Ranch Job and Volunteer Positions

We offer Ranch Job and Volunteer positions at Campbell Hills Guest Ranch. Situated in a unique place where we experience trust, harmony and partnership with our herd of horses while living in a truly stunning location in the interior of BC.

Because of all the above features our ranch offers a great volunteer opportunity for the right person who wants to meet new people from all over the world. 

Our job is to make peoples dreams come true and our focus is on providing our guests with exceptional standards of Natural Horsemanship, Hospitality and Service.

Life time journey in Natural Horsemanship:

To do this, we need talented people who have a strong desire to learn about natural horsemanship, share our love for the ranching way of life and who truly want to provide guests with a lifetime of memories. Volunteers and Wranglers receive room and board in our staff residence, limited WiFi and trail rides on days off in this beautiful part of BC. Natural horsemanship  basics, groundwork, total barefoot hoof care (time and weather permitting). In exchange for working on this BC guest ranch, in both horse-related and non-horse related activities.

Non horse related activities:

Including, but not limited to housekeeping, assisting Martin with cooking, general maintenance of buildings, gathering firewood, gathering eggs and cleaning chicken coop.

Horse-related activities:

Include general ranch chores such as feeding and watering livestock, cleaning pens and shelters, turning out horses, haying, fencing, grooming horses, tacking up and untacking horses, cleaning tack, medicating horses, and assisting with the handling of horses, etc.

Assisting Wranglers:

Helping with Trail rides as a Wrangler assistant. Depending on skill level, volunteers may also assist with exercising and training horses (games, round penning and other groundwork, as well as riding).
This is not just a job, it’s a way of life where you can work, learn and play! If you have the dreams, the personality and desire to be a part of our success, like working in a team, then we’d love to hear from you!

Application Requirements

For a Wrangler Paid Position (Tour Guide on horseback):

We filled all wrangler positions for 2019!

The ideal wrangler candidate will demonstrate both excellent customer service and strong horsemanship skills. Wranglers will lead rides on the ranch property, in addition to the neighboring Crown land Meadows, Lakes and Forests. Trail rides aren’t your typical nose-to-tail walking dude rides, but with heavy natural horsemanship instructions.

  • The application for a wrangler position consists of a resume plus references, as well as a video (no more than 3 minutes please!) of the applicant riding a horse at all three gaits (English or Western) catching a horse (preferably natural horsemanship) in a corral/pasture (haltering), picking out feet as well as tacking (saddling and bridling) a horse. Send Youtube link, no video’s through regular email please!!
  • Wilderness First Aid Certificate, A good working knowledge of every day English and German language is very important. A good sense of orientation and GPS reading for trail system is also very important.
  •  Preference will be given to those with experience in Natural Horsemanship and who are strongly motivated to become an apprentice in our Horse /Human Development Program,  and to learn what it takes to have a successful long term career with horses.

For all Volunteer positions (Kitchen, Barn, Marketing-Office and housekeeping Assistant):

  • A Working Holiday Visa is required please check: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/iec/eligibility.asp
  • All Applicants must be at least 19 yrs old and non smoker!
  • Every Volunteer is required to carry personal liability insurance that covers horse-related activities.
  • A Ranch job is a physically demanding occupation. We work 5 to 6 days a week and you have to realize it is not a 9-5 job, as we work in a team and help each-other. You must be physically fit and able to carry out the demands of the job, which includes, but is not limited to, handling horses, cleaning arena/pens, cleaning chicken coop, unloading feed bags, stacking hay, lifting heavy saddles, repairing fences, clearing trails, etc. We expect you to be able to think ahead, solve problems, work well alone as well as with others.
  • Volunteers must be reliable, trustworthy, responsible, self-motivated, and able to stay on task even when the going gets rough. A good work ethic and a positive attitude are essential.
  • Minimum stay: (For winter positions there is more flexibility and learning about Natural Horsemanship!)   During the operational season 3 months. Preferred stay 4-6 months (No start / end days in Busy Summer Season) Longer stays are encouraged to make the most out of your stay. Experience has shown us that it takes the average volunteer two to four weeks to get into the daily routine.

Please take note that we do require that you send us a short cover letter about yourself as well as a photo so that we can put a face to a name plus application form attached.

