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Live The Cowboy Way of Life

fun and adventure

Are you looking for something to do this summer? The Bar W Guest Ranch is a great place to spend time working as well as enjoying the outdoors.  Are you hard-working, outgoing, fun-loving person with a sense of adventure?  The Bar W is a family ranch with activities for guests of all ages.  As a small Montana ranch with about 35 guests per week, we make it a point to make everyone feel special.  If you love horses and people, or just the outdoors, we just might have a seasonal home for you! 

Located in the beautiful Flathead Valley on Spencer Lake in NW Montana, the Bar W is just 25 miles from Glacier National Park.  We are 3.5 miles away from the vibrant resort town of Whitefish.

about bar w guest ranch

At the Bar W, we believe that a well-run dude ranch is hospitality at its very finest. Our number one goal is to provide not only our guests but our staff with the best possible experience of their lives. Our staff is our number one resource.  Each year we hire for both seasonal and year-round positions.

Working on a dude ranch is not like any other job. The work is hard and the hours are long. But this is the one job that will become part of you for the rest of your life. You will make lifelong friendships with both staff and guests, as well as learn skills and a work ethic that will stay with you wherever you go.

ideal candidate

Regardless of the position you are hired for, we are looking for people who are willing to help wherever needed. This is a people-oriented business, and we are looking for staff with excellent communication skills and outgoing personalities. It is also important that everyone be a team player.

Check out this short promotional video to learn more about our ranch and what we offer our guests.

The Employee experience

Working at the ranch is more than just a job, you’re truly part of something remarkable. The Bar W is a family-owned, operated, and oriented atmosphere which applies not only to our guests but to our team as well. Many of our employees come to the ranch as an opportunity to step out on their own while being in a safe, fun, and fulfilling atmosphere. We provide the opportunity for you to gain independence, confidence, and experiences you’ll take with you the rest of your life.

We hire employees from all over the U.S. which creates a diverse and vibrant team. Our staff forms lifelong friendships and become a part of our Bar W family. Right on the property, the staff has access to Spencer Lake, 3,000 acres of state forest, stocked trout pond for fishing, mountain biking, and hiking. Glacier National Park is 25 miles away and offers boundless recreational opportunities including whitewater rafting, and over 700 miles of hiking.

We guarantee that you’ll work hard, have fun, and you’ll always remember the season you spent at the Bar W.

Click here to read our guiding principles that define our culture and we consider our “cowboy code.” We assure you, that while creating life long memories for the guests, you will also be creating them for yourself.

Watch a video showcasing our team’s experience working at the ranch

Positions Available:

We are currently hiring for:

  • Cooks 2020 Season (seasonal)
  • Wranglers 2020 Season (seasonal)
  • Head Housekeeper 2020 Season (seasonal)
  • Lodge Staff 2020 Season (seasonal)
  • Guest Relations 2020 Season (seasonal)

We are currently accepting employment applications for the 2020 season (May through October).  Our hiring managers will review applications in late December/January/February and make hiring decisions for the upcoming season no later than the end of March. We will reach out to applicants to schedule interviews.

wranglers

Seasonal Wranglers are responsible for the day to day care of the corral, tack and horses. Wrangler’s first priority is the safety of the guest & horses. Wrangler must adhere to the horse program put in place by the Bar W while under the direction of the Head Wrangler.

Although hired as a Wrangler, employees must also be willing to do all jobs asked of them.

The season normally starts May 1st and ends October 1st. Preference will be given to Wranglers that are available for the entire season but students are encouraged to apply.

Wrangler duties include but not limited to:

grooming feeding and saddling horses
conduct safe and fun rides for the guests
ability to be in control of your ride and stay alert for any safety issues
help with evening activities
maintain fence and corrals
stack hay
operate a tractor to feed
inspect and hook up truck and trailer
must be a confident rider
must be able to communicate to guest how to ride, and have the fortitude to enforce it.
have a working knowledge of horses, tack, and ranch work
ability to engage the guest in conversation both on the trail and at the ranch
ability to put in long hours all season
valid drivers license
ability to lift 75 lbs repeatedly
As a wrangler, you are interacting with the guest often and must be able to think on your feet and keep the guest happy without violating Bar W rules and regulations.  All employees are required to have current basic first aid and CPR from the Red Cross before arriving at the ranch.

Cooks

In the role of Cook, your overarching responsibility is to ensure that the ranch’s image and reputation is maintained as a high quality, professional, guest focused facility as seen through the eyes of the guests, the town of Whitefish, Flathead Valley, nationally and internationally.  This is to be accomplished by providing focused, consistent, and high quality customer service internally and externally in a professional manner at all times.

