Live The Cowboy Way of Life

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.


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!


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

General Responsibilities:

Responsible for the oversight of keeping the ranch clean.

Housekeeping Manager Duties:

  • Lead, manage, and hold accountable the members of your team.
  • Demonstrate a full commitment to providing the best possible experience for guests.
  • Manage and direct all Housekeeping Staff, including scheduling and approval of payroll hours.
  • Overall cleanliness of the ranch, including all guest rooms, glamping tents, all common areas, bathrooms, offices, porches and decks, staff common areas/bathrooms.
  • Laundry of all ranch linens.
  • Order cleaning supplies and paper products as needed.
  • Keep inventory of linens, dishes (outside of the main kitchen), paper products, cleaning supplies, guest toiletries, etc.
  • 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 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 


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.


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.