Working in Wyoming: Scenes from the Ranch

I don’t tend to write much about the jobs I work while traveling, even though working is the only reason I’m able to travel in the first place. I’d like to change that and start writing a bit more about my experience with working while traveling–to start, I want to write briefly about my time on the ranch in Wyoming.

I spent the summer of 2015 living and working on a private ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Located just outside of Grand Teton National Park, it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. I’ve been reminiscing about my days on the ranch recently, looking through photos of the Tetons and just generally feeling heartbroken about the fact that I’m not returning this summer (but hey, I guess New Zealand isn’t such a bad alternative).

I was the sole housekeeper, in charge of opening and closing the cabins, as well as ALL of the cleaning, laundry, and related activities. Housekeeping is by no means a glamorous job, but it pays the bills. My job at this ranch was particularly wonderful because of the free rent, free meals, generous tips, great salary, and the best part: the spectacular scenery. I was able to go hiking in the afternoons, explore the area on my days off, and I saved up A LOT of money in just three months. It really jump-started my savings for New Zealand.

Since the ranch is private and open to family and friends only, I won’t go into too much detail about it, but it’s filled with history–a real traditional Jackson Hole kind of place. The Snake River runs through the property, and the land is home to many elk, moose, and other wildlife. This place has been in the family since the 1930’s and I feel lucky that I was able to experience living there for a while.


Read Next:
Jackson Hole Restaurant Guide
15 Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

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A photo diary from my time working on a ranch in Jackson, Wyoming



By Courtney Minor

Wandering around and writing about it.

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