Red Horse Mountain Ranch is a gorgeous and remote dude ranch in Northern Idaho offering peace, outdoor adventure, and warm western hospitality to all our wonderful guests and staff. It is one of the last rare spots, kept secluded and safe, and we want to share that with others.
We believe our ranch exists to “Reconnect People to the Important Things of a Life Well-Lived.” To achieve that mission, we need an excellent team that values professionalism, has a positive outlook, takes ownership of their work, and can help us create a safe environment where people can grow and create unforgettable memories. We are a great place to work and the team members here are the pride and joy of the ranch (as well as our horses, of course)!
We are always looking to add more amazing team members! Positions that are typically in demand include: Sous Chefs, Kitchen Assistants, Hospitality, Wranglers, Ranch Hands, Massage Therapist, Bartender, and Childcare/Nanny.
We offer a healthy working environment, free employee housing, meals five days a week (plus leftovers), competitive wages, a season end completion bonus, and access to all the same amazing activities our guests enjoy! It will be a summer you will never forget. [Not to mention you’ll be surrounded by beautiful country and good people.]
We are currently accepting applicants who are awesome, authorized to work in the USA, 21 years of age or older, drug free, not grumpy, and can lift 50 pounds.
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If You’re Sold and Want to Apply – Please see below for our current needs.
We’re looking for a self-motivated, energetic person who enjoys taking on a wide variety of tasks, to fill our seasonal Bartender/Evening Entertainment Coordinator position. The Bartender is a positive, welcoming person who enjoys meeting new people and makes the guests feel at home. APPLY NOW
Wrangler & Guide
Gather horses from pasture, saddle and bridle horses, mount riders, lead guest trail rides, and offer riding instruction according to the principles of western horsemanship. Care for over 100 head of horses, including daily brushing, grooming, watering, and some veterinary work and feeding. Other duties include tack upkeep and repair, fencing and fence repair, corral maintenance, barn and barnyard cleanup, and trail maintenance. Horse experience is required. APPLY NOW
Kids Program Wrangler & Guide
Gather horses from pasture, saddle and bridle horses, mount riders, lead guest trail rides, and offer riding instruction according to the principles of western horsemanship. Care for over 100 head of horses, including daily brushing, grooming, watering, and some veterinary work and feeding. Other duties include tack upkeep and repair, fencing and fence repair, corral maintenance, barn and barnyard cleanup, and trail maintenance. Horse experience is required. In addition, Kid’s Wranglers will also be working directly with kids ages 3-11 years old. APPLY NOW
We’re looking for a creative, energetic person who works efficiently and has knowledge of a variety of cuisines and cooking methods, to fill our Sous Chef positions. We’re looking for a professional who is dedicated to food quality and sets high standards for their output. Our AM Sous Chef is responsible for preparing breakfast (both buffet and to-order) and buffet lunch up to 80 guests and staff. PM Chef handles the dinner menus. The Chefs can have an active role in planning the menu and is responsible for maintaining proper food levels, proper storage of food stock, and maintaining the sanitary condition of the kitchen. This includes washing and storing dishes, sweeping and mopping, restocking inventory, and general cleaning and organizing. APPLY NOW
We are looking for fun, enthusiastic, and energetic people to join our hospitality team. This position requires interacting with the guests a great deal of the day so good communication skills are a must. The tasks and duties of this position require a hard working individual willing to work long hours with flexibility, a team spirit, must be able to work without a great deal of supervision, and must be able to take and follow direction . Some of the tasks that are required of you on a daily basis may be, cleaning guest cabins, cleaning the lodge and its common areas, serving 3 meals a day, helping in the kitchen/bar, tending to ranch and guest laundry, and light yard/landscape work. Housekeepers/servers provide a clean, warm, comfortable, home away from home environment for our guests. Experience a rewarding summer while working in a beautiful location, and enjoying all Idaho has to offer. Come join our team! APPLY NOW
We’re looking for quick-learning, energetic people who enjoy taking on a wide variety of tasks, to fill our seasonal Kitchen Assistant positions. We have two Kitchen Assistant positions available. The morning shift assists the AM chef, from breakfast through lunch service. The afternoon shift assists the PM Chef through dinner and closing the kitchen. The Kitchen Assistants are responsible for maintaining the sanitary condition of the kitchen and food storage areas. This includes washing and storing dishes, sweeping and mopping, restocking inventory, and general cleaning and organizing. They are also available to assist the chefs with meal prep, help the servers with setting tables and cleaning the dining room, and fill in for the bartender. Both positions, especially the AM position, will assist the pastry chef in baking. Baking experience for the AM position is preferred.
Our Kitchen Assistants are flexible and willing to work odd jobs and long hours when required. Previous kitchen experience is preferred, but not required. The kitchen and food storage areas are on separate floors, so all staff must be physically able to walk up and down a full flight of stairs repeatedly each day and must be capable of carrying 50+ pounds up and down stairs and across uneven ground, as is necessary. Must be able to work as a team player with minimal supervision and able to take directions from a supervisor. APPLY NOW
Our Ranch Hand position is a very rewarding job for those who are multi-talented and would enjoy pitching in a hand in a number of different areas of the ranch. As with all of our positions, a passion for people and the outdoors is a must. The main portion of this position lies in the ability to assist in the general maintenance of the ranch grounds & facilities. Duties may include weeding, mowing, trimming, planting, trash take out, handy work, mending a fence, light construction, vehicle maintenance, and other odd jobs around the ranch. In addition, our Ranch Hand also has the opportunity to assist in guest shuttling. This position is for a flexible person, who may be called upon to help in other departments on the ranch on a regular basis or a few times throughout the summer. Maintenance, landscaping, and/or construction experience is preferred. APPLY NOW
Massage Therapist & Wrangler
We are in search of a licensed massage therapist who has interest/experience in western horsemanship. This position will work part time as seasonal wrangler AND will provide massage therapy to our guests in the afternoon and evenings. This position will work Monday through Friday with a typical wrangler schedule from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. When needed, the position will cover all booked massages in the afternoon or evening, depending on the massage schedule.
