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Working Wrangler for Upscale Riding/Horsemanship Guest Ranch

Shell, Wyoming 82441
United States

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Date Posted: 12/19/2019 | Last Updated: 12/19/2019

Categories: Rider - western, Trail Guide, Wrangler
Positions Available: Full Time, Temporary
Annual Salary Range: Not Specified
Minimum Education Level: High School
Horse Breeds Associated With This Job: American Quarter Horse, Mustang, Palomino, Pinto/Paint
Languages Required: English
Drivers license required? Yes
Commercial drivers license required? No
Own car required? Yes
Pets allowed? No
Non-smokers required? No
Live on site? Yes
Will pay to relocate? No
Height/Weight Specifications
(For riding positions only)
Height:   ft    in
Weight:  220 lbs
About The Facility
The Hideout is an upscale, all-inclusive riding, horsemanship and working cattle guest ranch located in beautiful Shell, Wyoming at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains. Limited to approximately 25 guests each week, riders from around the world come to The Hideout for the riding, scenery and authentic cattle work.
Job Description
The Hideout hires seasonal wranglers who have a solid equestrian/riding background. This job can begin as early as March 15 and runs through the first week of November, 2020. Most of our staff return for multiple years and this position has the potential to be a multi-year position for the right candidate.

Because of the level of riding and horsemanship at The Hideout, applicants should have excellent horsemanship and riding skills. The Hideout 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.

Preferably, applicants will be schooled in both Western and English styles of riding, but that is not a requirement. We ask that all applicants be friendly, well-spoken, hard-working, team-oriented, polite and authentic. Additional experience with natural horsemanship, training, groundwork and moving cattle are all welcome. The Hideout practices natural, respectful, light-handed horsemanship and uses low-stress methods moving cattle and we share this knowledge with our guests on a daily basis. Understanding and experience with structured horsemanship programs like Parelli Horsemanship are a plus.

To set all of our barn staff up for success, The Hideout provides wranglers with extensive training so that our staff is able to provide our guests with a wonderful and memorable riding, horsemanship and working cattle adventure.

Hideout barn staff must be safety conscious, have the ability to instruct guests and have strong communication in riding instruction and safety orientation. Wranglers are responsible for conducting safe trail rides and assisting in cattle work for groups up to 4-6 guests. Wranglers help feed and take care of our herd of approximately 130 horses. Wranglers will ride in the mornings to wrangle the horse herd on allocated days.

Wranglers help maintain and repair tack. Clean the barn and arena area daily, clean trucks and trailers weekly, clean the barn weekly, and other duties as necessary. Wranglers may be asked to host some meals with the guests and must have appropriate table manners. Wranglers may be required to lead other activities including cattle work, trap shooting, archery, hiking and guided tours. Wranglers are responsible for the care and safety of our horses under the supervision and direction of our head wrangler. This includes but is not limited to: wrangling, feeding, doctoring, saddling horses, and cleaning pens.

All routine barn/ranch chores go along with this position such as assisting with general ranch work during slow periods or on an as-needed basis is to be expected. This 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. Walking by work or leaving work for co-workers is not acceptable. Passive/aggressive behavior and drama are not tolerated.
Job Requirements
- Wranglers must be 21 years of age or older (due to driving requirements and insurance, this is non-negotiable).

- Wranglers must have legal permission to work in the United States.

- Wranglers must submit a short video introducing yourself (so we can see how you present yourself and speak) and showing your riding and horsemanship skills. This means catching, haltering, grooming, saddling the horse and riding the horse in all gates. You are welcome to show any additional riding talents. A link to YouTube or other video sites is preferred.

- Wranglers must submit a resume and cover letter to

- Wranglers must have a clean driving record and pass an insurance/driving record background check

- Wrangler must be an advanced rider

- Wrangler will drive (or learn to drive) a 4x4 truck and 20-foot stock-trailer carrying 6 horses (additional training is provided to all wrangler staff)

- Wrangler must have current First Aid CPR certificate

- Wrangler must attend our Wrangler safety program

- Wrangler must feel comfortable taking 4-6 novice riders on a trail ride

- Wrangler must be able to saddle horses and lift Western saddles

- Wrangler will be involved in cattle work/drives (we will train you in Stockmanship)

- Wrangler will receive 1 day off per week.

- Wranglers must wear appropriate Western attire

- DRA Certification is a plus

- Additional language skills, musical talent, photography experience, outdoors experience, training are welcome and encouraged. Having lived abroad and experience with other cultures are also assets.
What do we offer?

A job and experience working for a professional and organized operation

A work environment that is respectful and cares about staff, horses, travelers and the environment

Well-trained, healthy horses to ride, professional and well-maintained infrastructure including the barn, tack, vehicles, equipment, etc.

A respectful, honest and safe working environment

Over 650,000 acres of rarely seen diversity and terrain to ride

Ride and work with people from around the world

Most evenings except Friday wranglers are free and not required to entertain guests

Worker's Compensation benefits

A competitive salary package that is in part performance-related
Description of Housing Provided
The Hideout provides modern, clean and well-maintained homes for our staff. Staff will nearly always have their own bedroom with a shared bathroom (maximum 3 to a bathroom). These are not bunkhouses, but homes with three bedrooms, two bathrooms a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining area. Heat and A/C; Free Wi-Fi and long distance telephone is included.