Elkhorn Ranch Arizona
Work in Arizona this winter!
Elkhorn Ranch, located in the rugged Baboquivari Mountains southwest of Tucson, Arizona, is a guest ranch offering horseback riding and comfortable living for about 32 guests. The Miller Family has owned and operated Elkhorn continuously since 1946 and enjoys the friendship of many returning guests and crew.
Working at Elkhorn is about making our guests feel like part of our family and helping them enjoy the country horseback. With a small crew, every job is vital and pulling your weight is a must. The crew gathers in October to open the ranch -- a time for getting to know fellow crew, our family, and the ways of the ranch. Guests arrive in mid-November and the season continues through April with the possibility of a week or so of post-season work to help close the ranch in early May. Appreciation of the outdoors and rural living makes the winter here a treat -- if you need city life, we are most likely not the place for you.
Although we have filled all our positions for our 12/13 season crew, occasionally positions do become available during our season and will be posted here.
Our Ideal Candidate
Already knows that you don't wear your cowboy hat and spurs at the dinner table, or is wise enough to look to the head of the table for a good example. You don't need to know everything when you get here - but be ready to learn fast, and make it stick. You do need to genuinely enjoy people, both guests and fellow crew. We hope you'll like the beautiful Sonoran desert country where the ranch is located -- we're not in or near the city! For wrangling jobs, you need real livestock and guiding experience, including ability and willingness to shoe horses -- we don't have any entry-level guiding jobs. Ranch life is physically demanding, with long days and at least some heavy lifting for all jobs -- be strong and ready to work!
Room and Board
Everyone who works at Elkhorn lives on the ranch. Everyone has their own room, and most likely shares a bathroom with one other person. Rooms are furnished and linens are provided.
The Elkhorn kitchen works hard to provide for both guest and crew dietary needs and preferences, but if you have strict dietary needs, you might find it difficult given that you do not have individual access to kitchen facilities and town is over an hour away.
Compensation consists of a monthly salary, guaranteed portion of the gratuity pool distributed monthly, and full room and board. Remaining gratuity pool is distributed at end of season. Six day work week with one regularly scheduled day off. Reimbursement for portion of medical insurance costs after one full season, and we assist crew with finding a medical insurance to compliment your seasonal work life.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Most crew prefer having their own vehicle, though many people have lived and worked here without one (we are happy to pick up staples on the weekly town run within reason). Otherwise, fly or bus to Tucson and we’re happy to pick you up in Tucson. The Arizona Shuttle runs regularly to Tucson from the Phoenix Airport.
You're welcome to ride and enjoy the pool during your free time, though crew riding is limited when guest numbers are high. The hiking is wonderful on the ranch and regionally. City fun, shopping and the like are about 1 1/2 hours from the ranch. The ranch crew room has satellite TV plus a video/DVD player and many games, puzzles, and books -- you can also sample the ranch guest library. Crew are invited to all ranch social functions. There is a "crew only" satellite powered wireless area around the crew dining room, that is available to you if you join the crew cost-share pool, and a computer (no printer) provided by the ranch for your use. If you need to be on-line a lot, you'll want to arrange your own internet access so as to not overuse shared bandwidth.
How to Apply
If positions are currently available, they will be posted above, and you can follow the link to the job listing to apply.
If there are no job postings above, you are welcome to send us information in case something changes, and we hope you'll try again another time. We recommend applying in June or July for the following winter season.