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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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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 job listings. Anything less is considered a vacation, which you are welcome to book.


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.

Can I bring my dog/cat/bird/horse/hamster?

No pets are allowed for any job or internship positions.

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.

How far in advance should I apply?

We recommend you apply 3 – 6 months in advance for any position.

Is there an age limit?

Minimum age for applying is 21 years old for most positions. Ranch interns must be at least 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.

All Ranches

Agricultural Interns

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 agricultural positions, please email

Zapata Ranch


Seasonal: 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.

Zapata Ranch


Seasonal: April - October

Join the Zapata Ranch kitchen team and assist in delivering high quality meals and an outstanding dining experience to our guests. This position will assist the Head Chef in planning and preparing meals, ensure cleanliness and organization in the kitchen, and help educate guests and staff on our local and ranch-raised food program. 

Successful applicants will be organized, detail-oriented, accomodating to last minute requests and all dietary restrictions, and excited to interact daily with our guests. No formal kitchen experience is required, just an enthusiasm and skill for cooking.

How to Apply

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. For ranch intern and apprenticeships, please email For all other positions, please email


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