Experience the Wild West in the shadows of the Grand Tetons!
The Spotted Horse Ranch, located in Jackson Hole Wyoming, is an Orvis-endorsed guest ranch situated on the banks of the beautiful Hoback River. We are known for our excellent fly fishing, horseback riding, cookouts by the river, and our back-country trips. We also offer guided hunts and fishing trips. We host up to 34 guests and we strive to create a FUN "Old West" dude ranch experience!
The ranch is located about 16 miles south of the town of Jackson. Grand Teton National Park is about 25 minutes away, and the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park is appx. an hour away. Our ranch property lies adjacent to the Bridger Teton National Forest and we have the rights to use this forestland for hiking, horseback riding, and hunting.
About Spotted Horse Ranch
Guests appreciate the relaxed and casual atmosphere at the Spotted Horse Ranch. Individual cabins are of log construction with modern conveniences. Spacious comfortable rooms with private baths are all attractively furnished in a decor benefiting the true spirit of the West.
The main lodge includes a dining room overlooking the Hoback River, a spacious living room with a beautiful rock fireplace, a rustic saloon, and a pool table room.
We also have a large yard with a pavillion that is perfect for volleyball, ping pong, and other fun activities for adults and children alike!
The Employee Experience
Living and working on the ranch is for the fun, adventure-seeking, outdoor-loving type of person! There are so many perks to living and working here...whether it is whitewater rafting on the Snake River, fishing on the Hoback River, exploring one of our many backcountry trails on horseback, hiking, hanging out with our guests and other employees, going to the national parks, or simply relaxing by the river with a good book....there is something for everyone! We do work hard, and we value FUN equally as much! Life is too short not to live it up and enjoy what is available to you! We are here to create not only fun, memorable moments for our guests, but also for our employees alike! You will meet the most amazing people from all over the US and the world, and leave with new friendships and a new perspective! We also value teamwork here on the ranch. We all help each other out and believe that each job position here is just as important as another, and we treat each other with respect no matter what our job titles are. We couldn't operate smoothly without each other! We welcome you to join our team, and experience all that employment on the ranch has to offer.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualities:
- Strong work ethic
- Desire to create meaningful experiences for the guest
- Friendly, accommodating and outgoing personality
- Respect for fellow co-workers
- Flexible and willing to be cross-trained
Room and Board
We offer complimentary lodging and meals for our employees. This includes three meals a day, prepared by our chef in the staff dining room. Cabins are available for the staff to live in, on property. We normally put 2-3 people in each cabin, depending on the space available in each cabin.
Our employees enjoy the following benefits:
1. Monthly salary, plus a $333.00 monthly bonus, which is payable a the end of the contracted employment date (pay amount differs for each position)
3. Three meals a day prepared by our chef, and free utilities
4. All ranch activities ... horseback riding, a whitewater rafting trip, hiking, fishing, billiards, Jackson Hole excursions
5. Excursions in Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone, on their days off
6. Discounted drinks in our saloon
Due to an open bar in our saloon (and the Wyoming Liquor law), all employees must be 21 years of age. Although we love animals, regretfully summer staff may not bring their pets.
Getting Here and Getting Around
We are located about 25 minutes south of the Jackson Hole Airport. Airport pickup is available if you are flying in. However, we do recommend bringing your own vehicle if you are interested in leaving the property to visit the parks or the town of Jackson on your days off.
Fishing, trail rides, white water rafting, hiking, biking and so much more! Both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are less than an hour and a half away from the ranch. The town of Jackson offers an array of activities ranging from stagecoach rides and rodeos to live theater and night spots. For the shopper, Jackson hosts over 30 galleries, historical museums, and a variety of specialty shops. Jackson has two exquisite golf courses with Teton views.
We are a seasonal operation, so we offer employment from May through November. The positions that we normally fill are housekeepers, childcare, guest services, a chef, assistant chef, and wranglers.
Cabin and Wait Staff are responsible for the following:
- Waiting tables and assisting the chef with prep work in the kitchen
- Washing guest and employee dishes
- Cleaning guest cabins
- Cleaning the grease trap
- Planting and watering flowers and landscaping maintenance
- Cleaning the main lodge, office, kitchen, and other common areas
- Covering Guest Services Position on their day off
- Assisting in set-up for cookouts, serving, and break-down of cookout
Due to an open bar in our saloon (and the Wyoming Liquor law), all employees must be 21 years of age.
Our season runs from May through the end of October. The Childcare Director normally arrives in May and is offered an end-of season bonus if they stay for the duration of the contract. Other benefits include free housing, three meals a day, and discounted drinks in the saloon.
The duties and responsibilities of the Childcare Director / Floater are as follows:
- Most importantly to ensure the safety of the children when the parents are absent
- Organize games, crafts and activities for children of all ages (number of children and their ages vary from week to week) including at the cookouts twice a week
- Become cross-trained across varying positions and be willing to "float" when no children are present - meaning you will be working with housekeeping, in the kitchen, in the barn, in the office, or in the saloon. This will occur mostly during the early and late part of the season when school starts back and there are fewer children staying at the ranch.
- CPR/ First Aid Certification required
Our season runs from May through the end of October. The HOH normally arrives the end of April/ first of May. The Head of Housekeeping is offered an end-of season bonus if they stay for the duration of the contract. Other benefits include free housing and three meals a day.
The duties and responsibilities of the HOH are supervising the housekeeping and wait staff, maintaining the inventory and ordering cleaning supplies, making the weekly schedules, supervising landscaping maintenance such as planting and watering flowers, assisting the Office Manager by answering phones and emails, and helping out with regular duties of the wait staff and housekeepers. The HOH must be willing to lead by example and be willing to do all the duties that he or she asks the Cabin and Wait Staff to do. Being thorough and paying attention to details is very important when training the staff. We do hold to a high standard of cleanliness!
Wranglers are responsible for the following:
- Entertaining guests on trail rides
- Feed, brush, groom, saddle and love on the horses
- Providing riding and fly-fishing instructions to the guests on a daily/weekly basis
- Scooping manure
- Keeping the barn tidy and performing tack maintenance
- Providing transportation for the guests when they go whitewater rafting, to the rodeo, and swimming at Granite Hot Springs
- Demonstrating the ability to work with all types and ages of people (adults and children)
- Tending to injured horses
- Assisting in setting up hunting camps
- Fixing fences, working with irrigation, and other ranch maintenence that requires heavy lifting
- CPR/First Aid Certification
- Ensuring the guests' safety while on trail rides
Our season runs from May through the end of October. Staff begins arriving in May. Wranglers are offered an end-of season bonus if they stay for the duration of their contract, and other benefits include free housing, three meals a day, discounted drinks in the saloon and a free whitewater rafting trip!
How to Apply
Watch our video if you have a moment - it truly captures the spirit of the west in a fun and exciting way!
If you would like to apply for a job, click on the link for the application below. You can also email me with the position you'd like more information on, and I'll be happy to forward the job description as well as pay information for your review. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
When you're ready to be considered an applicant, please email your resume, references, and dates that you are available to work, and upon it's arrival, a phone interview will be arranged. Wyoming law does require that our applicants be 21 years of age or older.
Due to most communication occurring via email and telephone, a photo is appreciated but not required. Also, please do not hesitate to view our Facebook page to view candid photos of previous guests and employees on a day to day basis.
Hope to see you here...Happy Trails!