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Job Descriptions

These job descriptions provide a general picture of the positions at the Ranch. As with any position description, these do not include every detail. If you have any questions, please ask Justin or Lissa Howe.

We work as a team, and all staff must be prepared to support all areas of the ranch. A staff member’s main assignment will be as agreed to in his or her contract, however, there are times when staff are expected to support other parts of the ranch team.

You may request to be considered for more than one position. Please list them on the application in your order of preference. Hiring begins in December and continues until all of the positions are filled, usually in mid- to late-March.

Detailed job descriptions follow the position summaries. Please read them carefully.

Position SUMMARIES:

Office/Store: Seeking people with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, integrity, and previous office and/or retail experience. In this position you are in direct contact with every person on the ranch. There are three office assistants who work the front desk and the gift store. Each also has a specific area of responsibility: Bookkeeping, Store Management (previous retail experience required), and Logistics.

Children’s Counselors/Youth–Teen Counselors: Seeking high-energy people who love children, youth/teens, and the outdoors. This is an educational adventure program and Children’s Counselors must be ready to provide a fun, creative, safe, and active experience. Counselors are also responsible for taking pictures of activities taking place each week, presenting a slide show at the end of the week, and making photo CDs to be sent to families who request them.

Wrangler: Seeking people with excellent, proven horsemanship and customer service skills. Guiding and teaching are part of the job, along with horse care and herd and facilities maintenance. Applicants must submit a riding video; please see our website for requirements.

Nanny: Seeking a high-energy, caring, outdoor-oriented woman to care for the managers’ two daughters, ages 10 and 6. Nanny must be trust-worthy, fun, and ready for flexible hours. Think Mary Poppins.

Fishing Guide: Seeking people with excellent interpersonal skills and extensive fly-fishing experience, including knots, guiding others, fly-tying, entomology, and general fisheries knowledge.

Shooting Range Instructor/Guest Services (“Hazers”): Seeking people with experience in all areas of gun safety and shooting range management and instruction. These instructors also provide general guest services, including concierge, transportation, maintenance, cleaning, etc.

Maintenance Crew: Seeking strong and self-motivated individuals with experience in handy-man skills such as carpentry, plumbing, and electrical. Members of this crew must be able to do physical outdoor work.

Grounds Crew: Seeking strong and self-motivated individuals with experience and/or interest in landscaping, mowing, fencing, weed control, golf course maintenance, irrigation, and other similar tasks. Members of this crew must be able to do physical outdoor work.

Flower Gardener/Floater: The gardener is responsible for planting and maintaining our annual and perennial flowerbeds around the ranch. This person oversees the planting of new trees and shrubs and their maintenance during the summer, including watering, weeding, pruning, etc. The gardener also works as a “floater” and assists with trail maintenance, general outdoor projects, and other tasks in various departments, as needed.

Cabin Host / Housekeeper: Seeking detail-oriented people to assume responsibility for guest services in cabins, including clean all guest facilities, hosting in the bar/lodge and at cookouts, and assisting with other projects as needed (e.g., painting, landscaping, etc.).
Food Service: Seeking people with great customer service skills for all duties involving food service, including waiting tables for both guests and staff, doing dishes, cleaning and set-up, serving cook-outs, etc.

Cook: Seeking people who are proven to be positive team players with some previous cooking experience; must have a serious interest in food preparation/culinary arts and strong aptitude for learning.

Floating crew: Members of this crew are cross-trained in a variety of departments; their primary duties include housekeeping, landscaping/gardening, trail work, food service, child care, guiding, and outdoor maintenance projects (e.g., painting, etc.). Applicants with fly-fishing experience are preferred.

