Pistol Creek Ranch
As the manager of this small community, the primary function is to ensure a positive experience for all association members and that ranch assets are operational and properly maintained. The secondary function is management of the outfitting business, Pistol Creek Outfitters, which is focused on hunting, horse riding and occasional fishing excursions; https://www.pistolcreekoutfitters.com/. To accomplish all the tasks and to run the outfitting business, several seasonal employees are required, which the Ranch Manager has the opportunity to source, hire and manage or to maintain existing relationships with contractors. Please reference the attached job description that details many of the functions and qualifications that are general characteristics and skills needed to ensure success in the Ranch Management position.
- Apr – Nov: manage all on-ranch activities; Winter: off-ranch management responsibilities (Ranch manager could stay at the ranch year round, but typically the ranch is closed from Thanksgiving until early April).
- Consistently maintain all ranch assets and equipment and repair as needed.
- Hire and supervise ranch employees (typically 2), off-ranch contractors (roughly 5), and staff related to outfitting business (typically 3-5 per week of hunt season).
- Schedule flights/arrivals/departures, procure supplies, food, and review, approve and classify all billable ranch activities.
- Monitor and maintain potable and irrigation water systems.
- Operate Pistol Creek Ranch rural fire department and related fire prevention tasks.
- Clean and maintain homeowner cabins and ranch buildings.
- Maintain homeowner lawns and common ranch grounds.
- Assist homeowners with their arrivals, departures, and other needs.
- Communicate effectively with Ranch Association Manager and Board, and outside administrative and contractor support staff.
- Provide Ranch Board with insights and recommendations regarding infrastructure maintenance and capital improvements.
- Occasional cooking for staff.
- Care for horses and mules (~22 head).
- Manage the outfitting business including remote camps, pack & riding stock and guides.
- Protect, preserve and enhance all ongoing ranch relations (e.g. govt agencies).
Below are general characteristics and skills that increase the probability of success for the manager in this unique role.
- Good character – honesty, integrity, good work ethic, fair-minded, professional.
- Friendly demeanor – natural tendency to get along with people, team-players, even tempered.
- Skills (general) – ability to quickly assimilate new skills. Experience with the following: basic household and ranch equipment maintenance/repair skills, handyman skills, maintain water and hydro-power systems, ranch/ag/lawn equipment experience, horse experience, hunting background, and experience with housekeeping, cooking, basic bookkeeping and administrative skills (note: some skills may be delegated to staff).
- Skills (problem solving) – extensive problem-solving skills including scheduling, working through challenges and the ability to prioritize and organize with the confidence/willingness to ask for help or advice when needed.
- Skills (administrative) – high standards, good organizational and communication skills, and good attention to detail.
- Curious nature – natural tendency to learn and a desire to improve things and resolve issues while being open to discussion or new ideas. Observant nature to promptly identify problems or issues that need attention.
- Proactive and Results-oriented – anticipates needs and sees potential problems before they arise or become more difficult, then resolves them in a timely and efficient manner.
- Customer oriented – experience servicing customers or clients.
- People Management/Leadership – experience effectively sourcing, hiring, managing staff. Effective and honest communicator.
- Physical Demands – candidates must be generally energetic and in good condition to handle the physical requirements of the role, in all weather conditions.
- Backcountry Life – comfortable with travel in/out via small airplanes, six-plus weeks at a time away from family, friends and city/town life. Wilderness setting.
- Focus & Commitment – long-term employment intentions. No secondary obligations that would prevent a focus on the above Ranch responsibilities. No smokers. Heavy drinkers and substance dependents should not apply.
To apply, forward bio & resume to our email address.