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Supervising, coordinating, and directing the operation of all food and beverage at the ranch.
Come join our family at Rawah guest and Wilderness Ranch and help
us provide the vacations of a lifetime for our guests. Your job will be both challenging and rewarding as you experience all Colorado ranch life has to offer.
All employees must have excellent customer service skills and work well in a team environment.
Employees are paid salary plus tips, and room and board. Our season runs from the first of May through Mid-October.
Rawah Ranch is a full service dude ranch offering all sorts of activities from Horseback riding, Fly Fishing, River Rafting, and Hiking. We pride ourselves on a family environment and consider our staff part of the family. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to call at 970-402-8300 or 970-435-5715 Please visit us at email@example.com for more on job descriptions.
This is one of the most important jobs on the ranch. You will receive a great sense of achievement with endless compliments for a job and a meal well done! You do not need to already be an accomplished cook. You do need to be a willing student with some basic cooking skills and enjoy spending time in the kitchen. It will be your job to make sure that the food served on the table is HOT, and of high quality as well as monitoring amounts so that there is plenty of food for our guests, yet keeping waste to a minimum.
Provide safe and educational transportation to off ranch activities and assist in creating the vacation of a lifetime for our guests. Must be outgoing, energetic, enthusiastic and patient with people and children. You will be a primary driver for the trip activities. These trips include airport runs, whitewater rafting, the guided hike,and zip line. You will also be guiding hike trips, instructing trap shooting; target shooting & bow and arrow. We have a number of fireplaces, so you will be cutting, splitting and delivering a fair amount of firewood.
This position involves alternating between housekeeping and waitstaff. You will be expected to do daily housekeeping around the ranch as well as preparing for, serving, and cleaning up after meals. You will be setting tables, serving each meal, cleaning dinning room, doing breakfast and lunch dishes, as well as the cleaning of rooms and packing of meals. In this position you are expected to be out-going and sociable with the guests. You will have the most exposure to the guests when serving them in the dining room; therefore, the atmosphere you create will make a great impression on the guests
To work with the entire horse operation which includes feeding, grooming, doctoring and of course cleaning up after the horses. To conduct SAFE, enjoyable, entertaining and educational trail rides for our guests. You will need to know basic horsemanship well enough to instruct our guests. Cowboy hat and boots are required as well as pertaining dress codes. You must be in condition and prepared to withstand the strain of working with the public on a day to day basis as well as carrying out the physical requirements of the position, bucking hay, carrying saddles raking and shoveling.
Smith Fork Ranch provides luxurious guest accommodations in the rustic tradition, breathtaking views in every direction, highly acclaimed cuisine using our own organically grown vegetables, fruits, poultry and regional game, an award-winning wine cellar, outstanding fly fishing on miles of private waters, a stable of well-trained riding horses, expert guides for fishing, riding, hiking, sporting clays, mountain biking and other outdoor activities including a very active children's program. Our passion and mission is to preserve and nurture the authentic western lifestyle and experience, and to share it with guests at Smith Fork Ranch here in our magnificent corner of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
With a capacity of 26 guests per week and a staff of approximately 28, SFR employs energetic, hardworking, flexible individuals who understand the main goal is to give guests a wonderful and memorable vacation. Versatility and flexibility are important qualities in all SFR staff. We are looking for happy, motivated, charismatic individuals that have a love for the outdoors.
Our 2016 Season is from May and runs through the end of October our Peak Summer Season ends in August. Preference will be given to those who are available to stay the full length of the season and then those who are able to stay from mid-May through the end of August.
The following are our summer opportunities at Smith Fork Ranch for the 2016 Season:
Prep Cook/ Dishwasher
Head of Dining, Bar & Events
Head of Housekeeping
Outdoor activities mgr/head guide
Outdoor guide (fly fishing ++)
Lead kids counselor
OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE:
Working at a guest ranch is fun and fulfilling, but it’s not a vacation. Staff members can expect long days, to work hard and expend lots of energy with enthusiasm. Smith Fork Ranch has a commitment to excellence throughout the ranch including high employee standards. Our goal is to provide our guests with an amazing and memorable ranch vacation and each department works together to do this. Each staff member can expect to help in different areas of ranch operations at some time or another such as housekeeping, waiting tables, dishwashing, clearing trails, and grounds keeping.
