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Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to work at the world’s first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star guest ranch and glamping destination. The Ranch at Rock Creek offers year-round unique vacations on an authentic 19th century homestead. Luxury service is provided with genuine warmth and hospitality.

As a Relais & Châteaux property, we’ve spent the last eight years expanding the frontiers of luxury travel with our one-of-a-kind accommodations, extensive amenities, inventive cuisine, access to over 20 guided outdoor activities and a renowned full-service spa.

Our Ranch is located 20 miles from Philipsburg, MT, approximately halfway between Missoula, MT and Butte, MT. Families, couples and friends will discover that The Ranch at Rock Creek is unparalleled among Montana vacation ranches. It’s a place that offers the feel of the legendary West without sacrificing true comfort.

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  • Who is your ideal candidate?
  • What precautions are being made to ensure staff safety during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What support are employees given during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What is the typical employee experience like?
  • Do you offer room and board?
  • Is childcare available?
  • Do you provide employee perks?
  • How do I get to The Ranch and get around while I'm there?
  • What can I do for fun?

Candidates should have a strong luxury hospitality mindset. Our most successful employees are those who are self-motivated, confident, good at multi-tasking and creating special connections, and who, above all, show impeccable work ethic. A love of the outdoors and an adventurous spirit are crucial. The desire to work as a team and go above and beyond the call of duty when necessary is what makes our Ranch so special.

Jobs include full-time, year-round employment and seasonal employment. Seasonal applicants who can work from April/May through September/October will be given priority.

The Ranch does not provide independent offers to students on the J-1 Work and Travel Program’s self-placement plan. Students must apply through CIEE in order to be considered. Please visit www.ciee.org for more information on job fairs in your local area. Students who have worked for The Ranch previously may apply directly.

All positions require a current and valid driver’s license.

The Ranch is committed to protecting employees and the community from health hazards. Since reopening on June 1, staff have been required to wear masks and practice social distancing both at work and in their spare time. Due to our reduced occupancy, we have reduced our number of employees and provide accommodations (when required) with limited roommates.

We do daily temperature checks and quarantine employees who have a fever or feel ill. Employees are compensated for days they stay home in order to get tested for COVID-19.

We have worked with Granite County Medical Center to conduct asymptomatic testing on The Ranch, when available.

The management team at The Ranch at Rock Creek understands there is increased pressure during this time. General Manager Jon Martin provides regular updates for employees regarding changes and safety protocols.

Access to testing is available through Granite County Medical Center. Staff meals and support are provided to employees who feel ill.

The Ranch has recently brought a therapist to The Ranch to provide mental health support during this difficult time at no cost to the staff. We will continue to offer this as long as it is helpful to the staff.

Our employees come not only from Montana, but from all across the United States and Europe. Meeting new people, creating custom guest experiences, trying new activities, and taking advantage of all The Ranch and the local community has to offer is part of a typical employee experience.

The Ranch is located in a very remote area, and those seeking the hustle and bustle of city life should not look here. Successful employees enjoy the rural beauty of the area and the outdoor activities it provides.

Housing is available for $5-8/day, depending upon accommodation. Complimentary access to basic breakfast items (bagels, cereal, yogurt, etc) and a prepared lunch are provided daily. While vegetarian and gluten-free choices are sometimes provided, we are unable to cater to strict dietary concerns. Employees are responsible for their own dinners, and kitchens are available for use, either in the unit or in a common area. Company housing is shared and houses anywhere from three to six people depending on the structure. Private or co-ed housing is not available. Pets are not allowed.

Those who wish to live off-site may find rentals in Philipsburg, MT.

The Ranch at Rock Creek provides on-site childcare at The Nest. The Ranch subsidizes the cost of The Nest, but there is a daily fee associated with using this service. This is available to kids aged eight weeks to five years during the school year and kids eight weeks to 12 years in the summer. Children must be current on all vaccinations. The Nest has limited availability which can at times be reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be provided during your interview.

Employees have access to TV, movies, games, and WiFi in a common recreation area. Employees are encouraged to take advantage of activities offered at The Ranch, which includes fly fishing, horseback riding, snowshoeing, archery, ropes course and more. Hiking and biking abound in the local area. Bicycles are provided for all employees in the summer months to get you around The Ranch. Employees may also participate in our rodeo held each Tuesday during the summer.

Employees who successfully complete the season will be eligible for a bonus.

Full-time, year-round employees enjoy a benefits package that includes insurance, PTO, and holidays.

All employees are encouraged to bring a vehicle, as it will allow you to explore the surrounding areas.

Missoula International Airport (MSO) is 87 miles from The Ranch and is serviced by Alaska Airlines, Frontier, United, Delta and Allegiant. A shuttle can be arranged with advance notice to bring you to The Ranch if necessary.

The Ranch at Rock Creek staff enjoys Montana at its finest. There is exceptional access to hiking, camping and backpacking in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. There are plenty of chances to try new hobbies, such as horseback riding, archery, ice skating or sapphire mining. Southwest Montana is an excellent place for budding photographers, who will see some of the most diverse wildlife in the United States.

In addition, staff members will find themselves steps away from Rock Creek, one of the world’s only Blue Ribbon trout streams. More fishing access is enjoyed on Flint Creek and Georgetown Lake. If you love to fly fish, there is almost no better place in the world to spend a season. Just 25 minutes away, Discovery Ski Area is an alpine skiing destination that becomes a mountain biking mecca in the summer.

Read about employee experiences on the blog. Employee Willie MacDade and former employee Robert Cole have contributed photo essays about their time at The Ranch.

Career Listings

Closeup of Summer Staff Housing
Vista Overlooking Staff Housing

“I remember arriving at The Ranch in 2017 and thinking, ‘This feels like home.’ That feeling hasn’t left me. From the people who work here, to the people in town, all of our amazing horses and having the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful country every day, it will never get old.” ~ Barn Manager Hailey Laird

“The Ranch and Montana, in general, offers something unique and rare that you really start to value with time – untouched, peaceful unity with nature. It is one of those places where you can sit and do nothing but listen to the birds and the thousand bugs flying around, doing their daily duties as the day goes on. That is the moment when you realize that nature is not part of your daily life, you are part of nature’s daily life.” ~ Guide Silvio Mollov, CIEE Staff Member

Working for a Relais & Châteaux property

“I’ve always had a love for the mountains and people so when I saw my chance to work at The Ranch, I took it. On a couple weeks notice, I packed up my car and headed West. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” ~ Ranch Concierge Ellie Walsh

“I love this place and the people. I don’t really feel like it’s work. I am blessed and happy to call this place home.” ~ Maintenance Lead Chuck Gursky