Employment Opportunities

Waitstaff - Location: Circle Z Ranch

Join our dynamic team in beautiful Southern Arizona for our 2017-2018 guests season. We are an historic ranch nestled in the heart of the Santa Rita and Patagonia mountains and have entertained guests from around the world for 92 years. We will be filling 2 waitstaff positions for our upcoming season. The successful applicants will begin working October 23, 2017 and end around May 10, 2018. We are seeking individuals who are energetic, friendly, and responsible and can commit to the full season. If you are a hard worker, and work well with people, we want you on our team. Please follow the link for more information.

More Information: http://circlez.com/employment/
Dates: 10/23/2017 thru 05/08/2018

Nine Quarter Circle Ranch Couple Job Description - Location: Nine Quarter Circle Ranch

The Nine Quarter Circle Dude Ranch located in Gallatin Gateway Montana, on the edge of the Yellowstone National Park is seeking a vibrant, active outdoors oriented couple who are interested in the hospitality industry.  This Job is not an hourly job, it is a lifestyle.  Duties include full time, live on-site position caring for a large property with livestock including 120 horses and other related pets.  Structures include main lodge with 20 guest cabins, bunkhouse, barn and equipment storage, staff housing and manager’s residence.  Other improvements involve corrals, fishing pond, and picnic grounds. 
Couple would be responsible for ranch management and providing a welcoming environment to guests and employees.  In addition, couple will be responsible for the overall management of all staff, which will include temporary summer staffing, ranch laborers, chefs, kitchen staff, wrangles, and housekeepers.  Excellent communication skills required when interacting with employer, family, guests, employees and professionals to insure smooth operations at all times.  In addition, couple is responsible for the preparation of menus, ordering supplies, arranging activities and entertainment when guests are on-site.  Inventory, billing and budget maintenance are important skills.  Experience working on and managing a large property is mandatory.  Must have experience with, horses, grazing and grasses.  Experience in the hospitality field is a plus.  Organization skills are imperative as is a positive and friendly disposition.  Winter duties involve livestock maintenance and feeding, property well-being and any deferred maintenance. 
The head Corral Boss during the summer season would be responsible for   overseeing and directing 6-8 barn staff and maintenance personnel.  Duties would include managing and organizing the daily rides for our guests, training of young horses, packing, small vet and hoof care, fencing and overall maintenance needs for the ranch.   As the guest season slows in September the duties will switch to more maintenance and construction throughout the winter on different plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and metal projects.  There will be some horse work in the winter mostly training of young horses.  Prior horse experience and being physically fit to ride young horses is necessary.  This job is long hours, physically demanding and one must be able to lift heavy weight and do physically demanding work. 

The Head Cook during the summer season would be responsible for overseeing and directing 6-8 kitchen staff, managing and organizing all meals for both guests and crew, ordering supplies and food and overseeing the cabin cleaning staff.  As the guest season slows in the fall the duties will switch to more secretarial work such as answering the phone, taking reservations, answering emails, and some cooking.  Prior computer skills and a friendly attitude are a must for this job.  This job is long hours in the summer season.

Benefits include a 2 BR, 1 ½ bath log home, board, utilities, telephone, internet, half of insurance,  Salary is negotiable based upon experience.

Please visit our website, www.ninequartercircle.com and under the contact tab is an employment section.  Please fill out an application and send it to us along with your resume and references pertaining to the job requirements.  Email info to kameron@ninequartercircle.com

Dates: 09/11/2017

Experienced Horseback Guide / Farrier - Location: Elkhorn Ranch - AZ

Elkhorn Ranch seeks one more experienced horseback guide with farrier skills to round out the 6 person guiding team for the winter season.  The country is rough and scenic and you're issued a string of horses to develop.  The ranch prides itself on keeping rides small and individualized.  All farrier work and most doctoring is done by ranch crew.  The job also involves some packing for lunch rides and hauling ranch supplies (salt, fenceposts, etc).  Elkhorn is family owned and operated, with many repeat guests and crew.  All crew have their own room and share a bathroom.  Compensation includes a monthly wage, guaranteed gratuity distribution monthly, full room and board, and additional gratuity distribution at the end of the season.  If you enjoy rough big country, good horses, and people, this job would be a good fit!   Ideally all crew will start October 9th (by end of October at latest) and the season will be complete at the end of April 2018.  

