Join the Elkhorn Ranch team for the winter season, here in sunny Arizona about one hour from Tucson Arizona. We are family-owned and operated guest ranch with many returning guests. Full room and board are part of the deal, with your own private room. Contact us now! We’d love to have someone to fill this position immediately!
The serving team provides dining room service for ranch guests during breakfast, lunch and supper daily and performs related kitchen and dining room cleaning and prep chores, including salad prep and washing dishes. This is a great job for someone who enjoys living and working in a rural place, meeting and talking with people of all ages, and being part of a close-knit team. We have one position open at this time, and would like to fill it before the holidays!
Typical week and day
Guests generally arrive and depart on Sunday, for weeklong stays. On a daily basis, the serving team works during three different shifts that include each meal. The job has a long day from beginning to end, but there is very predictable time off between shifts ~ great for hiking or horseback riding. The breakfast shift begins at 6 with dining room buffet and table set up complete by 6:45, and the time for a hot breakfast before guest breakfast begins at 7:30. Following breakfast, servers complete a checklist of front and back of the house cleaning and prep chores which should be done by 10 am. The lunch shift lasts from 12:15 to 1:45 with servers providing guest service and teaming up for table and buffet clearing, cleaning and dishes, such that servers should be done in time to join an afternoon ride at 2 if they choose. The supper shift lasts from about a range of 5:15 – 6 to 8 pm (due to timing variations for nights where there are pre-dinner cocktail parties, plus the team may take turns coming in early). It is important for servers to understand that they cannot eat lunch and supper with the crew as crew and guest meals times coincide. The chef aims to make lunch and dinner available to crew 10-15 minutes ahead of guest meals such that a quick meal is possible, or servers hold their plates until after meal service.
The job is designed to take about 7 hours a day not including breaks and meals, on average. The weekly salary is based on an average 42-hour workweek. All crew work a 6-day workweek. The crew are welcome to join guest rides, hikes and generally enjoy ranch amenities with the understanding that there can be times when workload or other situations may limit access.
Attributes of an Ideal Candidate
About Elkhorn Ranch
Live and work for the winter at Elkhorn Ranch ~ a family-owned and operated dude (guest) ranch located in the Baboquivari Mountain Range about 50 miles southwest of Tucson, Arizona. Join a crew of 18 and the Miller family in providing gracious all-inclusive hospitality and an outdoor-oriented wilderness vacation featuring guided horseback riding and hiking for 32 guests (on average). All crew live and work on site and receive full room and board, including a private bedroom. The owners live and work on-site and strive to have guests and crew feel like part of the family.