Wrangler (Trail Guide) needed at California Guest Ranch ~ Seasonal

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Rankin Ranch

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Caliente, CA
Job Type
Hourly Wage + Overtime + Tips
Date Posted
June 25, 2021
Housing Offered
0-2 yrs

We are looking for a wrangler (trail guide) to join our team starting immediately. Rankin Ranch is located in central California at the southern end of the Sierra Nevadas. Wranglers take ranch guests on guided trail rides as part of an all-inclusive stay at our ranch.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

  • Care for horses and tack. Requires extensive equine experience.
  • Take guests on guided trail rides. Requires strong communication skills and an enjoyment of meeting new people.
  • Feeding horses. Must be able to lift 50 lbs and move a 120 lb hay bale.
  • Physical stamina and the ability to work outdoors in the heat.
  • Other tasks on a needed basis.


  • Hourly wage $13/hour
  • Tip Fund – Guests contribute to the ranch tip fund which is divided between ranch staff. This generally equates to several more dollars per hour.
  • Individual Tips – Guests can also tip staff directly.
  • Meals provided while working (breakfast and lunch).
  • Housing available for out of area staff.
  • This is a seasonal position beginning immediately. We are willing to consider candidates that are available to work through mid-August or mid-October.
  • We are willing to consider husband/wife teams. We have available positions in housekeeping and on our kitchen team.
  • Space available for RV, motor home, or other living quarters with hookups.

To apply: Please forward your resume to our email address. Photos or videos working with horses are a plus.

More About Rankin Ranch…

The Quarter Circle U Rankin Ranch is truly a well-kept secret, located deep in the Tehachapi Mountains. It has been a working cattle ranch since 1863, and the Rankin family still raises White Face Hereford cattle just as their ancestors did 150 years ago. Guests travel from across the United States and around the world to visit this guest ranch. They enjoy the fact that it is a “real” working ranch, and are fascinated with its century old history. Many guests emphasize the importance of the “family” atmosphere; meeting and visiting with Rankin family members is routine as they all live right on the ranch…4th, 5th and 6th generations. “Western hospitality” is part of the package!

The ranch offers an all-inclusive experience – lodging; three full meals; horseback rides; and all the ranch activities. The favorite activity at the ranch has always been the horseback riding. We have both adult and children rides (riding starts at age six) which explore our meadows, Walker’s Basin Creek, and mountain ridges overlooking our beautiful little valley. Our wonderful supervised children’s program offers organized activities for ages 4 – 11 throughout the day. Parents and grandparents especially appreciate the children’s program! Other ranch activities include shuffleboard, ping pong, swimming, hiking, fishing (trout stocked pond), and planned evening activities. We have a large recreation room with a pool table and games.

The Rankin Family is dedicated to the success of the ranch, but we cannot do it alone. We have a team of approximately 25 dedicated individuals who help provide these wonderful experiences for our guests. Some live in the local area and others move to the ranch for their seasonal positions.

Visit website here: https://www.rankinranch.com/

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