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Head Wrangler
Posted by: Red Rock Ranch in Kelly, Wyoming on 8-24-2014
Head Wrangler
The person for this position will need to have excellent horsemanship abilities, proven customer service skills and the desire to work long hard days in a hands on learning, team environment. Previous Guest Ranch experience is required as well as proven horsemanship. The responsibilities will entail the following: herd management, individual horse care, vet work, horseshoeing, rider safety, riding instruction, barn/ranch maintenance, adult rides, children rides, guest services, team leadership, employee training, scheduling guests and wranglers as well as numerous other details related to the overall satisfaction of our guests. This person will need to be able to work in a team related environment, but also be able to think for themselves and be ready to handle any situation in an emergency. This is a year round position, ranch access in the winter is by snowmobile only. Due to housing limitations and the remote location this is more of a positions suited for an individual or couple Please contact Doug – email preferred – 307-733-6288
Hiking Guide and Driver - Full Time
Posted by: White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona on 8-8-2014
Hiking Guide and Driver - Full Time
We are looking for a friendly and outgoing person who likes people and the outdoors. Transport guests to and from airport; help with errands in town. Must be able to lift guest luggage. Take guests on hikes several days per week. Some of the hikes are quite rigorous and they are both on and off property. Knowledge of Sonoran Desert a plus. Stock bar and help put away deliveries. Help keep patios and public areas clean. Job requires weekend, evening, and holiday work. Must have a clean driving record from the Motor Vehicle Department
Full Time Chef
Posted by: Zapata Ranch in Mosca, Colorado on 8-8-2014
Full Time Chef
Zapata is looking for a full time chef for the remainder of the 2014 season (October 27th). We are looking for a chef to prepare 3 high quality meals a day (including sack lunches) for up to 25 people. Responsibilities will include ordering produce, staying on top of inventory, managing the kitchen and delivering high quality meals on time. Please email For more information about the ranch please look at
Winter Season - Guide/Farrier
Posted by: Elkhorn Ranch in Tucson, Arizona on 8-7-2014
Winter Season - Guide/Farrier
HORSEHAND/GUIDE/FARRIER - AZ WINTER SEASON. Traditional family owned and operated guest ranch with many returning guests and crew and great country. Due to our remote location and rough country, we raise many of our own horses and buy young horses. This is a great job for someone who is seriously interested in developing horses and improving your all-around equine and guiding skill set. We need you to have some basic farrier skills & strong interest in learning. Inc rm/brd (sorry no family housing nor outside horses). Early-mid October 2014 through April/early May 2015. Please send letter of interest, resume, referencees and optional photo to Mary & Charley Miller, or 27000 W Elkhorn Ranch Rd, Tucson, AZ 85736.

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.

Non-U.S. Citizens:

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.

Student Internships:

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.

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