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Lonesome Spur Ranch is looking for team player to help in the kitchen, do some cooking and perform housekeeping duties. This position starts May 1 until the end of September 2014. We are a working cattle ranch that serves approximately 10 guests per week. Please email your resume and references to email@example.com NO Phone calls please.
Smith Fork Ranch straddles the Smith Fork River valley, midway between Aspen and Telluride, approximately 8 miles east of Crawford, Colorado. SFR is a luxurious, full-service guest ranch. Lauded by Food & Wine Magazine, The London Daily Telegraph, Town & Country Travel Magazine, The New York Times and Sundowner Magazine, Smith Fork Ranch has been chosen as one of the top 6 intimate Hideaways in America by Andrew Harper. Additionally, SFR is renowned for its exceptional wine cellar. The ranch caters to a very high-end niche; a clientele that holds its food and wine experience to extremely high standards. The Executive Chef will, and should expect to create and receive, far reaching exposure, based upon his culinary talent. Job Description The Executive Chef position is one of the most important positions at the ranch. SFR operates one of the very best, high-end guest ranches in the USA. This requires a creative, all around 5-star dining experience. SFR seeks a chef who brings the necessary energy, creativity and dedication to achieve this challenging task. The Executive Chef will have to wear several hats, and will be expected to work closely with the Ranch General Manager in developing and executing the SFR culinary experience. The Executive Chef will have the opportunity to work in one of the country's most bountiful food regions, and to create cuisine based around wild game, fish, local lamb beef, poultry, and fresh fruits and vegetables from our own farmstead garden, an important part of Smith Fork Ranch. This individual also will have the opportunity to help with wine pairing for meals and participate in wine cellar management. The ability to create seasonal menus, while maintaining a consistent food and labor cost are important factors. This individual will be responsible for all kitchen and food operations of the ranch, from elegant plated dinners, casual lunches, and gourmet picnic baskets to off-ranch pack trips, streamside cookouts, barbecues and employee meals. The summer season typical daily guest count is 20-26. The ranch seasonal staff is 18-20. This position is not an office chef position; rather it requires a high degree of hands-on involvement.
Smith Fork Ranch is a full-service, luxury guest ranch, located midway between Aspen and Telluride, Colorado. Lauded by Food & Wine Magazine, The London Daily Telegraph, Town & Country Travel Magazine, The New York Times and Edible Aspen, SFR has been chosen by Andrew Harper's Hideaway report as one of the top six intimate hideaways in America. The ranch caters to a very high-end niche; a clientele that holds its food and wine experience to extremely high standards. Smith Fork Ranch is in one of our country's most bountiful food regions; with an abundance of locally raised game, fish, lamb, beef and poultry, fresh organic fruits and vegetables from local farms and our own organic farmstead garden. We are truly a farm-to-table resort. JOB DESCRIPTION The Sous Chef position is one of the key positions at the ranch. We operate one of the very best, high-end guest ranches in the USA. This requires that we provide a creative, all around 5-star dining experience. SFR seeks a Sous Chef who will work hard to help our Executive Chef achieve this overall goal-someone with energy, organizational skills and dedication. The primary role of the sous chef is to provide critical support to the Executive Chef and the kitchen staff as a whole. The Sous Chef will have the opportunity to work in one of our country's most bountiful food regions, and to help create cuisine based around wild game, fish, local lamb beef, poultry, and fresh fruits and vegetables from our own farmstead garden, as it is an integral part of Smith Fork Ranch culture. Important factors in the sous chef's success are: ability to manage staff and create daily/weekly work schedules; maintain weekly inventory of food; order all staple products; assist the Executive Chef in purchasing fresh produce from local farms; and help maintain consistent food and labor costs. The sous chef will need strong line cooking skills and help with prep, plating, and cooking of all meals as necessary. This individual will assist in all kitchen operations, from elegant plated dinners, to casual lunches, gourmet picnic baskets, off-ranch pack trips, streamside cookouts, employee meals as well as equipment maintenance, inventories, and budgeting. Most dinners are served from a set 3-4 course menu. The summer season typical daily guest count is 20-26. The seasonal staff is 18-20.
