What a Great Way to Spend the Summer!
Are you looking for a job where you can inspire others and make an impact? We are seeking exceptional individuals to help us provide a warm, caring, safe and stress free envirnoment for the guests that we serve. Our employees are important to us and become part of the family. We strive for excellence and the best service in the industry so we look for employees with the same qualities. If you are a self-proclaimed slacker, stop reading now. However, if you are a self-motivated, high energy, problem-solving person with a passion for the outdoors and people, we would like to hear from you!
We average around 20 guests per week at the Ranch and 8-10 guests on the pack-trips. Our size allows us to give each guest special attention. Often our guests say that this was the best vacation they have ever had, and it is our goal that this is true for every guest. To ensure that goal, we seek employees who are mature, outgoing individuals with an excellent work ethic, good moral character and excellent communication skills. We expect a ready smile, willingness to work hard and have fun, integrity, and a love of the outdoors and people. This requires a self-starting individual with physical stamina to put in long hours and hard work. All employees need to be organized, willing to take initiative, and have a “can do” attitude.
Working at a guest ranch can be hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun. You’ll meet new people from all over the world and see beautiful, pristine country. During your time off, you can ride, fish, hike and explore the surrounding area. A ranch job is not for everyone, but it is a job that will have many lasting friendships and memories.
We hire seasonally - with arrival from mid/late May and departure in late August through September. If you must leave before the 3rd week of August, please do not apply! Our ranch season runs through September so there are some positions that we will only hire employees that can stay through the entire season.
As with most dude ranches, we compensate you in several ways. You will receive full room and board and monetary compensation. Meals and housing are provided at no cost. Working and living together on a 24 hour basis is not always easy and requires that certain policies be observed out of respect for the guest, other employees and our family. Because of our rural location, it is highly recommended to have your own vehicle for use on days' off. Housing is bunkhouse style, not co-ed; we do not have housing for families or couples and do not allow pets.
The atmosphere at the Ranch is western. Our guests expect to see cowboys and cowgirls so your appearance needs to reflect this. Good social skills, table manners and a neat and clean appearance are necessary.
We require our staff has a current CPR card (Basic Life Saving for Adults and Children) before beginning employment. We provide First Aid classes at the beginning of the season specific to our industry.
Job placement is determined by the abilities and past job experience of each applicant. All of our employees must have a team work attitude and help wherever needed regardless of job title. We will provide on the job training when and where it is needed.
If you would like to apply for a specific position, please let us know of your qualifications and experience for the position. We receive many requests for employment, especially to work with horses, so if interested in joining our team, please be specific. Video appreciated if you are seeking wrangler positions.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and show proof of citizenship or immigration status. American citizens will have to produce a valid driver’s license and an original social security card or passport before they are allowed to start work.
AVAILABILITY: We can only hire employees who can work from late May or early June through late August or into September.
COMPENSATION AND DAYS OFF: Salary rate will be established when a job offer is made. As with most dude ranches, we compensate you in several ways. You will receive full room and board and monetary compensation.
MEALS AND HOUSING: Meals and housing are provided for Staff members at no cost. Male employees room together in the Cowboy’s Bunkhouse, and female staff room together in 2 different Cowgirl cabins; we have separate housing for the head cook. The housing is NOT co-ed. Linens are furnished. The Ranch is smoke free and smoking is prohibited in public areas of the ranch, and in the lodge, barn, or cabins. Our guests are not allowed to bring pets, so likewise, our staff. (No exceptions-don’t ask). We are not a party place so if you are, this is probably not the job for you.
All employees are provided with 3 meals each workday. All staff get one to two nights a week helping with dinner dishes. All employees intermingle with guests, and watch for their needs, and help to clear after meals.
Working and living together on a 24-hour basis is not always easy. This type of communal living requires certain policies be observed out of respect for guests, other employees and our family. You are living and working at our home so we expect you to abide by our guidelines.
LAUNDRY SERVICES: Washers and dryers are provided for staff use at no charge. You will need to bring your own laundry detergent and supplies.
TRANSPORTATION: You must have your own vehicle to get on and off the ranch, as imposing your transportation needs on other staff members or the ranch does not work. We are 25 miles (45 minutes) from the small town of Augusta, and 2 hours from Great Falls. A designated parking area has been established for staff vehicles and you will need to keep your vehicle in this area.
PERSONAL APPEARANCE: The atmosphere at the Ranch is western. Our guests expect to see cowboys and cowgirls - that’s what they came here for! Good social skills, table manners and a neat and clean appearance are expected. Foul language is not acceptable.
Cowboy hats will be worn for all horse-related activities and other specified activities. Baseball caps are not allowed on rides. Staff members need to come prepared to dress the Western style (*exception kitchen staff*) and to present a neat and clean appearance at all times. Tattered jeans, yoga pants or skimpy tank tops are not acceptable. Western style jeans are appropriate attire and are required when riding. Cowboy boots, Ropers, Packers and other western style boots should be used for riding or any horse-related activity. Shoes must provide safe, secure footing, and offer protection against hazards. Hairstyles are expected to be in good taste. If you have long hair, please keep it tied back while on duty (mandatory in kitchen). Those arriving with extreme hairstyles such as spiked hair, wild colors or dreadlocks will be asked to make modifications. Males are expected to be clean-shaven when arriving to work each day. A beard or mustache must be neatly trimmed and if you have not arrived with one, you may not grow one during the season.
Offensive body odor and poor personal hygiene is not professionally acceptable. Facial jewelry such as eyebrow rings, nose rings, lip rings, and tongue studs must not be worn during work hours. Torso body piercing with visible jewelry or jewelry that can be seen through or under clothing must not be worn during business hours. Visible tattoos and similar body art must be covered during business hours.
COMMUNICATION: There is no cell service at the Ranch, but we do have Wi-Fi in the lodge. Cell phone/telephone/internet usage is for break time or after hours at designated locations in the lodge. No texting, messaging, etc. while in the lodge during work hours.
FIREARMS: Firearms are not permitted on the Ranch unless prior permission is obtained from Management.
MEDICAL CARE: The JJJ Wilderness Ranch does not provide health insurance for our seasonal employees. All employees are covered by the State of Montana Workers Compensation during work periods at no cost to the employee.
CPR /FIRST AID CERTIFICATION: We require that all staff are current with a CPR Card (Basic Life Saving for Adults and Children). First Aid classes are given at the beginning of the season specific to our location and potential situations. A copy of your CPR and First Aid certification will be in your employee file.