Mountain Sky Guest Ranch

Come Live, Work & Play in Yellowstone Country!

For over 80 years, Mountain Sky has offered guests and staff Montana’s majestic natural setting and a chance to reconnect with the land – and each other.

Located just 30 scenic miles north of Yellowstone National Park in Montana's beautiful Paradise Valley.

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Just 30 scenic miles north of Yellowstone National Park in Montana’s beautiful Paradise Valley, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch is the perfect place for the outdoor enthusiast. Horseback riders, hikers, mountain bikers, kayakers, fly-fisher folk, whitewater rafters, rock climbers and naturalists all find themselves drawn here season after season, along with the individuals who simply seek to live and work in a peaceful mountain setting in the heart of Yellowstone Country.

While the ranch opens May 1 and closes at the end of October, the bulk of our 80+ staff members work during our family season, which runs early-June through August. If you are a seasonal worker we encourage you to apply early as we are always looking for individuals who can work our expanding 6 month season. We have many positions available for those college students and others who are looking for 3 months of summer work, or a possible internship.

The Employee Experience

This is so much more than a job.

During the interview process, we try our best to describe the environment, the job, and the connections that staff form with guests, with their coworkers and with nature. Despite our best efforts, however, we eventually learn that this experience goes far beyond what our words can convey. 

While you can read on in greater detail below, we'll summarize the experience with this: You will work hard, alongside fellow staff and the management team, as we tirelessly strive to provide our guests with the most incredible experience possible; you will play hard, getting to experience the endless recreational opportunities and natural wonders that Yellowstone country has to offer; and you will experience all of this with a group of adventurous, hard-working, personable and fun-loving people that will become lifelong friends. 

Ideal Candidate

Mountain Sky boasts an 80% guest return rate year after year, and staff interaction with our guests is the single most important ingredient to our success. We’re looking for people who understand the importance of a friendly smile and a kind word. Our guests aren’t here to be served by a staff that is ‘seen but not heard’… they want to hear your story, share a laugh, and experience true western hospitality at its finest. Our staff members are personable, adventurous, hard-working, honest, and are willing to pitch in when they see that a helping hand is needed. Finally, we’re looking for people with a desire and a willingness to learn. Rather than departmentalize, we give our entry-level Guest Services staff the opportunity to work a variety of jobs in order to gain a better understanding of the operation as a whole, and to better prepare them for whatever may come in the future.

Room and Board

Room and board is provided to all Mountain Sky staff members. Staff accommodations are mostly communal (shared cabins) with private accommodations reserved for managers, returning senior employees or elder staff members. Mountain Sky provides linens, comforters, pillows, and towels for staff members. There is sufficient storage space on the ranch for personal belongings. There are two staff lodges on ranch which provide ample space for indoor recreation, along with a place to do laundry. Staff members are allowed to respectfully use all ranch facilities including our workout room, sauna, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and golf course.

Staff meals are provided 3 times per day in our staff dining room. Our hearty staff buffets provide a wide variety of options, and a refrigerator is kept fully stocked with food in the staff dining area for snacks, missed meals, and for the storage of specialty food items that staff members may purchase if they have strict dietary guidelines.

Employee Perks

Not only do employees have access to the full facility, but they are also encouraged to participate in guest activities free of charge – so long as there is availability. Horseback rides, guided hikes, fly-fishing instruction, golf and whitewater rafting trips are just a few of the activities you’ll have the opportunity to experience.

A competitive seasonal salary, free room and board, a beautiful mountain environment, access to Yellowstone National Park, use of our world-class facilities and activities, and the opportunity to mingle with our amazing guests and staff from all over the world… who could ask for anything more? The friendships you make, the skills you learn, and the memories you’ll form will last you a lifetime.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Many staff members staying for the 3 month summer season choose to fly to Montana. The closest airport to Mountain Sky is in Bozeman, Montana (BZN), and we will provide ground transportation from the Bozeman airport to Mountain Sky once we have your flight details.

If you are staying with us for the entire six months, or want a bit more independence to explore the area, bringing a car to the ranch is the best option. Many staff carpool to the ranch from all over the country – a great way to get to know your coworkers while saving some gas money!

