horses running out to pasture

All you wanting a job for the summer in the mountains of Idaho it’s time to get yourselves to the website and fill out the application now! Wranglers, Kitchen crew, housekeepers, servers, ranch hands, and kids program counselors, it’s time!

Mosey on over to our Ranch Jobs page to check it out.

Here at Red Horse Mountain Dude Ranch, our staff members work hard, but we also have a blast. Our staff members are diverse, talented, and experienced; and come from all over the country and Idaho. If you have worked a seasonal position or a full-time position at a seasonal establishment, then you know a staff becomes a family and there are great opportunities for new friendships and the fulfilling work opportunities at a dude ranch.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch is among the top guest ranches in the country and our knowledgeable staff are a huge part of the formula. We are looking for service-oriented folks who love to take the extra step to make a guest’s vacation special. If you are genuinely enthusiastic and friendly and care about the team around you, our ranch may be a perfect fit for you this coming summer. Each employee will work about 5 and a half days a week, with most of the other time off to go hiking, fishing, and explore the area. There are always groups headed off to do something outdoors or just go hang out at Lake Coeur d’Alene.

The ranch is well located in the region for a trip over to Montana, fly-fishing some of the nearby rivers, whitewater rafting, camping, mountain biking some great trails, and hiking in Glacier National Park on your day off. Hanging out on the ranch is a blessing itself, and some choose to take advantage of the peacefulness. Staff should come prepared to be active.

Our summer season begins in mid-May and runs until mid-October. We begin accepting applications for summer positions after January 1 of each year. After reviewing all applications, the best applicants are contacted for a teleconference interview with the ranch. We usually begin these calls in February.Every position requires a certain level of skills, experience, and knowledge. But determination and work ethic are just as important. At the beginning of every season, we have an intense training program for each staff member to give you the necessary tools to excel at your summer job on our ranch. A team of highly motivated people that love to work hard and play hard is quite a recipe for an amazing summer in Idaho. If you feel you can meet the basic requirements, we welcome your application. Fill out the form completely. Give careful consideration to the dates of availability that you list.

  • Find the summer position that you are interested in on our jobs page.
  • Make sure the position is open & Available.
  • Register for an account
  • Fill out the application.
  • Include your resume.
  • Interviews for positions usually begin in February, however, the earlier your information comes in the better.

Other Ranch Job Opportunities

If we’re not the right fit for you, definitely check out these  websites for other summer ranch jobs!

Dude Ranchers’ Association Employment Page
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.

Coolworks “Ranch Jobs”
Wranglers are at the heart of Guest Ranch Jobs, but there’s so much more. You could be part of a guest service team which includes meal service, housekeeping, chuckwagon cookouts, children’s activities, gardening. You can’t beat the scenery of these beautiful spots where hiking, fishing and riding are right outside your bunkhouse or cabin.

Gene Kilgore’s is the premier dude ranch job listing service. Renowned for exploring ranches around the world and bringing ranch vacations to millions of people worldwide, Kilgore founded Dude Ranch Jobs to help ranch job seekers find the right ranch to make their dreams come true.

A sampling of job positions you will find on our site include:

  • Ranch management
  • Wranglers
  • Chefs
  • Counselors for youth programs
  • Maintenance
  • Naturalists and guides

And while all of these ranch jobs require hard work and skill, employees are extremely lucky and thankful to be working in some of the most beautiful locations and with teams of exceptional folk.

Trail Ride Guide with kids
Trail Riders Group posed on fence
Chef with Sandy and 50th cake