Volunteer Request Form
Min. 19 yrs
We are a NON SMOKING Ranch
For Wrangler Positions mandatory!
No start dates for wranglers middle of season!
any doc, docx, pdf, jpeg, png, gif format max 300mb!

2015 wranglers trail ride

10 replies
  1. James Horatio
    James Horatio says:

    Wonderful does not nearly come close to complementing Bernadette Martin & their ranch

    5/5 Stars for Friendliness
    5/5 Stars for Accomdation
    5/5 Stars for Location

    I was lucky to spend their winter season volunteering here with three other volunteers in the snowy capped mountains and lakes. Its easy to forget your a vounteer as Bernadette & Martin are so warm and welcoming they truly make you feel right at home and part of their family from the moment you arrive. Martins is highly entertaining & ensures a continued postive morale on the ranch, ontop of this he’s a phonemenonal professional chef and whips up a different feast day and night. You really do feel like a guest as nearly every volunteer room in your volunteer apartment is private with a double bed and looks identical to the 5star rooms that paying guest stay in.

    They very generously provide a staff pickup truck to use on your days off to visit the big city, i am rather a slow driver and the city was only 45min trip away for me, it may take longer as the view around the ranch and down to the city is comprised of continuous uninterrupted views of snowy mountains as far as you can see in every direction.

    A familiar work day comprised of:-
    07:30-08:00 clean/feed horses/chickens
    08:00-09:00 breakfast
    09:00-12:30 clean/feed/walk horses
    12:30-13:30 lunch
    13:30-16:00 feed/ Ride the horses on numerous wonderful mountain tracks, weather dependent.
    16:00-18:00 Shower/internet
    18:00-19:00 Dinner/ wash the dishes
    19:00-21:00 play pool/watch a movie/Sauna/Hot tub.

    Bernadette thoughtfully arranges 2 days off work for everybody each week, or if you prefer to keep busy like me on your days off there a plenty of projects and rountine maintenance jobs too you keep you busy on the ranch.

    Getting here and general advice:-
    -Bernadette and Martin are immensely accommodating, just make sure you kindly provide arrival details in advance, as they can be pretty busy at times.
    -If your someone who needs to Skype you will need to sign up to Telus mobile network as the internet is not unlimited, i found the wifi was fine handling facebooks and emails.
    – There are a couple of winter boots for those of you with small feet, best to bring your own winter gear to ensure you’ll be nice and toasty

    Thanks to Bernadette being incredible gifted, extremely patient and clear when it comes to training with handling all her horses I have learnt :-

    -A further appreciation for the concepts of Natural Horsemanship and the seven games.

    – I have truly a much deeper understanding for the psychology of working with horses, especially those that have been rescued from the wild.

    -how to make a horse walk backwards and sideways.

    Additionally

    -I had the opportunity for the first time to design and build a winter horse sleigh.

    -How to untangle wild deer from fences in the dark.

    -How to Skiijour behind a quad bike.

    Wish i could have stayed longer will certainly recommend the ranch to my family and friends.

    Thank you you so much for such a wonderful fun time, Good luck with the coming season.

    Yours respectfully,

    Jimmy

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  2. Klara Kienhofer
    Klara Kienhofer says:

    Simon and I stayed here for 2,5 months (February-mid-April 2018) and we loved it! Bernadette and Martin are a great and hard working couple and welcomed us as a part of their family. I learned so much from both of them! Bernadette is just amazing when it comes to Natural Horsemanship and explaining things, she’s a great teacher and will always understand if you make mistakes. She helped me improving my horsemanship dramatically, it was always interesting being around the herd with Berni, she has great stories to tell! And so does Martin. Working in the kitchen with him was always fun (most of the times even more for him than for me ;)) and it was a pleasure to play fussball against him!
    The winter here is a dream if you like snow just as I do! We even got to snowshoe a few times and we went skiing. Martin and Berni will make sure that you can go into town or do other great things in your days off!
    Work in winter is very different to the work during the season, it’s all pretty calm since the daylight is gone by 6pm. I worked with the horses a lot which was always fun and interesting, sometimes challenging but that’s how I learned the fastest. The horses are all great and nice to work with, super interesting to watch the different characters though!
    I already miss the whole herd, especially Rocky, I miss the long, deep talks after Dinner and just everyone over there!
    If you have the chance to work there, so it, you won’t regret it!

