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VERSATILE Person for Wrangler/Rover Position
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 a unique individual who wants it all: dramatic scenery, versatile work, independent living, and a truly memorable 2021 season in the mountains of southwest New Mexico!

We are looking for someone who has horse experience and is comfortable working with young, fresh, energetic, spooky, and/or rank horses. 

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 work on February 21st and work until the end of November. We will consider applicants for all or part of the season. 

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. 

$2,000/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 $4,000/month.

A job at our ranch requires a fast learner and motivated self-starter. Versatility and flexibility are needed for this job's 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:

  • 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, picking feet, scooping poop! 
  • Wrangler: Leading or following rides with guests as necessary - may not be every day depending on the number of guests. Must pay close attention to guests' safety. Must feel comfortable and have experience working with young, fresh, energetic, spooky and/or rank horses.
  • Hiking: Guiding some trips to Archeological and Historical sites and scenic viewpoints as guest’s desire.
  • Server: Setting up, serving meals to the guests, and cleanup after meals.
  • Housekeeping: Cleaning the 4 ranch cabins once a week after each group of guests leaves, cleaning other ranch buildings as necessary at least once a week. Attention to detail is necessary. 
  • Entertaining and Spending time with the guests: during the day as well as evening campfires, line dancing, games or movies as they desire until 10 PM each evening.
  • One Person, Many Hats!

Please look at our website www.geronimoranch.com to learn more about the ranch.

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

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

All info required to be considered. PLEASE DO NOT CALL US. Once ALL the above info is received we will be in touch.


Type of work: Full Time
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Dates: 02/21/2021 thru 11/30/2021

General Maintenance
Location: R Lazy S Ranch - Wyoming PO Box 308 83025

May 3rd through October 13th, Must be 21 with a valid driver's license and a clean driving record and be able to commit to the full season. Need to have experience driving trucks and tractors, using a chainsaw and have knowledge of minor plumbing, capentry and electrical repairs. Applicant needs to be a fast learner and able to quickly solve daily minor maintenance problems. Duties include: cutting and delivering firewood, landscaping (irrigation, grass cutting, maintaining sprinkler systems), with occasional bartending and airport shuttles. Saturday and Sunday night dishwashing may be part of the schedule. We offer a 5 day work week, salary plus gratuities, room and board included. Send resume with references to: info@rlazys.com.

 


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/03/2021 thru 10/13/2021

Dining Room/Kitchen Steward
Location: R Lazy S Ranch - Wyoming PO Box 308 83025

We offer a 5 day work week, salary plus gratuities, room and board included. May 31st through the 8th of October. Must be 21 with experience in the food industry, have a valid driver's license and a clean driving record. Additional requirements: a clean appearance, the physical ability to do the job. Duties will include: 3-4 days/week in the dining room and 1-2 days week as kitchen steward.  Send resume with references to: info@rlazys.com...Call: 307-733-2655

 


Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 05/31/2021 thru 10/08/2021

Prep Cook/ Cook
Location: R Lazy S Ranch - Wyoming PO Box 308 83025

  • Must be 21 and be able to commit to the full season: May 31st - October 6th.  Work with the Head Chef and the Assistant Chef in food preparation for 60 to 70 people, three meals a day. Professional cooking and baking experience required. We offer a 5 day work week, salary plus gratuities, room and board included. Send resume with references to: info@rlazys.com.

Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/31/2021 thru 10/06/2021

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

Assistant Cook/Swing:  Great pay (approx. $3000 per month and room and board for those with a passion for caring for others.) Staff arriving May 15 and needed until mid 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
More Information:
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 09/16/2021

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:  (Approx. $3000 per month and room and board) 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
More Information:
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 09/16/2021

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

Cook:  Great pay (approx. $3000 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 15 and until at least mid August, preferably until mid September.

 


Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 09/16/2021

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

Wrangler:   Great pay (approx. $3000 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 15 and must be able to stay until Mid August.

 


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 08/15/2021

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

Maintenance/Sports/Utility:  Great pay (approx. $3000 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 15 and needed until at least mid August (preferably til mid September).

 

 


Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 09/16/2021

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

 

TEAM PLAYER 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.

