Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

Taylor Creek Canyon in October

Chef needed ASAP at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch! (+Free Housing!)

In the remote, peaceful, pristine Gila National Forest

New Mexico
$3,000.00 / month + tips
Previous experience required
Start Date:
Starts immediately!

Come join the Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch team in our beautiful area of southwest New Mexico, located at 6,500 feet elevation in the ponderosa pines. Explore the canyons, creeks, forests, and mountains of the Gila National Forest! Get off the grid, reconnect with nature and find your serenity again! 

We are looking to hire a unique, energetic individual who wants it all: dramatic scenery, versatile work, independent living, and a truly memorable 2022 season in the mountains! The best way to have a good time is to show others a good time - Help us give our guests the best vacation they have ever had!

  • Do you LOVE to COOK HEALTHY, DELICIOUS, NOURISHING meals for people?
  • Do you LOVE to make people happy and help give them the best vacation they have ever had?
  • Do you LOVE to COOK from SCRATCH and use the freshest ingredients possible?
  • Would you LOVE to run your own kitchen making the menus, shopping for all the ingredients and creating all your own dishes?
  • Are you FLEXIBLE and WILLING to accommodate special diets and requests?
  • If you answered YES to the above questions, this may be the job for you!

Season: NOW to early-December 

Position Type: Full-time, seasonal. 

Considerations: We are a small ranch (12 guests max) and we are very remote. You need to have your own transportation to work here and be comfortable with long periods away from town/city life as we are located 2 hours from the nearest town. There is no cell phone service at the ranch, so this is a great opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature and the important things in life! Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets as the ranch has plenty of animals!


  • Salary $3,000/month.
  • Share of tip pool during the guest season. (We can't promise a number, but this often adds another $2,000/month to the salary! 
  • Room and board included. Living accommodations are a fully furnished private room and bathroom behind the kitchen. Please note we cannot accommodate spouses or families. 
  • Satellite TV, laundry and limited Wi-Fi are included.
  • Cash Bonus Incentive available for doing a great job and finishing the season!

Typical Day: Working on a ranch consists of long hours, not your typical 9-5. A normal day during our guest season starts at 7 AM and goes until dinner is over and the kitchen is cleaned up. One day off per week maximum during the guest season. You will be able to hike and explore our beautiful area during your time off! Staff must be well-groomed, flexible, able to take constructive criticism and be a team player. Western attire is preferred.

Job Description: 

  • All menu planning, including bringing your own recipes to the table. Menu will fall within the guidelines of Western/Southwestern/Ranch cooking with a healthy twist, using the freshest ingredients possible. Everything made from scratch!
  • Weekly grocery shopping, keeping staples stocked and food service orders.
  • Full food preparation: 3 meals a day for up to 6 nights for a maximum of 18 people when we have guests. 
  • All cleanup including dishes. 
  • Accommodating special dietary needs including but not limited to Celiac/Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan and any Allergies and Sensitivities. 
  • Maintaining high standards of cleanliness & organization in accordance with NM food service permit.

This job is breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day for up to a full week of guests. If you are PASSIONATE about feeding people healthy, delicious, nourishing meals, cooking from scratch, and using as many fresh ingredients as possible, and ENJOY spending your time in the kitchen this may be the job for you! This is a solo job (no assistants) which is great for those who enjoy working alone and running their own kitchen! Please be sure you are confident in your ability to handle the whole job INCLUDING keeping the kitchen clean!

A background and credit check will be required prior to a job offer. We require staff to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. 

Please look at our website to learn more about the ranch.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets, spouses, or families. Thank you for understanding. 

How to Apply

*Please read all the above information very carefully!*


  • COVER LETTER - Tell us about yourself, your goals, your applicable experience, your style of cooking, and why would you be an asset to our operation?
  • DATES AVAILABLE - Including Start and End Date.
  • RESUME - Highlighting your Applicable Experience.
  • REFERENCES - Written Letters or Contact Info from 3 Former Employers.


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