DETAILED JOB DESCRIPTIONS:

Office Assistant/Logistics: Reports to Office Manager. Office Assistants are responsible for helping the Office Manager and Ranch Managers in all aspects of front desk and office operations, including: greeting guests, answering questions, and providing information; preparation of reports and information (weekly guest lists, schedules, guest packets, lists for department heads, housekeepers and gatekeeper, etc); helping guests check in and check out; assisting the bookkeeper and/or office manager with accounting and data entry; distribution of reports; special projects; attending to special guest needs and requests immediately and staff needs in a timely fashion; assisting the store manager with sales and daily operation of the store; answering phones; coordinating communications (including emergency situations); coordinating logistics for guest transportation; keeping the store and office areas clean; and other tasks. During times that the office assistants are not all needed for office duties, they are expected to help in other departments, including housekeeping, landscaping, trail crew, etc. The Logistics Assistant’s special tasks include scheduling transportation and vehicles, maintaining office assistant work schedules, fishing license processing, preparation of reports, ordering of consumables and office supplies, storeroom organization, and other tasks.

Office Assistant/Bookkeeper: Reports to Office Manager. Office Assistants are responsible for helping the Office Manager and Ranch Managers in all aspects of front desk and office operations, including: greeting guests, answering questions, and providing information; preparation of reports and information (weekly guest lists, schedules, guest packets, lists for department heads, housekeepers and gatekeeper, etc); helping guests check in and check out; assisting the bookkeeper and/or office manager with accounting and data entry; distribution of reports; special projects; attending to special guest needs and requests immediately and staff needs in a timely fashion; assisting the store manager with sales and daily operation of the store; answering phones; coordinating communications (including emergency situations); coordinating logistics for guest transportation; keeping the store and office areas clean; and other tasks. During times that the office assistants are not all needed for office duties, they are expected to help in other departments, including housekeeping, landscaping, trail crew, etc.  The Bookkeeper Assistant’s special tasks include entering sales and deposits, processing daily receivables and payables, inventory database maintenance, preparation of reports, data entry, and other tasks.

Office Assistant/Store: Reports to Office Manager. Office Assistants are responsible for helping the Office Manager and Ranch Managers in all aspects of front desk and office operations, including: greeting guests, answering questions, and providing information; preparation of reports and information (weekly guest lists, schedules, guest packets, lists for department heads, housekeepers and gatekeeper, etc); helping guests check in and check out; assisting the bookkeeper and/or office manager with accounting and data entry; distribution of reports; special projects; attending to special guest needs and requests immediately and staff needs in a timely fashion; assisting the store manager with sales and daily operation of the store; answering phones; coordinating communications (including emergency situations); coordinating logistics for guest transportation; keeping the store and office areas clean; and other tasks. During times that the office assistants are not all needed for office duties, they are expected to help in other departments, including housekeeping, landscaping, trail crew, etc. The Store Assistant is responsible for all aspects of the gift store operation, including: receiving and entering inventory, tracking inventory, tagging merchandise (price and sku), setting up the store for the season, re-arranging merchandise daily so it is “fresh” for the guests (responding to the interests of the guests each particular week), re-ordering inventory when necessary, creating marketing for products in the store, helping guests shop, entering sales, communicating with vendors, working with the bookkeeper on inventory database maintenance, working with office staff to keep the store clean, working the front desk of the office, answering office phones, organizing and overseeing special sales events, and closing the store for the winter at the end of the season. The Store Manager works closely with the Ranch Managers, Office Manager, and other office staff, and has daily contact with guests and staff.

Children/Youth Counselor: Reports to Head Children’s Counselor. Responsible for presenting a fun, safe, and educational program for guest children aged 3-12, plus providing babysitting services to children younger than three. The Children’s Program is designed as an adventure camp and it is the responsibility of counselors to schedule and implement an active outdoor program. Children’s Counselors serve as lifeguards for the swimming pool, conduct routine pool cleaning and maintenance, keep the Children’s Program facility (the “Gopher Hole”) clean and organized, communicate with parents, and are generally responsible for the care and supervision of children while they are participating in our Children’s Program. The Ranch provides lifeguard training and certification and pool maintenance training as part of our staff training program. During times when numbers of children in the program are low and all counselors are not needed, they are expected to help in other departments, including housekeeping, maintenance, trail crew, etc. Children’s Counselors are also assigned weekly trash collection duties in staff areas of the ranch. An important role of the children/youth counselors is to photograph, organize, and distribute a weekly photo collection of guests engaged in ranch activities. On Saturday nights, the photo collection is presented to all guests as a slideshow. The counselors are responsible for providing photos on CD or portable drive for guests (can work with office staff to accomplish this task). At the end of the summer season, the counselors are responsible for making a photo album that contains photos from throughout the summer, organized by week. Children/Youth Counselors will also assist with teen activities, when needed.

