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Immediate opening for Wrangler. Must have background experience with western riding & horses. Some packing experience helpful. Must be available immediately, and be able to stay 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. See website or call 406-995-4276 & ask for Sara.
Ranch cook wanted for seasonal position in the pristine Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness south of McLeod, MT. Prepares meals 3 times daily for 20-30 guests and staff 6 days a week. Must be hard working and a team player. Provides hearty ranch cuisine, pleasing to the eye. Appreciation of the great outdoors would also be an asset. Room and board, wages, and a nice bonus at the end of the season. See our website www.hawleymountain.com for more information about us and our location. Call toll free 877-496-7848 or email email@example.com
We are a small ranch looking for a dishwasher for approximately 40 people (guests & crew) to start as soon as possible. Experience a plus but not a requirement. To be eligible please go to our website and fill out an application and submit it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilderness guest ranch in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness north of Yellowstone has opening for a housekeeper to work with other housekeepers in maintaining overall cleanliness and running daily routines of ranch facilities. Daily tasks include cleaning of rooms, set up for meals, meal clean-up and laundry. You will get to know interesting people from all over and work in the beautiful Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness area. Salary includes private room with shared bath, meals, activities, staff area, and a nice bonus at the end of the season. Free time in the afternoons to enjoy outdoor surroundings. Dates of the season are June 1 to October 1, 2013. Check out our website at www.hawleymountain.com and contact us at Hawley Mountain Ranch, toll free phone 877-496-7848 or email@example.com.
Wranglers are responsible for the day to day of the corral and horses. Wrangler’s first priority is safety of the guest & horses. Wranglers must adhere to the horse program put in place by the Bar W and submit to the direction of the head wrangler. Although hired as a wrangler persons must be willing to do all jobs asked of them. Wrangler duties include but not limited to: -catch horses -groom feed and saddle -help every ride going out or coming in whether or not you are on it -conduct safe and fun rides for the guests -be in control of your ride and stay alert for any safety issues -portray a good example of team work to the guests and other workers -help with evening activities -maintain fence and corrals -stack around 40 ton of hay -operate tractor to feed -inspect and hook up truck and trailer Personal requirements -must be a confident rider -must be able to communicate to guest how to ride, and have the fortitude to enforce it. -have working knowledge of horses, tack, and ranch work -be able to engage guest in conversation both on the trail and at the ranch -be able at times, to put in long hours,(6am to 9pm) As a wrangler you are interacting with the guest often and must be able to think on your feet, keep the guest happy without being careless of violating Bar W rules and regulations. 866-828-2900
We are looking for a ranch hand skilled in mechanics, equipment operating and maintenance, welding, etc. Some fence building and repair. Position may be seasonal or year-round. Note: This is a NON-RIDING position. Salary DOE, room and board provided. Email your resume with references to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Randy Bock after 8pm Mountain Time at 406-293-5000.
Vista Verde Ranch is a four diamond luxury guest ranch in the mountains of Colorado that caters to families and outdoor enthusiasts. We have activities from horseback riding and fly fishing to hiking and biking in the summer and cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Vista Verde has the advantage of having a one-to-one ratio of employee to guests, which means that we make each person’s stay a signature experience. Our dining room exudes our “ranchy and fancy” ideal with a variety of cookouts, gourmet dinners, buffet lunches and wine tastings. We are looking for a person who can be part of our community as a whole and has an extensive passion for the culinary experience. All of our staff live on site and are very interactive with our guests at all times, so a love for people is a simple “must.” Job Description-The person that will be a right fit for this job is a very organized and clean working individual who has a passion and desire to learn about scratch cooking in an upscale environment. This person must have an affinity for people and thrive in a team environment. Responsibilities would include preparing daily salad bar, cold specialty items, staff meal preparation, scratch bread baking, assisting in checking in product orders and several dinner services a week depending on experience. This position is available for the summer season, with the potential to return for the winter. Essential qualities and responsibilities: * Ability to be thrive and enjoy life in a remote location and small community * Good organizational skills and a high level of cleanliness * A general understanding of sanitation practices and a serve safe certification * Ability to work long hours and during holidays * Ability to function under stress and time constraints * Basic knife skills and a understanding of the foundation of culinary technique * A desire to express themselves creatively through all culinary preparation * Ability to step up and do more work in the same amount of time if needed * Ability to take pride in all tasks, no matter how big or small * Can lift 75lbs * No visible tattoos * Must be customer service hearted with a desire to please guests * Have a general understanding of basic cooking techniques and dietary needs cooking, including gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan. Call 970-879-3858
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.