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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 around July 20th 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.

Email introduction of yourself including why you would be an asset, dates available, resume & references to info@geronimoranch.com. All info required to be considered.

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

Thanks so much!

~Meris & Seth Stout

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 07/20/2019 thru 11/30/2019

Kitchen Waitstaff
Location: CM Ranch - Wyoming PO Box 217 82513

Seeking dynamic and flexible team players for the kitchen waitstaff.  Responsibilities include opening and closing the kitchen, food prep, dishwashing, maintaining a clean environment, and most importantly, serving three meals a day to our guests and crew. As the Front of the House, the waitstaff develop relationships with guests, maintaining a positive and hospitality oriented attitude at all times. The waitstaff must be physically fit and quick on their feet, task and detail oriented, and strong communicators.

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


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

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

Horsemanship-Oriented Guest Ranch Hiring TWO Wranglers for 2019
Location: Mountain Sky Guest Ranch - Montana PO Box 1219 59027

We lead walk, trot, and lope rides, all with a heavy instruction component. Wranglers must demonstrate experience in customer service and excellent horsemanship skills. Ideal candidates will be available at minimum from mid-May through August 25th, and ideally through October 5th. Wages are competitive and include room, board, and an end-of-season bonus. For an application, please email wranglers@mountainsky.com

Type of work: Full Time
More Information:
Dates: 05/05/2019 thru 10/10/2019

Summer All-Around
Location: JJJ Wilderness Ranch - Montana PO Box 310; 91 Mortimer Road 59410

How about a fun summer job meeting new people and living in the mountains of Montana?  Our family owned & operated ranch is seeking an "all-around" for the 2019 summer season, from June to late August or into September.

This is a floating position with different jobs all around the ranch, wherever needed at any time. Main duties will likely be with housekeeping/wait staff but will also help run the gift shop. Other duties may include taking ranch photography, answering the phone, helping in the office, yard work, painting/staining, helping with the kid’s program, assist with trail rides, guiding a hike, shuttling guests or other duties as assigned.    

Job assignments may change day to day, so this position requires someone who is in good physical health, mature, flexible and able to work productively without supervision; or able to take direct supervision from others. There will be a lot of interaction with both guests and crew; therefore, an outgoing personality and sweet spirit. 

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: 06/01/2019 thru 09/21/2019

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

We're looking to add one more housekeeper/server to 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: 05/15/2019 thru 09/21/2019

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.

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