For Fun

There are plenty of opportunities for adventure in the heart of Yellowstone Country. The Gallatin National Forest (just a 10 minute walk from our lodge), Yellowstone National Park, the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains, the Crazy Mountains, the Bridger Mountains, and the Gallatin Canyon area all provide excellent opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and camping. Big Creek and the mighty Yellowstone River offer fishing, rafting, and kayaking opportunities. Livingston is a 45 minute drive, and offers a quaint downtown with great restaurants and a vibrant artistic community. Bozeman is an hour drive, and is home to Montana State University and the Museum of the Rockies, as well as a great variety of coffee shops, stores, restaurants and bars. Local haunts like the Pine Creek Lodge, The Old Saloon in Emigrant, and Chico Hot Springs are always staff favorites, and feature live music and great food without the long drive.

Our Jobs

Our three month positions will run June 4th (the start of staff orientation) through August 27th (the final day of the summer season). Our full guest season runs May 1st - mid-October, and we have work available as early as mid-April, and as late as November 1.

(Entry Level) Guest Services

The ultimate variety job! While rotating primarily through our dining room, housekeeping department and kids program on a shift-to-shift basis, our guest services crew also lead hikes, wash dishes, transport guests, work in the gift shop, etc. based on interest. 3 – 6 month positions are available.

(Entry Level) Prep Cook

This entry level position is focused primarily on the preparation of ingredients for dishes prepared by our kitchen team, and there is tremendous opportunity for growth under an Executive Chef who fosters an environment of teamwork and learning. A 3 month summer position is available.

Assistant Basecamp & Challenge Course Manager

Assists the manager with the operation and oversight of the Basecamp property and the challenge course. Delivers experiential education and adventure activities for non-profit groups and ranch guests. Ability to perform maintenance duties on property preferred, but will supplement hours in other areas if needed. Challenge course training provided, experience preferred.

Dining Room Assistant Manager

Works directly with the Dining Room Manager to manage and direct Guest Services staff in serving guest and staff meals, communicate guest needs to the kitchen staff, and to organize and maintain the guest and staff dining rooms. Must be available to work our full season. Related experience required.

Dining Room Manager

Responsible for managing Guest Services staff in serving guest and staff meals, communicating guest needs to the kitchen staff, and organizing and maintaining the guest and staff dining rooms. Must be available to work our full season. Related experience required.

Front of House Manager

A working manager position providing upscale dining & bar service to our guests as well as oversight, staffing, training, inventory and ordering for dining & bar supplies. Communication skills are critical in this interaction-intensive position. 7+ month season.

Golf Groundskeeper

Will perform a diverse range of duties involved in golf course maintenance and construction, including semi-skilled grounds construction and maintenance work, on our 9 hole golf course. Must be available a minimum of June 1 - August 24.

Kids Program Assistant Manager

This position will work directly with the Kids Program Director to provide our younger guests with the vacation experience of a lifetime. Must have a deep love of water balloons, fairy princesses and battles with trolls and/or aliens. Must be available to work at least our 3 month summer season.

Kitchen Staff - Cook

This position will assist the Executive Chef in all aspects of kitchen operations, including the preparation of hot and cold foods for banquet-style meals, receiving of food orders, and maintaining the highest in food and sanitation standards. 6 & 4 ½ month positions are available.

Kitchen Staff - Sous Chef

This position will assist the Executive Chef in all aspects of kitchen operations, including the preparation of hot and cold foods for banquet-style meals, receiving food orders, maintaining the highest in food and sanitation standards, and running the kitchen in the executive chef's absence. 6 mo.

Teen Program Counselor

This position will work directly with the Kids Program Director to engage and entertain our teen guests, ages 13+. Must be 21 or older with a clean driving record (must operate a 15 passenger van). Must be available to work at least our 3 month summer season. Related experience is preferred.

Wrangler

Our wrangling crew is responsible for leading horseback rides, as well as caring for the herd, gathering in the early morning, and fence and trail maintenance. 3 – 6 month positions available. Applicants must demonstrate excellent horsemanship skills. A live or video riding interview is required.

How to Apply

Please complete and submit our online application.