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Dishwasher Wanted at Colorado Ranch 2019
Location: Majestic Dude Ranch - Colorado 42688 CR N 81328

Come work at the Majestic!!!
Majestic Dude Ranch offers guests a vacation of a lifetime full of bucket list activities and exciting adventures. We are located in Southwest Colorado in the quaint town of Mancos. We offer guests an amazing horse program with a different trail ride every day, whitewater rafting, clay pigeon shooting, target shooting, archery, mountain biking, mountain climbing, hiking, kayaking, fly-fishing, paintball and laser tag. We also have an excellent kids program! We specialize and accommodating and tailoring the guest's vacation so they have the best week of their lives.

Our 2019 season runs through the end of September our Peak Summer Season usually ends in August. We have adult only in the months of May and September.

Working at a guest ranch is fun and fulfilling, but it's not a vacation. The days are very long and full of hard work. The main goal here at Majestic Dude Ranch is to make the guests feel as welcomed and comfortable as possible. We want each guest to feel like family when they leave and to leave having had the best vacation of their life. Each staff member can expect to help in different areas of ranch operations at some time or another such as housekeeping, waiting tables, dishwashing, clearing trails, and grounds keeping. Everyone that works here must be willing to help in all areas no matter their title. Our staff wears many hats!!

We expect our staff to have the following qualities:
• Respectful to all guests and staff
• Must be a team player
• Have a positive attitude and outlook on life
• Attentive to the needs of both the guests and staff
• Must be honest at all times
• Flexible and easy going
• Get along with, enjoy being with, and respect people of different ages and backgrounds
• Communicate effectively and tactfully to both staff and guests
• Enjoy working with people and genuinely care about their well-being and needs
• Go out of your way for guests to feel special and welcomed
• Take job and responsibilities very seriously
• Strong work ethic
• Love the outdoors
• Must have no visible tattoos or facial piercings

Room and Board for Staff:
Staff lives on the property and chefs have their own private living quarters. We do make exceptions for people who live locally; they are not required to live onsite. There are separate living quarters for male and female staff. In the staff room, we provide a TV with a DVD player and movies for staff to watch. Wifi is available in some areas of the ranch due to being remote. We provide basic furnishings, bed linens, pillows and towels as well as washer and dryer and detergent. Pets are not allowed.

Food for Staff:
We provide 3 meals a day for staff.

We offer competitive compensation of $11.50 an hour with room and board included and 3 meals a day. 

Employee Perks:
Staff get at least one day off a week. We encourage you to take advantage of all on-ranch activities on your days off. Please note: this is dependent on how many guests go on a ride, go shooting, go fishing, etc. and may not work out on your specific day off. There are lots of hiking and mountain biking trails as well as thousands of acres to explore around the ranch. We also have a fully stocked lake about 200 yards away from the ranch. We also allow up to 2 staff members to join the guests on the weekly whitewater rafting trip to Durango. Mesa Verde National Park is only 15 minutes away as well. Durango is approximately 45-50 minutes away and is fully of restaurants and shops to explore.

Employee Rules:
No Drinking or Drugs
No guests allowed on ranch
No Pets allowed

Visit our website to learn about us and download an application. Because it is unlikely we will have a face interview, please send us a photo as well!

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 07/18/2019 thru 10/01/2019

Location: Elkhorn Ranch - AZ - Arizona 27000 W. Elkhorn Ranch Road 85736

Elkhorn Ranch seeks applicants for winter season positions in sunny Arizona!  We are a family owned guest ranch that has operated southwest of Tucson, Arizona since 1945.  We are a rural ranch where everyone who works at the ranch lives on site.  If you need city life daily, we're not the place for you ~ but Tucson is a neat city to explore on days off and the Sonoran Desert offers lots to do!  We definitly have positions open at our barn for horseback guiding, dining room, kitchen assistant, housekeeping and a job called the swing that covers days off.  We will know more around August 1st when our returning crew confirms there plans.  Keep an eye on our website or our profile page at coolworks.com to learn more!  We hope to hear from you!  Email us at office@elkhornranch.com with questions.  Good luck with your job search!  Thanks, The Miller Family, Elkhorn Ranch, 27000 W Elkhorn Ranch Road, Tucson, AZ  85736 .