Head Children’s Counselor: [POSITION IS FILLED FOR 2014]. Reports to Ranch Manager (Lissa Howe). Responsible for scheduling and managing the Children’s Counselors/lifeguards, ordering supplies, communicating with guests and other department heads about activities and scheduling, and working with the counselors to plan programs that are fun, safe, and memorable. The Children’s Program is designed as an adventure camp and it is the responsibility of counselors to schedule and implement an active outdoor program. The Head Counselor is responsible for all aspects of the Children’s Program, including overseeing the cleaning and upkeep of the Children’s Program facility (“The Gopher Hole”). The Head Counselor is expected to lead weekly meetings with the crew of children’s counselors, and to communicate with the Ranch Managers and other department heads on a regular basis. The Head Children’s Counselor is expected to guide the development of weekly programs focused specifically on activities for children aged 3 to 12. The Head Children’s Counselor is expected to uphold Ranch policies for staff conduct among the Children’s Program staff. He or she also performs regular Children’s Counselor duties including: presenting a fun and educational program for guest children aged 3-12, plus providing babysitting services to children younger than three. Children’s Counselors serve as lifeguards for the swimming pool, conduct routine pool cleaning and maintenance, keep the Children’s Program facility (the “Gopher Hole”) clean and organized, communicate with parents, and are generally responsible for the care and supervision of children while they are participating in our Children’s Program. The Ranch provides lifeguard training and certification and pool maintenance training as part of our staff training program. During times when numbers of children in the program are low and all counselors are not needed, they are expected to help in other departments, including housekeeping, maintenance, trail crew, etc. Children’s Counselors are also assigned weekly trash collection duties in staff areas of the ranch. An important role of the children/youth counselors is to photograph, organize, and distribute a weekly photo collection of guests engaged in ranch activities. On Saturday nights, the photo collection is presented to all guests as a slideshow. The counselors are responsible for providing photos on CD or portable drive for guests (can work with office staff to accomplish this task). At the end of the summer season, the counselors are responsible for making a photo album that contains photos from throughout the summer, organized by week. Children/Youth Counselors will also assist with teen activities, when needed.

Teen/Youth Coordinator: Reports to Head Children’s Counselor. Responsible for providing a fun, safe, and educational program for guests between the ages of 12 to 18. This role requires communicating closely with the Children’s Program staff, guest parents and teens, and other Ranch staff members (e.g., wranglers, kitchen staff, fishing guides, hazers, ranch managers). Activities vary according to the interests of the teens, and include hiking, riding, shooting, fishing, campfire gatherings, etc. An important role of the teen coordinators is work with the children’s counselors to photograph, organize, and distribute a weekly photo collection of guests engaged in ranch activities. On Saturday nights, the photo collection is presented to all guests as a slideshow. The coordinator and counselors are responsible for providing photos on CD or portable drive for guests (can work with office staff to accomplish this task). At the end of the summer season, they are responsible for making a photo album that contains photos from throughout the summer, organized by week. The teen coordinators also fill the role of Children’s Counselor as needed and when the Teen Program schedule permits. These duties include: presenting a fun and educational program for guest children aged 3-12, plus providing babysitting services to children younger than three. Children’s Counselors serve as lifeguards for the swimming pool, conduct routine pool cleaning and maintenance, keep the Children’s Program facility (the “Gopher Hole”) clean and organized, communicate with parents, and are generally responsible for the care and supervision of children while they are participating in our Children’s Program. The Ranch provides lifeguard training and certification and pool maintenance training as part of our staff training program. During times when numbers of children in the program are low and all counselors are not needed, they are expected to help in other departments, including housekeeping, maintenance, trail crew, etc. Children’s Counselors are also assigned weekly trash collection duties in staff areas of the ranch.

