Wrangler / Ranch Hand needed at Historic Guest Ranch in Mauston, Wisconsin ~ 2022 Season

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Woodside Ranch Resort & Conference Center

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Mauston, WI
Job Type
$12/hr plus tips and end of contract bonus
Date Posted
February 15, 2022
Housing Offered
0-2 yrs

Position: Wrangler
Location: Mauston, Wisconsin
Wages/Pay: Starting at $12/hr paid bi-weekly, plus tips. End of season bonus for seasonal workers.
Experience: Some experience required
Start Date: March 1st
End date: November 15th

Season: Spring, summer and fall
Staff Size: 40-50
Housing: Housing provided at small cost.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch provided during guest season on the days you work. Discounts in Trading Post bar & grill and Carnagie gift shop.
Cellphone Service: Some
Internet: Wi-fi good in some areas

Woodside Ranch hires wranglers who have a solid equestrian/riding background

About the Ranch
Woodside Ranch is an historic guest ranch located 5 miles east of Mauston, Wisconsin on State Road 82E. The ranch has provided a relaxing, family oriented get-away to thousands of guests from all walks of life for over 100 years. Rustic Cabins are nestled on over 1,000 acres with wooded walking and riding trails, a small lake for boating and catch-and-release fishing, a petting farm that delights young and old alike, trail and wagon rides, and a wide array of scheduled and independent activities for guests.

Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate can work well with others and has great communication skills as they will be working with the public. The job may include working with animals but we want our guests to have the best experience, so being able to talk and hold conversations is a must.

Our best employees love the outdoors, enjoy meeting new people and have no problem putting in long hours and helping out wherever and whenever needed. We live and work together closely for the season so keeping drama to a minimum is key. Enjoying your work and having fun while doing it is important because we spend a lot of time working.

Because of the level of riding and horsemanship at Woodside, applicants should have excellent horsemanship and riding skills. Woodside attracts many experienced riders from around the world as well as novice riders so our barn staff must be able to have the confidence to take out very experienced horsemen and women as well as instruct novice riders on riding and horsemanship skills.

Anyone employed at the ranch must first go through a background check.


  • Wranglers must be 18 years of age or older
  • Wranglers must be intermediate/advanced rider
  • Wrangler must be able to saddle horses and lift western saddles
  • Wranglers must be able to lift 50lb+ bales of hay
  • Wranglers will receive 1-2 days off each week (depending on how busy we are)
  • Wranglers must wear appropriate western attire
  • Wranglers must have strong communication skills
  • Wranglers must be safety conscious
  • Wranglers must be self-motivated, hardworking, and congenial


  • Wranglers are responsible for the care and safety of our horses (approx. 100 head). This includes but not limited to: wrangling, feeding, doctoring, saddling horses, and cleaning pens.
  • Wranglers groom and tack horses to be used each day
  • Wrangler will coach and instruct the guests on proper horsemanship
  • Wranglers are responsible for conducting safe trail rides
  • Wranglers help maintain and repair tack
  • Wranglers clean barn and hitching area daily
  • Wranglers assist in feeding other ranch animals (bison, cows, goats, llamas and alpaca.)
  • Wranglers may be asked to help in other departments as needed.
  • Other duties may include fixing fences, trail clearing/maintenance, etc.
  • It is important for wranglers to work in a team environment, be able to think for themselves, and handle emergency situations.
  • Individuals with knowledge of basic veterinary care and horse shoeing skills are encouraged to apply.
  • The ability to remain flexible to a changing schedule is important while working at Woodside Ranch.
  • While Woodside Ranch provides its wranglers with ranch horses to ride, wranglers have the option to bring one personal horse with a minimal board fee. Horse will go out with the rest of the herd.
  • The ranch does not allow outside dogs, cats or other pets.
  • Most evenings except Tuesday wranglers are free and not required to entertain guests. (Tuesdays we ask that wranglers help with the gymkhanas during the summer months)

Room and Board
Room and board is available if not from the area with a small fee paid through automatic payroll deduction. Some rooms are shared and some are private, depending on housing available. We have two old farm houses available, both with full kitchen that is shared with other residents of the home and washer/dryer. Wi-fi available in both but not the best connection due to our remote area.

Employee Perks

  • Ranch employees are paid an hourly wage plus tips from guests and day riders.
  • Pay period is every two weeks.
  • Employees get a discount at our Carnage Country store and anything up at our Trading Post bar.
  • The respectful use of amenities such as the swimming area and volleyball and tennis courts.
  • We are a part of the Wisconsin Dells Visitors Bureau and working for the ranch, you have access to free/discounted access to a large number of attractions and restaurants in the Dells.

Getting Here and Getting Around
For those staff members who have vehicles, you are free to come and go as you please and there are designated parking areas at the barn for employees.

If you do not have transportation while here, there are always employees that are happy to bring you along to get to work and grocery shopping.

For fun
Staff members are encouraged to participate in activates including horseback riding, archery, dance night, fishing, swimming, movie and bonfire night and any other activities with the guests during your time off. Just remember that even off the clock, if you are on property, you are representing the ranch and to behave accordingly.

The ranch has a small lake that you can row out and fish on or kayak. You can hike our property or drive to other areas in Wisconsin.

There are plenty of opportunities to explore the area. We are only about 20-25 minutes away from the Dells and there are a lot of activities to experience around there.

To apply, forward bio & resume to our email address.

Visit website here: https://woodsideranch.com/

Woodside Ranch Resort - Horseback

Woodside Ranch Resort - Horseback

Woodside Ranch Resort - Horseback

Woodside Ranch Resort - Horseback

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