There is nothing like working at the historical CM Ranch for a season… or in most cases, MANY seasons! To work at the CM is to be part of a 95 yearlong legacy committed to making our guests feel like part of the family. The crew at the CM consists of 30-35 hard-working and adventure-seeking individuals from all over the United States, here to help us out while fully engaging in all aspects of ranch life. The ideal candidate harbors a fierce love for the outdoors and genuinely enjoys people. We hire a fantastic crew that often returns to work with us for multiple seasons. Living and working together 24/7 isn’t always easy. It requires respect for co-workers and an easy-going, considerate attitude. We work extremely hard, go above and beyond for our guests and for each other as a team… and through it all, have an absolute blast, make great connections and friendships that last a lifetime.
Our season runs from mid-May through mid-September. Applicants must be available during this time.
A wrangler’s primary job is to guide our guests safely down the trail while allowing them to enjoy the beautiful country on horseback. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to feeding and care of our herd of 100+ horses, maintaining tack and equipment, teaching guests, riding and working with young/project horses, taking pack trips, stacking hay, preparing for the next pack trip, cleaning and organizing the saddle barn, doctoring horses, and early-morning gathering. The work of the wranglers is mentally and physically demanding. Wranglers must have an EXTREMELY superb work ethic. You can expect to work long, hard hours. The ideal candidate has excellent people skills, is responsible, mature, courteous, and professional. Wranglers must show initiative to complete tasks without constant direction from the supervisors. Wranglers need to be able to remain calm and clear-headed in high-energy environments. Wranglers must have substantial horse experience and have a strong desire to broaden our guests’ horsemanship skills and knowledge. Our horse program is built around empathy for the horse. We do our very best to meet the horse where he is, and set that horse up for success. Truck and trailer/horse-hauling experience is preferred, but not required. We don’t expect you to know everything when you arrive, but you must have a teachable attitude. We are a team and pulling your own weight is an absolute MUST. If you have little to no horse experience, please do not apply.
Kid’s wranglers are everything described in the “regular” wrangler category, but more! The primary responsibility of the kids wrangler is to foster a fun and safe environment in which young riders feel empowered. The kid wranglers must be patient, willing to coach, and present a positive attitude at all times. They will be able to provide education from the viewpoint of the horse, and help kids resolve and work through any horse issues that materialize both on a horse, or on the ground. Kid’s wranglers work closely with the Kid’s Coordinators to plan out weekly activities for our kid’s program. Previous experience with kids is preferred.
Assistant Office Manager:
Basic computer and software skills including word processing and Excel. Ability to easily learn new software programs, such as the reservations system we use. Basic knowledge of accounting and finance. Strong interpersonal skills. Marketing/Social Media experience is a plus. Retail sales and guest relations.
Maintenance workers are responsible for the upkeep of all property owned by the ranch. These guys irrigate, paint, chop wood, and perform light electrical and plumbing repairs. In addition, the maintenance crew is often the first point of contact for our guests at airport pick-ups. Our team must put on their Sunday best and be prepared to welcome guests to the ranch, including a tour of the grounds. Needless to say…a jack of all trades!
Seeking dynamic and flexible team players for the kitchen waitstaff. Responsibilities include opening and closing the kitchen, food prep, dish washing, maintaining a clean environment, and most importantly, serving three meals a day to our guests and crew. As the Front of the House, the waitstaff develop relationships with guests, maintaining a positive and hospitality oriented attitude at all times. The waitstaff must be physically fit and quick on their feet, task and detail oriented, and strong communicators. Previous serving experience is highly recommended.
Seeking a fun-loving, seasoned, and creative sous chef who is able to work both independently and as an assistant to the head chef. The applicant must be flexible, a team player, and have previous cooking experience. Must be able to prepare breakfast for 50 guests and 30 crew members. Experience cooking with a dutch over an open fire is a plus, and a hospitality oriented attitude is a must.
The baker’s responsibilities include preparing fresh breads, muffins, pastries, pies, cakes, and cookies daily, in addition to assisting chefs on the line when needed. Creative and conscientious, our baker will prepare custom desserts for guests as needed, with great care to accommodate guests’ various dietary restrictions. Must be a team player, and able to jump in and help chef and sous chef when needed.
This position requires past experience working with children, high energy, and the desire to work long days in a ranch environment. One must be flexible, able to organize children’s activities, scavenger hunts, and assist wranglers with Thursday night kid’s cookout. Would also be responsible for babysitting small children for guests(when needed).
Housekeeping / Floater:
Housekeeping, probably the most flexible, fun job on the ranch! This crew starts the day early, works hard to cleans hard and fast, then has the day to either help out in other areas as needed, or has free time to relax. The world is your oyster! Housekeeping duties include: daily maid service for the guests; cleaning the common areas, restrooms, lodge, and laundry; dishwashing one day per week, and managing ranch recycling. All CM housekeepers are expected to pitch in the other departments as needed. Ideal candidates are team oriented, physically fit, efficient, and pay close attention to detail.
Our photographer has one of the most fun positions on the ranch. If you like to take photos of people, horses, fishing, and landscapes then this could be the right job for you. The primary focus of the photographer should be to capture special moments with families and forever friends during their vacation. Candidate must be passionate about photography, have the technical know – how that enables you to produce high quality work. Must be extremely adaptable and flexible to work morning and/or evenings depending on the daily activity.
Typically the photographer is considered an independent contractor. They make their income off of the photos they sell.
The ranch photographer is responsible for taking guest photos throughout the week. This could occur on the ranch itself, at special events, or while guests are on rides. For this position, the intern should have experience with photography, have D-SLR camera, and be familiar with photo software to be used to share photos. In addition, they would need to have good experience riding horses, as some days they would accompany guests on rides to take photos. This is an “entrepreneurial” position, as the intern would sell their photos to the guests, and would also host a slide show presentation of the photos taken once a week.
All CM Ranch employees in all departments will be expected to fill in anywhere and everywhere, as necessary.
With proximity to both Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, and a selection of both cabins and houses, The CM offers a variety of lodging options suited for couples, families and groups. Click for details, rates, specials and availability.
The friendly environment at the CM creates plenty of fun for all ages. Generations come together through a variety of activities. Children take daily rides with the kiddy wrangler who makes sure they have lots of fun while learning western riding skills. There are also day and pack trips as well as hiking, swimming and guided fishing with our on staff guide. Click for details and schedules.
The tranquility of Jakey’s Fork and majestic scenery of the CM Ranch provide an exquisite setting for weddings. You may choose from several enchanting locations on the ranch to create your own one-of-a-kind ceremony. Consider bringing the whole wedding party for several days of western-style celebration and festivities, or make it a one-day event.