General Responsibilities

Under the direction of the General Manger and Managing Partner, the Cooks are responsible for organization and preparation of meals as well as the day to day care, organization, and cleanliness of the kitchen, food storage areas and food preparation and serving equipment. All employees must adhere to the Operations Document. Each staff member is a “Safety Manager” consistently operating and acting with safety as the first priority.

Being a responsible, dedicated role model to the guests and staff; providing organized, punctual and intentional leadership, creativity, direction and supervision during activities, trips and around the ranch and in the lodge; taking ownership for your personal attitude, behavior and knowledge building; working with other staff members to provide a quality experience for all guests; and adjusting one’s personal habits to the philosophy, policies and ideals of the ranch including a comprehensive understanding of and respect for our time-off/alcohol policies and procedures.

Cook’s duties are but not limited to:

  • Demonstrate a full commitment to providing the best possible experience for guests.
  • Work as team to order food and other supplies needed to ensure efficient operation.
  • Monitor sanitation practices to ensure that employees follow standards and regulations.
  • Plan and direct food preparation and culinary activities.
  • Work as a team with General Manager, and/or Managing Partner to rectify arising problems and or complaints
  • Instruct other workers in the preparation, cooking, garnishing and presentation of food.
  • Being flexible in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities and assignments.
  • Work closely with the Head Housekeeper and Head Wrangler to determine production schedules and staff requirements necessary to ensure timely delivery of meals.
  • Maintaining a gentle, professional and educational tone at all times when working with or around both guests and employees.
  • Portraying a good example of team work to the guests and other employees.
  • Cook on the cattle drives.
  • Be a team player.
  • Ride for the “Brand”
  • Other duties as assigned.

Training

  • You are required to have current first aid and CPR Red Cross certification prior to arriving at the ranch. This is at your expense.
  • There is a 3 day training that you are required to be in attendance. The training starts on will be in the beginning of May.  You will be paid for these days.

Head Housekeeper

Overall Responsibilities

In the role of Head Housekeeper, your overarching responsibility is to ensure that the ranch’s image and reputation is maintained as a high quality, professional, guest focused facility as seen through the eyes of the guests, the town of Whitefish, Flathead Valley, nationally and internationally.  This is to be accomplished by providing focused, consistent, and high quality customer service internally and externally in a professional manner at all times.

General Responsibilities:

Working closely with the General Manager, the Head Housekeeper is responsible for the day to day care, organization, and cleanliness of the Lodge, Guest Rooms and Kitchen, Bathrooms, Offices and outdoor areas. All employees must adhere to the Operations Document. Each staff member is a “Safety Manager” consistently operating and acting with safety as the first priority.

Being a responsible, dedicated role model to the guests and staff; providing organized, punctual and intentional leadership, creativity, direction and supervision during activities, trips and around the ranch and in the Lodge; taking ownership for your personal attitude, behavior and knowledge building; working with other staff members to provide a quality experience for all guests; and adjusting one’s personal habits to the philosophy, policies and ideals of the ranch including a comprehensive understanding of and respect for our time-off/alcohol policies and procedures.

Head Housekeeper Duties are but not limited to:

  • Demonstrate a full commitment to providing the best possible experience for guests.
  • Maintain excellent communication between the Lodge and other departments, Management, Maintenance and Wranglers.
  • Schedule the Lodge Staff work hours and days off, assign tasks and ensure the Staff is staying on task
  • The Head Housekeeper is the “go to” person in the Lodge, will be expected to cover when staff is absent or unavailable for other reasons.
  • Expected to be the problem solver in regards to the Lodge Staff. Work closely with the General Manager to maintain employee morale and to limit “throwing sand”
  • Maintain an adequate inventory of housekeeping supplies and work with the Office Coordinator to order necessary supplies.
  • Duties to include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, vacuuming, doing dishes, light gardening as well as kitchen support and dishes.
  • Will assist at mealtimes or assign other Lodge Staff to do so. Work with the cooks to make sure all kitchen and food storage areas are kept clean and organized at all times.
  • Responsible for all guest rooms, cabin, common areas and office are clean and have the proper linens and supplies.
  • Responsible for overall cleanliness of the entire property working closely with the Maintenance Department.
  • Portraying a good example of team work and leadership to the guests and other employees
  • Take “ownership” of the Housekeeping department, Housekeeping and Lodge problems are yours to fix with assistance of the General Manager and other departments.
  • Be a team player
  • Ride for the “Brand”

 Training

  • You are required to have current first aid and CPR Red Cross certification prior to arriving at the ranch. This is at your expense.
  • There is a 3 day training that you are required to be in attendance. The training in the beginning of May.  You will be paid for these days.

