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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
A premier Colorado guest ranch, Smith Fork Ranch is located between Aspen and Telluride on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. The ranch is surrounded by (with direct access to) some million acres of the Gunnison National Forest and the West Elk Wilderness, Colorado least used wilderness area. This translates to some of the best trail riding opportunities in the state. Trails range from rugged mountain terrain, flower filled high mountain meadows, aspen groves, trails across various mountain drainages and back country watersheds and our own Smith Fork of the Gunnison that runs directly through SFR property. We offer 1 hour to day-long trail rides according to skill and varying activities on horse back within our arena, such as team penning, barrel racing, and various games. Smith Fork Ranch also offers breakfast rides, cocktail rides, and evening cookout rides. Our capacity is 26-28 guests and we maintain 40-50 horses for the guest season. Our 2014 guest season runs from May 22th through November 1st. SFR has permitted camps, and operates backcountry riding, hiking, fly-fishing and hunting programs under national forest permit. SFR is a member of both the Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association and the Dude Ranch Association and is certified by the DRA horse safety program. This is not a job about horses; this is a job about people. First and foremost the Head Wrangler at SFR must be a people person who is outgoing, engaging, and who genuinely cares about people and their western ranch experience. Secondly the Head Wrangler at SFR must be an equestrian. The Head Wrangler supervises a seasonal staff of 3-5 wranglers in providing safe instruction and general knowledge of horsemanship, to the high-end and active clientele at Smith Fork Ranch. A genuine interest in sharing his or her love and knowledge of horses is a requirement. Extensive experience in trail riding, backcountry riding, and arena work is a must with the ability to team pen and set up arena games. The Head Wrangler will not only be in charge of scheduling and managing the wranglers, but also the pasturing and feeding schedule for horses, and cattle, tack and apparel inventory and upkeep. Knowledge of feed and animal health is an absolute must. Maintenance of the barns, arena, and anything else that pertains to the horse program is the responsibility of the Head Wrangler. The Head Wrangler must be able to interact and communicate with guests, seasonal staff, management and owners. An ability to develop and maintain good relationships with local and federal officials, merchants, ranch neighbors, and outside contractors is required. The Head Wranglers skills must include employee management, outdoor knowledge, safety awareness and the ability to teach. These skills are very important, however an outgoing, positive, and do what it takes attitude will be the most important factors in the success of this position. Days are long, physically and mentally taxing, and filled with interesting guests and outdoor adventure; SFR is truly the western experience. Responsibilities Include but are not limited to: Supervise wrangler staff of 3-5 Schedule wrangler staff and trail rides Assign appropriate horses to each rider according to rider ability Supervise safety of the guests and horses Maintain accurate horse record Maintain all trails Maintain barns, corals and arena Care for sick and injured animals Teach basic horsemanship skills, coach riders and provide private lessons Maintain and clean tack, assuring that all tack is safe and in good working order Supervise the gathering, feeding, grooming and saddling of horses daily Manage all pasture lands, including irrigating, fences and rotation schedule of horses Maintain careful horse records: ride records, forest usage reports, records on horses bought and sold or leased, etc. Operate a variety of ranch equipment as needed Take guests on off-ranch excursions as needed Take photos during guest activities as needed Assist with scheduling guest activities for next day during cocktail hour Participate in evening activities with guests Assist with any ranch chore or activities as directed by management Schedule and supervise Ferrier and vet appointments. Additional Responsibilities: Help maintain ranch facilities Participate in budgeting and planning for future seasons Work with GM in recruiting seasonal wranglers Direct fence repair and barn / horse facilities repair Participate in land management projects such as irrigation, ponds maintenance, arena, etc. Requirements: Excellent western horsemanship and riding skills. Extensive veterinary experience with the ability to follow instructions from ranch vet. Minimum 2-3 years experience working with horses and riders on a professional level. Experience teaching horsemanship to children and adults Experience in trail riding in a backcountry setting. Able to lift 75 pounds Valid drivers license. First Aid and CPR certified. Must live on SFR property Must wear SFR uniform including cowboy hat, boots, and chinks. Must practice safe horsemanship at all times and follow ranch safety procedures and protocol. Present a good western image in dress and behavior Have a real commitment to provide a quality experience for SFR guests Enjoys engaging guests in conversation The Head Wrangler position is a seasonal position and reports directly to the General Manager of SFR. COMPETITIVE COMPENSATION PACKAGE Send application, clear recent photo, and resume to: General Manager, Smith Fork Ranch 45362 Needle Rock Road Crawford, CO 81415 Phone: (970)-921-3454 Fax: (970)-921-3475 Email: email@example.com For more information or to download an application visit us on the web at www.smithforkranch.com
Rancho De Los Caballeros in Wickenburg, AZ is seeking a General Manager. Position will oversee the day-to-day operations of the property. The season is mid October through mid May with the position working year round to focus on projects during the off-season months. Position is responsible for management of 79 guest rooms, food & beverage restaurants and events, a full service saloon, spa and assisting with golf operations/food & beverage. In addition, the position will also oversee the 125 club members and around 100 head horse operation. Candidates must have 5+ years prior executive management experience in the hospitality industry. College degree highly preferred. A leader with strong integrity and work ethic who understands high service standards, is able to mentor and coach the staff and maximize revenues and profits is the ideal candidate. For more information please see the web site at http://www.ranchodeloscaballeros.com Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
This position will be a swing position. The duties will be wheel line and flood irrigation and general ranch chores in the mornings. Then later in the afternoon and evenings it will swing to a bartender position. This job will include a lot of physical labor. the person for this will need to be able to work independently and efficiently. Due to housing limitations I can only accept applications from Males. Please contact Doug at email@example.com with any questions.
