Summer Jobs at Red Horse Mountain Ranch

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.