As a wrangler, this position will be required at the barn each morning during the week to lead trail rides AND provide instruction for riders of all riding abilities and ages. When not involved in Massage therapy, Wranglers will also be guiding other ranch activities to include sporting clays, helping the Kids Program, mountain bike tours, challenge course & high ropes course, fishing, hiking, and other guest activities. Please review the Wrangler Job Description for more information.
The ranch has a large herd of horses to care for and horseback rides are continually leaving for scenic vistas, mountain trails, 1/2 and full day rides. You’ll have the opportunity during your summer to operate ranch equipment, vet and care for the herd, help out with general ranch work, maintain facilities and grounds, and take part in other guided activities at the ranch. APPLY NOW
- Find the summer position that you are interested in.
- Make sure the position is still available. We keep the website up to date on what positions are still open.
- Click the Apply Now and you’ll be sent to our online application system.
- Include your resume and anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself.
- Only applicants that complete the online application will be evaluated.
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.
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.
Employment at the Ranch
Red Horse Mountain Ranch has a strong commitment to excellence for our guests. We strive to provide the most amazing vacations and give our guests the timeless memories of a ranch vacation. But with that said, the ranch seasonal employees spend the entire summer on the ranch. It’s so much more than just a week here and It’s more than just a summer job. It’s a the total Red Horse experience and one you’ll never forget. Many years from now you’ll still be in contact with the many friends you’ll make this coming summer.
What we’re looking for
We’re looking for individuals who want a working experience, not just a job. We’re looking for individuals with self starter attitudes, who know the value of being a strong member of a team and who enjoy hospitality and care. We’re looking for those with experience and enjoy teaching, and those who have a heart for hospitality but need training. A Staff member who lives on a ranch must have a flexible attitude and have the expectation to help in any area of the ranch operations. And staff should love the outdoors.
Housing & Meals
Generally, seasonal employees will live on the ranch in our employee housing much like a co-ed dorm. Each employee will have a roommate. There is a large common area with a large men’s and lady’s bathroom. Meals are provided during your work days, approximately 5 days per week. The chef’s will make you’re breakfast to order, lunch is usually a buffet and served with a salad bar, and dinners are also buffet with at least two proteins. Staff who have food allergies should make sure the chefs can take care of them prior to accepting a position. Usually, food allergies are not an issue.
Work Days & Days Off
Each position has it’s own requirements of work on the ranch. Depending on your position, you should expect anywhere between 40-50 hours per week scheduled during 5 days. As a general rule, the ranch management attempts to make sure everyone has 2 days off a week, but we can’t always guarantee. Staff who are wanting to make more can usually pick up extra or additional work on the ranch. We highly recommend telling you’re interviewer that you’d be interested in additional work. Should you accept extra work, we do ask you’ll maintain this through the entire summer.
The ranch attempts to be flexible as possible, but additional time off during the summer is rare. We staff conservatively to allow our pay to be as good as possible. Staff missing shifts at anytime during the summer means other staff need to pick up your work.
When you’re hired, you’ll also be given a end of season bonus to provide an incentive to finish your summer. After you’ve been offered a position, you’ll receive a letter from the ranch manager explaining more about being on the ranch. We highly recommend you take time to read through the letter and make sure you understand everything. If you have any questions, this is the time to call the ranch and get answers.
Uniforms & What you’ll need
In most cases, some part of your uniform will be provided but each job has certain requirements that employees will have to come with. Most often this would include slick soled boots, jeans, water shoes, and typical summer clothing. You’ll be provided a list. We also suggest you bring items to help you enjoy you’re outdoor pursuits. Many times during the summer, the staff usually visit nearby places to go fishing, float rivers, camp, hike, climb, or take advantage of what Idaho has to offer.
As for some large equipment you may need/want to bring, please make sure to talk with the ranch manager prior to arriving. You’d think on 600 acres in Idaho there would lots of space, but the employees area with such a large staff does get congested. As a general rule, we’d prefer motorized equipment like atv’s or motorcycles get left home, mainly because we’re in a non-motorized area. Bikes, kayaks, and other crafts should be cleared before arriving. We just want to make sure there’s room.
Start / End Dates
All positions start in early May during our staff training period. You’ll be given a couple weeks to learn your job and have a chance to be on the ranch prior to our season start and enjoy many outdoor opportunities. This is your chance to learn about who you’ll be spending the summer with and get comfortable.
The Hiring Process
The ranch begins posting it’s jobs as early as November prior to the summer. If you’re application meets exactly what we’re looking for, we may immediately begin the interview process. In other words, the earlier you apply the better. The ranch prefers to have our positions filled no later than the end of March for the summer season. Typically, the ranch collects applications through the winter and will start interviews around the beginning of February.
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