The Ultimate Summer - Montana Style!
An 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. Our 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!
About Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge
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.
The Employee Experience
A summer spent at Flathead Lake Lodge is an unforgettable experience. Perhaps one of the most special things about the lodge is the diverse group of people that you will meet while working here. Staff and guests alike come to the lodge from all over the country. Over the course of the summer, our employees form lifelong friendships with people from all walks of life. At the end of the summer, our employees walk away with knowledge and skills that they may not have had the opportunity to learn otherwise.
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 on-site room and board for all employees at a nominal monthly fee, which includes housing and three meals a day. Employee housing is shared with other employees in a dormitory style setting.
The ranch provides staff with the freedom to participate and enjoy the on-site ranch activities and recreation on their time off. 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:
- 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.
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.
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 an hourly wage plus an equal share of the tip pool. 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.
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.