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Fishing Guide
Posted by: Paradise Guest Ranch in Buffalo, Wyoming on 3-23-2015
Fishing Guide
Paradise Guest Ranch has an immediate opening for an experienced fishing guide now through at least August 25. Preferably through the end of September. Please call 307-684-7876 and ask for Clay or email wyowaddie@gmail.com
Dining Room
Posted by: R Lazy S Ranch in Teton Village, Wyoming on 3-23-2015
Dining Room
May 25th-September 29th. Must be 21. We offer a five day work week, salary plus gratuities, room and board included. Experience in the food industry, a valid drivers license and a clean driving record are required. Please send a resume with references to: info@rlazys.com.
Bartender
Posted by: Paradise Guest Ranch in Buffalo, Wyoming on 3-23-2015
Bartender
Previous bartending experience helpful but not required. Must have strong people skills, be organized and of course be a team player. Call 307-620-0860 or email wyowaddie@gmail.com.
Lunch and Dinner Cook
Posted by: Diamond D Ranch in Stanley, Idaho on 3-21-2015
Lunch and Dinner Cook
The Diamond D Ranch is Idaho's premier all-inclusive guest ranch, located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Guests visit our backcountry ranch to escape the hustle and bustle of their every daily lives. It is our goal that when they leave the ranch they feel they have had the experience of a lifetime and a part of our ranch family! While we offer amazing scenic trail rides, blue-ribbon world-class trout fishing, guided hikes, a beautiful swimming pool and hot-tub and many other ranch activities, one of the main things our guests LOVE about their vacation at the Diamond D Ranch is the fact that they do not have to cook! We have always received the highest compliments on the delicious food we serve, as well as the presentation. We are looking for an experienced cook who can cook for 40 - 60 or more people, twice a day. The successful candidate will be motivated, confident in food quality and preparation along with the stamina and drive to endure the long days. Responsible for keeping the kitchen, refrigerator, food service/storage areas, walk-in cooler and kitchen equipment clean. This person must be a strong leader, able supervise their support staff of up to three helpers, extremely organized as well as a team player. Experience is a must! We offer a 6 day work week, private bedroom and large closet, board, competitive salary and gratuities, and a supportive family like environment. Most desirable applicants will be able to work from June 1 - Oct 15. Please send a resume and recent photo to: diamonddguestranch@mac.com
Elk Mountain Ranch is hiring a SPORT/UTILITY/MAINTENANCE person for the 2015 season (must be available May 17 to Sept 20).
Posted by: Elk Mountain Ranch in Buena Vista, Colorado on 3-18-2015
Elk Mountain Ranch is hiring a SPORT/UTILITY/MAINTENANCE person for the 2015 season (must be available May 17 to Sept 20).
Small, family-oriented ranch located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies.. Looking for exceptional folks to join our ranch family. Now accepting applications for the 2015 season (begin mid-May). Sport/Utility/Maintenance: Experience preferred in 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 and firewood. Set up of overnight camp trip. Will conduct safe archery, marksmanship and trapshooting tournaments. Also guide fishing trips and possibly drive to Aspen 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 be responsible for one hayride a month and weekly square dance and volleyball with guests. Must have great people skills as this is a position with high interaction with the guests. Please see the employment pages on our website. From the site, you can submit an online application. More Info: http://elkmtn.com/employment.htm
Seasonal Chef Position - Red Horse Mountain Ranch - Idaho -
Posted by: Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Harrison, Idaho on 3-17-2015
Seasonal Chef Position - Red Horse Mountain Ranch - Idaho -
Red Horse Mountain Ranch, an adventure vacation destination in Harrison, Idaho, is seeking a chef for the 2015 summer season. The chef has a critical role in taking care of guests and staff. The chef will be responsible for the following tasks: helping to plan meals for guests and staff; helping to prep all foods for meals, maintaining proper food levels, proper storage of food stock, maintaining a clean kitchen, maintaining and following the to do list, and, filling-in as needed. Job begins in May 2015.