DESCRIPTION AND LOCATION OF BUSINESS Smith Fork Ranch is a family owned guest ranch with a current capacity of 26-28 guests. This intimate, high-end guest ranch is located roughly midway between Aspen and Telluride, Colorado. Straddling three miles of the Smith Fork River Valley, its compound of historic buildings sits at 7100 feet altitude, surrounded by 1.2 million acres of the Gunnison National Forest and 10,000-12,000 ft peaks of the West Elk Range of the Rocky Mountains. While the ranch dates back to the early 20th century, its current life as a high-end guest ranch began in 2002, after an extensive three-year restoration by the Hodgson family. In addition to its stunningly beautiful location, primary characteristics are handsomely appointed accommodations in the rustic tradition; a wine cellar of over 250 outstanding wines; gourmet cuisine; and a wide variety of outdoor activities (featuring fly fishing on extensive private waters, horseback riding, sporting clays, long-bow archery, mountain biking and hiking) customized to the desires of the guests. RESPONSIBILITIES Recruit, train and manage team (3-4) of SFR seasonal outdoor guides for fly fishing, sporting clays, archery, mountain biking & hiking. Guide SFR guests in above outdoor activities. Nurture and manage relationships with outside contractors, guides, outfitters and US Forest Service. Get to know ranch guests, and understand their needs, preferences, desires and abilities relating to the various activities available during their stay at SFR. (most guests are families staying for 5+ days during peak summer season) Working closely with the General Manager and Guest Experience Manager, schedule and organize guides and equipment for all activities for all guests (adults and children) during their stay. This involves: A. Close, timely communication with SFR other ranch departments, such as horse riding program and children's program, kitchen, etc. B. Organizing and assigning SFR guides to handle all non-horse related, on-ranch (or in national forest) outdoor activities. C. Care, maintenance and management of all gear, equipment and facilities relating to all outdoor activities mentioned above, with emphasis on safety and quality. D. Monitoring, maintenance and management of trophy trout ponds, and 3+ miles of private water on the Smith Fork of the Gunnison E. Contribute to the overall guest ranch experience with participation in weekly events such as BBQ cookouts, campfire, music night dances and other special events * Personally responsible and accountable for successful execution of all outdoor guide duties (see Outdoor Guides job description) REQUIREMENTS Passion for life/work as all-around OUTDOORSMAN/SPORTSMAN/NATURALIST Successful recreation management experience at a guest ranch, resort, lodge, etc where fly-fishing and other outdoor activities are central to the operation. Strong knowledge of fly fishing techniques and equipment Good knowledge of sporting clays, archery, mountain biking and hiking Knowledge and appreciation of horseback riding, river rafting, hot air ballooning, upland bird hunting, waterfowl hunting and big game hunting would also be helpful. Must have valid drivers license. Must be physically fit and able to lift 75 lbs. Must be at least 21 years of age Must have current CPR & First Aid certification Ability to operate a variety of ranch equipment (ie. ranch truck, skid steer, atv) Ability to work 6 days a week Available for employment May 15 through October Musical talent a plus
Smith Fork Ranch is a full-service, luxury guest ranch, located midway between Aspen and Telluride, Colorado. Lauded by Food & Wine Magazine, The London Daily Telegraph, Town & Country Travel Magazine, The New York Times and Edible Aspen, SFR has been chosen by Andrew Harper's Hideaway report as one of the top six intimate hideaways in America. The ranch caters to a very high-end niche; a clientele that holds its food and wine experience to extremely high standards. Smith Fork Ranch is in one of our country's most bountiful food regions; with an abundance of locally raised game, fish, lamb, beef and poultry, fresh organic fruits and vegetables from local farms and our own organic farmstead garden. We are truly a farm-to-table resort. Job description: The Baker/Breakfast Cook position is one of the key positions at the ranch. We operate one of the very best, high-end ranches in the USA, which requires a creative, all around five-star dining experience. This individual will work to achieve this overall goal- someone with energy, organizational skills and dedication. The primary job responsibilities for the Baker/Breakfast cook will be the production of all sweet and