Please note that Elkhorn has a 250 lb weight limit for all riders and that we require everyone to wear smooth sole boots with a heel and no laces.  

More Information: http://www.elkhornranch.com/
Dates: 10/09/2017 thru 07/16/2018

Lodge Staff - Location: Bar W Guest Ranch

Immediate opening until November 11, 2017.  Serves food, cleans and does laundry.  Salary plus $75/wk bonus, plus tips.  Staff housing available.  

Dates: 09/01/2017 thru 11/11/2017

Kitchen/ cabin staff needed - Location: Triangle X Ranch

Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park is looking for staff to work in our housekeeping and serving department.  Position availble immediatey, lasting through October.  Housing and meals provided, competitive pay, and riding available on your day off.  Come work with a really fun team in a beautiful place!  Please send resumes to theranch@trianglex.com

More Information: http://trianglex.com/
Dates: 08/28/2017 thru 10/31/2017

Guest relations - Location: Bar W Guest Ranch

Guest Relations

The guest relations staff member will be required to manage guests during the week stay. They are expected to attend guest activities, meals, and work cohesively with all other staff.

·         Take photos during guest activities

·         Arrange off ranch activities (i.e. whitewater rafting, rock climbing, zip lining, fishing charters, GNP tours, etc)

·         Act as guest concierge (i.e. arrange shuttle to town, hotels, rental cars, etc.)

·         Facilitate Guests Special Requests

·         Ensure quality of guest experience

·          Arrange (& drive) Whitewater Rafting & Rock Climbing

·         Arrange (& drive) guests to town upon request


·         Arrange guests rides to rodeo and arrange staff drivers

Dates: 08/24/2017 thru 11/01/2017

Ranch Wrangler - Location: JJJ Wilderness Ranch

Looking for a mature, outgoing  wrangler who has a ready smile, willingness to work hard and have fun, and a love of the outdoors and people to provide our guests a delightful ranch experience.  

Must have extensive horse knowledge and experience. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: gathering, feeding, saddling, and preparing horses for rides; providing instruction to guests in accordance with our riding program; guiding trail rides; caring for sick and injured horses; maintaining tack, cleaning and maintaining barn area, corrals, arena, trails and ranch grounds; moving hay, bucking bales; some horse shoeing (maintenance); maintains fences & equipment; may lead hikes, or takes guests fishing. This person must be safety conscious, and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a fun sense of humor and adventure.   

Position is available for the month of September, with room, board, gratuities and salary.  

More Information: https://www.triplejranch.com/contact-us/employment
Dates: 09/01/2017 thru 09/30/2017

Housekeeping/Wait Staff - Location: JJJ Wilderness Ranch

Looking for an enthusiastic & energetic team member to work the month of September. 

Housekeeping duties include daily tidying of guest cabins and common areas of ranch. Saturday is our change-over day, and along other staff, we clean the ranch work together as a team.

Wait staff duties include, but are not limited to serving meals to guests and staff in our dining room or at outdoor meals and functions, clearing after meals, cleaning of dining room, and packing for cookouts. Some minor food preparation may also be involved. If not needed in the kitchen, you may be helping with the gift shop, working in the yard, doing grounds maintenance, or any other duties assigned.

Requires good work ethic, positive attitude and ability to work well with others in a high paced environment. The ranch is a long distance from town so must be able to enjoy a rural setting and love gracious hospitality.  It's a beautiful area to spend time in the outdoors on your time off, and enjoy while working.