 


Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 09/16/2021

Kids Wrangler
Location: JJJ Wilderness Ranch - Montana PO Box 310; 91 Mortimer Road 59410

Do you love teaching kids to ride?  Our family-owned Montana guest ranch is seeking mature, outgoing Kid's Wranglers for the 2021 season. Salaried position from June through August 21, room and board, gratuities. This position requires a motivated, high-energy, and creative individual in good physical health who has an excellent work ethic and great communication skills to happily interact with guests and other staff.

Kids Wranglers are responsible for a structured children’s horse program for young children and other games and crafts. We prefer an individual with a strong background in early childhood development or elementary education, as well as many years of horse experience. Must have a love of children and the patience to deal with them on a very personal basis. When there are no children at the Ranch, the Kids Wrangler helps with regular Wrangler duties or assists wherever needed on the ranch. Other responsibilities may include yard work, painting, cleaning.

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


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 06/01/2021 thru 08/21/2020

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

The Wrangler staff is responsible for the education, safety, and enjoyment of our guest riding program and care of our horses and livestock. This position requires a motivated, honest, and flexible individual with great customer service skills who can work productively with or without supervision and will act immediately as circumstances arise. Wranglers saddle up to 40 horses a day; therefore, must be in good physical health with the ability to lift at least 60 lbs. Horse experience with knowledge of basic vet care, shoeing, horse training, and general use of tools and repair is required. Wranglers present a neat, clean appearance with western-style dress of cowboy hat, cowboy boots, and collared shirts. Must bring your saddle and RIDE FOR THE BRAND.  

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

 


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/16/2021 thru 09/25/2021

Ranch Co-Cook
Location: JJJ Wilderness Ranch - Montana PO Box 310; 91 Mortimer Road 59410

Our Ranch Culinary team supervises and executes all activities associated with the kitchen operations. This includes meal preparation, inventories, supervising a staff of 2-4, and keeping the kitchen clean, safe, and sanitary. Two Ranch Cooks will alternate a daily schedule for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Prepares hearty western breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 30+ hungry guests and staff.
  • Must be able to follow ranch recipes and menu plans.
  • Must be able to grill, roast, sauté, bake, and all aspects of food preparation.
  • Meals must have a pleasing presentation with many “ooh's and ahhs”.
  • Must be able to accommodate vegetarian or specialty diets when requested.
  • Serves meals family, plated or buffet style in the dining room or at cookout site.
  • Supervises servers.
  • Manages food and supply inventories.
  • Takes care of proper storage of leftover items heads clean up after meals.
  • Plans weekly menus and ordering with Kim.
  • Maintains a clean, safe kitchen atmosphere (keeps stoves, ovens, grill, walk-in cooler/freezer clean, floor mopped, etc. Conscientious of kitchen safety always)
  • May be required to perform other tasks as needed or help other staff to get the job done to provide guests with a safe and delightful ranch experience.

 REQUIREMENTS:

  • Professional or dude ranch cooking experience with schooling preferred but will consider candidates who are talented cooks with real work experience.
  • Strong, conscientious work ethic, positive attitude, and excellent communication skills to graciously supervise co-workers or interact with guests.
  • Individual who is flexible, organized, able to plan and manage a busy kitchen & dining room.
  • Must collaborate and work very well with co-workers in a high paced environment. We promote an open, lighthearted, fun atmosphere, and don’t like drama; therefore, we will not tolerate a temperamental chef. J
  • Must interact with guests in a friendly and social manner.
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs., stand for long hours.
  • Must be willing to cook ranch favorite signature recipes without changing the recipe!

To apply, please email jobs@triplejranch.com for a detailed job description and application OR visit our website employment page: triplejranch.com/contact-us/employment.


Type of work: Seasonal
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Dates: 05/24/2021 thru 09/26/2021

Cabin Attendant /Server
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 a Housekeeper/Server to join us this season from mid to late May 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
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Dates: 05/16/2021 thru 09/26/2020

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 2021 season. Salaried position from mid-May 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
More Information:
Dates: 05/16/2021 thru 09/25/2020

Wrangler/Outdoor Guide - Summer 2021
Location: Red Horse Mountain Ranch - Idaho 11077 East Blue Lake Road 83833

We believe our ranch exists to "Reconnect People to the Important Things of a Life Well-Lived." To achieve that mission, we need an excellent team that values professionalism, has a positive outlook, takes ownership of their work, and can help us create a safe environment where people can grow and create unforgettable memories. We are a great place to work and the team members here are the pride and joy of the ranch (as well as our horses, of course)!