savory baked goods to include: breakfast pastries, bagels, desserts, cookies, bread, rolls, pizza dough, etc. and assisting the Executive Chef with breakfast service including ala carte, buffet, boxed breakfasts, staff meal and outdoor breakfasts over the campfire. This individual will assist in all kitchen operations, from elegant plated dinners, to casual lunches, gourmet picnic baskets, off-ranch pack trips, streamside cookouts and employee meals. The summer season typical daily guest count is 20-26. Seasonal staff is 18-20. Requirements: Creative, hands-on experience in a full-service dining environment and/or bakery is a must. Strong culinary background; outgoing personality; and willingness to interact with guests is important. Clean, crisp professional appearance. Exceptional baking skills. Strong hot line skills. Solid knowledge of food and beverage Ability to maintain a clean, safe, healthy and organized food production area Highly motivated with positive attitude Strong appreciation of farm-to-table culinary approach Desire to live in a remote area; enjoy outdoor activities Creative, multi-tasker Available to work mid-May to November
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 host. 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 controls. 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. Mail or Email application, cover letter, resume and photo to: Smith Fork Ranch 45362 Needle Rock Road Crawford, CO 81415 Attn: General Manager. Fax: 970-921-3475 firstname.lastname@example.org
This position encompasses a large variety of tasks from basic ranch duties such as fence building, irrigation, mowing and pasture work; as well as maintenance and upkeep of buildings. This person will be responsible for daily chores and troubleshooting as well as repair of basic electrical and plumbing systems. Qualified candidates will be familiar with the tools and procedures for: Basic Carpentry Plumbing and electrical skills Vehicle & Machinery maintenance Grounds keeping, gardening, landscaping, lawn and field irrigation (esp. gated pipe) Daily duties such as mowing both grass and rough cut and raking and as well. Farm garden help will be part of the job as well Equipment operation (i.e., skid steer, vehicles, and various small equipment) Firewood cutting, hay hauling, trail clearing (i.e. knowledge of chainsaw, hand saw and pruning tools a must) Winter duties will include snow removal; operation of snow blower and use of associated hand tools should be expected. Building / Facility Maintenance & upkeep A person skilled in maintenance tasks is a must. Everything from painting and finish work to carpentry and electrical and plumbing skills. Need not be a professional in these areas but familiar and mechanically minded enough to problem solve and proceed with confidence quickly and efficiently. Stock work is a plus but at a minimum, should be comfortable with horses in the movement from pastures as well as potential pinch-hitting as horseback trail guide. Heavy lifting will be required. Ability to follow instruction and work as a team member is crucial. An upbeat and positive attitude, no matter the task, along with a get it done approach is vital in providing an excellent guest experience. Compensation: This is a year round position. Compensation is based on experience, skills, and housing requirements. Contact: Visit www.smithforkranch.com for Career Position job application from employment page on website. Send application, cover letter, resume and photo to: SMITH FORK RANCH, 45362 Needle Rock Road Crawford, CO 81415 Attn. Ranch Foreman Or E-mail: Jeff@smithforkranch.com
We are currently seeking a qualified assistant cook. This is a seasonal full time position. As an upscale operation we are looking for cooks who can consistently put out excellent meals, on time and well presented. Preference will be given to those who can start in early May and work through September. Responsibilities:Food management and preparation.Responsible for keeping the kitchen, food storage areas, refrigeration, and all equipment clean.Responsible for preparing meals without the head cook present. Qualities and Experience:The successful candidate will be a self starter and have drive and stamina to put in long days to get the job done. Must be willing to help with activities, tasks and chores unrelated to the kitchen.Must be well organized and manage time well. Must have a good sense of presentation
Experience Montana at it's best in the Gallatin Canyon. Elkhorn is now hiring for the 2014 season, late May until September 1 or later. For more information on positions check out our website or call Linda at 406-995-4291. Hope to see you here!