Wrangler: Reports to Head Wrangler. Responsible for working with the Head Wrangler to provide all aspects of horse care and guest services in the Ranch Riding Program. These include: catching, feeding, grooming, veterinary care, tacking and un-tacking, leading guests/staff on trail rides, providing guiding expertise (e.g., ranch history and local ecology), and giving riding lessons to children and adults. Providing a safe experience for guests and protecting the health of the horses are your primary responsibilities as a wrangler. The A Bar A herd includes approximately 130 horses, and wranglers must know them all by sight, name, and personality by the beginning of the guest season. The ranch has hundreds of miles of trails, ranging from easy rides for beginners and children to extremely challenging rides for expert riders. Wranglers must learn the main trails and be well oriented to the “lay of the land.” Ranch guests (and staff) have the opportunity to ride without a wrangler’s guidance if they choose and the Head Wrangler assesses that they are able to do so. Wranglers help make those assessments, keeping in mind the safety of guests and horses as their highest priority. Wranglers serve as guides to show guests new trails and teach them about the environment through which they are riding. They also provide on-going training for ranch horses. Maintenance of trails, pasture fences, corrals, tack house, and Wrangler Barn are included in the duties of wranglers, as well as cleaning up after the horses in all areas. During times when all wranglers are not needed for regular wrangler duties, they are expected to help in other departments, including maintenance/grounds, trail crew, etc.

Children’s Wrangler: Reports to Head Wrangler. Children’s Wranglers share the same duties as regular wranglers, but their focus is working with the Children’s Program to offer a safe, fun, and educational riding experience for 6-12 year olds. Children’s Wranglers work closely with Children’s Program staff to schedule riding and meet the needs of guest families. Duties include: assessing riding ability of children, teaching them the fundamentals of riding, leading them on trail rides, teaching them fun games and activities on horseback, and orchestrating the weekly Children’s Rodeo events. Wrangler: Responsible for working with the Head Wrangler to provide all aspects of horse care and guest services in the Ranch Riding Program. These include: catching, feeding, grooming, veterinary care, tacking and un-tacking, leading guests/staff on trail rides, providing guiding expertise (e.g., ranch history and local ecology), and giving riding lessons to children and adults. Providing a safe experience for guests and protecting the health of the horses are your primary responsibilities as a wrangler. The A Bar A herd includes approximately 130 horses, and wranglers must know them all by sight, name, and personality by the beginning of the guest season. The ranch has hundreds of miles of trails, ranging from easy rides for beginners and children to extremely challenging rides for expert riders. Wranglers must learn the main trails and be well oriented to the “lay of the land.” Ranch guests (and staff) have the opportunity to ride without a wrangler’s guidance if they choose and the Head Wrangler assesses that they are able to do so. Wranglers help make those assessments, keeping in mind the safety of guests and horses as their highest priority. Wranglers serve as guides to show guests new trails and teach them about the environment through which they are riding. They also provide on-going training for ranch horses. Maintenance of trails, pasture fences, corrals, tack house, and Wrangler Barn are included in the duties of wranglers, as well as cleaning up after the horses in all areas. During times when all wranglers are not needed for regular wrangler duties, they are expected to help in other departments, including maintenance/grounds, trail crew, etc.

Fishing Guide: Reports to Head Fishing Guide. Responsible for providing a safe and educational fly-fishing experience for adults and children, including casting lessons, drift boat guiding, stream and river guiding, and knowledge of fly-tying, entomology, trout habitat, local ecology, and ranch history. Fishing guides provide group fishing instructions each week and private lessons when requested. Guides are responsible for driving guests to fishing areas, helping them with gear and equipment, serving meals (on certain fishing trips), and all other aspects of the fly-fishing experience. In addition, guides must keep their vehicles, the drift boat and raft, and fishing supply area clean and organized, and maintain fishing equipment in top condition. There is a fishing section in the ranch store and guides are responsible for seeing that it is set up with the items for sale displayed properly, as well as assisting the office personnel in knowing about the fishing merchandise and flies, and with sales and ordering. Guides maintain access paths to fishing areas and are responsible for weed control in these areas, as well as making recommendations for trout habitat maintenance and improvement. Guides are responsible for keeping track of fly inventory and communicating with the office for billing of flies. At times when all guides are not busy guiding guests or completing other fishing-related tasks, fishing guides are expected to help in other departments on the ranch (usually grounds/maintenance and/or trail crew). The Head Fishing Guide shares the responsibilities for scheduling and overseeing the fishing guide crew, communicating with the Ranch Managers and other department heads on a regular basis, and ensuring that guests are receiving a top-quality fishing experience. The Head Fishing Guide reports to the Expeditions Director (Benjy Duke). The Head Fishing Guide is expected to uphold Ranch policies for staff conduct among the fishing guide staff.

