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2019 Summer Ranch Jobs
Location: Red Horse Mountain Ranch - Idaho 11077 East Blue Lake Road 83833

Hiring Great People to Join Our Amazing Team!

Red Horse Mountain Ranch is a dude ranch in Northern Idaho that welcomes people from around the world who want to get away from their busy lives to experience some peace, outdoor adventure, and some warm western hospitality. 

 

Red Horse Mountain Ranch's mission for staff and guests is to "Reconnect People to the Important Things of a Life Well Lived." We believe in professionalism, a positive outlook, taking ownership over your work, and a safe environment where we want people to grow and create amazing memories. We are a great place to work and the team members here are the pride and joy of the ranch.

 

We are currently looking to add more amazing team members for the summer of 2019 to help care for our wonderful guests. Open Positions: Morning and Lunch Chef, Dinner Chef, Kitchen Assistants, Hospitality Crew, Wranglers, Ranch Hands, Massage Therapist, Landscaper, Bartender, and Nanny 

 

We offer a healthy working environment with a variety of different jobs to apply to, free employee housing and meals, a season end completion bonus, access to all the great activities our guests get to enjoy, and a summer you will never forget surrrounded by beautiful country and good people.

 

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

 

 

Get to Know Us Better!

 

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 - Visit our Website!

https://redhorsemountainranch.com/ranch-jobs/


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/06/2019 thru 10/05/2019

Naturalist
Location: Laramie River Ranch - Colorado 25777 County Road 103 82063

Our naturalist coordinates activities for both adults and kids, including hikes and nature walks, birding, hunting for wild flowers, star-gazing, evening presentations, and other games and projects. Some activities will be focused on children so you must have a high level of energy and enjoy working with kids.

The naturalist is also responsible for mowing lawns, weeding gardens, watering, bird feeders, stocking the wood pile, grounds work and maintenance projects. You may also be called upon to help out in other positions as necessary.

We have high standards for the quality of service our guests receive.  Consequently, we have equally high expectations for the performance of our employees.  We are looking for employees that are warm, outgoing, and have strong communication and interpersonal skills.  Successful employees get along well with others, work well as part of a team, and have a "can do" attitude.

Employment at Laramie River Ranch is hard work, but it’s also a great deal of fun. You will have the opportunity to meet people from across the country and around the world. During time off, you are welcome to join in ranch activities including riding, fishing, and our naturalist program. You will have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area, camp, go white water rafting, visit Rocky Mountain National Park, or climb one of Colorado’s peaks.

If this combination of hard work, commitment and fun in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado interests you, we invite you to submit an application.

 

For additional information visit our web site, email us at Jobs@LRRanch.com, or call 970-435-5716.


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/27/2019 thru 08/18/2019

Wrangler
Location: Laramie River Ranch - Colorado 25777 County Road 103 82063

Wranglers round-up horses each morning, groom, saddle, guide guests on trail rides, give guests instruction in basic horsemanship, perform barn and tack maintenance, trail maintenance, fencing, and general ranch chores. Wranglers will be trained in natural horsemanship methods.

We have high standards for the quality of service our guests receive.  Consequently, we have equally high expectations for the performance of our employees.  We are looking for employees that are warm, outgoing, and have strong communication and interpersonal skills.  Successful employees get along well with others, work well as part of a team, and have a "can do" attitude.

Employment at Laramie River Ranch is hard work, but it’s also a great deal of fun. You will have the opportunity to meet people from across the country and around the world. During time off, you are welcome to join in ranch activities including riding, fishing, and our naturalist program. You will have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area, camp, go white water rafting, visit Rocky Mountain National Park, or climb one of Colorado’s peaks.

If this combination of hard work, commitment and fun in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado interests you, we invite you to submit an application.

 

For additional information visit our web site, email us at Jobs@LRRanch.com, or call 970-435-5716


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/27/2019 thru 09/13/2019

Kitchen Team
Location: Laramie River Ranch - Colorado 25777 County Road 103 82063

The kitchen team is responsible for the preparation, presentation, and timely delivery of three meals per day including cookouts, baked goods, and daily appetizers before dinner. The team is also responsible for the maintenance of a clean work space, cleaning dishes, pots and pans, proper food handling and storage regimes.

