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Join the Bar W guest Ranch team

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 can be 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.

2022 AVAILABLE POSITIONS

We’re still hiring for the 2022 Bar W Season – see available positions below!! To apply please fill out the attached application, include three references, and what position you are interested in. Let us know if you have any questions, we look forward to hearing from you!

Housekeeping

Reports To: Housekeeping Manager
Pay Range: $14-$16

General Responsibilities:

The Housekeeping Staff are responsible for the day-to-day cleanliness of the ranch, including all guest rooms, glamping tents, common areas, bathrooms, porches and decks, and staff areas.

The Bar W prioritizes safety so operating and acting with safety as a priority is crucial.

Housekeeping Staff Duties:

  • Demonstrates a full commitment to providing the best possible experience for guests.
  • Example of duties, but not all-inclusive;
    •  Making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms, bathrooms and hallways, vacuuming, mopping, etc.
    • Laundry
    • Picking up trash on the grounds.
  • Portray a good example of team work to the guests and other employees.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Personal Requirements:

  • Good people and communication skills. We need you to communicate directions to staff, so that they can complete tasks properly and safely. We also need you to engage in conversations with the guests.
  • Maintain a presentable image around guests.
    Have a First Aid and CPR certification prior to arrival.
  • Be a self-starter and team player.
  • Live by the Bar W core values.

Equine

Reports To: Head Wrangler/Assistant Head Wrangler
Pay Range: $14-$16

General Responsibilities:

Wranglers provide enjoyable and safe rides for the guests as well as helping teach classes and participating in the weekly guest rodeo. Wranglers are also responsible for the day-to-day care, organization, and cleanliness of the corral, horses, tack, equipment, arenas, catch pens, hay and manure clean up.

The Bar W prioritizes safety so operating and acting with safety as a priority is crucial.

Wrangler Duties:

  • Demonstrate a full commitment to providing the best possible experience for guests.
  • Catch, groom, feed, and saddle horses.
  • Conduct fun and safe rides for the guests.
  • Be in control of your ride and staying alert for any safety issues.
  • Follow the process and procedure for horse incidents.
  • Portray a good example of teamwork to the guests and other team members.
  • Maintain a gentle, professional, and educational tone at all times when working with both animals and people.
  • Maintain fence and corrals.
  • Clean up residual hay and manure around the ranch.
  • Operate a tractor to feed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Personal Requirements:

  • Good people and communication skills. We need you to communicate to guests how to ride safely and we need you to engage in conversations with the guests, both on and off the ride.
  • Maintain a presentable western cowhand image around guests.
  • Have a First Aid and CPR certification prior to arrival.
  • Be a confident rider and comfortable around horses. Have working knowledge of horses, tack, and ranch work.
  • Be a self-starter and team player who can lead by example and capable of providing clear direction to wranglers, staff, and guests.
  • Live by the Bar W core values.

ACTIVITIES

Reports To: Activities Manager
Pay Range: $14-$16

General Responsibilities:

This role is the front line of guest hospitality. Responsible for implementing our guests non-horse activity program.
The Bar W prioritizes safety so operating and acting with safety as a priority is crucial.

Responsibilities Include:

• Follow Standard Operating Procedures for all non-horse activities. (skeet shooting, archery, line dancing, crafts, games, etc.)
• Help to set-up, execute, and clean up each activity.
• Facilitate a great guest experience.
• Learn how to do each activity in order to teach the guests.
• Encourage guest to join activities.
• Help other departments during non-active times.
• Help to maintain and clean activity/recreation materials and keep storage room clean and organized.
• Take photos of the guests during the activities.
• Other duties as assigned.
Personal requirements
• Self-starter who can lead by example.
• Must have excellent people and communication skills.
• Willingness to learn.
• Maintain presentable image around guests.
• Have a first aid and CPR certification.
• Give clear direction and communicate to guests how to participate in activities safely.
• Be engaging and enthusiastic.
• Physically able to be active throughout day.
• Live by the Bar W core values.