Seasonal Wrangler - Red Horse Mountain Ranch - Idaho -
Posted by: Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Harrison, Idaho on 3-17-2015
Seasonal Wrangler - Red Horse Mountain Ranch - Idaho -
Red Horse Mountain Ranch operates on over 300,000 acres of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest and is an Adventure Vacation Destination in Harrison, Idaho. Wranglers are responsible for maintaining the health and condition of the horses and other livestock and for maintaining the safe, functional and clean condition of the barn facilities and outdoor recreation equipment/facilities. Guide/Wranglers lead trail rides AND provide instruction for riders of all riding abilities and ages. This position is available from May through September 2015.
Seasonal Housekeeper - Red Horse Mountain Ranch - Idaho -
Posted by: Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Harrison, Idaho on 3-17-2015
Seasonal Housekeeper - Red Horse Mountain Ranch - Idaho -
Red Horse Mountain Ranch, an Adventure Vacation Destination in Harrison, Idaho, is seeking Housekeeper and Server seasonal positions. Housekeepers are responsible for the care of our guests' accommodations and meals. Housekeeping responsibilities include cleaning of guest cabins and common areas, laundry services, serving any number of different meal formats, stocking, or as needed by the housekeeping or kitchen supervisors. This position is available from May to September 2015.
General Maintenance
Posted by: R Lazy S Ranch in Teton Village, Wyoming on 3-17-2015
General Maintenance
April 27th-October 9th. Must be 21, have a valid drivers license and a clean driving record. We offer a 5 day work week, salary, plus gratuities, room and board included. The season for this position; This position includes but is not exclusive to:landscaping, irrigating, cutting firewood, plumbing, carpentry and electrical skills, vehicle and building upkeep and repair, assisting with airpot shuttles, town trips, bartending and boat operations for water skiing. Please send a resume with references to:info@rlazys.com
Wrangler
Posted by: R Lazy S Ranch in Teton Village, Wyoming on 3-17-2015
Wrangler
May 11th through October 3rd. Must be 21, have a valid drivers license and a clean driving record. Experience needed in group and individual riding instruction and with driving 10-horse trailers. A current CPR and First Aid certification is also required. We offer a 5 day work week, salary plus gratuities, room and board included. Send resume with references to:info@rlazys.com
Crew Supervisor/Activities Coordinator
Posted by: Laramie River Ranch in Jelm, Colorado on 3-15-2015
Crew Supervisor/Activities Coordinator
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. This full-time year-round position has different responsibilities at different times of the year. The diversity of the role is one of the attractive aspects of the position. You're a central figure on the ranch with the Burleighs. It's a great opportunity for someone who has good attention to detail and loves people. The Crew Supervisor's relationship with the staff starts when you begin processing applications and select the crew we will work with the following summer. In May, you'll help train new staff and orient them to life on the ranch. Once the season gets underway, you'll monitor their performance and help them to remember ranch policies including dress code, time cards, etc. We'll have weekly meetings to keep everyone on board and frequent crew appreciation events so we can have fun together outside of work and explore a bit of Colorado. The Guest Coordinator role starts when guests contact us to inquire about a vacation. From your base of operations in the lodge's ranch store, you'll respond to email and phone inquiries. You'll be trained to answer questions, take reservations, and send off the literature guests need to prepare for their trips. You will greet guests when they arrive, give them a quick tour, and become their primary point of contact. It can take a lot of communications to help guests navigate our children's program, our naturalist hikes, sign up for horseback rides, or request special meals from our kitchen. In fall, we button the ranch up for winter. When the wranglers leave, you'll take responsibility for graining our older horses. It's a great opportunity to get outside and unwind. There are a number of miscellaneous projects we do in the off season to prepare for the next go-around. If you are interested in this position, please download our supervisor application and send it to us by email or postal mail. You're welcome to send along supporting information like a resume.