Seeking a Wrangler for our summer Horse Program. Individual must possess superior guest interaction skills and be 100% committed to guest safety. Duties include following horse safety protocols, saddling, barn & ranch chores, leading rides, etc. Our horse program leads guest trips throughout the greater Yellowstone ecosystem including into the Northwest corner of Yellowstone Park, our local trail system, area forest service and wilderness trails. Previous experience hauling horses and driving horse trailers desired. Daily horse care experience required. Wrangler works directly with the Head Wrangler Operations Manager and Horse Program Manager. May 1st-Oct 15th 2014. Email your completed application to: HR@lmranch.com
We are looking for a couple of housekeepers who will be responsible for the daily cleaning of guest cabins, guest/pool restrooms as well as laundry/linen upkeep. Assist with running the ranch store. Handle and complete other ranch jobs as needed such as dining help and children's activities. We require excellent people and communication skills, a willingness to work long hours and the ability to work in a team environment to provide a memorable guest experience. Our season runs from mid-May until mid-September. Please see our website at www.lazylb.com for more information. Please email your resume and references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Triangle C Ranch is looking to fill a Head Wrangler position for the 2014 summer. Must be very good at leading and working with staff and guest. Must be current in first aid and CPR would prefer advanced medical knowledge such as wilderness first responder. Must be good with horses have team and packing knowledge and have horse knowledge to work with horse wounds and illnesses. Must have a driver license and be able to operated equipment and drive trucks with trailers and manual transmissions. and be willing to follow direction. Must be a team player. Wage based on knowledge and time in the industry. Must be a trustworthy hardworking cowboy with cowboy ethics.
We are looking for some good people to work the summer of 2014. Jobs in housekeeping, wait staff, gardening, ranch hands, office and maintance. Need hard working fun employee's with great attitudes and work ethics.
Triangle C Ranch is looking for a few good cowboys for the summer of 2014. Must be good with guest and love the outdoors hard work and long days. Must be able to take direction and follow rules. Must have a clean driving record and be current in first aid and cpr Horse knowledge and the ability to work with ranch type tool and equipment a must.
Couple preferred with own RV. Located in Wickenburg, Arizona, 65 miles NW of Phoenix. Space with all hookups and monthly salary included. Light duties May through October. Please apply at Flying E Ranch 928-684-2690. Applications may be completed via our web site or fax to 928-684-5304.
Lonesome Spur Ranch is looking for an experienced Wrangler/Ranch Hand to start April until the end of October 2014. Possibility of year round work. Cattle & Guest experience required. Housing available in the men's quarters. We are a working cattle ranch that serves approximately 10 guests per week. Please email your resume and references to email@example.com
Lonesome Spur Ranch is looking for an intern to work with the ranch's barrel and rope horses. The position requires working with the horses on the ranch and traveling to shows. Housing is included and is available in the women's quarters. Please email resume and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
QUALIFICATIONS: Must have an eye for detail, excellent communication skills, outgoing personality and be a team player. DUTIES: The roll of the housekeeper is to perform any combination of daily light cleaning tasks to weekly deep cleaning. Duties to include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, vacuuming and doing dishes. HOURS/ DAYS: Seasonal full time position which ends October 31st. Candidate must be okay with working long hours, 5 days/ week
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.