Special Considerations:

• Having additional skills in archery, fly fishing, skeet shooting, line dancing, yoga, outdoor expertise, crafting, etc. – Enough to be able to teach others.
• Have a love for being outdoors.

Maintenance

Reports To: Maintenance Manager
Pay Range: $18-$20

General Responsibilities:

In coordination with the Maintenance Manager oversee maintenance operations and staff for the ranch, including vehicles, grounds, and lodging. Manage maintenance and repair services that include plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, of all ranch property. Oversee the maintenance staff and any vendors that will be on site performing repair work.

The Bar W prioritizes safety so operating and acting with safety as a priority is crucial.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Lead, manage, and hold accountable the members of your team.
  • When Maintenance Manager is off property, organize and plan all ongoing property maintenance.
  • Prioritize all repair needs.
  • Lead a team of maintenance staff.
  • Keep accurate records of completed work (including receipts, bids, ongoing maintenance schedules).
  • Work with vendors involved in ranch maintenance and upkeep.
  • Control spending and fix in house when possible.
  • Ensure the ranch follows all town, state, and federal regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Personal Requirements:

  • Self-starter who can lead by example.
  • Must have good people and communication skills. Must be able to give clear direction to staff.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing 100 lbs.
  • Ability to stoop, bend, squat, twist, reach repeatedly without restriction
  • Be flexible in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities and assignments.
  • Maintain a presentable image around the guests.
  • Have a first aid and CPR certification.
  • Live by the Bar W core values.

Kitchen

Reports To: Director of Operations
Pay Range: $20-$26

General Responsibilities:

The Head Chef is responsible for menu design, meal planning, food ordering, organization, and preparation of meals as well as the day-to-day organization, and cleanliness of the kitchen, food storage areas and food preparation and serving equipment. Manage the Cook and Kitchen Staff.

The Bar W prioritizes safety so operating and acting with safety as a priority is crucial.

Head Chef Duties:

  • Lead, manage, and hold accountable the members of your team.
  • Design and implement a highly desirable menu for our guests and staff.
  • Demonstrate a full commitment to providing the best possible experience for guests.
  • Order supplies needed to ensure efficient operation – Receive orders and input into inventory system.
  • Implement and utilize resource tracking to purchase more accurately to save on expenses.
  • Track food costs throughout the season (per guest/per meal).
  • Monitor sanitation practices to ensure that employees follow standards and regulations.
  • Plan and direct food preparation and culinary activities.
  • Instruct other workers in the preparation, cooking, garnishing, and presentation of food.
  • Inventory of food, dishes, equipment, supplies.
  • Manage kitchen staff, including schedule and payroll approval.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Personal Requirements:

  • Self-starter who can lead by example.
  • Ability to handle heavy objects and deliveries.
  • Ability to stoop, bend, squat, twist, reach repeatedly without restriction.
  • Must have good people and communication skills. We need you to communicate directions to staff, so that they can complete tasks properly and safely. We also need you to engage in conversations with the guests.
  • Maintain a presentable image in the kitchen and around guests.
  • Have a first aid and CPR certification.
  • Must have food safety/handling certification.
  • Live by the Bar W core values.

Reports To: Head Chef
Pay Range: $18-$20

General Responsibilities:

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.

The Bar W prioritizes safety so operating and acting with safety as a priority is crucial.

Cook Duties:

  • Lead, manage, and hold accountable the members of your team.
  • Demonstrate a full commitment to providing the best possible experience for guests.
  • Order 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.
  • Instruct other workers in the preparation, cooking, garnishing, and presentation of food.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Personal Requirements:

  • Self-starter who can lead by example.
  • Ability to handle heavy objects and deliveries.
  • Ability to stoop, bend, squat, twist, reach repeatedly without restriction.
  • Must have good people and communication skills. We also need you to engage in conversations with the guests.
  • Maintain presentable image in the kitchen and around guests.
  • Have a first aid and CPR certification.
  • Must have food safety/handling certification.
  • Live by the Bar W core values.

