Greenhorn Ranch

Find your way in the Lost Sierra! Join our Greenhorn Family for a Summer to remember!

Greenhorn Ranch is California's premier dude ranch. Established in 1962, it hangs its hat on fostering families & new traditions.We breathe cowboy culture with all the fixins of California living. A long-time member of the Dude Ranch Association, we are driven to serve guests through Western hospitality, a warm welcome, real ranch living, & an unparalleled vacation experience.

Nestled in the "Lost Sierra," we're just an hour from Lake Tahoe and Reno, a few hours from Sacramento and the Bay Area but a world away culturally. We edge the Feather River and the Plumas National Forest.

About Greenhorn Ranch

Our team is the real deal. We are driven to serve guests through Western hospitality, a warm welcome, real ranch living, and unparalleled vacation experience. We breathe cowboy culture with all the fixins of California living. Catering to greenhorns from around the world, we offer families and vacationers a genuine horse ranch experience with guided trail rides, horseback riding lessons, expert wranglers, stocked fishing ponds, and more.

With thousands of miles of trail, more than 80-head horses trained for family riding, a staff of full-time wranglers and adventure seekers, Greenhorn Ranch is looking for a rugged, rough and ready staff with a keen sense of empathy to connect with the average Greenhorn. We want to work with people who want to work with flatlanders looking to discover a new way of life. We help them cultivate their cowboy within in every way. 

The Employee Experience

At Greenhorn Ranch, we believe in providing genuine hospitality with love. We fulfill our values by cultivating a true family culture amongst our staff. We all care about each other here and form lasting bonds with our Greenhorn Family. We spend much of our time together laughing around the campfire, enjoying meals together and exploring the adventures of Plumas County. While our ranch activities remain consistent, there’s never a dull moment at Greenhorn Ranch! Each week you’ll meet new people from across the country and all over the world, hear their stories and share yours. 

Greenhorns from all over come back because of the incredible service and long-time friendships they build on the ranch. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for the experienced wranglers and dedicated staff who continue to return to Greenhorn Ranch year after year. Our team make up the fabric that is Greenhorn Ranch and we wouldn’t be here without them.

Ideal Candidate

Our mission at Greenhorn Ranch is to build new traditions through adventure and starry nights. We thrive to provide genuine hospitality to our guests and staff. We are authentic, enthusiastic and personable. We are looking for outgoing, motivated individuals with a sense of adventure to join out Greenhorn Family.

Room and Board

We offer limited dormitory-style accommodations with shared bathroom and common areas for a small fee (refundable if specifications are met). Beds are twin or twin bunks and you will likely share rooms with 1-3 same-sex roommates. Shared kitchens are available where you can store and prepare meals. All staff housing is smoke and drug-free. We do not have housing available for families or pets. 

Staff lunch will be provided free of charge for each shift worked. Additional staff meals are available at discounted rates.

Employee Perks

We are pleased to offer the following perks to our employees:

  • One employee trail ride at no charge. Additional rides are 10% off.
  • One employee Friday Night Barbecue at no charge.
  • Employee discounts on our gift shop and meals.
  • Visiting families receive generous discounts on accommodations.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Please be prepared to arrive at Greenhorn Ranch by your own means of reliable transportation. Doing so will allow you to explore the surrounding areas on your own if so desired. GPS directions may not be accurate, a hard copy of driving directions are suggested. Cell phone reception is limited in many nearby areas.

Quincy, California is located 15 miles North of Greenhorn Ranch for amenities such as Grocery Stores, Gas, Restaurants, Laundry Facilities, and Miscellaneous Recreation. 

For Fun

Nestled in the Lost Sierra, this hidden escape is just over an hour from Reno and roughly two hours from Lake Tahoe. There is first class hiking, fishing, climbing, mountain biking, camping and of course horseback riding. 

How to Apply

Please submit resumes and cover letters with desired position to

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