Bar W Guest Ranch

Family Dude Ranch located four miles from Whitefish, MT

The Bar W Guest Ranch is a great place to spend time enjoying the outdoors. Are you hard-working, outgoing, fun-loving person with a sense of adventure? The Bar W is a family ranch with activities for guests of all ages. As a small MT ranch with about 35 guests per week, we make it a point to make everyone feel special. If you love horses and people, we just might have a seasonal home for you!

Located in the beautiful Flathead Valley on Spencer Lake in NW Montana, the Bar W is just 40 minutes from Glacier National Park. We are 10 minutes away from the thriving resort community of Whitefish.

About Bar W Guest Ranch

At The Bar W, we believe that a well-run dude ranch is hospitality at its very finest. Our number one goal is to provide our guests with the best possible vacation experience. Our staff is our number one resource to help achieve this goal. Each year we hire for both seasonal and year-round positions.

Working on a dude ranch is not like any other job. The work is hard and the hours are long. But this is the one job that will become part of you for the rest of your life. You will make lifelong friendships with both staff and guests, as well as learn skills and a work ethic that will stay with you wherever you go.

Ideal Candidate

Regardless of the position, you are hired for, we are looking for people who are willing to help wherever needed. This is a people-oriented business, and we are looking for staff with excellent communication skills and outgoing personalities. It is also important that everyone be a team player. Whenever you are around the guests you will need to present a neat and clean appearance. All employees are required to have current basic first aid and CPR from the Red Cross before arriving at the ranch.

Check out this short promotional video to learn more about our ranch and what we offer our guests.

Room and Board

Housing and meals are available on site. Most staff accommodations are dormitory structured with separate quarters for men and women.  Each bunkhouse can sleep up to 6 men or women. We have very limited couples' housing available. On-site laundry facilities are available for no charge. 

Employee Perks

A Season bonus is paid to employees who fulfill their agreement.  20% discount is extended to the employees' friends and family for staying at the ranch as well as in our gift shop. Select Western stores in the area offer a discount to Bar W employees.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Glacier International Airport (airport code FCA) is located in Kalispell, MT and is just 25 minutes from the ranch.  The train station is located in downtown Whitefish and is just 4 miles from the ranch.  Having a car is helpful but not necessary. 

For Fun

Staff are encouraged to enjoy the ranch during their time and days off, but please remember that our guests come first. Here in Northwestern Montana, the recreational possibilities are endless, with riding, hiking, fishing, and Glacier National Park just a short drive away.

Click here to watch a Video of our staff's experiences

Our Jobs

We are currently accepting applications for the following positions for our 2018 summer season:

Cook

This is a seasonal full time position. As an upscale operation we are looking for cooks who can consistently put out excellent meals, on time and well presented. Responsible for food management and preparation, keeping the kitchen, food storage areas, refrigeration, and all equipment clean. Preference will be given to those who can start in early May and work through September. The successful candidate will be a self starter and have drive and stamina to put in long days to get the job done. Also must be willing to help with activities, tasks and chores unrelated to the kitchen. Must be well organized and manage time well. Must have a good sense of presentation

Lodge Staff

The role of the lodge staff is to perform any combination of daily light cleaning tasks to weekly deep cleaning. Duties to include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, vacuuming, doing dishes and light gardening. Will assist at mealtimes. Work with the head cook to make sure all kitchen and food storage areas are kept clean and organized at all times. On a daily basis ensure that all guest rooms, cabin, common areas and office are clean and have the proper linens and supplies. Duties include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms, walkways and common areas, vacuuming as well as kitchen support and dishes. Previous dude ranch or similar resort experience would be a plus. Must be willing to help with activities, tasks and chores unrelated to the kitchen or lodge.  All employees are required to have current basic first aid and CPR from the Red Cross before arriving at the ranch. Preference will be given to employees that are available for the entire season but students are encouraged to apply.

Wrangler

Seasonal Wranglers are responsible for the day to day care of the corral, tack and horses. Wrangler's first priority is safety of the guest & horses. Wrangler must adhere to the horse program put in place by the Bar W while under the direction of the Head Wrangler. Although hired as a Wrangler, employees must be willing to do all jobs asked of them. Season normally starts May 1st and ends Oct. 1st. Preference will be given to Wranglers that are available for the entire season but students are encouraged to apply. Wrangler duties include but not limited to: -grooming feeding and saddling -conduct safe and fun rides for the guests -be in control of your ride and stay alert for any safety issues -help with evening activities -maintain fence and corrals -stack hay -operate tractor to feed -inspect and hook up truck and trailer -must be a confident rider -must be able to communicate to guest how to ride, and have the fortitude to enforce it. -have working knowledge of horses, tack, and ranch work -be able to engage guest in conversation both on the trail and at the ranch -be able at times, to put in long hours -valid drivers license -lift 75 lbs repeatedly As a wrangler you are interacting with the guest often and must be able to think on your feet, keep the guest happy without being careless of violating Bar W rules and regulations.  All employees are required to have current basic first aid and CPR from the Red Cross before arriving at the ranch.

How to Apply

Visit our website to learn more and to download our employment application.

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