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Looking for a highly motivated individual with desire to be the next "Mary Poppins" at our dude ranch. Needing child care for our guests children ages 0-5 during their week long stays. Various hours throughout day with the children along with additional duties around ranch as needed. Individual must be 18 years of age or older. Must possess current certification in CPR and First Aid and valid drivers license. Prior child care experience preferred. References will be checked. Love for the outdoors, western lifestyle, and guest relations a bonus. Late May/Early June thru mid-September
Needing high caliber person to take on the position of fly-fishing guide. This position, besides being the primary fishing guide, requires knowledge of basic maintenance issues & guest relations outside of fishing. Must be a real people person with patience of a saint! When not with guests will do a variety of ranch related work including airport pickups. Must be organized, self-motivated, and personable. Also, no visible tattoos, excessive piercings, and you must be clean shaven during guest season.
Need a flexible and fun person to fill our Relief position. Duties will include acting as 2nd Cook/Baker; Kitchen Helper/Dishwasher; Cabin Maid; and Dining Room. Some experience with baking / cooking helpful. Must be well-organized, comfortable in any situation, and willing to perform many different tasks. Attention to detail a plus. (Foreign Applicants: We use Apex USA in hiring any overseas applicants.)
Now accepting applications for both male and female wranglers for the 2014 season. Must have background experience with western riding & horses. Some packing experience helpful. Must be available mid-May through end of September (or later). Must portray the western lifestyle with no visible tattoos or excessive piercings, and be people friendly. Men will be clean shaven during guest season. Must supply own tack and western saddle and have current certification in CPR and First Aid, possess a valid driver's license & be willing to learn new or different techniques along with willingness for hard work.
Need a few good applicants to fill our kitchen helper/dishwasher positions. Rotate between food prep and general kitchen help and dish washing duties. Fun job for person with a great attitude and sense of humor.
If you are self-motivated, detail-oriented, enthusiastic & efficient, this is the perfect job for you. Enjoy the great outdoors, while providing a vital service for guests to the ranch. YOU are responsible for making their stay great!
An energetic and organized individual to take on our dining room attendant position. Must be hard-working, upbeat and efficient. Previous waitressing experience helpful, but not required.
Need a highly-organized and motivated individual to take on our Choreman position. This requires a high degree of interaction with both crew and guests in all facets of the ranch. This individual is responsible for accomplishing daily chores, as well as weekly tasks such as picking up & delivering supplies & mail to the ranch, starting fires, setting up & taking down equipment for outdoor cookouts, caring for pool & maintenance of grounds, cutting & stacking firewood and many other various chores. May also be assisting with maintenance and repair of buildings, equipment, etc. May also be picking up / delivering guests to airport or other errands. Must be familiar with basic equipment (chainsaws, hand tools, etc.), and able to work productively without supervision. Individual must be 18 years of age or older. Must possess current certification in CPR and First Aid and valid drivers license.
Full time couple wanted for our historic dude ranch. She will be the head cook in summer season, secretary in off season. He will handle ranch maintenance year round and horse work in summer. Prior cooking and maintenance skills necessary. Monthly wages, housing/board and benefits. Family owned operation for over 65 years. Located in a spectacular remote mountain valley near Yellowstone National Park.
NOW HIRING. Full-time cook for breakfast/lunch and weekend dinner shifts. Extensive experience in the kitchen is required. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual that takes pride in their work, is creative and shows initiative in getting quality meals prepared and served on time. You will do your own prepping of foods for your meals and you must be able to accommodate guests with special diet needs. It is very important to be a team player and have respect for co-workers and guests. The ranch is open year round. Random drug testing is required. Please apply 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.