 

Job Description: The Wrangler/Guides of Red Horse Mountain Ranch are here to help the ranch reconnect our guests to the important things of a life well lived. Every guest has a different reason they wanted to come visit us for the week and our guides' jobs are to figure out what that is and help them get there. Sometimes it is to create a beautiful memory with their children or to have their breath taken away from a killer view. Whatever it is, our guides get it done. They do all things by being professional, having a positive outlook, taking ownership over their work, and by creating a safe environment where people can grow and create unforgettable memories. Our guides not only help our guests, but help other department team members achieve their summer goals of adventures too! They love horses, are inspiring examples of western riding, and are eager to share their passions and skills with others.

 

Responsibilities Include:

 

Caring for Guests

  • Talk with guests and get to know them and their goals for the week
  • Learn guest names
  • Keep them safe on all activities
  • Answer questions
  • Teach riding instruction according to the principles of western horsemanship
  • Create memorable moments
  • Encourage them as they learn
  • Show them the best time of their life

 

Caring for Horses

  • Care for over 100 head of horses
  • Stick to feeding and water schedules
  • Perform basic veterinary procedures
  • Learn all horse's names and personalities
  • Gather horses from pasture
  • Groom and pick feet
  • Saddle and bridle horses
  • Turn horses out
  • Work with various different types of horses
  • Work with various different personalities of horses

 

Taking out Rides

  • Load and unload riders
  • Lead guest trail rides
  • Learn our trail system

Barn Maintenance

  • Tack upkeep and repair
  • Completing daily checklists
  • Fencing and fence repair
  • Corral maintenance
  • Barn and barnyard cleanup
  • Trail maintenance
  • Braiding Horse Tails...just kidding.

 

Other Guided Activities

  • Sporting Clays
  • Mountain Bike Tours
  • Challenge Course & High Ropes Course
  • Lake Kayaking 
  • Archery
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Possibly Helping the Kids’ Program if Needed

 

Other Ranch Duties

  • May need to help in hosting evening entertainment for guests such as roping, karaoke, line dancing, etc.
  • Help in other departments as needed
  • Represent the ranch well at all times and demonstrate our core values to others

 

 

Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be physically fit and capable of all Guide/Wrangler activities
  • Must be a US Citizen or possess a current and appropriate working visa
  • Must have skills in Western riding and horsemanship AND experience in working with a herd. Past guide or horseback leading is preferred. Past experience in giving horseback instruction is also preferred. Vetting experience is preferred.
  • Must Ability to lift 75 pounds multiple times and work long hours
  • Must Valid Driver’s License and clean driving record
  • Must be willing to wear proper western attire including a cowboy hat, boots, western long sleeve shirt and be presentable in a good western image in dress and behavior. 
  • Must be able to show strong safety for riders and horses
  • Must be able to show proof of First Aid / CPR certification or pass certification on arrival.
  • Must be able to communicate with tact and clarity, exhibit a patient and knowledgeable attitude with horses, animals, dogs, children and our guests.
  • Must be able to show the ability to talk with parents and colleagues about the progress of the children in their care. They need both good speaking skills to provide this information effectively and good listening skills to understand parents’ instructions.

 

This position is being offered from May through September. This position is being offered with housing (a dorm room with roommate and common area) and meals.


Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 10/10/2021

Idaho Dude Ranch (Summer of 2021)
Location: Red Horse Mountain Ranch - Idaho 11077 East Blue Lake Road 83833

Red Horse Mountain Ranch is a gorgeous and remote dude ranch in Northern Idaho offering peace, outdoor adventure, and warm western hospitality to all our wonderful guests. It is one of the last rare spots, kept secluded and safe, and we want to share that with others, especially during times like now! People need to get away and get refreshed more than ever! 

 

We believe our ranch exists to "Reconnect People to the Important Things of a Life Well-Lived." To achieve that mission, we need an excellent team that values professionalism, has a positive outlook, takes ownership of their work, and can help us create a safe environment where people can grow and create unforgettable memories. We are a great place to work and the team members here are the pride and joy of the ranch (as well as our horses, of course)!

 

We are currently looking to add more amazing team members for the upcoming 2021 guest season. Current open positions include: Morning and Lunch Chef, Dinner Chef, Kitchen Assistants, Prep Cook and Baker, Hospitality Crew (Serving/Housekeeping), Wranglers, Ranch Hands, Massage Therapist, and Bartender. Please follow the links to read more about these positions!