Reports To: Head Chef/Cook
Pay Range: $14-$16

General Responsibilities:

The Kitchen Assistant works with the cooks to ensure the timely preparation of all meals as well of clean-up of all meals.

The Bar W prioritizes safety so operating and acting with safety as a priority is crucial.

Kitchen Assistant Duties:

  • Demonstrates a full commitment to providing the best possible experience for guests.
  • Monitor sanitation practices to ensure that employees follow standards and regulations.
  • Assist the cooks with food preparation and culinary activities.
  • Responsible for front of house set up and take down.
  • Responsible for back of house cleaning (dishes, kitchen areas).
  • Assist with the preparation, set up and take down of outdoor dining experiences.
  • Portray a good example of team work to the guests and other employees.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Personal Requirements:

  • Self-starter who can lead by example.
  • Ability to handle heavy objects and deliveries.
  • Ability to stoop, bend, squat, twist, reach repeatedly without restriction.
  • Must have good people and communication skills. We also need you to engage in conversations with the guests.
  • Maintain presentable image in the kitchen and around guests.
  • Have a first aid and CPR certification.
  • Must have food safety/handling certification.
  • Live by the Bar W core values.

Guest & Staff Relations

Reports To: Director of Operations
Pay Range: $18-20

General Responsibilities:

Responsible for the oversight of the guest and staff experience at the ranch. Help to create a positive environment for guest and staff experience, seek to connect people into the Bar W Family, and making sure that we do as we say.

Ranch Relations Coordinator Duties:

• Lead and help with guest orientation and tours
● Be a hospitable host to guests
● Communicate to department managers of guest and staff needs or concerns
● Plan and lead staff appreciation events
● Organize opportunities for staff to learn new skills through classes or training
● Coordinate any special staff or guest requests
● Help with shuttling if needed
● Help with activities if needed
● Other duties as assigned.

Personal Requirements:

• Good people and communication skills. We need you to communicate directions to staff, so that they can complete tasks properly and safely. We also need you to engage in conversations with the guests.
• Maintain a presentable image around guests.
• Have a First Aid and CPR certification prior to arrival.
• Be a self-starter and team player who can lead by example and capable of providing clear direction to staff, and guests.
• Live by the Bar W core values.

The Employee experience

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, 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!

Bar w Core Values

  • We Create a Positive Environment: Fun / Supporting one another / Encouragement / Laugh often / Not taking yourself too seriously
  • We Connect People: Building relationships / Belonging to the Bar W family / Warm, welcoming, and friendly
  • We Do What We Say: Doing the right thing / Committed to the win-win / Closing the loop 

2022 EMPLOYMENT UPDATES

Under the new Bar W ownership we are putting new measures in place this season to make sure that our staff is supported to the best of our ability:

  • We are hiring a full-time employee whose priority is to provide staff activities and recognition.
  •  We are also hiring almost double the staff we had last year so that the employees can enjoy the ranch and the surrounding area without having to work so many hours.
  • We have raised pay significantly…wages have increased an average of $5/hour since last year.

Location

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

Staff Housing – New for 2022!

Our new staff housing is almost complete with 12 brand-new larger rooms that will sleep up to 44 people total.

On the first floor, the rooms surround a common area and a full kitchen, complete with beautiful men’s and women’s bathrooms. Upstairs in the former hayloft, we have a recreation area just for the staff! There will be a large TV with two big sectionals for hanging out and watching movies. We have a pool table, ping-pong table, and shuffleboard as well. Finally, there is a deck off the back for staff to enjoy the serene ranch views.

Our goal is to provide a place for the staff to relax, hang out with friends, but also enjoy their private spaces. Within the rooms, we are building in brand new bunks that will have more privacy with its own lighting. There will also be a wall of closet space in each room.

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