Careers at The Ranch

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.

Working at Ranch at Rock Creek

As a Relais & Châteaux property, we’ve spent the last ten 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.

Employment FAQ

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 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.

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.

Shared, onsite staff housing is available to employees at no cost. The Ranch also provides complimentary access to basic food items (eggs, milk, fruit etc) and a daily lunch provided by our staff cook. Some dietary needs can be accounted for, such as gluten free and vegetarian options. Anything beyond what is provided by The Ranch is up to the employee to provide. Roommates are assigned by Human Resources. Private or co-ed housing is not available and pets are not allowed.

Employees are welcome to seek offsite housing for themselves.

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.

The Ranch at Rock Creek provides on-site childcare at The Nest. Please scroll below for more information.

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.

The Ranch is committed to protecting employees and the community from health hazards. Since reopening on June 1, 2020, protocols have changed according to CDC and local recommendations. Currently, employees are not required to wear masks in most spaces. Employees are still required to wear masks in vehicles going off property, such as airport transfers and off-ranch excursions.

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.

The management team at The Ranch at Rock Creek understands there is increased pressure during this time. General Manager Jeremy Belnap 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.

The Nest at Rock Creek

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. All Nest providers are current in Pediatric First Aid and CPR and complete courses to further their childcare education throughout each year.

“Our Mission is to provide children with a safe and nurturing environment and varied age-appropriate experiences that help children develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally. We offer a variety of creative and educational activities. There is a balance of quiet and active periods, structured play and activities, and individual and group play. We promise to recognize, honor, protect, and nurture your child as long as they are in our care and to respect the integrity and diversity of all families enrolled at The Nest.”

On-Site Childcare Information

  • Available 7:30 am and 5:30 pm Monday through Friday
  • Available for kids aged 8 weeks to 12 years
  • After school care is available to age 12
  • School buses can drop off children at The Nest
  • Open for school breaks, early outs and holidays
  • Children must be current on all vaccinations
  • The Nest has limited availability
  • More information can be provided during your interview

The Nest Staff

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

View information on filing a discrimination complaint here.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.