 

We offer a healthy working environment, free employee housing and meals five days a week (plus leftovers), competitive wages, and access to all the same amazing activities our guests enjoy in your free time! It will be a summer you will never forget, not to mention you'll be surrounded by beautiful country and good people.

 

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

 

 

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

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


Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 05/10/2021 thru 10/10/2021

Wranglers- Short & Long Season Positions
Location: Mountain Sky Guest Ranch - Montana PO Box 1219 59027

Are you passionate about horsemanship? Do you love working with people? 

 

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, a luxury guest ranch located in Montana’s Paradise Valley, is now beginning to review applications for our 2021 wrangler team. 

 

The ideal wrangler candidate will demonstrate both excellent customer service and strong horsemanship skills.

 

Job duties include:

  • Guiding on 17,000 private acres, plus many more acres of Gallatin National Forest that border the ranch. Trail rides are not the typical boring nose-to-tail walking dude rides. Our guests stay for a week at a time, and come to ride! We lead walk, trot, and lope rides, all with a heavy instruction component.

  • Moving the herd in and out of pasture every day (wranglers are horseback for this process, which typically takes between one and two hours).

  • Training project horses.  A two-day intensive horsemanship clinic kicks off every summer to better prepare our wranglers for work with these green horses. 

  • Maintaining fences and trails (we will train as needed on this)

  • Managing the health of our herd of +/-150 head. We work closely with a renowned vet out of Billings who does a doctoring clinic with us at the beginning of the season. We work on lameness evaluations and general equine first aid so that we are able to handle almost everything that comes up in house. 

Benefits:

  • Seasonal positions of varying length (3.5 months to 8 months) are available. Longer seasonal positions are eligible for health, dental, and vision benefits. 

  • Staff housing and great food are provided to staff as part of their compensation

  • All guest activities are available to staff (weekly dance night with live band, pool, hot tub, gym, massage, rafting, golfing, yoga, tennis courts, saloon, etc.)

  • Roping steers are available 7 days a week for wranglers to work in their off time. The ranch also runs cows,  and wranglers will have the opportunity to assist the ranch foreman with moving and doctoring cattle as their schedule permits.

  • A personal horse may be approved, however we cannot accommodate dogs and are not able to provide family housing. Unfortunately there is very limited off-site housing available in the nearby community, so almost all employees live on-site. 

 

 

Email wranglers@mountainsky.com to request an application. 

 


Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 04/01/2021 thru 10/31/2021

Ranch Hand/Back up Guide/Packer
Location: Diamond D Ranch - Idaho PO Box 35 83278

 

Adventure awaits you!  Come join the Diamond Ranch team and spend the summer/fall in the beautiful Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.  The Diamond Ranch is Idaho's premier all-inclusive Guest Ranch, located 38 miles north of Stanley, Idaho.  The ranch has been family owned and operated since 1960.  The Demorest family (now on generation 3) welcome their guests and crew with open arms!  We typically have 25 -35 guests a week, plus staff.  

 

We are looking for a General Ranch Hand this Summer and into the Fall. This job description will include everything from building fence, irrigating, haying/farming, some carpentry and lawn maintenance, painting, back up hunting guide in the fall (Big Game), as well as packer...Basically an all-around handy-person.  It's a beautiful place to work, and we have many crew members who return year after year to work on the Ranch. We work hard and have fun with guests! Responsible people with good common sense and people skills should contact us.  Self motivation is very important and willingness to learn new skills.  Competitive monthly salary, Room & Board and gratuities.  

Please direct resumes to diamonddguestranch@mac.com  


Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: 06/01/2021 thru 11/01/2021

Hospitality/Kitchen Support/Housekeeping/Guest Services
Location: Diamond D Ranch - Idaho PO Box 35 83278

Adventure awaits you!  Come join the Diamond Ranch team and spend the summer/fall in the beautiful Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.  The Diamond Ranch is Idaho's premier all-inclusive Guest Ranch, located 38 miles north of Stanley, Idaho.  The ranch has been family owned and operated since 1960.  The Demorest family (now on generation 3) welcome their guests and crew with open arms!  We typically have 25 -35 guests a week, plus staff.  