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 10/14/2019 thru 04/30/2020

Housekeeping/Wait Staff
Location: JJJ Wilderness Ranch - Montana PO Box 310; 91 Mortimer Road 59410

We're looking to add another housekeeper/server for August and September of our 2019 season staff. Located just south of Glacier National Park, our family owned & operated ranch is a great place to live and experience Montana's Rocky Mountains.

This position requires an outgoing, flexible and positive individual who enjoys a rural setting and gracious hospitality. Housekeeping duties include cleaning cabins, lodge, and public areas, occasional yard work, or working in the gift shop. Also assists with table setting, serving guests, washing dishes, helping to keep the kitchen clean and organized. All of our staff work together with a teamwork attitude.

As with most dude ranches, we compensate in several ways by offering full room and board, monthly salary, gratuities and the opportunity to work and play in a spectacular setting. To apply please email jobs@triplejranch.com or visit www.triplejranch.com/contact-us/employment.  


Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 08/01/2019 thru 09/21/2019

Location: CM Ranch - Wyoming PO Box 217 82513

Housekeeping duties include: daily maid service for the guests; cleaning the common areas, restrooms, lodge, and laundry; dishwashing one day per week, and managing ranch recycling. All CM housekeepers are expected to pitch in the other departments as needed.

Call us now at 307-455-2331, OR click here to apply: https://cmranch.com/application/

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: 05/13/2019

Sous/Assistant Chef
Location: CM Ranch - Wyoming PO Box 217 82513

Seeking a fun-loving, seasoned, and creative sous chef who is able to work both independently and as an assistant to the head chef. The applicant must be flexible, a team player, and have previous experience cooking American Cuisine. Must be able to prepare breakfast for 50 guests and 30 crew members. Experience cooking with a dutch over an open fire is a plus, and a hospitality oriented attitude is a must.

Call us now at 307-455-2331, OR click here to apply: https://cmranch.com/application/

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: 05/13/2019

Second Cook
Location: Kay El Bar Guest Ranch - Arizona 2655 S. Kay El Bar Road 85390

The Kay El Bar Guest Ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona is looking for a second cook for the upcoming season starting October 1, 2019. We are a small guest ranch that was established in 1926, we are fortunate enough to be able to use all the original adobe buildings. We are a ranch that represents a time gone by which absolutely draws people to our ranch.

Our occupancy is no more the twenty four guests. The expectation at our ranch is simple. We give our guest a genuine western hospitality experience. As a cook  our expectation is that you create a great food experience, does it have to be fancy, no. But should you make something on occasion that makes the guest go "whoa, where did that come from?", yes. Overall a pretty low stress environment.  Eight hours a day usually, five days a week, most of the time.

Housing provided. Looking for a low maintenance person who can be dependable and commit to an eight month season.

Call Ken for more information or to discuss the position. 928-684-7593

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 10/01/2019

Location: Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch - New Mexico 1 Wall Lake Rd. 87943


Come join the Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch team in our beautiful area of southwest New Mexico, located at 6,500 feet elevation in the Ponderosa Pines. Explore the Canyons, Creeks, Forests, and Mountains of the Gila National Forest! 

We are looking to hire one unique individual who wants it all: dramatic scenery, versatile work, independent living, and a truly memorable 2019 season in the mountains of southwest New Mexico!

The best way to have a good time is to show others a good time - Help us give our guests the best vacation they have ever had!

We are looking for someone to start on July 19th and work through November. 

We are a small ranch (16 guests max) and we are very remote. You need to have your own transportation to work here and be comfortable with long periods away from town/city life. If you are an independent person who likes time alone when working and during time off, this may be the job for you!  Again, we are very remote, 2 hours from the nearest town.

$1,500/month salary, plus a share of tip pool and room and board included. Eating our chef's delicious meals with our guests is a huge bonus! Satellite TV and limited Wi-Fi are included. We value this entire package at around $3,000/month.

