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The Resort at Paws Up Wrangler - Full Time, Summer 2021 in Greenough, Montana

Job Posting: Wrangler


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.

We are in search of Wranglers for the 2021 Spring/Summer/Fall guest ranch season located outside Missoula, Montana.

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.


  • Lead 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.

  • Work horses in the preseason, using the ranch’s horsemanship techniques.

  • Perform 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, coworkers, 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 fulfilling special guest requests as instructed by management or the guest directly.

  • Ensure confidentiality of guests throughout their stay.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • 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 rides, our aim is to change the way all 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.

  • We hire first for character, which includes integrity, honesty and openness, hard work, accountability, a positive “can do” attitude, 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. Professionally represent The Resort at Paws Up when interacting with our guests, assuring that all transactions 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.

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

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

  • Valid driver’s license and the ability to meet company driving policy.


The position offered is seasonal and located in Greenough, Montana. The Resort at Paws Up offers great benefits including shuttle opportunities from Missoula, carpool reimbursement, free lunches, employee discounts and more! For more information about Paws Up, visit


To be discussed

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.