Cabin Host/Housekeeping
Posted by: Smith Fork Ranch in Crawford, Colorado on 3-14-2015
Cabin Host/Housekeeping
Housekeeping/ Cabin Host Smith Fork Ranch is an upscale guest ranch, capacity 26-28 guests, located in a beautiful area of the Colorado Rockies between Aspen and Telluride. A destination for both families and couples, the ranch specializes in farm-to-table cuisine, excellent service, extensive wine cellar and luxurious guest accommodations in the rustic style. Our main ranch activities are horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking and archery.Straddling three miles of the Smith Fork River Valley, the ranch compound of restored, historic buildings provides an intimate and genuinely western atmosphere. Guest areas include: a vintage log guest lodge with five bedrooms with private baths, four log guest cabins, a hunting lodge and a cookhouse. Although rustic in feeling, there are luxurious touches - slate tiled bathrooms, handmade soaps and lotions, comfy robes and down comforters. Living quarters are furnished with primitive American antiques and original American art and crafts from western and Native American artisans.The SFR team main goal: Give guests a wonderful vacation experience. Every SFR staff member is expected to help out in other areas of the ranch when needed. Job description: Clean and service ranch accommodations and other ranch buildings on a daily basis. With hands-on style of management and attention to detail, Housekeeping assures a comfortable, inviting and clean environment for guests - and maintains the special SFR ambience in all guests quarters with appropriate bedding, furniture, rugs and decorative items in place and in good order. Responsibilities include: Hire, train, supervise, schedule, and work with full or part-time cabin hosts. On a daily basis, direct the cleaning of guest rooms, cabins, Elk lodge, bathrooms, and other guest areas and evening "turn-downs" in guest rooms. Direct the ranch turnover days. Assure guest accommodations and related areas are immaculate, furniture and decor in place. Plan special small touches such as flowers or well-chosen books for guest quarters. Oversee laundering of linens and guest laundry. Spot check cleaning for quality control. Assure laundry area and linen storage areas are organized, clean at all times. Assure that massage outpost, hot tub, shower room, lower lodge bathrooms and porches/decks are maintained. Plan opening and closing of guest accommodations at beginning /end of seasons. Inventory linens, supplies, and amenities; prepare orders for needed items. Maintain running list of repairs or improvements for ranch accommodations. As part of the management team: Contribute to the overall guest experience by participating in some weekly guest events. Help maintain a high level of morale, dedication and pride in good work among all staff members Requirements: Prior housekeeping experience in the 4-5 star hospitality industry. Prior work at a guest ranch, lodge or B&B helpful. Four plus years of housekeeping management experience. Must be able to lift 40 pounds. Must be thorough and have attention to detail. Proficient in computer communication and basic programs. Must be willing to work some evenings, weekends and holidays during busy season. Available to work first year:May 1- September 1.
Wrangler
Posted by: Smith Fork Ranch in Crawford, Colorado on 3-14-2015
Wrangler
Smith Fork Ranch is an upscale guest ranch located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The ranch specializes in fine dining, horseback riding, fly-fishing, and excellent service. Smith Fork Ranch is known for a strong horse program. SFR also prides itself on having an extensive wine cellar, luxurious guest accommodations in the rustic style, world class small stream fly fishing, miles upon miles of riding trails, and a very active children's program. With a capacity of 26-28 guests per week and a staff of approximately 27, SFR employs energetic, hardworking, flexible, and team player staff members who understand the main goal is to give guests a wonderful and memorable vacation. SFR employees are team players that are extremely versatile and open to learning. Job Description: This is not a job about horses; this is a job about people. First and foremost wranglers at SFR must be people persons who are outgoing, engaging, and who genuinely care about people and their western ranch experience. Secondly wranglers at SFR must be equestrians. Wrangler days are spent tacking, grooming, cleaning stalls, feeding, doctoring, pruning trails, guiding rides, assisting guests, aiding in overall communication between rider and their animal, and setting up and supervising arena activities. Days are long, physically and mentally taxing, and filled with interesting guest and animal experiences. