Your Summer Job is Waiting at our Montana Guest Ranch
Located on the shore of Flathead Lake in northwest Montana, Flathead Lake Lodge is a third-generation family-owned and -operated guest ranch. Encompassing 2,000 acres, the lodge offers all-inclusive family vacations during summer and hosts special groups and destination weddings in the spring and fall. Regardless of the season, guests enjoy unmatched hospitality by the Averill family and staff.
Flathead Lake Lodge provides easy access to the largest natural freshwater lake in the West and the stunning Rocky Mountains. Located only 40 minutes from Glacier National Park, it’s an ideal destination for a summer of adventure, learning new skills and fun in the wilds of Montana. The lively town of Bigfork is only 1 mile away and has great shops, restaurants and live music.
About Flathead Lake Lodge
At Flathead Lake Lodge, we welcome each staff member and guest to the ranch as if we are welcoming them to our own home. We encourage all staff members to engage, dine and build relationships with the families who vacation with us. Around here, you’ll often hear us refer to the Flathead Lake Lodge family, which includes our guests and staff. The relationships we build are an important part of working at Flathead Lake Lodge and we believe it is that the feeling of togetherness that keeps our guests returning year after year.
The Employee Experience
A summer spent in Montana at Flathead Lake Lodge is an unforgettable experience. One of the most special things about the lodge is the diverse group of people you will meet while working here. Staff and guests come to our guest ranch from all over the country and over the course of the summer, our employees form genuine friendships with each other and our guests, all while experiencing life at a Montana dude ranch.
All positions require a positive attitude, an excellent work ethic, an outgoing personality, an interest in learning and the physical stamina to work long hours. Ideal candidates should get along well with others, have a passion for people and be interested in providing exceptional service to our guests, all while having 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.
We encourage all staff to play and dine with our guests, as this is the best way to create authentic and genuine relationships, which is a key focus of what we offer here at Flathead Lake Lodge. Enjoy the same hearty and delicious scratch-made meals prepared for our guests, with snacks and treats available in between. During your downtime, take advantage of on-site activities, including horseback riding, waterskiing, wakeboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, fishing, hiking, tennis, volleyball and more.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Flathead Lake Lodge is located 30 minutes from Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) in Kalispell, Montana and 45 minutes from the Amtrak Station in Whitefish, Montana. No matter how you get here, we’re happy to pick you up.
Driving a personal car is also a great option. And while it is not necessary to have your own transportation to work at Flathead Lake Lodge, having a personal car will make it easy for you to adventure in Montana’s Flathead Valley as there is no public transportation available.
During your time off, employees enjoy many of the same activities as our guests. Many employees choose to explore the surrounding area, including Glacier National Park and the nearby towns of Bigfork, Kalispell and Whitefish. Plus, the valley offers easy access to abundant outdoor recreation in every direction.
How to Apply
Flathead Lake Lodge is an equal opportunity employer, and we hire staff based on availability and skills. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen or hold an unexpired Employment Authorization document for the INS. We are committed to maintaining a safe work environment and offer a drug, alcohol and tobacco-free workplace.
Our summer season begins in May and runs through mid-October. Please carefully consider the dates of availability on the application, as your indicated dates will be instrumental in our decision-making process. All applicants will be contacted either by email or phone.
You may apply for more than one position. Please list your qualifications for each job position and know that job flexibility is very important at Flathead Lake Lodge; we expect all employees to fulfill the dates on their signed contracts.