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The Resort at Paws Up Wrangler in Greenough, Montana

The Resort at Paws Up is America's premier luxury ranch resort. Set on a 37,000-acre ranch, Paws Up embodies the spirit of the American West with constant innovation and evolution to deliver the quintessential luxury experience for affluent and influential travelers from all over the world. It's a family owned and award-winning destination that truly inspires.

Our Wranglers add to the memorable experience for our guests. Wranglers take guests on trips on horseback around property while being professional, having a positive outlook, taking ownership over their work, and creating a safe environment where people can grow and create unforgettable memories.

Primary Functions and Responsibilities

  • Leading guest trail rides on green horses.

  • Instruct guests on basic horsemanship, assisting guests onto horses, guiding them on rides and conversing about the horses, The Resort and the history of the area to provide an exemplary guest experience

  • Prepare horses for trail rides and horse related activities, such as grooming, bridling, saddling, feeding, doctoring and tack repair

  • Working horses in the pre-season, using the ranch’s horsemanship techniques

  • General ranch chores

  • Assist in daily herd health management and identify injuries or soundness issues prior to selecting horses for activities; assist in basic veterinary care as needed.

  • Focus on the safety of guests, self, co-workers and livestock while executing daily job duties

  • Assist with dispatching rides and assigning horses as needed

  • Participate in and follow all health and safety standards, regulations, and policies

  • Converse with the guests at a high level, being aware of their needs and fulfill special guest requests as instructed by management or the guest directly

  • Ensure confidentiality of guests throughout their stay

  • Other duties as assigned

    Horsemanship Information

    Candidates for this position must be interested in mastering the basics of Vaquero/Natural Horsemanship, chiefly the lineage of the Dorrance brothers, Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman. In this program, those basics are defined as:

    Feel, Timing and Balance

  • Lateral flexion

  • Proper breakover of the hindquarters

  • Movement of front quarters independently of hind quarters

  • Familiarization to flag, tarp, rope, etc.

  • Guidance with legs and minimal reins

  • Vertical flexion/soft feel

  • Prompt responses to seat, leg and rein cues

  • Keeping horse within the rider’s rectangle

    This is not a “nose-to-tail” operation. Though we do take novice riders (in addition to very advanced riders from all disciplines) out on trail rides, our aim is to change the way all of our guests think about and interact with their horses, and each other, through our use of, and conversations about, our horsemanship. This means that you must be comfortable with multitasking while on the trail: minding/working your horse, talking with guests, and being vigilant for potential issues that may arise while riding in all gaits across all types of terrain.

    Wranglers are expected to groundwork their horses at the beginning of each day, using the program approved methods and expectations. Wranglers who are given greener horses will also be expected to put a ride on their horses in the arena prior to their first ride of the day. During that first ride, the program’s riding checklist will be expected to be worked through, step by step, to ensure the horse’s focus and development. All wrangler horses are destined for the guest string, so all wrangler horses are projects, however the level of project horse given to each wrangler is determined by the individuals interest in and dedication to learning and executing our horsemanship methods, amongst other things.

    Supportive Functions and Responsibilities

    We hire first for character:

  • Integrity

  • Honesty and openness

  • Hard work

  • Accountability

  • Positive, “can do” attitudes

  • An interest in learning and understanding new things

  • The ability to see things from multiple perspectives

  • Forgiveness

  • And a deep understanding of and desire to RIDE FOR THE BRAND.

  • Display hospitality and professionalism to our guests and team members at all times, take pride in representing The Resort at Paws Up professionally with our guests and assure that all transactions with guests are handled in a legal, ethical, and confidential manner.

  • Maintain a favorable working relationship with all Resort team members to foster and promote a positive working environment.

  • Maintain a clean and neat appearance at all times.

  • Perform work in a safe and high-quality manner.

    Educational, Experience, Licensure Required

  • Horseback riding experience is a must, whether English or Western (riding videos will be requested during the interview process)

  • Valid State Driver’s License with two years of driving experience

    Team members can look forward to:

  • Referral Bonus

  • Carpool Reimbursement $5-$20/Day

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Housing assistance available

  • Employee lunch provided

  • $250 Referral Bonus

  • Employee Discounts on Merchandise

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    The Resort at Paws Up provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.