Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge

The Ultimate Summer....Montana Style!

Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge is a historic Guest Ranch located in the mountains of Northwest Montana and directly on the shores of Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. The Lodge offers the ultimate family vacation with unlimited horse and water recreation. Located only 40 minutes from Glacier National Park, the Lodge is an ideal setting for a summer full of adventure and fun!

Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge is the ideal location for summer employment. The Lodge is directly on the shores of the beautiful Flathead Lake and surrounded by some of Montana’s most beautiful wilderness areas. In addition, the energetic artisan town of Bigfork is only a mile away offering great shopping, restaurants, live music, and festivals throughout the summer. A perfect setting to work hard and enjoy all that Montana has to offer.

Our Jobs

The Lodge combines a fun Western atmosphere with top rated hospitality. We work as a team to provide the best vacation experience to our guests. Employees are hired for specific positions; however, everyone is expected to help out in all areas as needed. Employees work six days per week and receive a monthly salary plus tips. Nightly events such as barn dance, steak fry, and staff vs. guest volleyball are set up for both guests and staff to enjoy together. 

We have a range of seasonal summer opportunities represented in the list below. 

Arts and Crafts - Arts & Crafts
Barn - Wrangler
Dining Room - Dining Room
Dining Room - Dining Room Manager
Events - Events and Beverage Manager
Events - Gift Shop Manager
Front Office - Front Desk
Front Office - Office Manager
Hiking - Hiking Guide / Naturalist
Housekeeping - Housekeepers
Kitchen - Baker
Kitchen - Prep Cooks
Kitchen - Sous Chef
Lawn Maintenance / Ranch Hand - Ranch Hands
Marina - Waterfront
Sailing - First Mate
Sailing - Sailing Captain
Sailing - Sailing Crew

Ideal Candidate

All positions require a positive attitude, an excellent work ethic, an outgoing personality, and the physical stamina to work long hours. We are looking for staff members who get along well with others and who are looking for a rewarding summer work experience. 

Room and Board

The ranch provides all staff with room & board on property and a nominal fee is deducted for these services monthly. 

Employee Perks

The ranch provides staff with room, board, and the freedom to participate and enjoy the on-site ranch activities and recreation on their time off. Employees stay in a nice dorm setting on property sleeping 2-4 people in spacious rooms. Hearty and delicious ranch meals are served for guests and staff in the Main Lodge. All on-site activities are available to staff on their time off including horseback riding, waterskiing, wake boarding, stand up paddle boarding, sailing, fishing, hiking, tennis, and volleyball. In addition, all staff receive a share of the tip pool.

Getting Here and Getting Around

The Lodge is located 30 minutes from Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) in Kalispell, Montana. Shuttle service is available from the airport. The Kalispell airport offers daily flights on the following airlines:

  • Delta
  • Horizon/Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant Air
  • United Airlines

Amtrak is also an easy way to get to the ranch. The Amtrak Station in Whitefish, Montana is only 45 minutes from the Lodge and shuttle service is provided.

Driving to the Lodge is a scenic trip! Located just outside Bigfork, Montana the Lodge is also easily accessible by car. 

For Fun

During time off employees enjoy many of the same activities as our guests. Horseback riding, waterskiing, wake boarding, stand up paddle boarding, sailing, fishing, hiking, tennis, and volleyball are all activities available to our staff. Many employees will explore the surrounding area on their time off by visiting Glacier National Park, whitewater rafting, hiking, and spending time in the surrounding towns of Bigfork, Kalispell, and Whitefish.

How to Apply

Before submitting our online application, please check our job list for available positions.

Flathead Lake Lodge is an equal opportunity employer. We make selections based on availability and skills. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a US citizen, or hold an unexpired Employment Authorization document for the INS.

Applications for the summer season are due by March 1st. Our summer season begins in mid-May and runs until mid-October. Give careful consideration to the dates of availability you list on the application. Your indicated dates will be instrumental in our decision making process. Please do not apply if you cannot work through Labor Day (for summer employment). All applicants will be contacted either by mail or phone.

Basic requirements for staff include: At least 4 years of high school, two personal and previous work references with your application, be able to work from May through Labor Day or longer and a willingness to adapt to a ranch environment and project a western image. Flathead Lake Lodge is committed to maintaining a drug, alcohol and smoke free work environment.

You may apply for more then one position. Please list your qualifications for each job position. Job flexibility is very important at Flathead Lake Lodge. We expect all employees to fulfill the dates on the signed contracts.

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Season: Summer and Fall

Housing: Communal bunkhouse style housing available and Dorms

Staff Size: 40 - 50

Age Requirement: 18

Location: Montana