Head Wrangler needed in Plains, Montana ~ Seasonal or Full-time

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The Hightail Ranch

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Plains, MT
Job Type
Full Time or Seasonal
$18-$24 per hour
Date Posted
February 20, 2024
Housing Offered
2-5 yrs

Here at The Hightail Ranch, we want to make guests feel like they are in a Montana getaway and want our employees to help us give that experience to them. We want qualified candidates who enjoy a fast-paced work environment and pay attention to the small things to make guests’ overall experiences more enjoyable.

As a Wrangler, your job is to create an unforgettable experience for every guest and staff member that visits the barn. Wranglers are responsible for leading guest trail rides, caring for ranch livestock, and maintaining the barn/corral/arena area. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience working with and riding horses and must have experience in western riding discipline. The successful candidate will have previous guest services experience.


The Wrangler will see to the care of our horses at The Hightail Ranch and must have previous experience in working with/training horses. This position also requires leading guest involvement with various ranch activities (horseback riding, bison rotational grazing, rangleand monitoring, ATVs, etc). and ranch hand work.

All Candidates must be prepared to supply a Western riding video prior to interview.

Essential Functions:

  • Create a positive and energetic environment that supports the delivery of an exceptional guest experience while upholding the highest level of The Hightail Ranch standards.
  • Oversee horse care, training, and feeding schedule.
  • Guide trail rides on horseback for The Hightail Ranch.
  • Care for ranch livestock, including but not limited to: Feeding, watering, grooming, vetting and supplementing ranch horses.
  • Cleaning and maintenance the barn area.
  • Perform daily chores and ensure tack and supplies are in good working order.
  • Converse with the guests at a high level, being aware of their needs and fulfill special guest requests as instructed by management or the guest directly
  • Ensure confidentiality of guests throughout their stay
  • Ranch hand duties that include (but aren’t limited to): building fence, moving bison, general maintenance of facility and ranch and assisting with ranch operations when guests are not on-site.
  • Comply with company policies & procedures, safety standards & rules, and federal/state/local laws and ordinances.

Supportive Functions and Responsibilities

We hire first for character:

  • Integrity
  • Honesty and openness
  • Hard work
  • Accountability
  • Positive, “can do” attitudes
  • An interest in learning and understanding new things
  • The ability to see things from multiple perspectives
  • And a deep understanding of and desire to RIDE FOR THE BRAND.
  • Display hospitality and professionalism to our guests and team members always, take pride in representing The Hightail Ranch professionally with our guests and assure that all transactions with guests are handled in a legal, ethical, and confidential manner.
  • Maintain a favorable working relationship with all Resort team members to foster and promote a positive working environment.
  • Maintain a clean and neat appearance at all times.
  • Perform work in a safe and high-quality manner.


  • High school diploma and valid, current Driver’s License.
  • Must be able to stand, sit, walk, and move continuously for duration of shift.
  • 5+ years of working with horses in any environment (training, trail rides, competition).
  • Trained and competent in western riding.
  • Basic equine first aid.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs with little accommodation.
  • Management experience as lead wrangler required.
  • Previous experience in a Hospitality area preferred.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the position and it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


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