Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

Work Hard & Play Hard in the Sawtooth Mountains!

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch is one of the West’s finest guest ranches, providing professional, personalized service to 44-50 guests who stay in either our unique, well-appointed log cabins or the main lodge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Location in Idaho's Sawtooth National Recreation Area - an outdoor enthusiast’s wonderland with 40 peaks over 10,000 feet, more than 300 high alpine lakes and 750 miles of trails.

About Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

As employers, our mission is to make the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch as good a place to work, as it is to visit. Management’s goal is to hire and employ honest, fair-minded workers then treat those workers honestly and fairly. While we all recognize that work is work, working at the Ranch should be a rewarding, positive experience of common goals, unity of spirit, and cheerful, polite and conscientious concern for guests and co-workers.

There is boundless opportunity for hiking, biking, fishing, climbing, white water rafting and other water sports, ghost town visits, photography, and scenic drives in the area. We are surrounded by more wilderness than anywhere in the lower 48 States.

The Employee Experience

The memories and friendships you make while working at the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch will last a lifetime.

Read Gabi and Erica's stories on how working at the ranch changed their lives. 

Ideal Candidate

If you are hardworking, energetic, and want to make a positive commitment to the excellent service standards of our Ranch, in one of the country’s most spectacular recreation areas, we welcome your application. The Ranch fosters a respectful environment where all are comfortable working, recreating, and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow employees and guests. We’re committed to an authentic team approach, working cooperatively to create a positive environment for both staff and our guests.

Employment Philosophy

As employers, our mission is to make the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch as good a place to work, as it is to visit. Management’s goal is to hire and employ honest, fair-minded workers then treat those workers honestly and fairly. While we all recognize that work is work, working at the Ranch should be a rewarding, positive experience of common goals, unity of spirit, and cheerful, polite and conscientious concern for guests and co-workers.

Employment Season and Roles 

The Summer 2018 guest season is June 15th through September 15th. The 2018 employee season is June 6th through September 20th. Employees must be available to work our entire season. Some key positions begin earlier or can last longer. All applicants must be available to work weekdays, weekends, holidays, AM and PM shifts. Employees must be willing to work split shifts and to follow house rules for on-campus housing. There is a room and board package available on ranch for employees. Employees are salaried and work a five-day week.

Room and Board

Most seasonal staff participates in our on-Ranch room and board package, which is available for $250 per month. If you choose this option the amount is deducted from your compensation check. For example, if your monthly compensation is $1,600 and you choose the room and board package, your gross monthly compensation amount would be $1,350.

The Housing provided with the room and board package is in dormitory-style accommodations. A few private rooms are available, with most rooms shared by 2 or 3 people. You must provide your own bedding, towels and personal necessities.

There is a washer and dryer available free of charge for employees living on the ranch. Off-ranch housing options in the area are limited, but some rentals and limited RV hook-ups are available. For employees choosing to live off campus, $5 per day per shift meal/s will be charged on days worked. Room and board is a combined package; there is not a separate package for room or board.

The room and board option includes three nutritious, healthy and varied meals per day. For those employees on special diets, there will be food to accommodate your needs each meal. There is a refrigerator for crew use that often has other food options designated for crew.

Quiet hour on the ranch is at 10:30pm every night.

Please note: The Ranch does not offer a kitchen for employees to cook their own meals. There is limited space available in the crew refrigerator for food purchased for your personal use.

Seasonal Ranch employment compensation includes:

  • A monthly salary for your 5-day, 40 hour workweek
  • 1.5 time pay for overtime
  • A completion bonus for completing the season
  • An additional bonus may be awarded for exceptional performance
  • The starting salary for most first year positions is $1,600 per month

Employee Perks

Compensation includes monthly salary plus room and board. You'll work a five day work week.  A completion bonus is paid to all employees who complete the season.  Additional bonus may be awarded for exceptional performance.

On the ranch you may enjoy the ranch’s natural hot springs swimming pool, stocked catch-and-release fishing pond with paddleboat, the Salmon River running through the lower ranch property, horseshoes, hiking and biking. Each employee has the opportunity to have a complimentary 1.5 hour horseback ride and ½ day white water raft trips on the Salmon River. Many employees in the past have enjoyed camping and backpacking on their days off.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Our 900-acre ranch is located in the heart of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, 9 miles south of Stanley on Highway 75 between mile markers 180 and 181. The ranch is 50 miles north of Sun Valley, 130 miles east of Boise, and 125 miles north of Twin Falls, Idaho.

Stanley is a small town where you may purchase most necessities. Challis or Ketchum/Sun Valley, which are an hour to an hour and a half drive from the ranch, are the closest larger shopping areas.

The altitude here at the ranch is 6,600 feet. We can have lovely, hot summer days into the 80s in August, but on average have only 30 frost-free nights a year. Please be prepared for cold mornings and evenings, as well as our warmer days.

There is no public transportation to or within Stanley and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The closest airport is Sun Valley; the closest major airport is Boise. Sun Valley Express ( has daily service from the Boise airport to various locations in Ketchum/Sun Valley, from which we can assist with transportation.

We strongly recommend that you have some form of transportation – auto or bicycle – so that you may fully enjoy the area.

For Fun

The Sawtooth Valley is located within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA). This natural playground has over 700 miles of trails, 40 peaks over 10,000 feet and over 300 alpine lakes. Here's your chance to experience this wilderness on foot to extraordinary vistas, summits and lakes. Whether you’re out there for the day or a multi-day adventure, you’re bound to have a greater respect for nature.  

