The Staff at Ring Lake Ranch

Our staff includes two cooks and one assistant cook, two wranglers, a hike leader/housekeeper, Ben Verheul - Facilities Manager, Amanda Verheul - Business Manager and Andy Blackmun - Director.



Head Cook Wanted

Ring Lake Ranch is looking for a Head Cook to join our staff for the 2018 season!

Our cooks prepare tasty, healthy meals for between 35 and 60 guests and staff each week.  The Head Cook will work with our assistant cooks in meal preparation and supervising cleanup, as well as coordinate menu planning, tracking inventory and managing the kitchen seasonal budget.  As a non-profit center, we're more of a community than a traditional guest ranch. Our guests and staff eat together, do dishes together, and everyone may take part in sessions with internationally known presenters.

The position begins May 20th and ends when the Ranch closes on September 8th. Schedule adjustments may be made to accommodate schooling or other commitments.

Qualifications: Experience with cooking for large groups is a plus; a sense of humor comes in handy; flexibility never hurts; training in food handling and kitchen management would be useful; ability to work harmoniously with others genuinely important; stamina is virtually required. The Ranch does complete a background check on all staff and volunteers.  All staff members are expected to be comfortable interacting with our guests.

Compensation is $575 per week plus a bonus of one week’s salary paid at the midpoint of the season. Room and board are also provided. Staff may attend our evening seminars and can enjoy hiking in the mountains, canoeing and fishing during free time and trail rides, depending on availability.

Applicants can download a job application from the link at the top of this web page or contact Andy Blackmun, Director, at or 888.458.5253.

Interested persons may download and complete the staff application and submit it to Andy Blackmun at


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