Work at the Rancho
Thank you for your interest in employment at Rancho de los Caballeros. The following information is included to give you a brief background on our operation. To see a list of current openings or submit an application, use the links to the left.
In 1947 Dallas Gant, Sr. and his two business partners, C.L. Maguire and Belford Howard, began building a very special guest ranch which they christened Rancho de los Caballeros (Ranch of the Gentlemen on Horseback). In 1948 the first guests were welcomed to the Ranch.
The Ranch has grown throughout the years to a total of 79 guest rooms, a 200-seat dining room, a full-service saloon, a full-service spa, a conference & meeting facility, 20,000 acres of owned and leased land, fully-automated trap & skeet range, four tennis courts, horseback riding, hayrides, cookouts, heated swimming pool, putting green, and an 18-hole championship golf course rated one of the top 75 resort courses in the country.
Today, Dallas ("Rusty") Gant operates the Ranch and still follows the philosophy of personal service his parents fostered. As an employee, this becomes your primary responsibility too. Employment at Rancho de los Caballeros is an excellent opportunity to work in an area renowned for its beautiful desert plants and wildlife, historically famous cowboys and breathtaking sunsets. It can also be used as a chance to meet new people from all parts of the United States and many foreign countries. Employment with us at Rancho de los Caballeros is, however, serious work. We strive to provide the very best in guest service and are proud to see each and every guest leave with a smile.
While living in a small town can be challenging, the rewards are numerous and many of our employees of all ages come to the Ranch for their first season and return year after year. Although it's not required, if you have a recent photo of yourself please feel free to include it with your application. We look forward to hearing from you and hope that your Rancho de los Caballeros experience is a pleasant one and that you will remember it for a lifetime.
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Please complete the application in its entirety; incomplete applications will not be considered. Please provide full addresses for all employers. Include all zip codes, area codes and telephone numbers where they are requested. All references will be checked.
Many things enter into consideration for employment and assignment to a specific job. These include your willingness to accept an entry-level job, the positions available when you apply, and previous experience which may be utilized.
Please include the dates you are available to work, these are very important. We are only interested in those individuals who are willing to work throughout the entire season (October-May). Please do not include travel time in your dates-available-to-work information. Job assignments are offered on the basis of dates specified on the completed applications, availability, experience and interview. Any employee who does not complete the season and/or does not give sufficient notice of intention to leave will not receive satisfactory references and may not be eligible for rehire with the Ranch. The Ranch awards an end-of-season bonus to all employees who complete the entire season. A bonus is paid only after completion of the season.
As a further note, Rancho de los Caballeros is only open from October through mid-May and therefore remains quite busy throughout the entire season, so be ready for some hard work!
- Have a consistently positive service attitude.
- Be willing to maintain a neat appearance and be well groomed while on duty or in contact with The Ranch guests.
- Accept employment to work Saturdays, Sundays, religious holidays, national holidays and any shift, if required.
- Accept employment to work the number of hours and days deemed necessary by the Ranch.
- Be willing to occupy a room with other employees in staff housing (if you require housing on property).
- Be able to submit proof of your identity and legal right to work in the United States.
- Be at least 21 years of age and be willing to complete the season.
- Be willing to obtain a health certificate if necessary.
- Be willing to accept Rancho de los Caballeros' Substance Abuse Policy including pre-employment, post-accident and reasonable suspicion testing.
Rancho de los Caballeros believes that it is important to promote a drug-free community, to maintain a safe, healthy and efficient operation, and to protect the safety and security of all employees, facilities and the property of the Ranch. Rancho de los Caballeros has a separate Substance Abuse Policy and all employees need to understand and abide by the policy, and will be required to sign an acknowledgment and receipt of the Policy. All offers of seasonal employment for employees who will reside on the Ranch are conditional upon passing a pre-employment drug test. Any applicant who tests positive on any drug test required by Rancho de los Caballeros and who does not successfully refute the test results in a timely manner by explanation and/or re-testing will not be hired and will not be reconsidered for employment.
A clean and wholesome appearance for men and women is a must for employment. Visible tattoos and extremes in hairstyles, clothing, jewelry or makeup are not permitted. Our guests expect each of us to present a neat and clean appearance at all times. Men should have neatly groomed hair, cut above the collar and be cleanly shaven prior to coming on duty at the Ranch. Beards, goatees, excessive sideburns and new-growth facial hair is not allowed for seasonal employees. Women should have hair styled neatly with no unnatural dying. Good personal hygiene is expected of all employees at all times.