More Information: http://triplejranch.com/about-us/employment
Dates: 09/01/2017 thru 09/30/2017

Wrangler - Location: Bar W Guest Ranch

Immediate opening.  Seasonal Wranglers are responsible for the day to day care of the corral, tack and horses. Wrangler's first priority is safety of the guest & horses. Wrangler must adhere to the horse program put in place by the Bar W while under the direction of the Head Wrangler. Although hired as a Wrangler, employees must be willing to do all jobs asked of them. Competitive salary and Season bonus will be paid to those fulfilling their contract. All employees share in tip pool. On-site housing available. Season normally starts May 1st and ends Nov. 1st.  

Please visit our website, www.thebarw.com  and download our application. Applications and resumes may be emailed to info@thebarw.com

Dates: 08/09/2017 thru 11/01/2017

Maintenance Manager - Location: Bar W Guest Ranch

Job Description/Responsibilities


                     Job Title:      Maintenance Manager

                 Reports To:      General Manager / Operations

        Job Description:      Full Time Permanant

General Responsibilities:      

 General responsibilities include working within a team environment to ensure the ranch guests are safe and that their vacation is a first class experience and that Bar W’s reputation remains intact as a safe, high quality, guest focused facility.

 Specific Responsibilities:

 Responsible for managing maintenance services and repairs as well as new construction in the areas of plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, vehicles, ranch equipment as well as general grounds maintenance.  Overseeing vendors tasked to perform services on the ranch. Hire, oversee, lead, schedule and direct the work of staff. 

Job Requirements:      The requirements of the position will require a person possessing various talents including but not limited to: 

Must Possess:

·         Experience in hiring, managing, directing, overseeing and evaluating employees.

·         Working knowledge of carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting, trucks, tractors, trailers, and facility grounds and systems.

·         Ability to use efficiently various power and hand tools and welding equipment.

·         Ability to operate ranch equipment including but not limited to trucks, tractors with implements, trailers.

·         Ability to fix various things around the ranch.

·         Knowledge of safety procedures

·         Problems solving skills

·         Ability to follow oral and written instructions

·         Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships.

·         Ability to multi-task a wide variety of projects happening at same time

·         Valid Driver’s license



·         Ability to schedule work loads of staff

·         Ability to perform quality checks on staffs work and progress

·         Ability to oversee purchases made in the maintenance department

·         Provide evaluation input to General Manager


·         Ability to handle objects weighing up to 200 pounds

·         Ability to stoop, bend, squat, twist, reach repeatedly without restriction

·         Ability to lift 70-100 pounds repeatedly


·         Can “do” attitude

·         Team player

·         Ability to work long hours


Dates: 08/10/2017

Server - Location: Covered Wagon Ranch

We need a positive and upbeat individual who will help make our guests feel at home!

Responsibilities include setting up and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maintaining a clean dining area and server station. Must be able to take direction and work well with others.

Wages: Negotiable salary with room and board +tips

Dates: 08/07/2017 thru 10/03/2017

Breakfast/Lunch Chef - Location: Covered Wagon Ranch

Your responsibilities will include prepping, cooking breakfast and lunch, baking pastries, desserts, and cookies daily (we keep our cookie jars full for our guests at all times). It will also be your responsibility in working with the dinner chef in meal planning, placing order with food service reps, as well as creating grocery lists for town trips (as you are aware we are 60 miles from grocery shopping so pre-planning is important); working with a budget, organizing and efficiently utilizing leftovers. Tasty, efficiently priced, and organized meals will be a good thing. You will also be responsible for covering the other chef’s two days off.

Wages: Negotiable salary with room and board + tips

Dates: 08/07/2017 thru 10/03/2017

Wrangler - Location: Sundance Trail Guest Ranch

Immediate opening for Wrangler with  Carpenter/Maintenance skills at Sundance Trail. This is a full time year round position as we are just completing some construction. More information in the Employment Section of website www.sundancetrail.com. Thanks!

