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, 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 three guiding principles that drive 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 accepting applications for our 2018 season (May-Oct). Please complete an application and indicate interest in this time frame.


Responsibilities include lawn care, fence repair and painting, light vehicle maintenance, general upkeep of the grounds. Light carpentry including furniture repair. Plumbing and sprinkler system knowledge. Welding and fabrication. Light electrical, replacing bulbs, receptacles etc. Ideal candidate should possess: valid driver’s license, working knowledge of carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting, trucks, tractors, and trailers. Ability to efficiently use various power and hand tools. Ability to operate ranch equipment including but not limited to trucks, trailers, and tractors as well as other implements. Possess problem solving skills and be able to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to handle objects weighing up to 200 pounds. Physical ability to stoop, bend, squat, twist, reach repeatedly without restriction, and lift up to 100 pounds repeatedly.

Lodge Staff

The role of the lodge staff is to perform any combination of daily light cleaning tasks to weekly deep cleaning. Duties to include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, vacuuming, doing dishes and light gardening. 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.


Seasonal Wranglers are responsible for the day to day care of the corral, tack and horses. Wrangler’s first priority is 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. Wrangler duties include but not limited to: grooming feeding and saddling conduct safe and fun rides for the guests be in control of your ride and stay alert for any safety issues help with evening activities maintain fence and corrals stack hay operate 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 working knowledge of horses, tack, and ranch work be able to engage guest in conversation both on the trail and at the ranch be able at times, to put in long hours valid drivers license lift 75 lbs repeatedly. As a wrangler you are interacting with the guests often and must be able to think on your feet, keep the guest happy without being careless of violating Bar W rules and regulations.


This is a seasonal full time position. As an upscale operation we are looking for cooks who can consistently put out excellent meals, on time and well presented. Responsible for food management and preparation, keeping the kitchen, food storage areas, refrigeration, and all equipment clean. Preference will be given to those who can start in early May and work through October. The successful candidate will be a self starter and have drive and stamina to put in long days to get the job done. Also must be willing to help with activities, tasks and chores unrelated to the kitchen. Must be well organized and manage time well. Must have a good sense of presentation

Guest Relations

Guest Relations is responsible for the day to day management, organization and happiness of all Bar W Guests. This position is expected to attend guest activities, meals, and work cohesively with office staff. Responsibilities include; taking photos during guest activities, acting as a concierge, serving as a liaison between guests and appropriate staff members in order to communicate updates on the schedule and activities. A valid driver’s license is needed in order to transport guests to and from local destinations. Attention to detail is required in order to facilitate special requests from the guests and ensure guest satisfaction.

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