Guest Relations

Overall Responsibilities:

In the role of Guest Relations, your overarching responsibility is to ensure that the ranch’s image and reputation is maintained as a high quality, professional, guest focused facility as seen through the eyes of the guests, the town of Whitefish, Flathead Valley, nationally and internationally.  This is to be accomplished by providing focused, consistent, and high quality customer service internally and externally in a professional manner at all times.

 General Responsibilities:

Working closely with the General Manager and Managing Partner, the Guest Relations person is responsible for the day to day management, organization and happiness of all Bar W Guests. All employees must adhere to the Operations Document. Each staff member is a “Safety Manager” consistently operating and acting with safety as the first priority.

Being a responsible, dedicated role model to the guests and staff; providing organized, punctual and intentional leadership, creativity, direction and supervision during activities, trips and around the ranch and in the Lodge; taking ownership for your personal attitude, behavior and knowledge building; working with other staff members to provide a quality experience for all guests; and adjusting one’s personal habits to the philosophy, policies and ideals of the ranch including a comprehensive understanding of and respect for our time-off/alcohol policies and procedures.

 Guest Relations Duties are but not limited to:

  • Demonstrate a full commitment to providing the best possible experience for guests.
  • Take Photos during guest activities
  • Create memory DVD for guests
  • Arrange off ranch activities (i.e. whitewater rafting, rock climbing, zip lining, fishing charters, GNP tours, etc)
  • Act as guest concierge (i.e. arrange shuttle to town, hotels, rental cars, etc.)
  • Facilitate Guests special requests
  • Ensure Quality of guests experience
  • Portraying a good example of team work and leadership to the guests and other employees
  • Be a team player
  • Ride for the “Brand”

 Specific Tasks:

  • Create and mail guests DVD’s
  • Arrange (& drive) Whitewater Rafting & Rock climbing
  • Arrange (& drive) guest’s to town upon request
  • Arrange guest’s rides to rodeo and arrange staff drivers.

 Training

  • You are required to have current first aid and CPR Red Cross certification prior to arriving at the ranch. This is at your expense.
  • There is a 3 day training in the month of May that you will be required to attend.

Housekeeper/Lodge Staff

In the role of Housekeeper/Lodge Staff, your overarching responsibility is to ensure that the ranch’s image and reputation is maintained as a high quality, professional, guest focused facility as seen through the eyes of the guests, the town of Whitefish, Flathead Valley, nationally and internationally. This is to be accomplished by providing focused, consistent, and high-quality customer service internally and externally in a professional manner at all times.

General Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Head Housekeeper, the Housekeeping/Lodge Staff is responsible for the day to day care, organization, and cleanliness of the lodge, guest rooms, common areas and kitchen, bathrooms, glamping tents and bath houses, offices and outdoor areas. All employees must adhere to the Operations Document. Each staff member is a “Safety Manager” consistently operating and acting with safety as the first-priority.

Being a responsible, dedicated role model to the guests and staff; providing organized, punctual and intentional leadership, creativity, direction and supervision during activities, trips and around the ranch and in the Lodge; taking ownership for your personal attitude, behavior and knowledge building; working with other staff members to provide a quality experience for all guests; and adjusting one’s personal habits to the philosophy, policies and ideals of the ranch including a comprehensive understanding of and respect for our time-off/alcohol policies and procedures.

Housekeeper Duties are but not limited to:

  • Demonstrate a full commitment to providing the best possible experience for guests
  • Duties to include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms, bathrooms and hallways, vacuuming, doing dishes, light gardening as well as kitchen support and dishes.
  • Will assist at mealtimes. Work with the head cook to make sure all kitchen and food storage areas are kept clean and organized at all times.
  • On a daily basis ensure that all guest rooms, cabin, common areas and office are clean and have the proper linens and supplies.
  • Responsible for overall cleanliness
  • Remove trash located in the collection areas
  • Water flower pots and weed gardens around lodge, tents and cabin
  • Portraying a good example of team work to the guests and other employees
  • Be a team player
  • Ride for the “Brand”
  • Other duties as assigned

Training

  • You are required to have current first aid and CPR Red Cross certification. This is at your expense.
  • There is a 3 day training in the month of May that you are required to be at.
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