Our season runs late May through mid-September. Our staff to arrives mid-May and be able to stay as late into August or September as possible. We consider applicants that can stay our full season only.
Pay comes from an hourly wage and from a share of gratuities. As a result, hourly pay for all positions ranges from $13 to $25 per hour. Total gross wages for an average, first-year staff member in summer 2020 was between $12,000 and $14,000.
All staff live on the ranch for the season.
We have two different children's programs at Drowsy Water Ranch and want counselors that have interest and enthusiasm for the group they work with. The Buckaroo Program is for kids ages 0-5 years and provides a day-camp type atmosphere that focuses on outdoor activities, basic horseback riding, small animal care, crafts, and games. The Buckaroo group is usually small, only about 3-5 kids each week. The Buckaroo Counselor is responsible for the kids when the parents and other family members are taking part in the horseback riding program or other ranch activities. Ideal candidate has experience and interest in working at day cares or preschool programs. The Rangerider Program is for kids ages 6-12 years. This age group is given a horse for the week and rides two times daily. The counselors for this group are responsible for programming when the kids are not riding. Activities include team building, hiking, archery, swimming, outdoor games, sports, songs, etc. Ideal candidate enjoys leading enthusiastically a group of 10-20 elementary and middle school aged kids. Counselors are also responsible for taking care of all petting zoo animals and ranch flowers, both activities that the kids enjoy to help with!
We make healthy, homemade food at Drowsy Water. Our kitchen prepares and serves 60-80 people three meals daily. Cook's helper is responsible for some breakfast preparation and service and assists the chef with lunch and dinner prep and service. Meals are generally family friendly and served family style or as a buffet. Many recipes and menus have been ranch staples for generations, others are new or open to new additions. Some cooking experience or interest is preferred.
We make healthy, homemade food at Drowsy Water. Our kitchen prepares and serves 60-80 people three meals daily. That much food creates a lot of dishes! We all pitch in to do dishes at DWR so we all understand how important it is. Our dishwasher works as part of our kitchen staff and is a very important part of the team at DWR!
We have over one hundred horses that need shoes each summer. This positions is great for a farrier school student or recent graduate of farrier school. We will get you experience with many different types of horses and techniques.
We provide housing for up to 60 guests each week in nine cabins and a lodge. Daily housekeeping service is one of those behind-the-scenes jobs that is always much appreciated by both guests and ranch owners. Accommodations are small but tidy and clean. This is an active job that requires some lifting, bending, and walking.
We hire 1-2 full-time housekeepers each summer. Staff from other departments are trained to help also.
Our office assistant helps prepare weekly information sheets for our guests and staff, helps with reservations by answering the phone and emails, and makes other computer related signage for the ranch. Must have some knowledge of Word processing and Excel or Numbers.
We serve up to 60 guests three meals a day at Drowsy Water Ranch. Waitstaff are a key part to the dining experience at Drowsy Water Ranch. Because guests stay for a whole week, you get to know your tables throughout the week and form lifelong friendships with some of the folks you serve. We expect our waitstaff to set-up, serve, and clean-up from scheduled meals as well as help with other tasks around the ranch.
The job is shared with housekeeping staff. We provide housing for up to 60 guests each week in nine cabins and a lodge. Daily housekeeping service is one of those behind-the-scenes jobs that is always much appreciated by both guests and ranch owners. Accommodations are small but tidy and clean. We do daily cleans of accommodations and a deep, turn-over clean between groups of guests. Housekeeping work is physical but rewarding. This is an active job that requires some lifting, bending, and walking.
Wranglers at Drowsy Water Ranch are in front of our guests more than almost any other position. Wranglers are responsible for the care of our herd of over 120 horses and also for the safety and well-being of our guests when on rides in our surrounding mountains. Wranglers lead small groups (5-8 people) on rides through our surrounding mountains. Knowledge and love of horses, experience with horseback riding, and a genuine interest in people and teaching people about horses is a must. Our wranglers are one part cowboy, one part teacher, one part lifeguard, and one part entertainer.
Additional work includes barn maintenance, tack care, fence fixing, trail clearing and more. Work as a wrangler is physically demanding and demands lifting, walking, and long hours.
Yard and Maintenance staff members make sure the ranch is looking and operating at its best. From daily clean-up around the grounds and pool, to building projects, yard maintenance, and fence fixing, we like our maintenance crew to be willing to work hard outside most of the day. Ability to lift heavy objects and work outside in various conditions is a must.
How to Apply
- Do you enjoy people and like to serve people?
- Do you value hard work?
- Are you flexible and willing to learn?
- Do you want to help give our guests the best vacation ever?
If you answer the above questions YES, and if you feel you are an honest, friendly, and hard working person, then we'd like to hear from you!
Please complete and submit our online application.