Nine Quarter Circle Ranch

Join our Guest Ranch Staff this Summer near Yellowstone National Park and Big Sky, Montana

Nine Quarter Circle is a Montana dude ranch overlooking the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park on the eastern slope of the Continental Divide and located on the Taylor Fork of the Gallatin River, a Blue Ribbon trout stream.  Our capacity is 65 and usually averages around 45 guests per week.

The Nine Quarter Circle Dude Ranch located in between Big Sky and West Yellowstone Montana, on the edge of the Yellowstone National Park.

About Nine Quarter Circle Ranch

If you enjoy nature and want to experience a summer in Montana, our ranch is a good choice for your summer employment. Please have no illusions…working at our ranch is hard work but so are the rewards! 

You’ll make long lasting friendships and gain experience that will do you well in the future years. Working as a team to provide the best guest experience possible is both fun and rewarding. Each employee is a very important part of our team. Working on our ranch, you will become part of our ranch family for the summer.

We encourage you to socialize with our guests. For those who have jobs dealing with our guests, friendliness, fun, and a helpful attitude go a long way. We count on you to join our weekly softball game and square-dance as they are a great way to meet and get to know our guests. 

Ideal Candidate

Nine Quarter Circle Ranch is looking for active outdoors oriented people who are interested in the hospitality industry. All of our ranch jobs provide an opportunity for you to meet new friends, develop new job skills, and discover new things about yourself and the area around you. If you have the ability to be flexible and act immediately as circumstances arise to support our guests and other staff members. If you are genuinely friendly and not afraid of hard work, you may be the person for the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch. If so, we invite you to apply for one of the following available positions.  Many of our staff are currently enrolled in higher education and some degrees require internships.  We are willing to work with staff to help fulfill internship requirements if employee want to pursue that route. 

Room and Board

All of the men live in 2-3 person bunkhouses and have a shared bathroom area nearby. The women have a dormitory which has a bathroom facility.  Men and women have a shared common place. Wi-Fi is available, as are coin-op laundry facilities.  All meals are provided.

Employee Perks

All positions are paid the same wage per month, on the first of each month and include room and board. All positions have one assigned day off per week.  Riding is available on days off (except Sundays).

Getting Here and Getting Around

We are 58 miles south of Bozeman, MT and are 35 miles from West Yellowstone, MT and five miles west on a gravel road located off from U.S. 191.

If you plan to arrive by air or bus, we will meet you in either Bozeman or West Yellowstone, MT and bring you to the ranch. Having your own vehicle is a good idea for non-ranch activities, especially if you'd like to experience Yellowstone on your time off.

For Fun

Softball games and square dances with our guests are mandatory. Other activities we encourage you to take part in include: volleyball games, nature lectures and other activities that might be happening.

Riding is available on your day off (except Sundays), and, of course, there are miles of back-country hiking trails right out the ranch door and Yellowstone National Park just down the road!

Bozeman is about an hour from the ranch with great restaurants, stores, hiking and biking.

Our Jobs

We offer many different job positions, utilizing many different skills.  All employees must be able to show up in mid May and be able to stay through mid September.  Please look at the individual jobs below and see if one fits your skills and interests.  All horse related jobs must have prior horse experience to apply.  Certain jobs require First aid and CPR training.  Training for specific jobs will be provided onsite.  All staff members are encouraged to attend a weekly softball game and square dance with our guests. 


Responsible for children under 6. High level of energy, enthusiasm, and genuine love of children required. Must have ability to lead children through a variety of planned activities including lead around horseback walking, fishing, hiking, arts and crafts. Willing to get “down and dirty” with the kids. must closely supervise their activities and safety for a routine schedule, including having lunch and dinner with them. On certain days, you will not have the children as long as other days and will be expected to help out in other departments such as housekeeping and kitchen.

Cabin Cleaner/ Wait Staff

Our cabin staff are responsible for expert and very detailed cabin cleaning, doing ranch laundry, keeping the laundry area clean and organized, and any additional tasks as needed for maintaining good customer service associated with guest comfort.

Dining Room Attendant

This position provides an excellent dining experience for our guests by serving their meals, cleaning tables, cleaning the Lodge and porch areas and keeping beverage and snack areas clean and stocked. we are looking for a conscientious individual with excellent attention to detail. Will lead other wait staff to work hard as a team and interact with guests. Able to serve 40-60 people eating family style, setups, clearing, cleaning, serving desserts and beverages. Also may assist in kitchen as needed, helping with dish washing, and food preparation (salads, appetizers, etc.).

Kiddy Wrangler

Taking children 6 - 9 on trail rides. Also eats lunch and dinner with them. See additional qualifications on the Wrangler position.

Kitchen Staff

Our kitchen staff is responsible for meal preparation, dishwashing, maintaining a clean, well-organized kitchen, and ordering supplies and equipment for serving our guests 3 hot meals daily. Members will work as a team and rotate dish washing, and food preparation (salads, appetizers, etc.). Kitchen responsibilities are directed by the Head Cook.

Relief job - fill in for other positions

One day - Kitchen helper/Dishwasher, One day - Dining Room, One day - Cabin Staff, Two days - Second Cook. Must know how to bake.


Horse experience required. Must be safety conscious, have the ability to instruct guests and have strong communication and interpersonal skills. Responsible for conducting safe trail rides for groups of all ridding levels. Maintain and repair tack. Clean barn and arena area daily. Willing to perform other maintenance duties as assigned including feeding, trail maintenance, fencing, etc. Willing to work long hours. CPR and First Aid required. Must have good driving record as you may be driving ranch vehicles. Required to have neat and clean appearance, and dress in western style. Cowboy hat, cowboy boots, and collared shirts required. You will be responsible for one hayride a month.

How to Apply

Our video will give you a good feel for what we're all about. After watching it, if you think you would be a good fit as part of our summer team, please complete and submit our application. We look forward to getting to know you!

Please note: All seasonal employees must be available from mid-May until mid-September.