The International Dark-Sky Association approved a dark sky reserve over the SNRA. The Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve is the first of its kind in the United States. This summer is your chance to star gaze at pristine night skies in a beautiful, uncluttered setting.

Our Jobs

The Summer 2018 guest season is June 15 - September 15. The 2018 employee season is June 6 - September 20. Applicants who can stay the entire season are given first consideration. We also invite applications of those who can arrive mid-season (July/August) and stay until mid-September.

Working at the Ranch involves flexibility and a teamwork approach where everyone realizes the common goal of working together to provide the best experience for our guests. Because there is a large weekly ebb and flow of work intensity, the schedule sometimes requires an "all hands on deck" approach to getting tasks done. This philosophy requires some shared responsibilities and job sharing where staff will assist other departments as needed.



Accurately and efficiently prepare a variety of savory and sweet baked goods according to approved recipes for guests and fellow IRMR employees.  Assist in the daily operation of breakfast and lunch, specifically by helping to prepare salads and sandwiches to order for guest picnic lunches.  Performs other related duties as assigned by management.

Children's Program


The person responsible for the children’s program plans activities, crafts, and games appropriate to the participating children’s ages and the available Ranch facilities, safely entertaining and playing with the children during the evening dinner hour 3 nights per week. Most children participating are 6-12 years of age; there are occasions when younger children join the program. These shifts would be combined with another position, for example Housekeeper, Wait staff, or Guest Services Host.



Housekeepers are responsible for to maintain the appearance and cleanliness of the Ranch guest accommodations and public areas, with the detailed attention necessary to ensure the high standards that distinguish the Ranch. Tasks and duties include: making beds, cleaning bathrooms, windows, and floors, doing laundry, maintaining and restocking supplies, sweeping and mopping, and other duties as assigned and needed. Must be trustworthy, team-oriented and have good work ethics. Must take pride in keeping the facilities clean and in exceptional working order. Performs other related duties as assigned by management. Able to lift up to 30 pounds.

Kitchen Assistant/Dishwasher


Wash and clean tableware, pots, pans and cooking equipment. Keep the dish room and equipment clean and organized.  Assist with prep as needed.  Understand and follow receiving and rotation guidelines.  Keep Kitchen cleaned and organized.  Performs other related duties as assigned by management.

Office Assistant & Guest Services Host


The main responsibilities of the Guest Services Hosts are to interact with guests with professionalism and grace, while performing all related office and floor duties, during day and evening shifts. Hosts are responsible for enthusiastically welcoming guests, setting the tone and then properly maintaining the Ranch welcome throughout their stay with attentive service and careful attention to the details of host tasks. Daytime shifts are more focused on office responsibilities; the evening shifts are more involved with the dining and beverage program, as well as performance of office functions. Hosts will be trained and able to work AM and PM guest services shifts. Responsibilities include: acquainting guests with our program and available activities at check-in and throughout their stay, assisting in planning and booking activities and appointments, retail sales, billing, check-outs, making reservations and appropriate follow-up, handling phone calls and emails, generating daily and weekly guest reports, fielding communications received by the office and disseminating information appropriately, seating and servicing guests during the dinner hour, including beverage service. Hosts also will provide assistance to the Office Manager, e.g., with paperwork and routine tasks, as requested. Performs other related duties as assigned by management.

Ranch Hand/Maintenance


NOT a wrangler-related position. The Ranch Hand works with and under the supervision of the General Manager and the Maintenance Manager to maintain all ranch property and structures, responding to requests from all departments to address maintenance concerns necessary to support a quality guest operation. Responsibilities include: cutting, splitting and stacking firewood; general landscaping including mowing lawns, watering plants, planting trees, etc.; clean hot springs pool weekly; light maintenance to include electrical, plumbing, carpentry, automotive, painting, etc.; flood irrigation of ranch pastures using ATV; maintenance and construction of wire, electrical and wood fences; routine maintenance and repair of fishing gear, guest mountain bikes, sprinkler system; some guest service duties including parking assistance, casual conversation with guests to provide ranch directions or provide maintenance; other duties as assigned. A valid driver’s license, ability to drive a manual transmission pickup truck, knowledge of safe operation of power tools and equipment, capacity to do physical labor, and ability to work independently are required. Ranch hand is required to be on-call (usually 3 nights a week). On call duty requires staying on ranch property after normal work hours and being in a condition to answer emergencies and other issues that come up during evening and night time hours. Previous maintenance, ranch or construction experience is a plus, but not necessary; training is provided when required.

Sous Chef


Directly responsible for the day-to-day running of the kitchen in absence of the Executive Chef. Duties include, but are not limited to; staff supervision, food purchasing, food preparation (assuring the highest standards of plate presentation, portion and cost control and sanitation and cleanliness) and the overall cleanliness and organization of the kitchen.  Performs other related duties as assigned by management.

Wait Staff


The wait staff is responsible for serving food and beverages in a friendly, professional and efficient manner to guests thereby adding to a positive guest experience. Duties include describing, selling and serving food and beverages in a positive and professional manner and performing all related dining room tasks. Duties also include other Ranch facilities cleaning and house-keeping assistance. Attentive, gracious, service to guests, careful performance of daily side work, and adherence to standards and practices for safety and sanitation in the kitchen and service areas are essential elements of the Ranch wait staff job. Also performs other related duties as assigned by management.

How to Apply

Visit our website for complete employment info and job descriptions. If you are interested in joining our team, please complete and submit our online application.   If you have any questions, please email us or call us at 208-774-3544.

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