The duties of the "Kitchen Support/Housekeeping/Guest Services poistion" includes (but not limited to) set up and clean up of meals, helping prep food for meals when needed, Daily cleaning of main lodge, Recreation building, Pool area, Laundry Rooms, and watering flowers.  Also, this position will be responsible for the cleaning of all guest accommodations/cabins on check out/check in days.  Guest activties are offered in the evenings and all crew members are required to attend and participate.  Helping guide day hikes, teaching goldpanning, and arts and crafts are also an important part of this position. Communication and team work is key.  It is extremely important that this position is filled by a person who enjoys working closely with others and has great communication skills.  Attention to detail is a must.  Cooking/baking skills are an added bonus, as there is ample opportunity to help with these positions during the weeks and especially into the Fall Season.

On your days off enjoy hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, or just relaxing.  

The Diamond D Ranch is an incredibly special place!  We are very selective in our hiring as we believe our guests deserve the very best experience possible.  Monthly wages + gratuity.  Tips can also be very good.  Room and Board included. We have highly competitive wages and very nice living accommodations.  

We look forward to hearing from you.  Please email a current resume and references.  Please visit www.diamonddranch-idaho.com and emails go to: diamonddguestranch@mac.com  


Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: 05/28/2021 thru 10/01/2021

Lunch & Dinner Chef
Location: Diamond D Ranch - Idaho PO Box 35 83278

Adventure awaits you!  Come join the Diamond Ranch team and spend the summer/fall in the beautiful Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.  The Diamond Ranch is Idaho's premier all-inclusive Guest Ranch, located 38 miles north of Stanley, Idaho.  The ranch has been family owned and operated since 1960.  The Demorest family (now on generation 3) welcome their guests and crew with open arms!  We typically have 25 -35 guests a week, plus staff.  

The Lunch and Dinner chef is responsible for preparing the meals for guests and crew, food presentation, helping to manage the food inventory and ordering, maintaining a clean, organized and safe work environment in both the kitchen and dining room.  Other responsibilites include keeping the refrigerators, freezers and walk-ins in order and clean, while paying attention to rotatation and helping to control food costs and food waste.  At the ranch we have many Diamond recipes that we will ask our chefs to recreate, however, we are open to hearing new ideas and creativity.  Assisting in menu planning and inventory will be part of this role as well.  Communication and team work is key.  It is extremely important that this position is filled by a person who not only loves to cook but also enjoys working closely with others and has great communication skills.  

On your days off enjoy hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, or just relaxing.  

The Diamond D Ranch is an incredibly special place!  We are very selective in our hiring as we believe our guests deserve the very best culinary experience possible.  Experience is important.  Pay DOE.  Room and Board included.  Tips can also be very good.  We have highly competitive wages and very nice living accommodations.  

We look forward to hearing from you.  Please email a current resume.  Please visit www.diamonddranch-idaho.com and emails go to: diamonddguestranch@mac.com  

 


Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 05/28/2021 thru 11/15/2021

Wrangler
Location: Diamond D Ranch - Idaho PO Box 35 83278

The Diamond D Ranch is looking for an experienced wrangler to lead trail rides from late May - early October, 2020.  Wranglers will lead 1-2 rides per day, 1 - 4+ hours at a time. We offer scenic mountain trail rides in the beautiful Frank Church Willderness in Idaho.  The Diamond D Ranch is an all inclusive premier guest ranch owned and operated by the Demorest family since 1952.  We are looking for a motivated, team player who loves showing new people incredible scenery from the back of a horse.  Packing knowledge in a plus.  This is truly Gods country.  www.diamonddranch-idaho.com  Pay DOE, room and board included.  Email: diamonddguestranch@mac.com to apply


Type of work: Seasonal
More Information:
Dates: 05/28/2021 thru 10/01/2021

Breakfast Cook & Baker
Location: Diamond D Ranch - Idaho PO Box 35 83278

Adventure awaits you!  Come join the Diamond Ranch team and spend the summer/fall in the beautiful Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.  The Diamond Ranch is Idaho's premier all-inclusive Guest Ranch, located 38 miles north of Stanley, Idaho.  The ranch has been family owned and operated since 1960.  The Demorest family (now on generation 3) welcome their guests and crew with open arms!  We typically have 25 -35 guests a week, plus staff.  