A job at our ranch requires a fast learner and motivated self-starter. Versatility and flexibility are needed for this jobs multiple roles. Working on a ranch consists of long hours, not your typical 9-5. One day off per week maximum. You will be able to hike and explore our beautiful area during your time off! Staff must be well groomed, flexible, able to take constructive criticism and be a team player. Western attire is required.

We are hiring 1 person to do multiple tasks. Here are some of the things you will be expected to do:

  • Housekeeping: Cleaning the 4 ranch cabins after each group of guests leaves, cleaning other ranch buildings as necessary at least once a week. Attention to detail is necessary. 
  • Ranch work: Cleaning, oiling tack and boots, fixing fence, painting, staining, other maintenance, watering flowers, anything else that needs to be done!
  • Horse Care: Loading and unloading hay, feeding, doctoring, brushing, saddling, scooping poop! 
  • Wrangler: Following or leading on rides as necessary - may not be every day depending on the number of guests. 
  • Entertaining and Spending time with the guests: during the day as well as evening campfires, line dancing, games or movies as they desire.
  • One Person, Many Hats!

Please look at our website www.geronimoranch.com to learn more about the ranch and don’t hesitate to ask any questions.

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

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

PLEASE DO NOT CALL US. Once all the above info is received we will be in touch.

Thanks so much!

~Meris & Seth Stout

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 07/19/2019 thru 11/30/2019

Outdoor Activities Director
Location: Rawah Ranch - Colorado 11447 N County Road 103 82063

Rawah Ranch in Glendevey, CO is looking for an Activities Director Assistant to round out our summer staff starting July 1st, 2018. The position runs until October 15th, 2018. All applicants must be available the entire season.

The ideal candidate will possess an enthusiastic, people-oriented personality and have demonstrated experience and interest in outdoor recreation and sportsmanship.

Job Duties:

  • Possess demonstrated experience in a variety of outdoor recreation and sportsman activities, including those offered on the ranch (shooting, archery, guiding wilderness activities, paddle boarding/kayaking, etc)
  • Maintains positive demeanor, high energy and guest-oriented attitude during multiple daily activities/outings, showing flexibility as needed
  • Work alongside Lead Activities Director to support ongoing guest needs and provide assistance with daily activities/outings
  • Communicate effectively with Management on all problems and matters pertinent to the job
  • Crosstrain to assist in other departments on rotation (i.e., serving/dishwashing), and undertake ranch projects as specified by Management

Why Rawah?

  • Competitive pay with overtime, room and board included
  • No cell service - get away from it all!
  • Friendly management and staff

To Apply:

(1) Submit your resume with references to: jobs@rawahranch.com, noting which position you’re applying for in the Subject line.


(2) Apply via Indeed



Tim & Meg Dyer

Rawah Ranch Managers

Type of work: Full Time
Dates: 07/01/2019 thru 10/15/2019

Sous Chef
Location: Gros Ventre River Ranch - Wyoming PO BOX 151 83012

Responsibilities will vary and include meal preparation, salads, soups, sauces and appetizers. Prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for 20 staff members each day. Must provide special attention to plate presentation and grilled foods. Sous chef will assist head chef, help with inventory and maintain safe and healthy working environment. Will share the cleanup responsibilities (i.e. pots and pans, kitchen cleanliness, etc.) with our head chef and pastry chef. This is a seasonal position available May 15-October 15. We provide a competitive salary, room and board and end of season bonus.

Type of work: Full Time
Dates: 06/14/2019 thru 09/30/2019

Location: Gros Ventre River Ranch - Wyoming PO BOX 151 83012

The housekeeping/wait staff team consists of about eight individuals who rotate between jobs. Housekeepers are responsible for cleaning guest accommodations, as well as the main lodge. They are also in charge of laundering guest linens and executing the nightly turndown service. Wait staff is responsible for serving each guest meal, and assisting with clean up following service.

Like the rest of the positions on the ranch, it is important for members of the wait staff/housekeeping team to enjoy meeting new people, and to have a genuine desire to add to the guest experience at our ranch.

Type of work: Full Time
Dates: 06/14/2019 thru 09/30/2019

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


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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