We are looking for independent contractor guides with
experience as well as extensive horse background. The main
duty is the care and upkeep of the animals and overseeing
the animals on the trails while being ridden by guests.
Saddling horses and taking people out on trail rides are
part of the duties. CPR and first aid certification is
required for this position.
Some of the wranglers
responsibilities include: Wrangling, grooming, and
saddling horses, mounting guests, repairing corrals,
maintaining saddles and other tack, irrigating pasture,
and daily cleanup tasks.
We do offer limited housing for
employees; it is "bunkhouse" style. Some have
kitchens, some do not, but food, dishes, and bedding are
not included. No employees are allowed to have pets of any
The Eagle Ridge Ranch needs to know if you wish to be an
employee or an independent contractor. There are
advantages and disadvantages to both choices; some are
listed below. On the average, an independent contractor
will work longer hours and receive less payment.
However, depending on the contractor’s ability to please
and impress the public, their daily earnings are usually
- Must have a
current Montana Independent Contractor license <http://data.opi.state.mt.us/bills/2005/billhtml/SB0108.htm>
Must have proof of insurance
The Eagle Ridge Ranch will schedule the rides, furnish the tack, and furnish the
horses for the contracting guide. Where and how the guide chooses to take
his guests are up to him.
The contracting guide will be expected to do everything necessary to conduct a
horseback riding operation. This includes livestock control, ground
maintainence, daily repairs, and brochure distribution.
The ranch will not specifically line out or specify the daily tasks of the
contracting guides, but they will post a “to-do” list of tasks that need
attention; contracting guides will be expected to help with these tasks.
The ranch will schedule the summer’s activities as if all independent
contractors will be at the ranch six days a week. There will be no established
time schedules; contractors will be responsible for always having someone
available to take out rides.
Things like: who saddles, wrangles, unsaddles, repairs fences, etc. will be
worked out among the contractors.
If a contractor plans to be somewhere besides the ranch during the normal
business day, it's his responsibility to make sure someone will be available to
cover the things that he would be doing.
If an independent contractor chooses to break his contract, he will be
responsible for having someone available for two weeks after giving notice.
An independent contractor will have the first choice to take out rides.
All independent contractors will be capable of putting shoes on a horse in an
emergency type situation. Contractors may choose to shoe horses instead of
conducting guided horseback rides. A half day of contracted work and half day of
shoeing will be acceptable and encouraged.
- Worker will be
paid by the month, with standard deductions including Workers Compensation.
Monthly employees will have different responsibilities depending on their area
of expertise. They will be expected to organize and
complete tasks associated with their assigned area without supervision. The
ranch will post a “to-do” list of tasks that need attention; monthly employees
will be expected to choose and complete these tasks.
If the monthly employee has a valid First Aid & CPR card, he will be eligible to
conduct limited guided horseback rides. (independent contractors have first
choice for the rides) Click on <http://www.firstaidweb.com/index.php>
Bridling horses, adjusting stirrups, and quickly mounting guests will have top
priority. Performing tasks assigned by the ranch foreman will have second
priority and regularly carrying out tasks associated with the employee’s area of
expertise will have third priority.
There will be no assigned working hours; occasionally, after notifying the ranch
foreman, on slower days, employees are welcome to take time off which will
compensate for frequent evening responsibilities. Working on non-essential
duties during the evening hours is discouraged.