More Information: http://www.sundancetrail.com/
Dates: 08/07/2017

Kitchen and Guest Services - Location: Laramie River Ranch

Are you looking for a great way to finish out the summer and make some money? Check out Laramie River Ranches job page at  www.LRRanch.com/jobs.php  They are hiring now.

More Information: https://lrranch.com/jobs.php
Dates: 08/01/2017

BANQUET & GROUP SERVICES - Location: Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

We are looking for people that enjoy providing exemplary customer service, are willing to learn and have fun in their jobs. We have multiple team positions available.

All positions are paid a base wage determined on experience, plus part of a ranch wide tip pool that is determined by the hours worked. Tip pool can be an additional $2 to $5 per hour.

Full time team members service our summer “Dude” guests and group events, summer through fall.

Part time team members service our corporate retreats, wedding and group events. Hours are based on event schedules, year round or seasonal.

The Culinary team members must have commercial kitchen experience. This is an afternoon and early evening position, includes preparation, cooking, and servicing buffets. Hours are based on group events.

More Information: http://www.sylvandale.com/employment/
Dates: 07/24/2017 thru 12/31/2017

CHEF - Location: Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch


Looking for a change? Tired of the urban hustle? Consider our full time Food and Beverage hands-on management opportunity: Year round position, quality reputation, positive work environment, a mountain setting, and easy access to town. The position requires management experience in the areas of beverage services, from scratch, home style culinary preparation and front of the house. Experience in catering; creative menu development with cost management. Mentoring and leading staff with a “can do” attitude and an easy cooperative work style. If you feel you qualify and would like to be considered for this position, we welcome your application. Send your resume to: ranch at sylvandale.com. Compensation package includes salary, health insurance, and share in tip pool. Possible housing option.

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

·             Food and Beverage Management: 3 years

 Please send cover letter and resume to: Ranch at sylvandale.com

Dates: 07/01/2017 thru 10/31/2017

Breakfast/Lunch Cook - Location: Flying E Dude Ranch

 Pervious professional cooking  experience in a restaurant, catering  or guest ranch preferred.

  The Flying E Ranch is located 4.5 miles west of Wickenburg, Arizona, accommodating up to 45 guests, and 20 staff. Accepting applications for a breakfast/lunch cook for the 2017-2018 season.   

Employment – October 1, 2017  through May 1, 2018.  6 day work week;  5 days breakfast & lunch, 1 day split shift to prepare 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch & dinner). Salary (DOE) plus a share of the tip fund, private room and board. 

 Duties to include:

Work in cooperation with head cook and other kitchen staff. (Servers & dishwashers)

Prepare breakfast & lunch for up to 45 guests & 20 staff.

 Made to order breakfast & buffet lunch for guest in the dining room.

 Prepare food for occasional breakfast & lunch cookouts and picnic rides.

Baking skills to include breads, cookies, pastries and deserts.  

Grilling on charcoal fire/ wood  Weber BBQ

Assisting Head Cook.

Maintain the kitchen and prep areas making sure they are clean and organized to ensure food safety.

Review and ensure compliance with all Health Department Safety Standards and Regulations.

Assist with checking in all orders from suppliers.

General requirements:

Embrace a ranch style, friendly teamwork environment; be flexible to accommodate special diets, display positive attitude & communications skills.   




 Please download an application from our website www.flyingeranch.com and/or send resume to vacation@flyingeranch.com

Contact John Murphy/General Manager at 928-684-2690.





Dates: 07/17/2017

Cook 2017 - Location: Sundance Trail Guest Ranch

***planning, with owners, weekly menus with an emphasis on recipes in ranch cookbook; hearty western fare served family style.
***with the assistant cook preparing all food served on the ranch or out on the trail,
***managing inventory, ordering groceries, and maintaining a well-stocked pantry
***assuring a clean, sanitary, safe kitchen, as defined by Public Health rules and regulations
***assuring that all staff follow proper food handling and storage practices
Full details & requirements at job website

More Information: http://sundancetrail.com/dude-ranch-jobs/
Dates: 05/18/2017 thru 10/01/2017

Dining Room Server/ Kitchen Helper - Location: Flying E Dude Ranch


Previous experience in a restaurant, catering or guest ranch preferred.  