Hazer/Shooting Range Instructor: Reports to Office Manager. Hazers are members of the Office team and have a variety of responsibilities, including: welcoming guests and helping them to their cabins on arrival day; functioning as concierges in terms of answering questions and helping with special needs/requests; transportation; light maintenance; trash collection; and other duties. Hazers also oversee the shooting range (see below). Maintenance duties include cleaning and fueling vehicles that are used to transport guests, cleaning tennis courts, cleaning the office porch and other outdoor guest areas, recycling and trash collection, and a wide variety of other light maintenance duties and tasks. Hazers also assist guests who want to float the river in inner tubes by keeping tubes inflated and driving guests to the put-in on the river, and are the primary staff responsible for driving guests to and from the airstrip, to and from town, picking up items in town, etc. During times when all hazers are not needed for regular hazer duties, they are expected to help in other departments, including maintenance/grounds, trail crew, etc.

Responsibilities as a shooting instructor include: providing a safe shooting experience for guests and staff, providing gun safety and shooting instruction, and cleaning and maintaining all guns and shooting ranges. The A Bar A offers skeet, trap, and sporting clays ranges, as well as rifle and pistol range for guests who bring their own firearms. Shooting Range Instructors are responsible for reporting rounds shot to the office for guest accounts, and maintaining accurate inventory of shells and clay targets.

Maintenance/Grounds Crew: Reports to Maintenance Directors. Members of the maintenance crew are responsible for the upkeep and operation of ranch equipment and facilities. This includes vehicles, heavy equipment, buildings, landscaping machinery, and infrastructure. The grounds crew (sometimes called Ranch Hands) works closely with the maintenance crew and is focused on landscaping, mowing, golf course upkeep, sprinkler system maintenance, fencing, tree trimming, firewood cutting, weed control, fertilizing, and assisting maintenance crew whenever needed. Members of the maintenance/grounds crew are responsible for all areas of general facility and property upkeep. During times when maintenance/grounds crew members are not needed for their regular duties, they are expected to help in other departments.

The Head Groundskeeper is in charge of developing the mowing and grounds maintenance rotation and maintaining the golf course in top condition. This person works closely with supervisors, the Maintenance Directors, to identify tasks and make sure equipment is ready and operating correctly. The head groundskeeper is a leader and must conduct himself or herself in a professional manner at all times. This is a position of responsibility and the quality appearance of the A Bar A grounds rests primarily on this crew.  In addition to these tasks, s/he is responsible for mowing greens and tee boxes.

Irrigator: Reports to Maintenance Directors. Responsible for flood irrigation of all horse pastures, including ditch and weir maintenance and record-keeping. The irrigator is responsible for maintaining proper flow to adequately water the pastures without over-watering. This individual must be self-motivated and prepared for hard physical work outdoors, usually working alone. The irrigator is also expected to help with weed control in the pasture areas and other areas and work as a member of the maintenance/grounds crew when not busy with irrigating tasks.

Flower Gardener: Reports to Ranch Manager (Lissa Howe). Responsible for planting and maintaining our annual and perennial flowerbeds and planters/baskets around the ranch. Duties include: overseeing the planting of new trees and shrubs and their maintenance during the summer; weeding, watering, pruning, fertilizing, etc. The gardener also maintains, cleans, and stocks all bird feeders on the ranch. The gardener assists other crews when needed, including housekeeping, grounds/maintenance, trail crew, etc.

