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Children’s Wrangler Responsibilities

Dude Ranch Children’s Wrangler responsibilities vary between ranches. In general, however, this is what they do:

  • Constructing and maintaining a children’s program for pre-schoolers through young teens (5 to 15 years old). Curriculum and lesson plans should be based on introduction and acquisition of skills; and
  • Should include fishing, riding, archery, astronomy, baking/cooking, Native American lore, first aid, orienteering, and leatherwork.
  • Age-appropriate activities to draw from including pony rides, attending naturalist activities with your young guests, hikes, outdoor and indoor games and crafts, swimming, etc.
  • Acting as an advisor to those children who are working on Boy Scout and Girl Scout merit badges.
  • Overnighters, family games, and all other children’s activities.
  • Ring Master for games
  • Note: the Children’s Wrangler also shares all other wrangler duties listed in the “Wrangler” Job Description including feeding on a rotating basis; pulling, tacking, brushing, picking feet, etc., assisting in bussing tables and washing dishes, etc. This position is not appropriate for those who are not strong “team players.”
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

  • Experience working with and enthusiasm about children
  • Child care and teaching/leading experience,
  • Professional teaching and scouting experience strongly preferred.
  • Moderate horseback riding and equine knowledge. Extensive horse knowledge and skills is preferred, as this allows the employee to also assist with wrangling duties.
  • Able to lift and carry 85 pounds a minimum of 100 feet while working at altitudes of 8,000 feet or higher
  • Drive vehicles with stick shift.
  • Able to communicate to kids and parents with tact and clarity, and exhibit a patient and knowledgeable attitude with horses.
  • High enthusiasm and energy.
  • A genuine love of working with children.


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