 The Flying E Ranch is located 4.5 miles west of Wickenburg, Arizona, accommodating up to 45 guests, and 20 staff. Accepting applications for a dining room server/kitchen helper for the 2017-2018 season.   

Employment - October 1, 2017 – May 1, 2018.   

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to serving food to adults and children, taking orders for a made to order breakfast, setting the dining room; clearing tables, assisting the cook; BBQ set-up and breakdown; breakfast, lunch and dinner cookouts, dishwashing; cleaning dining room; and helping the kitchen team.  

 Great pay for people with great attitude and strong work ethic on a 6 day split shift. Monthly salary paid twice a month and a share of gratuity fund.  

 Job may require long periods of standing, walking on incline, lifting up to 50lbs, reaching with arms extended above head, stooping or kneeling.  

Must be over 21 and have transportation. 

  Sorry no pets are allowed. 

 Please download an application from our website www.flyingeranch.com and/or send resume to John @ vacation@flyingeranch.com

Contact John Murphy/ General Manager 928-684-2690



Dates: 07/17/2017

Waitstaff and Housekeepers - Location: 4UR Ranch

4UR Ranch, Creede, Colorado is looking for Waitstaff and Housekeepers to help finish up our summer season from August 1st until October 5th.  Room and Board available, bonus package and overtime pay.  Please call Aaron at 719-658-2202.

More Information: http://4urranch.com/
Dates: 08/01/2017

Guest Services - Help wanted now for the rest of our 2017 season! - Location: Laramie River Ranch

Laramie River Ranch has a typical occupancy of 25 guests. We have high expectations for the quality of service our guests receive and therefor we have high expectations of our staff. Employees enjoy ranch activities and exploring the Rocky Mountains in their time off.

Guest services responsibilities include both waiting tables and housekeeping.

For additional information please visit our web site at www.LRRanch.com/jobs.html.

More Information: http://www.LRRanch.com/jobs.html
Dates: 05/09/2017 thru 10/15/2017

Assitant Cook and 3 waitresses - Location: Triangle C Ranch

Triangle C Ranch is looking for an assistant cook and three waitresses. If you are interested please contact Karrie Davis at info@trianglec.com or give her a call at 800-661-4928.

More Information: http://www.trianglec.com/
Dates: 07/13/2017

Housekeeping - Location: Paradise Guest Ranch

Responsible for the cleanliness of our cabins, recreation room, laundry room and French Creek Saloon. We need people that are detail oriented and hard working in this position. Help with wait staff and children's dinners two nights a week. Must be willing to fill in for other positions as needed.

More Information: http://www.paradiseranch.com/content/employment
Dates: 07/01/2017 thru 09/30/2017

Bartender - Location: Paradise Guest Ranch

Previous bartending experience helpful but not required. Must have very strong people skills, be organized, quick and of course be a team player.

More Information: http://www.paradiseranch.com/content/employment
Dates: 07/01/2017 thru 09/30/2017

Wrangler - Location: Heart Six Guest Ranch

The Heart Six Guest Ranch near Jackson Hole, Wyoming is looking for a wrangler for the 2017 season. Please send resumes to Woodrow at woodrow.gwaltney@heartsix.com

More Information: https://duderanch.org/listings/heart-six-guest-ranch
Dates: 06/15/2017

Experienced Wrangler Needed - Location: Broken Arrow Lodge and Outfitters

Experienced Wrangler needed at the Broken Arrow Lodge for the summer and fall of 2017.
Please contact Sherry at brokenal@3rivers.net 406.842.5437

Dates: 06/29/2017

About Dude Ranch Employment

Each year our 100+ member ranches 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.

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, house keeping 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.

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.


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. It is a good, inexpensive way to contact all member ranchers at the same time. Download an insertion order.

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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