Cabin Host/Housekeeper: Reports to Head Cabin Host. Responsible for cleaning all guest areas of the Ranch, including cabins and houses, and public areas (bar, recreation room, guest laundry, poolside bathrooms, etc.). Duties include: cleaning, making beds, laundry, ice delivery, nightly turndown service, landscaping, meeting special lodging requests, and working in rotation to host in the Round Room (bar and lodge), assisting the bartender in the evenings. Cabin Hosts also work as food servers for the weekly dinner cookout, and are responsible for set-up, serving, and clean up for the cookout. Cabin Hosts also assist other crews, including landscaping, maintenance/grounds, and trail crew, etc.

Floating Crew: Reports to Office Manager. Members of this crew are cross-trained in a variety of departments; floaters are available to help any department on the ranch, as needed.  Their primary duties include cabin host/housekeeping, landscaping/gardening, trail work, food service, child care, guiding, and outdoor maintenance projects (e.g., painting, etc.). Applicants with fly-fishing experience are preferred. Responsibilities are varied and may also include transporting guests, assisting with dishwashing, collecting trash, and a variety of other duties.

Food Service: Reports to Dining Room Manager. Responsible for contributing to all areas of staff and guest food service, including preparing the dining rooms and other meal service areas (e.g., cookouts) for meals, serving meals, bussing tables, washing dishes, cleaning up meal areas after meals, and regular deep cleaning of the dining room, kitchen, and other food service areas. Food service staff must maintain high standards of cleanliness and provide top-quality customer service and dining experiences for our guests. Food service staff work closely with the cooks and culinary staff. When they are not needed for regular food service staff duties, they are expected to assist other departments on the ranch, including trash collection, grounds/maintenance, housekeeping, trail crew, etc.

Bartender/Wine Steward: Reports to Dining Room Manager and Ranch Manager (Justin Howe). Bartenders are primarily responsible for setting up the lunch, dinner, and cookout bars, making and serving drinks, cleaning up the bar areas, and tracking inventory. Recording sales, reporting them to the office manager and notifying of reorder needs are critical tasks. Bartenders also share the responsibilities of the general food service staff, and assume wine steward duties when wine stewards are off duty. Wine stewards and bartenders are required to enforce A Bar A policies and Wyoming State Law for guest and staff drinking and bar hours.

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Wine Steward/Food Service: Reports to Dining Room Manager and Chef. Wine stewards are primarily responsible for becoming knowledgeable about wines in general, and particularly about A Bar A’s wine selection, and are expected to provide a high level of wine service to our guests. They help guests make wine selections at dinner, present and serve wine appropriately, and provide pouring service throughout the meal. Recording sales, reporting them to the office manager and notifying the chef of reorder needs are critical tasks. Wine stewards and bartenders are required to enforce A Bar A policies and Wyoming State Law for guest and staff drinking and bar hours.

[see food service staff description]

Dining Room Manager: [THIS POSITION IS FILLED FOR 2014]. Reports to Ranch Manager (Lissa Howe). The Dining Room Manager is responsible for training, scheduling, and managing the food service staff (servers, dishwashers, bussers, wine stewards, bar tenders). This position requires close communication with the Chef and Ranch Managers to ensure the smooth operation of all aspects of food service for the guests and employees. Essential roles include maintaining open communication and cooperation between food servers and culinary staff (cooks, chefs); serving as a host and staff leader during guest meals; providing a dining experience that meets the highest standards of customer service; responding to special needs of guests; maintaining the clean and efficient operation of the guest and employee dining rooms and other food service areas; overseeing dining room set-up and meal service; supporting the Food Service staff in clearing tables and maintaining an efficient service; creating/maintaining checklists and other operations manuals and procedural documents pertaining to the food service staff; supporting the Ranch Managers and other department heads as a member of the administrative team; and all other aspects of restaurant management for guest and staff meal service. The Dining Room Manager is expected to uphold Ranch policies for staff conduct among the food service staff.

Assistant Dining Room Manager: Reports to Dining Room Manager. Responsible for supporting the Dining Room Manager in all areas described above, and assumes the leadership role when the Dining Room Manager is not working.

