Hunewill Guest Ranch

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Work & live where the ranch experience comes to life!

Founded in 1861 by Napoleon Bonaparte Hunewill, the Circle H is one of the oldest ranches in California.  It is still owned and operated by the Hunewill family, who, along with the staff, provide a world class western vacation to people from all over the world.

Located on the Northeastern border of Yosemite National Park.

About Hunewill Guest Ranch

Located on the Northeastern border of Yosemite National park, the ranch is comprised of 4500 acres of irrigated pasture surrounded by mountains. The  ranch house, originally built around 1880, houses the restaurant and the well-equipped and sunny commercial kitchen. 

The Employee Experience

The old fashioned western traditions of ranch life and its values continue to be alive and well at the 157 year old Hunewill Ranch. Ride along with this outfit and share in western values of honesty, integrity, family, a pride in hard work and a love of the land. This is our home and where we raise our children. The ranch staff and guests are an extension of our family. We welcome back our returning ranch family and hope that new hands will feel the same sense of coming home as we do.

All jobs on the ranch are physically demanding, so being healthy and physically fit is a good idea.  The ranch is located at 6500 feet.    When there is free time, staff members may go hiking, camping, fishing, or horseback riding.  They may also enjoy reading a good book, working on a hobby such as painting, playing an instrument, rawhide braiding, etc.  In the town of Bridgeport, which is 5 miles away, there is a friendly restaurant where the crew often gets together to socialize and play pool.  The Wifi is not impressive, so streaming movies is not really an option.  Some staff members bring DVD players and join Netflix for that type of entertainment. 

Staff members often look back at their working days at the Hunewill Ranch as one of the most rewarding times of their lives.  It is not unusual for them to make lifelong friendships with other staff members.    

Ideal Candidate

Our season is from the end of May to the middle of October.  Ideally, staff members can stay for the entire season.  Since that isn't always possible, others are encouraged to apply, and 2 or 3 candidates may be able to fill one position.  Cooks must have previous culinary experience and must be able to stay for the full season. 

Room and Board

We provide free housing for our staff. Meals also provided for a nominal fee.  We have single & double cabins and a centrally located Men's & Women's bathroom.  Our lunch/dinner cook has a private bathroom.

Employee Perks

Horseback riding is available on site and there is a great deal of hiking country near the ranch.  Many world-class fishing areas are within a 10 minute drive.  Mountain biking is also popular.  Ski areas such as Mammoth Mountain and Heavenly Valley are nearby, should an employee seek winter employment in this area. 

Getting Here and Getting Around

Reno-Tahoe International Airport, a Grey Hound bus station, and an Amtrak station are all approximately 2 hours from us in Reno, Nevada.  Employees can catch the CREST transit shuttle from Reno to  Bridgeport where we will pick you up. The town of Bridgeport is just 5 miles from the ranch and has a post office, general store, gas stations, and various shops.  There is also a small airport at Mammoth Lakes about 1 hour from the ranch. Special arrangements must be made to get a pick up from there.   It is handy to have a car, but if you don't, you can usually catch a ride with a fellow staff member to nearby towns and attractions.

For Fun

Fun destinations within 2 hours driving distance:  Yosemite National Park, Bodie National Park, Reno, NV,  Lake Tahoe.  Fabulous horseback riding, fishing, hiking, fresh air, and great people, draw guests and staff back year after year.

Our Jobs

Breakfast/Pantry chef - Some culinary experience needed - must be available for entire season.  Must have a California food handlers card before the beginning of the season.

Wait staff - Prior experience as a server helpful as well as an aptitude for cleaning and organization.  Must have a California food handlers card before the beginning of the season.

Dishwasher - Responsible for cleaning dishes, pots, floors, and emptying the trash.  Also help with food prep.  Must have a California food handlers card before the beginning of the season.

 

 

Food & Beverage

Breakfast/Pantry Chef

Bridgeport

Fun fast paced culinary jobs on a beautiful ranch serving up to 50 guests and 30 staff per meal.  The ranch has a well equipped, spacious and sunny commercial kitchen.  Menu is provided.  Chefs must have experience with special diets.  Meals are served buffet style, or plated up, depending upon the menu.   An on-site BBQ is often used for dining room meals.  There is a creekside breakfast once a week.  Chefs must keep track of inventory but don't do the ordering.  Breakfast chef prepares and serves lunch and dinner on the lunch/dinner chef's day off.  Dinner salad entrees are the responsibility of the breakfast chef. 

  • May 16 - October 17;  5 or 6 day work week
  • Compensation includes Free Room & Board plus tips.
  • Background check required
Food & Beverage

Dishwasher

Bridgeport

The dishwasher contributes to a harmonious kitchen by making sure dishes, pots, and floors are kept clean and trash is taken out in a timely manner.  The dishwasher may also assist the lunch/dinner cook with food prep.  The ranch has a well equipped, spacious and sunny commercial kitchen.   Meals are served buffet style, or plated up, depending upon the menu.  Serving up to 50 guests and 30 staff per meal. 

  • Mid May thru mid October - 5 or 6 day work week
  • All positions have free room and tips paid for each vacation stay worked.   
Food & Beverage

Waitstaff

Bridgeport

Servers present meals in a professional manner, clear tables after meals, and keep the dining room and buffet room clean, which includes tables, chairs & floors.  They also do some food prep.  Meals are served buffet style, or plated up, depending upon the menu.   An on-site BBQ is often used for dining room meals.  Creekside BBQ dinner and creekside breakfast once a week.   Up to 50 guests and 30 staff served at each meal, usually at different times. 

  • Mid May thru mid October - 5 or 6 day work week
  • All positions have free room and tips paid for each vacation stay worked.  

How to Apply

Please email your resume with three professional references.

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