Blackwater Creek Ranch

High on Top
Buffalo in Camp
Yellowstone Falls
The Rec Hall
Chris as "Bandit"
Singing the night away
The Catch of the Day

Work for one of the Top Dude/Guest Ranches in the Yellowstone area!

We are a small facility consisting of 15 cabin units with a total capacity of 40.. We offer both dude vacations and overnight cabin stays. Our facility has a restaurant, a heated pool, hot tub, and recreation center.

Located in the Shoshone National Forest just 15 miles from Yellowstone National Park, and 35 miles from Cody, Wyoming. 

About Blackwater Creek Ranch

Would you like to spend the summer in one of the most beautiful settings in the United States?  Then join our family at Blackwater Creek Ranch in Cody, Wyoming.   The Ranch was permitted in 1916 as a tourist camp and has been in operation since that time.  We have 15 cabins for guest use.  We are a small guest and dude ranch 15 miles from Yellowstone National Park and 35 miles from the Cody Nite Rodeo grounds in Cody, Wyoming.  As a small ranch, all employees do just about anything there is to do from raking pine cones to starting the campfire in the evening to running to town to pick up supplies or taking guests to the Rodeo.  We encourage our employees to interact with our guests.  

The Employee Experience

If you like the outdoors and like entertaining people, we have just the place for you.  As with anywhere, the experience is what you make it.  We work hard and play hard.  We take time to enjoy our guests so that they can enjoy their experience.  If you enjoy people, you'll have a great experience.  We take guests on trail rides, to Yellowstone, to downtown Cody, whitewater rafting and more.  The dude guests are always accompanied by a member of our Blackwater Creek Family.  You'll learn about geology, history, biology, fishing, swimming, and a whole lot more.

As a wranglers said after his summer with us, "Thank you so much, I've had the best summer of my life!" 

Our goal is to assure that all guests have an experience of a lifetime while at Blackwater Creek Ranch and we'd like our employees to have that same experience.  There is so much to do in the surrounding area, hiking, biking, touring Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, whitewater rafting and so much more.

Come be a part of Blackwater Creek Ranch!


Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidates must be:

  • Honest
  • Hardworking
  • Neat and Clean
  • Personable
  • Polite
  • Respectful
  • Kind
  • Possess a sense of humor
  • Selfless, thinking always "what can I do to make someone else's day better?" 
  • Possess good organizational skills.

Absolutely must enjoy meeting new people and have a sincere interest in others.You must be willing and able to meet and mingle with the guests.  

Room and Board

Employees are required to live at the ranch.  We provide three meals a day.  Employees meals are whatever the daily meal is for the guests.  

Housing is a bunkhouse.  There are one bed, two bed, and 3-bed bedrooms.  Linens are provided. Laundry facilities are available for employee use.  The laundry is connected to the bunkhouse.  

Employee Perks

All ranch activities are available during time off.  We have a rec hall with a pool table, ping pong table, and foosball table.  There is a heated pool, hot tub, trail rides, fishing, and hiking.  There are corn hole boards and horseshoes, volleyball, and bad-mitten.  There is a lounge area with Direct TV in the main lodge.   

Getting Here and Getting Around

The Ranch is in the Shoshone National Forest. 35 miles from Cody, Wyoming, 2 1/2 hours from Billings Montana, and 15 miles from the East Gate of Yellowstone.

Employees flying in will be picked up at the airport. While having a car of your own is not a necessity at the Ranch, it is a plus on days off.  

For Fun

  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Cody Nite Rodeo
  • Trail Rides
  • Touring Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Nightly Campfires
  • Swimming
  • Employees get to participate in Ranch activities by accompanying guests to various activities.

Our Jobs

Our season begins May 1 and ends September 30.  As we are a small ranch, we all have to pitch in where necessary. 

Employees must be personable, polite, and neat and clean in appearance.




Cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner for guests and crew. Maintain safe, clean kitchen environment. Order food and supplies. Must have food safety certifications and all applicable licenses.  





Dishwashers are responsible for the overall cleanliness of the kitchen. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: wash and put away dishes, pots and pans and all utensils. Keep detergent and rinses stocked and operating properly. Keep kitchen counters and storage areas clean at all times. Sweep and mop the kitchen, storage, and refrigerator area at the end of the day and during the day as needed.

Help to properly put away food at the end of meals, help put away groceries and supplies when delivered, help cook as needed. Maintain refrigerators, freezers and storage area, making sure items are properly stored and temperatures are adequate. Clean kitchen bathroom daily and keep the kitchen a clean and safe environment.




Housekeeping duties include but are not limited to, cleaning cabins daily, including dusting, vacuuming, mopping and cleaning showers and toilets. Sweep all porches at the end of every day, checking all lights, turning on/off heat and fans as needed. Helping in the laundry, stocking cabins with soap, towels, and toilet paper, making beds. Notifying maintenance and owners of any problems in the cabins



Laundry Attendant


Neatness, organizational skills and attention to detail are required. Responsibilities include but are not limited to wash, dry, fold and put away cabin and kitchen laundry. Make sure supplies are adequate for laundry and cabin needs including maintaining an inventory of laundry detergent, Clorox, soap, toilet paper, wash clothes, towels, sheets, cleaning supplies, kitchen rags and cleaning rags.

Supervise Cabin staff, checking after each cabin is cleaned to be sure cabin meets cleanliness standards, and that cabin has correct towels, supplies, and bedding and no supplies are left in the cabin. Keep laundry room neat and clean. Notifying owner and maintenance of cabin needs.




Maintenance workers must possess mechanical and carpentry skills.  Workers are responsible for maintaining grounds, buildings, fencing and pool area.  Knowledge of horses is a plus but not a requirement.  Basis carpentry skills are required.  



Office Staff


Office attendants should possess proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office and have excellent computer skills, must have a pleasing personality, work well with others, possess good phone skills and have good organization skills.  Must have the ability to adapt to changes in daily routine.  Office personnel are responsible for maintaining the office and lodge area and may be required to fill in in other areas as needed.  

Dining Room



Servers must be constantly aware of food safety and guest satisfaction. Servers are responsible for maintaining Dining Room and Bar areas, keeping them neat and clean at all times. We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Interact with the kitchen to make the dining experience positive for guests and coworkers. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: waiting tables, setting up buffet, food, utensils, and beverages. Making juices, teas, helping in the kitchen as needed, and cleaning Dining Room, Bar, Lodge area and restrooms. Must be polite and courteous at all times. Staff rotates weekly between am and pm shifts.




Wranglers care for horses, including feeding and watering and maintaining safe, clean environment for guests and horses. They instruct guests in proper horsemanship and lead guests on trail rides into the Shoshone National Forest. Wranglers must possess experience in horsemanship and equine and individual safety. 

Wranglers are responsible for keeping tack and tack room clean and organized, taking guests on trail rides beginning with basic safety and riding instructions, treating horses for minor injuries, keeping corral and corral areas clean, keeping the fences in good shape, and maintaining trails.  Must work well with others to accomplish all tasks efficiently, safely and congenially. Must get rides out in a timely manner and must put away all gear in its proper place remembering to secure all gates and buildings at the end of the day. The primary focus is on safety.  

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining our family this season, simply email us a resume including your name, address, and telephone number with the best time to call, your education, skills, previous employment, certifications and three references. 

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