Wrangler Positions, Diamond 4 Ranch

Lander, WY

Job Title: Wrangler Position

Organization: Diamond 4 Ranch

Type of Opportunity: Live and work in the heart of the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming this summer. At 9,200ft and operating without electricity, the Diamond 4 Ranch is Wyoming’s highest and most remote wilderness guest ranch. Not your typical dude ranch, riding up to 20 miles into the mountains, up to 12,000ft, and focus primarily on pack trips rather than trail rides.

The Allen family has owned and operated the ranch since 1973 and hires about 12-15 employees each season. Living in hand-built cabins and using a herd of 90 horses, they help guide people from all over the world into the heart of the mountains for fly fishing, rock climbing, wellness trips, photography trips, backpacking and more. 

Duties: Wranglers start between 5:00-6:00am each day. A ranch setting, by nature, involves primitive living conditions and requires physical labor. Saddling up to 50 horses before breakfast, carrying water in buckets to heat for dishes (while on packtrips), cutting firewood with a handsaw or axe, getting out of bed at midnight to check nervous horses, and all of the other hard work that is done to please the guests seems minor compared to the experience of riding over rugged mountain passes and through glacial valleys leading a string of horses; not to mention the fun that is had while doing it!

Wranglers are on the trail most days, but they are also required to take care of day-to-day ranch work like stacking hay, preparing for the next pack trip, fixing broken tack or machinery, chopping firewood, repairing cabins and corrals, and taking turns cooking, cleaning, and washing dishes. Your home is the ranch bunkhouse, but some nights are spent camping alongside horses during pack trips; these nights involve more work but are an incredible experience. When wranglers aren’t working, they are socializing with the guests; most of the time, they’re doing both!

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have at least a high school diploma
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or show work visa
  • Experience working with horses and leading people
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Must be physically fit; this includes being able to carry 65lb hay bales and lift 70lb panniers onto a horse by yourself.
  • Preference will be given to those who can drive a one-ton, manual transmission pickup pulling a loaded 20ft gooseneck horse trailer
  • Cooking experience is a plus!
  • Preference will be given to those who can work the full season, both summer and fall

Anticipated Dates: June 1-August 31, September 1-October 25

How to Apply: Fill out this application and either mail or email it to Jessie at diamond4@wyoming.com, as well questions can be directed to the same email or by calling (307) 349-6675.