SMITH FORK RANCH STAFF:
Communicate effectively and sensitively
Are attentive to the needs of others
Enjoy working with people and genuinely care about their well-being
Have high self-esteem and a positive outlook on life
Are honest, responsible, and conscientious with a desire to carry out work assignments to the best of their personal ability
Are flexible and easygoing – even when the unexpected occurs
Have a good sense of humor and the ability to have fun in many different settings
Have the ability to do the work to which they are assigned with efficiency, safety, and enthusiasm
Are positive role models for others and take their responsibilities seriously
Get along with, enjoy being with, and respect people of different ages and backgrounds
Are team players
Appreciate the outdoors
ROOM AND BOARD:
Since we are in a remote location, staff lives on the property in shared bunkhouse-style, two-story buildings and small apartments. There are separate living quarters for male and female staff, adjoining the staff living quarters is a recreation room with a small kitchen, satellite T.V., limited wi-fi, foosball table, a Ping-Pong table, as well as a campfire available for staff. We provide basic furnishings, bed linens, pillows and towels. Seasonal staff can not bring pets to SFR.
Our amazing chefs prepare three meals a day for all staff. We cater to all food allergies and dietary preferences.
There is a refundable $250 room deposit, given back at the time of staff departure if your room is clean and there is no damage to the walls, floors, furniture, common area, bathrooms, etc. Linens, towels, cleaning supplies and laundry detergent are provided to seasonal staff.
We offer competitive compensation along with room and board, 3 prepared meals a day. All seasonal members of SFR staff are included within the shared ranch tip pool, which accumulates all tips left behind by our generous guests.
Staff get at least one day off a week. We encourage you to take advantage of all on-ranch activities and amenities on your days off. Please note that this is dependent on how many guests go on a ride, go shooting, go fishing, etc. and may not work out on your specific day off. There are lots of hiking and mountain biking trails as well as thousands of acres to explore within the Gunnison National Forest. There is a reservoir about 10 minutes away from the ranch that has a small beach and is great for swimming or BBQ’s. A lot of times we can help you arrange a float or rafting trip down the Gunnison River which is nearby.
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is nearby and is great for camping, hiking, exploring, and fishing.
HOW TO APPLY
Visit our website to learn about us and download an application. You can email, mail or fax your cover letter and a completed application. So we can put a face to a name, please send us a photo! Please know that we cannot consider you for employment until a complete application has been received.
Sous Chef needed for Majestic Dude Ranch, 35 minutes from Durango, CO in the San Juan Mountains. Requires experience cooking for large crowds, ordering, budgeting and specialized cooking for restricted diets due to allergies and/or vegetarians, and a great, friendly attitude. Pay DOE / Room and board included. All ranch activities are available during off time. If interested, please call Marisa at 970-533-7900.
Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Harrison, Idaho, is seeking our summer ranch staff for the 2016 summer season. Chefs, housekeepers and servers, wranglers, ranch hands, kitchen assistants, and more! Fill out your applications online. Hurry though, only a few positions are available!
Looking for outgoing, experienced Wranglers for the 2016 season from mid May through September. If you are tired of watching other people's adventures on TV, live your own! The ranch is located in the Rocky Mountain Front south of Glacier National Park.
Wranglers 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); leading weekly gymkhana games; assists in the packing at ranch for wilderness pack-trips; maintains equipment; may lead hikes, or takes guests fishing; fence building and repair. This person must be safety conscious, and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a fun sense of humor and adventure.
This position has a lot of interaction with guests so an upbeat personality is a must. Responsibilities include the cleaning of guest cabins and common areas of the ranch as well as wait staff duties. Some minor food preparation may also be involved. If not needed in the kitchen, you may be working in the yard, doing grounds maintenance, or any other duties assigned. We expect our facilities to be kept spotlessly clean, and meals to be excellently presented. We count on staff to be detail oriented and to provide superior service and hospitality to our ranch guests.
Position available June through September.
Looking for an enthusiastic & energetic team member to work with our Chef for the 2016 season, June through September.