Cook: Reports to Chef. Responsible for working with the Chef in preparation of all meals for guests and staff, assisting in unloading and processing all food deliveries, cleaning and maintaining the kitchen, and other kitchen duties. The dining experience for guests is of the highest quality. Meals include three Western-style outdoor cookouts per week (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), breakfast/lunch/dinner for staff daily, breakfast/lunch/dinner for guests daily, and lunch/dinner daily for the Children’s Program. The cooks also prepare food for catered meetings, fishing trips, and other off-site food needs for guests. At weekly cookouts, the cooks are responsible for preparing the foods to be taken, assisting with cooking on-site, and cleanup afterward. During times when all cooks are not needed for regular kitchen duties, they are expected to help in other departments, including maintenance/grounds, trail crew, etc.

Sous Chef: Reports to Chef. Responsible for supporting the Chef in all areas of meal preparation, food ordering and delivery receiving, management of kitchen staff, menu planning, and kitchen maintenance and organization, along with performing regular cook duties.

Nanny:  As the Nanny for the Ranch Managers’ children, ages 10 and 6, you will be available six days per week to provide care for them as needed. Your schedule will vary depending on daily needs as they arise, but most days will include approximately three to four hours in the mornings and four to five hours in the afternoon/evenings. During this time, the Nanny shall plan to be engaged with the children to provide a supportive, safe, fun and educational experience. Some of the time you will be caring for the children while the parents are out on the Ranch attending to Ranch business, and some of the time you will be helping while the parents are present (e.g., during meals). Caring for the children may include preparing meals and cleaning up afterwards. Close communication with their parents is expected at all times. You will live in staff housing and eat meals with the staff when you are not eating with the Howe family. You will have one day off and at least four evenings off per week.

Caterer: Reports to the Chef. The caterer is responsible for guest food that is served away from the main ranch dining areas. This includes regular weekly cookouts, refreshments at meetings, lunches and dinners on fishing trips, food supplies for remote cabins, etc. The caterer works closely with the chef and dining room manager to coordinate logistics, food ordering, use of supplies and equipment, etc. The caterer provides food (prepared by culinary staff) at venues where it is needed, serves the food (when appropriate), and is responsible for clean up and organization. When not working on regular catering duties, the caterer is expected to assist the culinary staff.

Expeditions Guide: Reports to Expeditions Director (Benjy Duke). The Expeditions Guides are primarily responsible for guiding guests who are participating in A Bar A Ranch Expeditions. Guiding includes meal preparation and food stocking, logistics and transportation, hosting, and wrangler duties as well as fly-fishing guiding. [see Wrangler and Fishing Guide descriptions]

When not working on these tasks, the Expeditions Guide is expected to work as a floater, which includes a variety of duties in different ranch departments, with a focus on trail maintenance and land restoration projects.

EDR Cook: Reports to Chef. The Employee Dining Room Cook (EDR Cook) is responsible for planning and preparing all meals for the A Bar A staff throughout the summer season (including planning for days off). The EDR Cook is expected to work closely with the Chef and other members of the culinary staff and dining room staff to provide abundant, healthful meals for the staff and to be responsive to individual staff dietary needs. The EDR Cook works with the Chef to develop menus and to order supplies for meals and for general stocking of the Employee Dining Room.

Pastry Chef / Baker: Reports to Chef. The A Bar A Guest Ranch pastry chef/baker is responsible for creating high quality desserts and breads for the ranch guests. Working under the direction of the chef, the pastry chef/baker must provide breakfast pastries, lunch desserts, dinner desserts, and dinner breads. The restaurant serves approximately 100 people for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Key responsibilities:

  • Maintain a clean and sanitary bakery, following sanitation codes and sanitation procedures.
  • Prepare baked goods/desserts based on written recipes and verbal instructions.
  • Communicate with the chef daily to determine menus, ingredient availability, etc.
  • Ensure quality taste and presentation of bakery product.
  • Set up and clean up work station at the beginning and end of each day.
  • Maintain a team-oriented atmosphere in the kitchen and around the ranch.

 

 

 

Wrangling horses at the ABarA Ranch in Wyoming.

The Kids’ Program rodeo.

Fishing, fly casting for trout in the North Platte River.

Cleaning a fish in the ranch kitchen.


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