We have one position for a maintenance assistant person. The winning candidate should have varied experience including, carpentry, electrical, landscaping, plumbing, and auto mechanics. We are willing to train the right person. This person must be comfortable working alone as well as work well with others. No pets or personal horses. Job Responsibilities: Ability to use efficiently various power and hand tools.Ability to operate a tractor.Ability to adapt to a wide variety of tasks. Problem solving. Should follow oral or written instructions.Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships. Requirements:Valid driver's license. Repeatedly lift 75 pounds by yourself. Please print and fill out our application on the Bar W Web site. Please do not call the ranch. After we receive your completed application we will contact you. You may mail or fax your application to 406-863-9500
We are currently seeking a qualified head cook. This is a seasonal full time position. As an upscale operation we are looking for cooks who can consistently put out excellent meals, on time and well presented. Preference will be given to those who can start in early May and work through September. Responsibilities:Menu planning and food ordering.Food management. It is the head cooks job to plan in ways that will minimize waste, and to turn leftovers into other things.The head cook is responsible for keeping the kitchen, food storage areas, refrigeration, and all equipment clean.The head cook is in charge of the assistant cook and wait staff when they are working in the kitchen and dining room. Qualities and Experience:The successful candidate will be a self starter and have drive, and stamina to put in long days to get the job done. Must be able to manage other employees. Must lead by example, not just order people around but work with and alongside co workers.Must be willing to help with activities, tasks and chores unrelated to the kitchen.Must be well organized and manage time well Must have a good sense of presentation
May 19th- September 30th. Experience required. This position is a great way to experience Jackson Hole. Work mornings and have some afternoons off. Includes working in the kitchen occasionally. Duties in the kitchen may include cleaning dishes, pots and pans, assisting in organizing cut meats and dishes for buffets, and helping clean up after meals. We offer a five day work week, salary, gratuities, room and board included. Must be able to commit to the full season. Email resume with references and / or call 307-733-2655, email@example.com
May 26th - September 30th. Dining Room/Kitchen. Must be 21, have experience and be able to commit to the full season. Meet our guests with a smile and humor. Duties include setting tables for sit-down meals, buffets and theme nights. Take food orders, serve drinks, food, and special requests. Duties in the kitchen may include cleaning dishes, pots and pans, assisting in organizing cut meats and dishes for buffets, and helping clean up after meals. We offer a five day work week, salary, gratuities, room and board included. Send resume with references, email and or call 307-733-2655, firstname.lastname@example.org
Zapata Ranch, Colorado is looking for culinary interns to work within the busy hospitality operation. Zapata is a working Cattle and Bison ranch in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. We have a very busy guest ranch operation and food is a huge part of the guest experience. We are looking for individuals that are passionate about food, flexible, hard working, responsible and great team players. You must be able to take instruction as well as work independently. 3 month minimum commitments. Beginning March 1st 2014 through October 30th. Some culinary experience is required. Lodging, food and training from our professional chef included. Please send your resume, a recent photograph and a cover letter to email@example.com
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.
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.
Come on out to beautiful Jackson Hole Wyoming and get paid to spend a wonderful summer at Goosewing Ranch. We are seeking self motivated individuals to help the Goosewing family in the housekeeping and kitchen departments. Must be able to stay from May 25 - Sept. 25, 2014.
Goosewing Ranch is currently searching for an experienced wrangler to start May 15, 2014 until September 30, 2014. Room & Board is provided along with a salary based on experience. Please call Amy at 888-733-5251
We are looking for outgoing persons to fill a rewarding waitstaff position. Serving guests, answering questions, and cleaning. This is a great position to get front of house experience, gather knowledge of the local area, and enjoy rewarding adventures around the area. Position is available from May 20 - September 30, 2014 with room and board and salary provided. Shorter seasons are available by request.
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.
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.