We have high standards for the quality of service our guests receive.  Consequently, we have equally high expectations for the performance of our employees.  We are looking for employees that are warm, outgoing, and have strong communication and interpersonal skills.  Successful employees get along well with others, work well as part of a team, and have a "can do" attitude.

Employment at Laramie River Ranch is hard work, but it’s also a great deal of fun. You will have the opportunity to meet people from across the country and around the world. During time off, you are welcome to join in ranch activities including riding, fishing, and our naturalist program. You will have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area, camp, go white water rafting, visit Rocky Mountain National Park, or climb one of Colorado’s peaks.

If this combination of hard work, commitment and fun in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado interests you, we invite you to submit an application.

 

For additional information visit our web site, email Jobs@LRRanch.com or call us at 970-435-5716.


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/27/2019 thru 09/13/2019

Guest Services
Location: Laramie River Ranch - Colorado 25777 County Road 103 82063

Guest services crew members share responsibility for waiting tables, cleaning guest rooms, and cleaning our public spaces.

We have high standards for the quality of service our guests receive.  Consequently, we have equally high expectations for the performance of our employees.  We are looking for employees that are warm, outgoing, and have strong communication and interpersonal skills.  Successful employees get along well with others, work well as part of a team, and have a "can do" attitude.

Employment at Laramie River Ranch is hard work, but it’s also a great deal of fun. You will have the opportunity to meet people from across the country and around the world. During time off, you are welcome to join in ranch activities including riding, fishing, and our naturalist program. You will have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area, camp, go white water rafting, visit Rocky Mountain National Park, or climb one of Colorado’s peaks.

If this combination of hard work, commitment and fun in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado interests you, we invite you to submit an application.

 

For additional information visit our web site, email Jobs@LRRanch.com or call 970-435-5716.


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 06/06/2019 thru 09/13/2019

Children's Counselor and Assistant Children's Counselor
Location: Elk Mountain Ranch - Colorado PO Box 910 81211

 

Children’s Counselor and Assistant Children's Counselor:  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
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Dates: 05/10/2019 thru 09/16/2019

Housekeeper/Waitstaff/Dish Washer/Food Preparation
Location: Elk Mountain Ranch - Colorado PO Box 910 81211

 

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
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Dates: 05/10/2019 thru 09/16/2019

Wrangler, Children's Counselor, Cook, Asst. Cook, Waitstaff/Housekeeping, Sport/Maintenance
Location: Elk Mountain Ranch - Colorado PO Box 910 81211

Now accepting applications for the 2019 season.  Please see our employment information at elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment

 


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/10/2019 thru 05/19/2019

Maintenance/Sports/Utility
Location: Elk Mountain Ranch - Colorado PO Box 910 81211

Maintenance/Sports/Utility:  Great pay (approx. $2500 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 16 and needed until at least mid August (preferably til mid September).

 

 


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/10/2019 thru 09/16/2019

Cook
Location: Elk Mountain Ranch - Colorado PO Box 910 81211

Cook:  Great pay (approx. $2600 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 16 and until at least mid August, preferably until mid September.

 


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/10/2019 thru 09/16/2019

Assistant Cook
Location: Elk Mountain Ranch - Colorado PO Box 910 81211

Assistant Cook/Swing:  Great pay (approx. $2500 per month and room and board for those with a passion for caring for others.) Staff arriving May 16 and needed until late 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
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Dates: 05/10/2019 thru 09/16/2019

Housekeeper/Waitstaff/Dish Washer/Food Preparation-Elk Mountain Ranch
Location: Elk Mountain Ranch - Colorado PO Box 910 81211

Housekeeper/Waitstaff/Dish Washer/Food Preparation:  Great pay (approx. $2600 per month and room and board for those with a passion for caring for others.) 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.  Staff arriving May 12 and must be able to stay until September 16th**.

 


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/10/2019 thru 09/16/2019

Wrangler needed at Elk Mountain Ranch
Location: Elk Mountain Ranch - Colorado PO Box 910 81211

Wrangler:   Great pay (approx. $2600 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 12 and must be able to stay until September 16th**.

 


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/10/2019 thru 09/16/2019

Each year our 100+ 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. 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 a 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

Services:

1. Upon request, we will send the Dude Ranchers' Association Directory. All 100+ 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 the form to place employment ad.

 

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