Career Opportunities


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Working and living at Lone Mountain Ranch is a rewarding experience and one that many folks have enjoyed over the decades. We are committed to providing unforgettable and unique experiences with exceptional customer service to our guests and we focus those experiences on high quality adventures.

To deliver this, it takes an exceptional staff and we make our crew a priority by providing a safe, professional and adventure-filled work environment and experience. We hire dynamic and personable team players and look for both full-time and seasonal staff for positions in our kitchen, dining room, housekeeping, kid’s program, naturalist, ski and horse programs and the office and maintenance departments.

Our crew is one of our most valuable assets. Lone Mountain Ranch guests enjoy the chance to meet and get to know crew and crew are involved with the guest experience from guiding trips to joining them over meals. Excellent crew consistently provides our guests with a unique and exceptional vacation experience.

The Ranch crew consistently receives praise from our guests for their work ethic, helpfulness, great attitude, common sense and their desire to generously share their love and enthusiasm for the Ranch and its surroundings with guests.

Working at the Ranch also provides the opportunity to discover the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by crew participating in limitless recreational experiences. National Forests and Parks, Blue Ribbon trout streams and wild and scenic whitewater rivers are all easily accessible from the Ranch.

During the winter, we have a world-class Nordic Ski Center and the Biggest Skiing in America at Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Resorts. We are recognized as one of North America’s finest Nordic skiing resorts with 85 km of trails groomed for both skating and classic. With our very dependable snow, the area is great for Nordic, alpine, telemark and back country skiing alike.

Our summer season runs from mid-May to mid-October. Hiring for summer begins in late-February. Our winter season runs from early December to early April with hiring beginning in mid-September. Although there may be some flexibility with the dates of employment, your chances of being hired increase if you apply early and if you can work through the entire season. Dorm style or semi-private housing can be offered for most seasonal employees.

Lone Mountain Ranch is an equal opportunity employer and is proud to provide its employees with a non-smoking work environment. We welcome all nationalities for employment and because of the restrictions concerning the hiring of foreign applicants, you must have your working papers in order before submitting your application for review.  Note to international applicants: Lone Mountain Ranch does not sponsor H2b visa’s and only occasionally hires J1 visa students based on our needs. Lone Mountain Ranch hires through specific J1 sponsored agencies that screen and hire on our behalf.

Limited on-ranch and off-ranch housing options available at a subsidized rate. Breakfast and Lunch are provided. For further information or any employment questions please contact us at Thank you for your interest in working at the Ranch!

Positions for Summer 2020

Full time year round position leading our Housekeeping department in all aspects of operations including; Cabin and Public Area Cleaning, Laundry, Ordering/Inventory of Supplies, Scheduling, Hiring, Training and Staff Management, Budgets and Employee Housing coordination. Work includes working in a cold winter environment at times to get to all cabins for daily service.

Position Purpose:
This is not a job about horses; this is a job about people. First and foremost, wranglers at Lone Mountain Ranch must be people persons who are outgoing, engaging, and who genuinely care about people and their western ranch experience. Secondly wranglers at Lone Mountain Ranch must be equestrians. Wrangler days are spent tacking, grooming, cleaning stalls, feeding, doctoring, pruning trails, guiding rides, assisting guests, aiding in overall communication between rider and their animal, and setting up and supervising arena activities. Days are long, physically and mentally taxing, and filled with interesting guest and animal experiences.

Essential Functions:
• Assess guest riding ability, discussing with guests their riding interest and horseback riding goals for their stay at the ranch and assign a suitable horse to each guest.
• Plan and maintain the safety of all guests and horses at all times. Follow ranch procedures for any horse related guest injuries or riding incidents
• Supervise the gathering, feeding, grooming and saddling of horses daily.
• Oversee the gathering, feeding, grooming, and saddling horses daily.
• Help manage pastures including fence building and maintenance, pasture rotation.
• Supervise staff in maintaining corrals, arena, barns and surrounding areas in a cleanly manner, removing manure in a timely basis.
• Hands-on involvement of training horses.
• Maintain and clean tack, assuring that all tack is safe and in good working order.
• Operate a variety of ranch equipment as needed including skid steer, truck & horse trailer, etc.
• Maintain a rapport with guests and help assure a successful stay.

• Must be experienced in teaching basic horsemanship skills, coaching riders and skilled in giving horsemanship clinics, orientations and/or one-on-one instruction as needed.
• Must be experienced in the health maintenance of horses and the care of sick and injured equines.
• Extensive knowledge in horsemanship practices and horse training.
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience working with horses and people, both adults and children.
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience in people management.
• Must have trail riding experience in mountainous and forested areas.
• Must be CPR and First aid certified, or wiling to obtain certification and have a valid driver’s license.
• Must have experience transporting horses in a trailer.
• Must be able to lift 75 pounds.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
• Excellent western horsemanship & riding skills.
• Must be comfortable in conversing with guests regarding trail-side flora and fauna, wildlife, basic information about the mountains and area geology and natural resources.
• Must present good Western image in dress and behavior at all times.
• Must have a genuine interest in guests and passing along western traditions in keeping with the LMR philosophy.
• Contribute to the overall guest experience by participating in some weekly guest events.
• Help maintain a high level of morale, dedication and pride in good work among all staff members
• Genuinely enjoy helping people, enjoy creating and facilitating positive, uplifting experiences for LMR guests and fellow staff members.
• Patient, understanding and generous to co-workers.
• Radiate optimistic warmth and happiness (kind, thoughtful, with a sense that the glass is always at least half full).
• Strong work ethic and “excellence reflex”(a natural tendency to do something as well as can possibly be done).
• Open-minded, with a keen curiosity to learn.

