Experienced Wranglers Needed at Working Cattle Dude Ranch

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Focus Ranch

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Slater, CO
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March 31, 2018

We are looking for an experienced wrangler who is an accomplished western horseback rider(neck reins) and has a cattle background. Focus Ranch is is one of original working dude ranches that has remained as a working cattle ranch and is owner operated. We are located on the western Colorado and south central Wyoming border in a section of the Northern Rocky Mountains called the Sierra Madres. National Forest lands join the northern border of the ranch and is the area where our 1300 plus head of yearling cattle spend most of the summer. We practice holistic range management and rotate pastures frequently. The ranch elevation is approximately 7000 feet and the surrounding peaks soar to 10,000 feet. Guests and employees from all over the world join us every season for a unique, non-mainstream experience. Guest capacity: 22 but generally we average 12 guests or less.

We hire a staff of about 8-10 people every season and look for individuals who can wear many hats and not mind doing so! However, the wranglers primarily ride and work with the horses, cattle and enjoy/teach the guests. They will be working with other experienced professionals in many instances but also must be proficient to perform daily cattle management independently.

Having cattle and horse experience is key. Must be able to determine health of the cattle and detect sick cattle, will assist with doctoring, will help work yearling cattle when received in May (fly tagging, vaccinations etc.) and shipped in August/September (weighing cattle), will assist with cows and calves when they are worked, including branding, castrating, vaccinations etc.

This is more than just “cowboying”. In fact, we rarely rope our cattle. Common sense, riding abilities, people skills, maturity, professionalism, work ethic, safety mindedness and wilingness to learn are key attributes of the job. If you enjoy riding, unique work experiences, and people – as well as living in a beautiful part of the country, then this is a job worth considering. The position is appropriate for a ranch and livestock internship and may transition into a year round position for the qualified candidate.

The ideal candidate likes nature, outdoors and recreation. Towns are not close by so important to be content with remote setting. It is recommended that you have your own vehicle as there are many places to explore on your days off. However, it is not mandatory.

Benefits: We provide housing, home-cooked meals, WiFi connection, laundry services and more. The pay depends on experience and includes a monthly salary, tips as you make them and a bonus at the end of the season. Days off: 1.5/week.

The season is from May 1st until October 1st but we are flexible with dates if they work for us. If interested and feel this might be a good fit for you, we would love to hear from you to discuss the opportunity further.

No pets allowed.

Contact us with bio & resume: [email protected]

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