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 hiring for:

  • Maintenance Manager (year-round)
  • Lodge Staff (seasonal)
  • Guest Relations (seasonal)
  • Office Coordinator (year-round)
  • Wrangler (Seasonal)

Office coordinator

This is a full time, year around position. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the administration, organization, and coordination of all office systems entailing: office supplies, internal computer equipment, telephone services, internet connections, voice mail, and e-mail; working with the General Manager on organizational activities and specialized assignments; working with the accounting department on reporting; assisting General Manager on issues regarding the recruitment and introduction of new employees, record keeping, and insurances; coordinating office related activities such as staff meetings and management meetings, working within a team environment to determine the essential strategies for the ranch; and to assist in projects and assignments that will foster continued growth of all our endeavors..

Specific Short-Term Responsibilities Include:

  • Learn Bar W service offerings
  • Meet with all office personnel and learn specific responsibilities
  • Learn the different office systems and begin coordination of vendors and installations
  • Complete the required reading of ranch information
  • Work with the General Manager to organize office and filing systems and special assignments
  • Assist with the office related organization
  • Attend staff meetings, keep and distribute minutes and records
  • Answer phones
  • Other duties as assigned

Specific Long Term Responsibilities Include:

  1. Continue working with the General Manager on organizational and special assignments
  2. Overseeing the efforts of purchasing office supplies, equipment and services
  3. Overseeing the coordination of office equipment, software, and equipment vendors
  4. Overseeing the organization and facilitation of office filing systems and libraries
  5. Working with General Manager to recruit and welcome new employees and set up records and paperwork.
  6. Working with accounting on recording and filing of receipts, invoices, checks, accounts receivable and accounts payable
  7. Working with Department Managers to assist with staffing peak periods of work with temporary help
  8. Overseeing the coordination of office and department communications
  9. UPS, Fed-ex, US Postal Service, coordination and distribution
  10. Facilitation of vehicle registration, repair, and record keeping.
  11. Become a Notary of Republic in the state of Montana
  12. Oversee the facilitation of keeping important documentation off-site
  13. Other duties as assigned.

Additional Activities

  • Work with sales to respond to inquiries
  • Work with marketing to mail inquiry responses
  • Pick up Guests
  • Drive Guests
  • Answer Phones
  • Assist guests checking in and out
  • Potentially attend community meetings
  • Set appointments for General Manager/Owner
  • Office Responsibilities (Assisting)
  • Order lodge amenities
  • Order guest goody items
  • Office administration activities (banking, tip distribution, etc)
  • Order merchandise for guest gift shop


  • Prior experience using computers including a high level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook as well as form development, and databases.
  • Excellent communication and people skills-both verbal and written
  • Prior experience in office environment procedures and protocols
  • Prior experience troubleshooting office equipment and systems


  • “Can do” attitude
  • Team player
  • Flexible
  • Ability to work well with people.
  • Ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects, problems and requirements concurrently.
  • Self motivated
  • Requires little guidance
  • Must Have Valid drivers license.

Lodge Staff

The Bar W Guest Ranch is seeking talented team members for our Montana dude ranch. As a family owned and operated ranch, we strive to provide a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for our team that fosters personal and professional growth. Staff will be fed 3 hearty meals/day, onsite housing, and have access to the employee rec room here at the ranch. Hired candidates can expect travel expenses to be taken care of by the Bar W, no matter where you live.

Our staff is comprised of hard-working individuals who enjoy the outdoors, meeting new people, and being part of guest’s vacation. Employees will work alongside like-minded individuals of all ages and walks of life and form life-long friendships in the making. Employees will engage with guests from all over the world while working to provide a memorable dude ranch vacation experience.

As part of the compensation, staff are encouraged to embrace the Western experience and participate in horseback rides and lessons, skeet shooting, archery, roping, whitewater rafting, square dancing, rodeos and more. The ranch’s convenient location is a superb home base to explore nearby attractions. Located only 4 miles away is the vibrant resort town of Whitefish and only 25 miles away is Glacier National Park, known as “the Crown Jewel of the Continent.” As evidence of our healthy employee culture we are proud to have a 25% seasonal staff return rate.

The Bar W is seeking motivated candidates for lodge staff positions. 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 and assisting 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. No experience is necessary, we are more than happy to train candidates eager to learn.

Dates: present through October 31, 2018

maintenance manager

Responsible for managing maintenance services and repairs in the areas of plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, plastering, ranch equipment as well as general grounds maintenance. Overseeing vendors tasked to perform services on the ranch. Oversee, lead and directs the work of others.

• Valid Driver’s license
• Working knowledge of carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting, trucks, tractors, trailers, RV’s and facility grounds.
• Ability to use efficiently various power and hand tools.
• Ability to operate ranch equipment including but not limited to trucks, tractors with implements, trailers.
• Knowledge of safety procedures
• Problems solving skills
• Ability to follow oral and written instructions
• Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships.
• Ability to adapt to a wide variety of tasks happening at same time
• Ability to schedule work loads of staff
• Ability to perform quality checks on staffs work and progress
• Ability to oversee purchases made in the maintenance department
• Provide evaluation input to General Manager
• Ability to handle objects weighing up to 200 pounds
• Ability to stoop, bend, squat, twist, reach repeatedly without restriction
• Ability to lift 70-100 pounds repeatedly
• Can “do” attitude
• Team player
• Ability to work long hours


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


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.

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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