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Winter Wrangler - Barn Boss - Full Time Permanent
Location: Sundance Trail Guest Ranch - Colorado 17931 W County Rd 74e 80545

Full Time Permanent

This position starts as winter wranger, with potential for promotion to management of the barn.

More details at https://www.sundancetrail.com/wrangler-position/

and https://www.sundancetrail.com/head-wrangler/

and https://www.sundancetrail.com/barn-manager/

and https://www.sundancetrail.com/dude-ranch-jobs/

If qualified, feel free to call Dan to discuss details (970-224-1222)

Type of work: Full Time
More Information:
Dates: 08/04/2020

Ranch Fly-fishing Guide/Wrangler
Location: JJJ Wilderness Ranch - Montana PO Box 310; 91 Mortimer Road 59410

Come and enjoy the summer in the beautiful mountains of Montana!  Our family-owned guest ranch/outfitting business is seeking a mature, outgoing fishing guide/wrangler for the 2020 season. Salaried position from August through late September, room, and board, gratuities.

Requires a motivated individual in good physical health who has an excellent work ethic and great communication skills to happily interact with both guests and other staff. This is a combined position to provide fly-fishing instruction/guiding along with regular ranch wrangler duties: gathering, feeding, saddling, horses for rides; providing instruction and guiding trail rides; caring for sick and injured horses; maintaining tack, barn area, corrals, arena, fences, trails, and ranch grounds. May also assist with trap shooting or guided hikes.

For application and more information contact Ernie at jobs@triplejranch.com or call 406-562-3653. Application and employment information is also available on our website at https://www.triplejranch.com/contact-us/employment


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 08/01/2020 thru 09/30/2020

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

Located just south of Glacier National Park, our family-owned & operated ranch is a great place to live and work in Montana's Rocky Mountains.

We're looking for another Housekeeper/Server to join us this season from August through September. The 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. Will 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 call Kim at 406-562-3653.  Application and employment information are also available on our website at https://www.triplejranch.com/contact-us/employment


Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 08/01/2020 thru 09/26/2020

Location: Three Bars Guest Ranch - British Columbia 9500 Wycliffe Perry Creek Road V1C 7C7

Wrangler position available

Starts ASAP

Room and board included

Competitive wages

Please EMAIL a resume to tyler@threebarsranch.com 

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: 07/22/2020

Wrangler/Housekeeping/Prep cook
Location: Marble Mountain Ranch - California 92520 Hwy 96 95568

This position is a seasonal position running through October.  In August and September, there will be about 30 hours/week wrangling trail rides and arena games, with about 10 hours/week housekeeping and helping in the kitchen.  As we move later into the Fall, there will be more time spent helping with shuttles as we move fly fisherman about on the river, and prepare lodging and meals for the fishermen. Horse wrangling will be more sporadic in October.

Pay Rate: This position pays $16/ hour with housing and some meals provided.

Please contact Doug or Heidi at 1-530-469-3322 for more details about the position or to apply. 

Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: 07/22/2020 thru 10/31/2020

Dining/Dish Staff
Location: Lazy L&B Ranch - Wyoming 1072 East Fork Road 82513


• Meal set-up/tear down and serving in dining room, around campfire or on back porch

• Greeting guests and waiting tables

• Dishwashing and various other kitchen chores

• Cleaning dining room/kitchen areas

• Pitch in and help out as needed with other miscellaneous ranch jobs e.g.: children's activities, ranch store, etc.

This position does require some heavy lifting.

Other Details:

• Room and board are included. We pay a monthly salary, gratuities, and a bonus at the end of the season dependent upon performance. 

• Our season runs from mid-May to mid-September. Looking for someone to start immediately. 

• Candidates with experience and can work the whole season will be given preference. Only those candidates being considered will be contacted.


• The opportunity to meet new people from around the world in a unique setting offers an unforgettable experience.

• Fishing Wyoming's untouched rivers, hiking and riding incredible and diverse terrain.

• Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park are less than 2 hours from the ranch so easy to explore on days off. 


If you are interested in working with us, please e-mail us a copy of your resume with references to ranch@lazylb.com or call 1-800-453-9488. 

Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 07/16/2020 thru 09/14/2020

Prep Cook / Sous Chef – 2020 Season
Location: Rawah Ranch - Colorado 11447 N County Road 103 82063

Rawah Guest Ranch in Glendevey, CO is looking for an experienced, dedicated, hardworking, and reliable Prep Cook/Sous Chef to join our staff for the 2020 ranch season which runs June 21st, 2020 through October 5th, 2020. Applicants must be available for the duration of the season, with flexibility for minor travel if already scheduled and coordinated in advance with management and team members (weddings, etc.).  

The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following qualities:  

• Possesses a hardworking and self-driven work ethic 

• Understands and prioritizes work-related responsibilities before and above personal recreation/free time 

• Follows instructions and works cooperatively with management and coworkers 

• Able to independently identify and complete additional tasks that have not been assigned by management in order to support the entire staff 

• Ability to relate well with guests and teammates in a professional and service-oriented manner 

• Positive attitude with an ability to demonstrate flexibility and adjust to shifting responsibilities as unexpected tasks arise 

• Willingness to work beyond specified hours during busiest weeks of the year and/or as other team members need coverage for personal travel/emergencies 

Job Duties:  

• Function as second in command in our kitchen, following our Executive Chef’s specifications and guidelines 

• Employ his/her culinary and managerial skills in order to play a critical role in maintaining and enhancing our customers’ dining experiences and satisfaction 

• Must be versatile in the kitchen with a good knowledge of all phases of operation 

• Additional kitchen duties as assigned: dishwashing, food prep, kitchen cleaning/maintenance, menu planning, etc.  

ALL Staff Members:  

• ALL members of the Rawah Guest Ranch staff will be asked to fill additional roles on the ranch in other departments as necessary (I.e., supporting the Rawah Kids Program, Front Desk, etc.) 

• ALL members of the Rawah Guest Ranch staff will be assigned to host and participate in multiple evening activities and special events throughout the week 


• The nature of this position requires that a candidate have a minimum of 5 years of experience in casual fine dining/fine dining 

• Stand/walk for long periods of time without breaks, bend, push, pull and lift up 50 lbs or more with ease 

• Fluency in English 

• HS Diploma or equivalent 

Why Rawah? 

• Competitive pay with overtime, room and board included 

• Colorado’s most spectacular work environment, in the heart of the Roosevelt National Forest 

• Enjoy all the ranch has to offer in your time off (generally Wednesday late mornings following guest departure, until Thursdays mid-day; additional personal time off during the week will be coordinated with Management and co-workers in your department) 

• Amenities: Wifi, on-site landlines for personal phone calls (no cell service on the ranch) 

Thank you for your interest in joining the 2020 Rawah Guest Ranch staff. We really think there is no better place to work. If we believe you are a good fit for the team, we will contact you with further interest.  

Tim & Meg Dyer 

Ranch Managers


Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 07/10/2020 thru 10/05/2020

Each year our 95+ 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 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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