Work With Us
Thank you for your interest in working with Ranchlands! Please carefully read the following FAQs before applying to any of the positions or emailing us with questions. Available positions are listed here on the site. If you don’t see it here then that position isn’t currently available. Once you have sent your application you do not need to follow up, we have received it. We will be in touch with you if we will be offering you an interview. Applications can take around 6 weeks to be processed. Not all applications will be offered an interview.
Can I apply if I live outside of the USA?
You can apply if you are eligible to work in the USA at the time of applying. This means you must have a valid work visa in place or be a dual citizen. Ranchlands is unable to sponsor or be part of any visa application process. This applies to all job positions and internships.
Which internship should I apply for?
Each ad describes the different internships available.
Can I bring my dog/cat/bird/horse/hamster?
No pets are allowed for any job or internship positions.
Can I come and work and help out in exchange for room and board for two weeks?
All internships have a minimum requirement stated in the individual ads. Anything less is considered a vacation which you are welcome to inquire about here.
Is housing offered?
Yes, all positions and internships offer on site shared housing.
Is food included?
No positions offer food as part of the compensation.
Is there a deadline for applying?
Ranch internships are rolling with different start dates throughout the year based on availability. Program internships, wrangling positions, culinary positions all begin and end within the guest season of March – October. We accept applications on an on-going basis until the position is filled. If the position is listed here, it is still available and we are accepting applications.
How far in advance should I apply?
We recommend you apply 3 – 6 months in advance for any position.
Do I need a car?
All ranches are very remote. It is recommend that you have your own vehicle as the ranch is unable to provide you with one outside of work duties.
Is there an age limit?
Minimum age for applying is 21 years old for most positions, ranch internships are 23 years old.
Can I apply for an apprenticeship?
All apprenticeships begin with a ranch internship. Please let us know that an apprenticeship is your longer term goal when applying.
How long is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are varying in length dependent on the individual. They can be anywhere from 2-6 years.
Can I apply for two internships?
Yes, you can state you are interested in multiple internships in your application.
Wrangler – Zapata Ranch
Seasonal: March – October or May – October
This is an opportunity to join the Ranchlands team to help us provide the vacation of a lifetime to guests at the Zapata Ranch. Applicants must be lifelong riders with a passion for education, people, and the outdoors. A background or proven interest in ecology, geology, conservation, education, biology, or a related field is a bonus, but not required. As with all positions at Ranchlands, an outstanding can-do and solution-oriented attitude is of the utmost importance. No pets allowed.
Servers / Non-riding Program Guide – Zapata Ranch
Seasonal: March – October
Our food program is not complete without outstanding servers. This role is divided between helping in the dining area and guiding non-riding activities. While serving (breakfast and dinner), your main job will be to facilitate an exceptional meal by not only delivering the food, but also communicating to our guests about our ranch, farm-to-table food program, and details about their meal, as well as helping with any questions or needs that may arise. During the day, help guide non-riding activities for guest programs including hikes, nature walks, bison tours and other activities on and off the ranch, including in the neighboring National Park. No pets allowed.
Housekeeper – Zapata Ranch
Seasonal: March – October
This role will assist our housekeepers of 20 years with daily tidy service, flipping rooms and general Lodge cleaning between guests. The right candidate will be thorough with an eye for detail, and be able to move through a task quickly. Once each day’s rooms are complete, enjoy the surrounding area in your free time. Additional hours doing dishes may be available. No pets allowed.
Lodge Maintenance and Groundskeeper – Zapata Ranch
Seasonal: March – October
Our high standards do not stop with our guest and food programs, which is why this is one of the most important roles at the ranch. We’re looking for someone who is organized and knows a little bit about a lot, including, but not limited to: carpentry, plumbing, mechanics, landscaping, power tools, tiling… the list goes on. The right candidate will be efficient, organized, a problem solver and able to get along with a team. No pets allowed.
Lodge Manager – Zapata Ranch
As our hospitality business at Zapata Ranch has scaled beyond our wildest dreams, we are in the exciting position to expand our year-round team and hire a Lodge Manager. This is an incredible opportunity for the right person to not only live in one of the most scenic and geographically unique places in North America, but to lead an outstanding team of people that strive to deliver a unique experience for guests from across the world. The right candidate will be extremely solution-oriented and positive, able to lead a team and to communicate and uphold the Ranchlands mission and culture. Additionally, they will be professional and excited to continue to grow our hospitality business while upholding or exceeding our current standards of hospitality. This role will report to and work closely with the General Manager.
Agriculture Interns – All Ranches
Ranchlands is seeking six-month ranch interns to work on one of our very remote, large-scale working ranches. Preferred applicants will have some relevant experience or proven interest in a related field, at least intermediate riding skills, and must be prepared to live up to three hours from the nearest grocery store. The internship will provide a hands-on experience in all operations, from fencing and digging pipe lines to moving cattle and participating in grazing planning. This is a great gateway to a ranch apprenticeship for the right candidate. Shared accommodations, utilities, and a weekly food stipend are provided.
To apply for any of these positions, please send a full resume, references, and a cover letter explaining what you value and why you want to work for Ranchlands to firstname.lastname@example.org.