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Gathering, feeding, grooming and saddling horses daily Guiding guests Children, Teens, and Adults though various mountain terrain on trail rides Caring for sick and injured animals Teaching basic western horsemanship skills and coaching riders along the trail and in the arena Maintaining and cleaning tack Maintaining facilities, corrals, tack shed, boot bin, mounting platform, and barn grounds Clearing and maintaining well groomed trails Fence maintenance and repair Flood irrigating pastures Operating a variety of ranch equipment as needed (i.e. manure spreader, skid steer, gator, ranch truck, etc.) Taking photos Contribute to the overall guest ranch experience with participation in weekly events such as staff/guest BBQ, Saturday night cookout, campfires, dances, and other special events Take part in evening dishwashing rotation (among all staff, duty is about twice monthly) Assisting with any ranch chore or activity as needed or directed such as woodcutting, lawn care, housekeeping, washing vehicles, etc. Giving ranch tours to arriving guests Being a part of the SFR team and contributing your talents, enthusiasm, humor, thoughts, and supporting your fellow team members to provide our guests the best vacation possible Requirements: Must be at least 19 years of age Have at least 2 years experience in western horsemanship skills as well as many years of riding and caring for horses Previous experience working with horses AND people, such as: ranch work, lesson barns, horse camps, FFA, etc. Must be able to lift 75 pounds Must have CPR & First Aid certification Must have a valid drivers license Experience riding in backcountry mountain terrain Must present yourself according to SFR standards and wear proper uniform including hat, long sleeve shirt, jeans, and chaps / chinks when riding Must present a good western image in dress and behavior Musical talents a plus Must have a genuine concern for SFR guests Maintain the highest level of safety while with guests, horses, staff, and self Ability to work 6 days a week Must be available for employment from May 15- August 30 For more information or to download an application visit us on the web at www.smithforkranch.com Send application, photo, and resume to: General Manager, Smith Fork Ranch 45362 Needle Rock Road Crawford, CO 81415 Contact Information: Phone: (970)-921-3454 Fax: (970)-921-3475 Email: info@smithforkranch.com
Housekeeping
Posted by: Colorado Cattle Company & Guest Ranch in New Raymer, Colorado on 3-12-2015
Housekeeping
Ensures the guests experience is unforgettable while ensuring that everything around the guest house and cabins run efficiently. Job Responsibilities: 1. Thoroughly clean all Cabins and Bunkhouse rooms after to immaculate condition. 2. Ensure that the main house is clean and presentable for guest use at all times. 3. Keep track of lodging and cleaning inventory and ensuring supplies are well stocked. 4. Complete Ranch laundry and dishes daily/weekly. 5. Complete guest laundry and requests as needed. Cooking and meal preparation skills highly desired.
Waitstaff
Posted by: Paradise Guest Ranch in Buffalo, Wyoming on 3-4-2015
Waitstaff
This position requires strong customer service orientation. Previous wait experience helpful but not required. Contact Leah at buffalogal33@yahoo.com or 307-684-7876.
Prep Cook / Sous Chef
Posted by: Paradise Guest Ranch in Buffalo, Wyoming on 3-4-2015
Prep Cook / Sous Chef
Paradise Ranch is looking for an experienced Sous Chef, capable of cooking Breakfast, Lunch and or Dinners. Typically will do two meals per day. Housing and food provided. Work and Play at Paradise surrounded by over a million acres of the Big Horn National Forest. Call the ranch and ask for Leah, 307-684-7876 or email at buffalogal33@yahoo.com
Ranch Maintenance
Posted by: Paradise Guest Ranch in Buffalo, Wyoming on 3-4-2015
Ranch Maintenance
RANCH MANTENANCE PERSON Some electrical, plumbing, mechanical, irrigation, carpentry and general fix-it knowledge required. Must be organized and capable of keeping good maintenance records. Call us at 307-684-7876 or email @ wyowaddie@gmail.com Ask for Clay.
Kitchen Team - Now Hiring!
Posted by: Laramie River Ranch in Jelm, Colorado on 2-28-2015
Kitchen Team - Now Hiring!
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. Kitchen team positions require a positive attitude and strong work ethic. Previous kitchen experience not required but a plus. Five members of the kitchen team are responsible for the preparation, presentation, and timely delivery of three meals per day including cookouts, baked goods, and daily appetizers before dinner.
Guest Services - Now Hiring!
Posted by: Laramie River Ranch in Jelm, Colorado on 2-28-2015
Guest Services - Now Hiring!
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.
Wrangler - Now Hiring!
Posted by: Laramie River Ranch in Jelm, Colorado on 2-28-2015
Wrangler - Now Hiring!
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. Wrangler responsibilities include caring for the horses, leading guests on rides, giving instruction, and general ranch chores. For additional information please visit our web site at www.LRRanch.com/jobs.html. Website: http://www.LRRanch.com/jobs.html
Naturalist - Now Hiring!
Posted by: Laramie River Ranch in Jelm, Colorado on 2-28-2015
Naturalist - Now Hiring!
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. Naturalist responsibilities include leading hikes, participating in our weekly overnight, grounds work, and general ranch chores. For additional information please visit our web site at www.LRRanch.com/jobs.html. Website: http://www.LRRanch.com/jobs.html


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.

Options:

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 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. Sample ads are shown below.

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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