Wrangler & Guide, Seasonal, Summer 2018

Posted 6 months ago

THIS POSITION IS FOR THE SUMMER OF 2018. WRANGLER CANDIDATES SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER. 

About Us:

Red Horse Mountain Ranch Family Resort in Idaho is known for its all inclusive dude ranch vacations including an extensive list of guided adventures, well appointed accommodations, first rate western hospitality, and a famous Kids’ Program for ages 3 and up. Located on 560 deeded acres, and over 300,000 acres of outfitter area, the ranch is a 1.5 hour drive from the Spokane International Airport, near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The ranch is a perfect location for a western dude ranch vacation. Full service, all-inclusive week long dude ranch vacations are available from June through October. Special weeks for solo travelers and old friends kick off our season with Single’s Week followed by our Early Summer Dude Ranch Vacations for adults and families with teenagers. All Inclusive Idaho family dude ranch resort  vacations are available from June through August for families with kids ages 3 and up. We conclude our season in the fall with adult oriented dude ranch vacations available in September and October. Special resort ranch weeks include two Girl’s Getaway weeks.

Responsibilities:

  • 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.  A key part of every employee’s job is to serve as a Ranch Ambassador, engaging the guest at every opportunity. 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, kayaking and other guest activities. This position is being offered from May through September. This position is being offered with housing (a dorm room with roommate and common area) and meals.

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be physically fit and capable of all Guide/Wrangler activities
  • Must be a US Citizen or possess a current and appropriate working visa
  • Must have skills in Western riding and horsemanship AND experience in working with a herd. Past guide or horseback leading is preferred. Past experience in giving horseback instruction is also preferred. Vetting experience is preferred.
  • Must Ability to lift 75 pounds multiple times and work long hours
  • Must Valid Driver’s License and clean driving record
  • Must be willing to wear proper western attire including a cowboy hat, boots, western long sleeve shirt and be presentable in a good western image in dress and behavior. Must come with appropriate massage therapy clothing for services.  
  • Must be able to show strong safety for riders and horses
  • Must be able to show proof of First Aid / CPR certification or pass certification on arrival.
  • Must be able to communicate with tact and clarity, exhibit a patient and knowledgeable attitude with horses, animals, dogs, children and our guests.
  • Must be able to show the ability to talk with parents and colleagues about the progress of the children in their care. They need both good speaking skills to provide this information effectively and good listening skills to understand parents’ instructions.

QUALIFICATIONS  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

LANGUAGE SKILLS  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are a must, as the job requires working in a team environment and interacting with guests on a very regular basis. Ability to teach the fundamentals of horsemanship to guests of varying riding experience and athletic ability.

REASONING ABILITY Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out written or oral instructions.  Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in difficult situations.  Ability to maintain calm and problem solve in emergency situations with riders and stock. Ability to memorize trails and navigate through miles of unmarked forest and mountain terrain. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is regularly in the national forest in unmarked and mountainous terrain. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts.  The employee is frequently exposed to and interacts with live animals.

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