This position supervises all activities associated with staff breakfast, prepares daily baked goods and assists the Head Chef. Requires good work ethic and positive attitude. Extensive baking and general cooking experience preferred and must be able to work well with others in a high paced environment.
We love to exceed our guests' expectations and strive to serve fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade breads, desserts, and goodies, and hearty, nutritious and delightful meals.
The ranch is a long distance from town so must be able to enjoy a quiet, rural setting and love hospitality.
Positions are 3-9 months. Beginning on March 1st, room & board included, with the possibility of extending thru our fall season, until November 1st. No pets. $1600.00 a month, plus tips. Please e-mail for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2016 season (begin mid-May).
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. Overnight campout duties may include setting up camp, transporting food and gear, and spending night tent camping. 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.
Please see the employment pages on our website. From the site, you can submit an online application.
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.
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.
Sylvan Dale Ranch is seeking an experienced horse professional who is passionate about sharing the western life style with guests. This is a year-round hands-on management position. Herd health, riding program, western riding instruction, small boarding operation, irrigation and hay, fencing, trail maintenance, management of seasonal wrangler crew.
Flexibility and multi-tasking are keys to success.
Compensation package = salary + housing + tips
Send resume to: email@example.com
Approximately $2000/month and room and board.
Small, family-oriented ranch located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies.. Looking for exceptional folks to join our ranch family. Due to insurance requirements must be at least 21 years of age and a clean drivers record. Must be able to pass a background check. 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. 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
Must be 21 with food service experience and able to commit to the full season: May 30th-October 4th. We offer a five day work week, salary plus gratuities, room & board included. Send a resume with references : firstname.lastname@example.org. Must submit to a background check.
Must be able to commit to the full season: May 23rd-October 4th, proir experience a plus.
We offer a five day work week, salary plus gratuities, room & board included. Send a resume with references to: email@example.com. Must submit to a background check.
Must be 21, have a clean driving record and able to commit to the full season: May 2nd -October 11th. Experience and knowledge in electrical, carpentry and plumbing a must. We offer a five day work week, salary plus gratuities, room & board included. Send resume with references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Must submit to a background check.
Must be 21, have a clean driving record, have experience leading trail rides and able to commit to the full season: May16th- October 7th. We offer a five day work week, salary plus gratuities, room & board included. Send a resume with references to:
info@rlazys com. Must submit to a background check.
Description: Come join our family at Rawah guest and Wilderness Ranch and help us provide the vacations of a lifetime for our guests. Your job will be both challenging and rewarding as you experience all Colorado ranch life has to offer.
We are looking for hardworking, energetic people for the following positions.
Server - For breakfast, lunch, appetizers and supper.
House Keeping - Clean all cabins and lodge and public areas.
All employees must have excellent customer service skills and work well in a team environment. Employees are paid salary plus tips, and room and board. Our season runs from the first of May through Mid-October. Rawah Ranch is a full service dude ranch offering all sorts of activities from Horseback riding, Fly Fishing, River Rafting, and Hiking. We pride ourselves on a family environment and consider our staff part of the family. Please contact email@example.com or feel free to call at 970-402-8300 or 970-435-5715 Please visit us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more on job descriptions.
Zapata Ranch is currently looking for a culinary assistant intern. In this position, you will be in the kitchen full-time working closely with the chef to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner for guests and staff (there can be up to 30 guests at a time and around 8 staff). You don't need to have classic culinary training in order to apply for this position; only a genuine passion for food, a willingness to learn, and an interest in making hearty and healthy ranch meals from scratch.
The dining experience at the Zapata is second-to-none. Breakfasts of eggs made to order, biscuits and gravy, warm pancakes, cereal, and fresh fruit are followed up by homemade lunches eaten on the trail or in our dining room. Dinners are expertly prepared each evening and presented with a flair for our guests to enjoy in our lodge-style dining room.
A typical dinner might include homemade bread, a large green salad with local produce and homemade dressing, bison lasagna, crispy roasted broccoli, and a fruit cobbler. We alternate between classic comfort foods and more elevated meals, such as a vibrant green salad with a mustard vinaigrette, roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, and sticky toffee pudding. We strive to use only local produce, as we live in an area with bountiful growers and gorgeous selection.