    A huge thanks to Berni and Martin (and to Eric as well) for being our family for the last 2,5 months and just for everything! I’m sure I’ll come back one day 🙂

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  3. Audrey Archimbaud
    Audrey Archimbaud says:

    I had a very good time at the ranch with Martin, Bernadette and the other volunteers. I learned a lot about handeling horses in a natural way, which was very helpful for me. We worked hard, but we also had time to go on trips to Vancouver and Kelowna. Martin is a very good chef and he makes a lot of funny jokes, which is really nice!:) The ranch is very beautiful located and we did a lot of trailriding with the guest in the summer and in the winter with the crew. I would recommend this amazing place to everyone who is passionate about the ranching life.

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  4. Sarah Reid
    Sarah Reid says:

    i have had the absolute pleasure of volunteering here at the guest ranch for the summer and have enjoyed every second of my time here. From the moment i met Bernadette and Martin i was welcomed as part of the family instantly. They are warm, kind, generous fun hosts, who work extremley hard, but have alot of fun doing so. Since being here i have learnt an incredible amount about natural horsemanhsip from Bernadett, a true horse lover and a wonderful teacher. She has such a huge amount of knowledge and so willing to share all she has learnt, one of the most patient people i have met, and watching her with the horses is like watching an artist! truly inspiring. Martin is the husband of bernadette and the chef here at the ranch. We eat like kings, martin prepares three meals a day for us, all healthy (accept the cheese cakes and chocoloate fondu) fresh, local and absolutley divine, i have never been so well fed! and as a travelling back packer it really is a luxury!
    As a volunteer, you will start your day with a beautiful breakfast of fresh fruits, yoghurt, free range eggs (that you will collect every day from the 60 chickens) toasts and the odd pancake and omlette. There is always a few house cleaning chours, when we have guests we clean the accomodation (cabins and lodge) a few things like vacuming, and bedding etc. once the rooms are done we help martin with any kitchen prep he might need (this is rare as Martin normaly always has things under control) and make sure the lodge and the saloon are tidy. Then its things like fetching the horses (theres 160 acres of forrest to find them in, we normally take the dogs and the quad) grooming and checking the horses, cleaning the chicken pen, tidying up the tack room, sweeping the tack stalls etc. theres always something to do, we check the trails regurlary to make sure there are no broken fences or fallen down trees, we excersize the horses daily to keep them fit and healthy and they absolutely love it!
    we can always find something to do, but Bernie and Martin always make sure we have spare time to relax with the horses, read, watch a movie, or play a game of pool. we go out on trail rides daily with guests, we ride different horses every day to make sure we are calm and confident no matte which horse we are on, and getting to know them and all their quirks is the best part about this place! its hard not to have a favourite though!!
    i can promise you will not regret volunteering here, its paradise, and absolut dream, and i am coming back next season!

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  5. Wiebke & Lukas
    Wiebke & Lukas says:

    We have worked two and a half months at the ranch and it become kind of a home for us. The work was sometimes hard -especially at -25 degrees – but it was all doable. We enjoyed our stay and got along with everyone. Bernie always gives you important advices to improve your work, however she explains everything well. We enjoyed working with her! Martin cooks really good, he is a funny guy who has always a nice Story to tell. Wiebke learned more about horses and wants to get now more into natural horsemanship, lukas, who had no horse experiences before that, was well introduced in how to work and cope with horses.
    Thanks for an amazing time, we’ll meet again one Day!

