence building, farming, and painting.

To learn more visit the ranches website at www.westernpleasureranch.com

e-mail resume to stay@westernpleasureranch.com or call the ranch at 208-263-9066 for further questions.

Type of work: Full Time
Dates: 09/16/2020

Experienced Horseback Guide / Farrier ~ Arizona Winter Season!
Location: Elkhorn Ranch - AZ - Arizona 27000 W. Elkhorn Ranch Road 85736

Elkhorn Ranch has openings for an experienced horseback guide with farrier skills to round out the 6 person guiding team for the winter season.  The country is rough and scenic and you're issued a string of horses to develop.  The ranch prides itself on keeping rides small and individualized.  All farrier work and most doctoring is done by ranch crew.  The job also involves some packing for lunch rides and hauling ranch supplies (salt, fenceposts, etc).  Elkhorn is family owned and operated, with many repeat guests and crew.  All crew have their own room and share a bathroom.  Compensation includes a monthly wage, guaranteed gratuity distribution monthly, full room and board, and additional gratuity distribution at the end of the season.  If you enjoy rough big country, good horses, and people, this job would be a good fit!   Ideally all crew will start October 5th  and the seasonal commitment runs until May 3, 2021.

Please note that Elkhorn has a 250 lb weight limit for all riders and that we require everyone to wear smooth sole boots with a heel and no laces.  

To learn more and apply, please go to: https://elkhornranch.com/work-at-elkhorn/

Elkhorn Ranch, office@elkhornranch.com, Tucson, Arizona

Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 08/24/2020

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, and 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 varies from ranch to ranch and position to position but usually includes salary, room and board, a share of the seasonal tip pool, and use of the facilities and horses when off duty. Frequently the ranches have more applicants than positions, especially for positions related to the horses. 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.

Options for DRA Assistance in Seeking Dude Ranch Employment

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


1. Upon request, we will send the Dude Ranchers' Association Directory. All 95+ 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.

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