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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

Open positions for the 2019 season
Location: Tumbling River Ranch - Colorado PO Box 30 80448

Tumbling River Ranch is looking for a great summer staff.   We love staff that are enthusiastic, love people and are up for anything! Our staff spend the summer in the heart of the Colorado Rockies surrounded by 50 guests a week. We are looking for employees who are available from early May to the end of August. Some positions extend through the end of September. The exact dates that you are available to work are very important and will be weighed heavily in the hiring process.

Please visit our website to learn more about our jobs, culture and expectations.  You can fill out an on-line application there.  The website is www.tumblingriver.com/employment

While there are some ‘technical’ activities at the ranch (cooking, baking, wrangler and kids counseling) that may demand ‘hard skills’, we look at personalities traits first, including people who are:

           -19 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

 

If you are interested in this job, please complete the following:

 

1.) Fill out our online application: http://www.tumblingriver.com/employment/

 

2.) Be prepared to upload a short video and schedule a phone interview

 

We look forward to working with you.


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 10/26/2018 thru 06/01/2018

Winter season serving position in sunny Arizona ~ Elkhorn Ranch AZ
Location: Elkhorn Ranch - AZ - Arizona 27000 W. Elkhorn Ranch Road 85736

Position open immediately ~ serving role at Elkhorn Ranch, southwest of Tucson, Arizona.  We are a family owned and operated traditional guest ranch with many returning guests and crew.  Enjoy hiking, riding and the interesting Sonoran desert during your free time!  We're a ways from town ~ so its important to be comfortable in a rural location.  Check us out at www.elkhornranch.com.  Thanks!  We hope to hear from you soon!  The Miller Family


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 10/15/2018 thru 04/30/2019

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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