The Ranch provides most required uniforms. All employees are responsible for the care and cleaning of their uniforms. Kitchen uniforms can be exchanged weekly for cleaning. Most uniforms are permanent-press. Coin-operated washers and dryers are available for employees in the staff housing area.
Housing is provided by The Ranch based on availability only. Employees are required to live in the quarters provided at their assigned location.
Ranch housing is available only to full-time seasonal Ranch employees and is provided for $40.00 per pay period. When an employee completes the "entire season" the room charge is fully refundable after successfully passing a room inspection. In most cases rooms are not available for single occupancy. In the case of married couples, to be eligible for housing, both persons must be employed by The Ranch. No employee living in a Ranch-owned housing unit is permitted to keep a pet(s).
The staff's housing areas are regulated and are subject to unannounced inspections. Employees are required to be quiet going to and from and within their quarters between 11pm & 7am.
The Ranch provides sheets, towels, blankets and pillows for employees living in staff housing. Employees may provide their own if they so desire. We recommend that employees bring their own alarm clocks. Removal of Ranch property from staff housing is cause for dismissal and possible criminal prosecution.
Any employee found to have unauthorized guests, pets or firearms (including bows, ammunition or other explosive materials), will be subject to termination. No firearms of any type may be brought onto The Ranch or be kept by employees on The Ranch at any time.
The Ranch will not be liable for loss of personal belongings.
Rancho de los Caballeros complies with the wage and hour regulations of the state of Arizona and the Federal government. The Ranch is a seasonal property and work hours will fluctuate each week according to occupancy levels. Employees are expected to work such hours and days as necessary to do their jobs. Work shifts, hours and wages will vary from job to job and all employees are paid on alternate Mondays after 2pm by their supervisor. Wages are based on an hourly rate, no less than Federal minimum wage, depending on position, experience, length of service and performance.
The tip fund is a 15% gratuity added onto each guest's bill. These funds are then distributed to service departments as compensation in addition to their hourly wages. Overtime is paid at time and one-half after forty hours a week.
Employees who live on property are provided meals at no charge at the following times (unless otherwise posted): Breakfast 7:15am. Lunch 11:30am. Dinner 5:30pm. Cooking is not permitted in employee housing. Employees who do not live on the Ranch are provided a meal when scheduled through a meal period.
Living in a small town can be challenging, however, there are many things to do if you come to the Ranch armed with an imagination. We suggest bringing a vehicle to give yourself easier access to the surrounding attractions and shopping.
There is not an employee recreation room. The out-of-doors is popular in Arizona; hiking, Lake Pleasant, Sedona, Jerome, Phoenix, ghost towns, national parks, the Grand Canyon, skiing, malls, camping, and the local night life are just a sampling of what Wickenburg and the surrounding area have to offer.
The Ranch will also be providing various employee activities, parties, tournaments and bonfires at our cookout site throughout the season for the staff. A discounted rate for horseback riding and golf are available throughout the season. Employees are welcome to bring their own golf clubs.
The winter in Wickenburg is typically quite mild with generally low humidity. The Ranch sits at an elevation of 2,400 feet, making for warm days with surprisingly cool nights. Believe it or not, we may even get one day of snow a year, but it doesn't last. Sweaters and jackets will generally be needed in the mornings and evenings. Dress is casual but we occasionally dress up for dinners, staff parties and holiday parties/dances.
Services of varying denominations are available in the town of Wickenburg.
Travel to the Ranch is at your own expense. Wickenburg is located 54 miles northwest of Phoenix, Arizona. Most major airlines serve Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Ground transportation to Wickenburg is available by bus or private vehicle. The Ranch will be available to pick up employees arriving at the Wickenburg bus station if needed.
Rancho de los Caballeros would like to thank you for taking the time to read through this information and for understanding that working for The Ranch will not be a walk in the park. The work can be strenuous and is generally physically demanding. If you are more interested in a vacation than work, please do not apply. Because of occupancy level variances, it is certain that at one time or another during the season you will be asked to assist in another department or job position. A cheerful attitude is what is expected and appreciated.
Although there are plenty of demands, there is another side to time spent working at Rancho de los Caballeros: the opportunity to meet new people, to experience close working relationships and to make lifelong friendships. Rancho de los Caballeros provides a wonderful experience for all. Our staff works very hard throughout the season and The Ranch provides fair compensation along with positive motivation, making it a very special place. We look forward to receiving your application and speaking with you either in person or by telephone.