Seeking outgoing and customer service driven people to work the front desk. This position is responsible for answering phones, checking in/checking out guests, managing guest folio’s and responding to guest requests, work the activities desk, schedule guest activities, arrange transportation, make dinner reservations, act as the main point of contact for guests currently on ranch, and provide other services as requested.

Front Desk Supervisor
LMR is seeking an outgoing, passionate, and detail oriented Front Desk Supervisor. The Front Desk Supervisor supervises the operation of the front desk to maintain the highest productivity, employee morale, and guest service as possible. He/She will accommodate ranch patrons by checking in/out guests, issuing cabin keys transmitting and receiving messages, keeping records of occupied rooms and guests’ accounts, presenting statements to and collecting payments from departing guests and assisting guests as needed.

Currently accepting applications for detail orientated and customer service focused individuals to join our Summer housekeeping team. Previous housekeeping experience preferred. Main duties include daily cabin service, laundry, and public area cleaning. Ability to lift at least 50 lbs required.

Qualified applicants must have previous experience working with a wide variety of youth age groups. Applicants must possess some previous experience facilitating activities such as high ropes course, mountain biking, camping, canoeing, games, arts /crafts, and nature and science based programs. Current First Aid/CPR required. Approx. dates June 1-late August.

Our maintenance department has a current opening for a maintenance/grounds position. Position requires previous experience with basic mechanical skills in vehicle, building maintenance and grounds maintenance including snow removal. Frequent trips to Bozeman Airport may be required. Individual must have superior guest interaction skills and safe driving record.

Looking for outgoing, customer service driven, active individuals to join our Naturalist department. Main job duties will include guiding guests in various ranch activities including hiking, canoe and paddle boarding, Mountain Biking, Archery, High Ropes Courses, and off ranch tours to Yellowstone National Park.

Seeking experienced wranglers for our summer season. This position will be responsible for guides trail rides and maintaining the horses and equipment. Previous experience is required.

Experienced drivers needed to shuttle guests to and from the airport, to and from off ranch activities, and to any other destination they request. Also responsible for cleaning and maintaining the vehicles. Must be outgoing, upbeat, and hospitality driven. Must have a valid driver’s license.

LMR is seeking an outgoing, passionate, and detail oriented Dining Room Manager. The Dining Room Manager oversees the day-to-day operation of the dining room to maintain the highest productivity, employee morale, and guest service as possible.

LMR is seeking an outgoing, passionate, and detail oriented Dining Room Supervisor. The Dining Room Supervisor oversees the service operation of the dining room to maintain the highest productivity, employee morale, and guest service as possible.

Seeking experienced culinarians. This position is responsible for all areas of the kitchen from preparation, execution, and breakdown in a fast paced environment. Time and people management, attention to detail, and excellent communication skills are a must. Two years minimum line cook experience required.

The Horn and Cantle restaurant at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky Montana is seeking a culinary leader to join our team as sous chef for winter season and beyond. We are a professional, forward thinking farm to fork kitchen that sources local, seasonal product. Responsibilities include managing the culinary functions to meet the food quality goals, meeting the company’s financial goals, facilities maintenance, and personnel development objectives. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with our company policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems. We offer; full time hours+ throughout the majority of the calendar year, with a very competitive wage, plus shared tips.

Seeking full time waitstaff to join our hospitality driven Front of House farm to fork restaurant for our upcoming Summer season. Previous FOH dining Waitstaff experience required.

Seeking full time waitstaff to join our hospitality driven Front of House farm to fork restaurant for our upcoming Summer season. Previous FOH dining Waitstaff experience required.

Seeking full time waitstaff to join our hospitality driven Front of House farm to fork restaurant for our upcoming Summer season. Previous FOH dining Waitstaff experience required.

Seeking an outgoing and customer service driven individual to warmly welcome and serve our guests to our recently launched Farm to Fork restaurant The Horn and Cantle. FOH experience preferred but not mandatory. Join us for a fun Summer season working in an exciting and dynamic environment.

This positions primary responsibility is to provide timely and cordial beverage service to ranch guests, off ranch patrons and ranch crew both in the saloon and at special functions in and around the ranch.

Seeking self starter for the Baker/Pastry program for the Horn and Cantle restaurant. The position is responsible for the preparation of  daily breakfast pastries, dinner desserts , cookies, cakes/pies, ice creams, savories and breads etc. Previous experience required. Creativity, attention to detail, time management & communication skills are critical in this fast paced environment.  Housing available.

Dishwashers are responsible for ensuring the cleanliness and sanitization of dishes, tableware, glassware, pots, pans, and utensils through manual and machine cleaning methods. Additionally, dishwashers are expected to keep the dishwashing area clean and safe.

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Summer 2020 Update

Dear Ranch Family,

We believe there are places on earth that have the power to transform us, and Lone Mountain Ranch is just that place. Ever since we homesteaded in 1915, our story has had one consistent thread: warm and welcoming hospitality to all,  and we are proud to continue that tradition as our Governor has announced that the state of Montana will enter into Phase 2, allowing incoming visitors and opening the state for tourism. Our 2020 Summer Season for Ranch Guests, Horn & Cantle Dining, Outdoor Youth Adventure Program and Horse Program begins on June 7th!

Like all ranch guests, we know you may have a few questions, especially during this unprecedented time. We wanted you to know that our ranch ambassadors have spent this valued time away planning our re-opening protocols. We’ve refined the ranch experience to comply with health and safety regulations and in accordance with social distancing. Our new protocols additionally include touch-less check-in/check-out, capacity reductions in all food & beverage areas, health measures during our activities and an EPA approved cleaning process in our cabins and throughout the property.

We can’t wait for y’all to get here, take a walk back through time and get a sense of our roots and the Real Montana you’ll find.

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My sincere best,

Ryan Kunz, General Manager