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Posted by: Circle Z Ranch in Patagonia, Arizona on 7-25-2016
Breakfast/Lunch Cook
Circle Z Ranch is now hiring a breakfast/lunch cook for our 2016-2017 guest season. This position will begin October 21st and end May 14, 2017. We are looking for an energetic, self-starter with experience cooking in a restaurant, at another guest ranch, or in catering. The ideal candidate will be flexible, able to follow a schedule and menu, possess good time management, and have good communication skills. We like to remind all of our employees of Ranch style team work, as we expect everyone to fill in as needed to help our ranch succeed.

* Prepare and cook meals (breakfast and lunch) established by Head Cook
* Bake breads, pastries, etc., and prepare salads and desserts
* Help get appropriate food ready for Picnics/Chuckwagon
* Serve meals to guests and answer food inquiries during mealtimes.
* Help set up Buffet Style Breakfast and Lunch meals.
* Assist kitchen staff to insure the cleanliness and orderliness of all kitchen and commissary areas
* Assist Head Cook in unloading provision trucks that arrive twice weekly
Attend Staff and department meetings
* Ability to be flexible and follow direction from ranch management
* Strong and positive communication skills
* Attend staff and department meetings
* Any staff member may be asked to supervise children during meals.
The above list is not all-inclusive. The duties and responsibilities of this position may be changed from time to time by the ranch
Physical Requirements:
Standing, walking, lifting up to 50 lbs., climbing, stooping, kneeling, seeing, crouching, crawling, reaching, speaking and hearing. Must be able to reach with arms extended above head for periods of time.
The position requires excellent physical condition and stamina. Hours tend to be irregular and long. Extended periods of work without time off may be required.

Specific skills required:
Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions
High School Diploma or GED

Winter Wrangler Starting Immediately
Posted by: Sundance Trail Guest Ranch in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado on 7-22-2016
Winter Wrangler Starting Immediately
One of our barn staff had an opportunity to take a job that could really help her in her horse training career quest to show John Lyons and Pat Parelli to be the amateurs that they are. The challenge is that this opportunity has come three months earlier than any of us planned.

We are now actively looking to fill this position for the “winter” season, starting immediately! We have lots of guests coming in August (when most of the staff return to school) and September. Winter and summer 2017 are booking up now!

If you are available immediately, we'd like to talk with you about joining us as one of our fall/winter/spring “Winter Wranglers.” This position is full time, and can be either seasonal or permanent.

Details of the position can be found at Feel free to email, call or text us at (970-224-1222).
Breakfast Cook / Baker
Posted by: Lazy L&B Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming on 7-18-2016
Breakfast Cook / Baker
Previous professional cooking experience is required.

- Preparation and execution of buffet style and short order breakfasts for 35 guests and 18 staff. One breakfast is cooked over a campfire.
- Baking, desserts and assisting the Head Chef.
- Maintain the kitchen and prep areas making sure they are clean and organized.
- Responsible for proper food handling and storage practices to ensure food safety
- Review and ensure compliance with all Health Department Safety Standards and Regulations
- With assistance from the other kitchen and dining staff, maintain, clean and organize the coolers, freezers and dry storage areas on a regular basis.
- Assist with checking in all orders.
- All kitchen staff wash their own dishes.
- Pitch in as needed and requested by management for various other tasks.

- The opportunity to meet new people from around the world in such a unique setting offers an unforgettable experience.
- Fishing Wyoming's untouched rivers, hiking and horseback riding incredible and diverse terrain.

Other Details:
Room and board is included. We pay a monthly salary, gratuities and a bonus (dependent upon performance) at the end of the season.
Our season runs until mid-September.

Only applicants with experience please.

Please email resume and references to
Housekeepers and Dining Staff
Posted by: Smith Fork Ranch in Crawford, Colorado on 7-13-2016
Housekeepers and Dining Staff
Smith Fork Ranch provides luxurious guest accommodations in the rustic tradition, breathtaking views in every direction, highly acclaimed cuisine using our own organically grown vegetables, fruits, poultry and regional game, an award-winning wine cellar, outstanding fly fishing on miles of private waters, a stable of well-trained riding horses, expert guides for fishing, riding, hiking, sporting clays, mountain biking and other outdoor activities including a very active children's program. Our passion and mission is to preserve and nurture the authentic western lifestyle and experience, and to share it with guests at Smith Fork Ranch here in our magnificent corner of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

With a capacity of 26 guests per week and a staff of approximately 28, SFR employs energetic, hardworking, flexible individuals who understand the main goal is to give guests a wonderful and memorable vacation. Versatility and flexibility are important qualities in all SFR staff. We are looking for happy, motivated, charismatic individuals that have a love for the outdoors.

Our Ideal Candidate

Working at a guest ranch is fun and fulfilling, but it’s not a vacation. Staff members can expect long days, to work hard and expend lots of energy with enthusiasm. Smith Fork Ranch has a commitment to excellence throughout the ranch including high employee standards. Our goal is to provide our guests with an amazing and memorable ranch vacation and each department works together to do this. Each staff member can expect to help in different areas of ranch operations at some time or another such as housekeeping, waiting tables, dishwashing, clearing trails, and grounds keeping.

SFR staff

• Communicate effectively and sensitively

• Are attentive to the needs of others

• Enjoy working with people and genuinely care about their well-being

• Have high self-esteem and a positive outlook on life

• Are honest, responsible, and conscientious with a desire to carry out work assignments to the best of their personal ability

• Are flexible and easygoing – even when the unexpected occurs

• Have a good sense of humor and the ability to have fun in many different settings

• Have the ability to do the work to which they are assigned with efficiency, safety, and enthusiasm

• Are positive role models for others and take their responsibilities seriously

• Get along with, enjoy being with, and respect people of different ages and backgrounds

• Are team players

• Appreciate the outdoors

Room and Board

Since we are in a remote location, staff lives on the property in shared bunkhouse-style, two-story buildings and small apartments. There are separate living quarters for male and female staff, adjoining the staff living quarters is a recreation room with a small kitchen, satellite T.V., limited wi-fi, foosball table, a Ping-Pong table, as well as a campfire available for staff. We provide basic furnishings, bed linens, pillows and towels.

Our amazing chefs prepare three meals a day for all staff. We cater to all food allergies and dietary preferences.

Absolutely no pets are allowed for seasonal staff.

How to Apply

Visit our website to learn about us and download an application. You can email, mail or fax your cover letter and a completed application. So we can put a face to a name, please send us a photo! Please know that we cannot consider you for employment until a complete application has been received.
Housekeeping and Kitchen Steward
Posted by: Lost Creek Ranch in Moose, Wyoming on 7-11-2016
Housekeeping and Kitchen Steward
Lost Creek Ranch is an upscale guest ranch located in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Come work and play in Grand Teton National Park for a summer. Now accepting applications for Housekeeping and Kitchen Steward. Compensation includes salary, room, board, gratuities, year-end bonus, and on properties activities. Must be 21 years old and be available until September 11, 2016. Please call 307-733-3435 or fill out an application at

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.

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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