Do you want to explore Montana and Yellowstone Park, make lifelong friends, and have a summer full of unforgettable experiences? Come join us!
West Creek Ranch is an invitation-only destination for local and national nonprofits looking for a retreat in Paradise Valley. Guests and staff will enjoy Montana’s majestic natural setting and a chance to reconnect with the land – and each other. West Creek Ranch is the perfect place for the outdoor enthusiast or for those seeking a peaceful mountain setting in the heart of Yellowstone Country.
West Creek Ranch is bordered by the Yellowstone River and Gallatin National Forest, and sits only 22 miles from Yellowstone National Park. The perfect setting to work, play and relax.
About West Creek Ranch
Whether you desire to guide guests on a myriad of adventures, or to play outside during your time off, there isn’t a better place on Earth to explore mountains, rivers and acres of glorious wilderness than the Paradise Valley.
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.
We're looking for people who understand the importance of a friendly smile and a kind word. Our staff members are personable, adventurous, hard-working, honest, and are willing to pitch in when they see that a helping hand is needed. Additionally, we're looking for people with a desire and a willingness to learn. Rather than departmentalize, many of our staff work a variety of jobs in order to gain a better understanding of the operation as a whole. We feel this flexibility better prepares them for whatever may come in the future.
Wrangling and working in the kitchen require specific skills and experience. However, training can be provided for many other jobs which do not require prior experience. When evaluating applicants, a desire to learn, serve, and be a positive contributing member of the team is most important.
Room and Board
Room and board is provided to all West Creek Ranch staff members. Staff will be living at a beautiful lodge on the Yellowstone River, a 7-mile drive North of West Creek Ranch. Our accommodations are mostly communal with private accommodations reserved for managers, returning senior employees or elder staff members. West Creek Ranch provides linens, comforters, pillows, and towels including weekly housekeeping service. There is sufficient storage space on the ranch for personal belongings. We 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 world-class golf course.
Meals are provided in our staff dining room at the Ranch.
A total of three communal kitchens will be provided where you will have ample room to store food and cook whatever you're craving whenever you crave it.
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. And we can't forget the weekly Dance Nights with the guests!
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.
Throughout the year, our staff will give back to the communities in which they live and work — through their physical involvement, personal philanthropy and through grants made to non-profit organizations. The team will have opportunities for rewarding volunteer work in both Park County and Gallatin County.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Many staff members will choose to fly to Montana. The closest airport to West Creek Ranch is in Bozeman, Montana (BZN), and we will provide ground transportation from the Bozeman airport to West Creek Ranch once we have your flight details.
If you 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!
There are plenty of opportunities for adventure in the heart of Yellowstone Country. The Gallatin National Forest, 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.
How to Apply
Please submit your resume, dates of availability, and a cover letter describing the position(s) you are interested in to email@example.com.