The Breakfast cook/Baker is responsible for preparing the breakfast for up to 35+ guests and 15 crew, food presentation, helping to manage the food inventory and ordering, maintaining a clean, organized and safe work environment in both the kitchen and dining room.  Other responsibilites include the daily baking of a variety of homemade breads, cookies, cakes, pies, bars, pastries, etc.  The Breakfast Cook and Baker will assist the lunch/dinner chef in keeping the refrigerators, freezers and walk-ins in order and clean, while paying attention to rotatation and helping to control food costs and food waste.  At the ranch we have many Diamond recipes that we will ask our cooks to recreate, however, we are open to hearing new ideas and creativity.  Assisting in menu planning will be part of this role as well.  Communication and team work is key.  It is extremely important that this position is filled by a person who not only loves to cook and bake but also enjoys working closely with others and has great communication skills.

On your days off enjoy hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, or just relaxing.  

The Diamond D Ranch is an incredibly special place!  We are very selective in our hiring as we believe our guests deserve the very best culinary experience possible.  Experience is important.  Pay DOE.  Room and Board included.  Tips can also be very good.  We have highly competitive wages and very nice living accommodations.  

We look forward to hearing from you.  Please email a current resume.  Please visit www.diamonddranch-idaho.com and emails go to: diamonddguestranch@mac.com  


Type of work: Seasonal
Dates: 05/25/2021 thru 10/01/2021

Office Manager
Location: Spotted Horse Ranch - Wyoming 12355 S. US Hwy 191 83001

Summary – correspondence with ranch clientele is the #1 PRIORITY of the office manager

1. Ranch Correspondence/Guest Services

  • Answer emails throughout the day – all emails should be responded to the same day that the email was received (except days off)
  • Sending information via emails, postal service, and phone to each internet contact
  • Maintaining referral record of each booking
  • Coordinate ranch visits for guests – includes pre-booking fishing trips, rafting trips, rodeo trips, and backcountry trips

2. Accounts Payable

  • Timely payments of vendor invoices and bills
  • Maintain accurate and organized vendor files and investigate all unknown invoices
  • Submit payroll and payroll taxes – 940, 941, WC/UI, sales tax – on time. Remember to file all quarterly taxes and end of year taxes, W2s and 1099s

3. Employee Records

  • Maintain employee records and keep confidential
  • Report all new hires to www.wy-newhire.com/
  • File all disciplinary actions and salary levels in employee files
  • Report any workers comp/unemployment claims to GM

4. Basic Office Management

  • Order and maintain office inventory, including retail items
  • Keep a calendar of guest activities
  • Maintain a schedule of taxes due
  • Maintain filing system
  • Reconcile bank account each month

5. Cabin/Wait Staff and Guest Services

  • Hire cabin/wait staff team members
  • Hire guest services position
  • Assist head of housekeeping with ordering necessary supplies for maintaining cabins and laundry room

6. Vacation time

  • 4 weeks of paid vacation each year, to be taken between November 1 and May 1
  • Any other vacation must be pre-approved by GM
  • Exceptions are illness or family emergency
  • For each 5 years of employment as a manager, an additional week of paid vacation will be allocated

This is a year-round position and we are looking for someone to start as soon as possible. From May 1 to October 31, the office manager works six days a week from 8am to 5pm. From November 1 to April 30, the office manager works five days a week from 8am to 4pm and has the weekends off. The office manager also has a month of paid vacation to use any time from November 1 to April 30.  

Housing is provided as part of the salary. During the season, meals are also provided, but the office manager is responsible for purchasing their own food during the offseason when the ranch is closed to guests. The housing is a private room with a private bathroom which is attached to the main lodge or the commercial laundry room. The salary and applicable bonuses will be discussed during the interview with the general manager, Kevin, and are dependent upon experience.

To apply for this position, applicants should email a resume – with professional references – to Kevin Watkins at kevin@spottedhorseranch.com and should also copy the email to info@spottedhorseranch.com. Kevin, the general manager, will then reach out to qualified applicants.

Individuals who apply for this position need to be outgoing and personable, as they have a ton of face time with the guests and are often the first, and last, impression that guests have of the ranch. This individual also needs to be organized and flexible as there is a lot happening in the office during the season and again at the end of the year when closing the books and doing year-end accounting. Working on a ranch can be unpredictable, and so this person should also be able to think on their feet and handle any situation that is thrown at them. A love of dogs is also a plus as this person will often have a couple of canine office assistants

 


Type of work: Full Time
More Information:
Dates: 01/01/2021 thru 01/01/2022

Each year our 90+ 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. The 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

Services:

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.

Download the form to place employment ad.

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