You will be working 6 days a week and you will be required to cook one day a week on your own (without the chef). You will be paid a monthly stipend, plus room and board and all meals. On the day that you cook on your own, you will be paid an hourly rate.
We require a 3-month minimum commitment. The position begins on May 1st. There is an opportunity for it to last longer if we feel we have found the right candidate.
On your days off you have access to some of the most beautiful land in Colorado. We are minutes away from the Great Sand Dunes National Park (you will have a park pass as part of your stipend!), Zapata Falls, Blanca Peak (a fourteener, if you're interested in crossing one off your list), and only an hour away from Taos New Mexico, to name a few. If you like hiking, birding, or just being outdoors generally, this will be a paradise for you. Please check out our website (http://www.zranch.org/) for more information on our ranch.
A float position with kitchen and some housekeeping duties. Will cook on the head cooks day off, assist with baking and other kitchen tasks, do daily maintenance housekeeping in the kitchen and lodge. Be in charge of overall appearance of the kitchen and lodge areas, do meal setup and serving, bus tables, and assist with meal cleanup.
Job requirements: Must have excellent work ethic, be trustworthy, able to see things to be done (self-motivated), and have good people skills with guests and other staff. No visible piercings except earrings. Cooking experience is preferred, but will consider candidates with good organizational and cleaning skills who are comfortable in the kitchen.
Compensation: Monthly salary, board and room, and a hefty bonus at the end of the season. Work week is 6 days with some time off in the afternoons to enjoy wilderness surroundings.
Wrangler to guide horseback rides in wilderness area north of Yellowstone Park. Besides working with horses, other duties include things such as trail clearing, weed control, fencing, etc. You will get to know interesting people from all over.
Especially looking for a wrangler who can replace horseshoes on a as-needed basis, but will not be the main farrier.
Job requirements: We are looking for experienced horsemen and horsewomen with good people skills. A good work ethic and positive attitude are a must for this position. You must also be a team player with other staff members and put guests' needs first. Working with children should be something you enjoy as we have many families visit throughout the summer with children who adore the wranglers. Attire should be cowboy hats, western shirts, and boots, and no visible body piercings other than earrings. Wranglers must be first aid and CPR certified. We can provide that training if needed.
Compensation: monthly salary, board and room and a hefty bonus at the end of the season. Work week is 6 days with Sundays off.
Seasonal maintenance/ranch hand position to maintain buildings and ranch vehicles, and do construction. Horse experience is a plus. If qualified, the job could continue after the guest season.
Job Requirements: Must have excellent work ethic, be trustworthy, able to see things to be done (self-motivated), and have good people skills with guests and other staff. Must have own tools of the trade. No visible piercings except earrings.
Compensation: Monthly salary, board and room, and a hefty bonus at the end of the season. Work week is 6 days.
Job description: primarily responsible for the cleaning and upkeep of ranch units. Kitchen duties include clean up and dishes after meals and maintaining a clean kitchen area. Laundry of linens is done by housekeeping staff. Also help is given to the cook in the kitchen when needed. Other tasks to be included could be some maintenance, unloading groceries, and helping out in other areas when extra hands are needed. Work week is 6 days.
Job requirements: must have an excellent work ethic, be trustworthy, able to see things to be done (self-motivated), and have good people skills with guests and other staff. No visible piercings except earrings.
Compensation: monthly salary, board and room, and a hefty bonus at the end of the season. Work week is 6 days with some time off in the afternoons to enjoy wilderness surroundings.
Mountain Sky is located in the Paradise Valley and is one of the premiere guest ranches in the US.
The ideal wrangler candidate will demonstrate both excellent customer service and strong horsemanship skills.
Job duties include:
-Guiding on 10,000 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.
-Overseeing the training of two assigned project horses.
-Managing the health of our herd of +/-140 head. The ranch boasts a fully equipped vet room and stocks, and has one of the most sophisticated vetting programs of any guest ranch in the country.
-Moving the herd in and out of pasture every day.
Positions are 3-6 months, room & board is included, and compensation is very competitive.
Dogs are not allowed, but with the permission of the Head Wrangler, you may bring a personal horse.
Email your resume to email@example.com
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.
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.
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. 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.