Dude Ranch Staff Page – People.

Organizational Chart:

Building and opening the Events Center and the wisdom of advancing years means that  this year we are making some really big changes to the “chain of command.” First, this means that we are creating three Manager positions. Among other things, they will be responsible for prying control from Ellen and Dan’s fingers – this means that Ellen and Dan will reduce the amount of meddling that they do to your job each day.  

Ellen doesn’t report to anyone

Dan, House Manager and Events Manager report to Ellen.

Barn Manager reports to Dan

All wranglers, including the Activities Wrangler and Facilities Wrangler report to Barn Manger (except when “loaned” to another Manager).

All kitchen and kangaroo staff report to House Manager (except when “loaned” to another Manager).

Each staff member will be given a personal weekly schedule with assigned days off and assigned duties each day (such as feeding horses, scullery wench, rifle range master or campfire s’mores-maker, etc.). This weekly schedule will repeat each week, not changing EXCEPT

  • when Events Manager has last minute weddings/events booking,
  • a neighbor needs help with an emergency,
  • significant guest requirements arise (such as handicapped guests) or
  • staff members are added or removed from the schedule (we encourage a mid-season break for each of us).   

Before breakfast each morning, all Managers plus the Activities Wrangler will meet each morning for 5 minute stand-up meeting to confirm staff assignments. The Events manager does not have any staff at this time. Weddings and events ave very high priority (to generate enough income to hire staff) and the Events Manager will use staff “loaned” from the Barn and House managers.  

Immediately after breakfast each manager then meets with her/his staff to confirm the day’s assignments.

Note well: one of the things that makes our ranch stand out from other ranches is our willingness to be as flexible as possible. The only thing that you can depend on around here is change. There will be days (such as when we have a severely handicapped guest, a neighbor in need or a last minute event booking) when your assignment may change three times!

This means that you will always be on a team, and that team is likely to change every day! If you require repetition, consistency, and/or lots of supervision, you will not be happy here.


Your packing list – what to bring. 

Other basic information and critically important articles you must know before you arrive.


Guide to the folks around here in no particular order (except the ghost is last)…


Dude Ranch Staff: Ellen & Dan

Dude Rancher Ellen and Dude Rancher Dan kiss

Dude Rancher Ellen and Dude Rancher Dan and Dude Ranch Dog, Jackjack kiss

E-mail: ride@sundancetrail.com

Position: Mainly Owners, but they do everything.

Comments: Ellen & Dan will be married for 42 years in May, and are parents of three children: Teresa, Gary & Peter. Most of their married life was spent in Michigan, but they also lived in Texas for a few years before buying the STR. They are both RN’s by training; Dan has been a home care & hospice administrator, Ellen is a Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner.

Ellen is sometimes referred to as HMTRQ or just RQ for “Her Majesty the Ranch Queen.” Dan is referred to as the AO which stands for… well, never mind….

Advice to all male staff!

Advice to all male staff!


 

Under construction for 2017.

 

Colin

Marissa

Jim

 


 


Name: Chris Hinson

Position: Events Manager

Email: crh0905@gmail.com

Comments:

In the spring of 2000 I moved to Colorado for a summer job. Being the first time I experienced working in hospitality, I found my calling and continued working in the guest ranch circuit.

Chris Hinson, Events Manager!

With an affinity for the outdoors, my interests are fly fishing, archery, hunting, camping and snow skiing. Virtually staying active outside as a sports focused individual.
As a person that enjoys making new friends and socializing, I have found myself realizing that “Good friends and good people are always good company when you are doing what you really
enjoy.”

[Editor’s note: Chris, Ellen says she has a better picture of you, but she can’t find it. So I grabbed these from FB. Personally, I believe that this shot captures the dignity and seriousness of your new position.!Let me know if you have one you want me to put here instead.]

 

 


Name: Estelle

Position: Housekeeper (Kangaroo)

Email: estelle.goulier@isa.yncrea.fr

Cowgirl Estelle

Bonjour!

Comments: 

“My country is on the other side of the Atlantic, so it is a first time for me in the United States and in a ranch! Hiha!

I am a French student in agricultural school, I was born and I live near Disneyland Paris.
My goals in coming here: becoming bilingual (or almost), familiarizing myself with American culture, being an extraordinary housekeeper.
As for my job, I do not have it specially in the blood, but I guarantee that the ranch will look like the Château de Versailles (Does anyone know him? You know, this famous French castle…)
I am uncomplicated to live, I like horses, dancing and listening music.”


Name: Crystal

Crystal!

Position: Dining Room Steward

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Comments: Hello, my name is Crystal. I am 20 years old and originally from California but raised in Utah. I grew up in a very tradition and religious Mexican family with a few American novelties such as chicken nuggets, mac&cheese , speaking English, and listening to American music and constant pursuit of The American Dream.

I graduated from American Preparatory Academy in 2015 and immediately went off to college at The University of Utah that same summer. I attended college for a year taking classes that somewhat piqued my interests and then I discovered towards the end of the year that I could have better spent my money and just gone to community college. I lived with my parents the whole while but given I was first-generation, it was hard for them to understand how different college life was from high school. Life kind of got in the way and I decided to take a year off from school to experiment and earn money for the for the following school year at SLCC. I moved out a few months after my first year of college. It happened sooner than I had anticipated but I has happy, nonetheless. It was the first time I’d ever exercised a freedom I was told I didn’t have. I’ve learned so much about being on on my own, I learned new terms, applied for healthcare, done my taxes, cooked my own meals, remedied my ailments; I essentially learned how to be an “adult”, or be self -sufficient. And now almost a year later, I’m pleased to say that I’m happy with the way things have played out, though I’ve had many downs, I choose to always find the bright side of every situation.

For instance, I am on this new adventure. I’m leaving my friends, family, and the place of I’ve called home for many years for some place I’ve never been, where I don’t know if I’ll even succeed… But I don’t want to be crippled nor controlled by fear. What I fear most is living with “WHAT Ifs”. I choose to look at things this way: all the new people I’ll meet along the way, the new skills I will develop, the new things I will learn. I also thoroughly enjoy working with people and I hope that through means of this job I will make connections I wouldn’t have made otherwise. I love to learn and teach others what I know. I was pretty involved with the community in high school and some in college and through these experiences I’ve learned that I feel the happiest and the most complete when I help others. I hope to be the change I wish to see in the world someday, but to get there I have to take my first step. Here’s to CHANGE!

 


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Dude Ranch Ghost Lady Katie

Dude Ranch Ghost Lady Katie

Dude Ranch Staff: Lady Catherine Moon, herself Name: Gratton Catherine Lawder Garton Moon, aka Lady Katie

E-mail: sorry

Position: Ranch Ghost.

Comments: You will be telling the Moon story every week – get familiar with it now!

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