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  6. Lisa Burgers
    Lisa Burgers says:

    I worked here for two amazing seasons! Many thanks to Martin and Bernie who taught me so much, I learned so much not only about horses and natural horsemanship but also about myself and on top of that I have some recipes i still use. It’s hard work and you make long days especially in the high season but you get so much back for that. Martin and Bernie are two hard working people who are honest and loving and that makes them so succesfull! Martin Is an amazing chef and prepares the best food you ever had! Maybe you will be next to him and can taste all his delicious recipes! Bernie has so much knowlegde about horses, she can read the horses so well. You can learn so much from her!
    They have 26 horses and they all have there own personality. It’s hard not to love them and its even harder to say goodbye. I never saw happier horses then on this place! They have 160 acres to roam around all day and do whatever they want like eating, playing or sleeping. You will see them doing it all.
    When you love nature you are in the right spot! The sunrises and sunsets are amazing! You can easily find a place where you can sit and enjoy the nature. The trail rides are beautiful and the views are breathtaking! There is wildlife everywhere. You will see, deer,coyotes bears blue birds, hummingbirds, bald eagles, Osprey, blue heron, white pelican and maybe you will see a moose!
    In the season you start your day at 6.30 am you will search for the horses you need for the morning trail and get all the tack out after that it’s time for breakfast. After breakfast you have until 9.30 am to get the horses ready. Then there is a trailride from 9.30 am until 12.00 when you’re on the trails you will guide the guests and give them if they need some help with their horse. When you stay at the ranch you will take care of the horses or any other barn work or housekeeping. When they are back from the trailride you all help and untack the horses and let them roam around the lodge. then there is time for a good lunch and after that you prepare the horses for the afternoon ride which starts at 2 am. The trailride will be back at 4.30 p.m and after cleaning everything, there is some time before dinner. With dinner you have all the time to get to know the guests and on a sunny night there was always the possibility for line dancing, or practice your lasso, archery, table fusball or pool skills!
    It’s was the best time ever and I can’t wait to go back!

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  7. Johanna Hildebrandt
    Johanna Hildebrandt says:

    I fulfilled my dream when I joined the team of CHGR in April 2017. I started in the kitchen and housekeeping where you´re responsible for the preparation of meals, cleaning the Wild Horse Saloon, guest rooms as well as common areas and helping with doing the laundry. On my days off I was able to join the trail rides (depending on availability) which was amazing. I have been western riding before and whenever Bernie did some training with the girls/horses outside and I had the time I watched. In May I became the opportunity to work outside and learn from Bernie and the horses. I joined more and more trail rides to get to know the horses, area, trails and situation which might happen on the trails. With all that information, exercise and training (books, videos and on horse experience through Bernie) I was able to take out guests by myself. I usually worked a few days only inside and a few days only outside throughout the week or I had mixed days where I would setup breakfast, take out the departure ride (which is a shorter ride for the guests on their day of departure) and after a quick change and lunch I would clean the room or cabin which they stayed in and prepare dinner. I really enjoyed the variety of work that I got to do. 2017 we were a very international team. People from the Netherlands, France, New Zealand and Thailand to just mention a few! We all lived in the basement of the main house (don´t worry it sounds creepier than it is!!!) Three bedrooms (each two beds), kitchen, TV area with a couch, laundry room and of course a bathroom gave us plenty of space even though we only spent our time to sleep down there, because we rather spent it outside in the nature ;). We had our meals together with the guest which gives the ranch even more a family style. You get to know the guests better, play pool or table fuss ball with them and enjoy the evening activities like lassoing, line dancing or just sitting together around the fire pit making stickbread, s’mores and listen to some stories. It was really cool to help Martin cooking our Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, Brussels sprouts, pumpkin pie with all the bells and whistles… Man I am still dreaming of these leftover turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce and pesto. Delicious!!! We got fed very well and that every single day!
    I was lucky that I could join the team for another season in 2018. This time I could concentrate on my work with the horses as being an assistant wrangler. It is an never ending learning process when you work, learn and listen to these creatures. Bernie opened my eyes by showing me the natural horsemanship path, not only how to work with animals, but also expand my leadership skills and made me see who I really am. I admire her strength, knowledge and willpower to spread the word about natural horsemanship and just the way how she is able to read and interact with the horses! Martin is the center of the whole thing. He likes to talk to people, makes jokes and is super competitive at table fuss-ball!!! But he is also the peacemaker if there were ever trouble within the team. We are all one big family and not only because you work and live together 24/7.

    Shortly said: If you like animals, the contact with people from all over the world, the country/ranch lifestyle, are not afraid to get your hands dirty and are eager to learn new things come and join your new family!
    It was an priceless experience which will always be part of my life.
    Thank you Bernie and Martin and the girls from 2017 & 2018!!!

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  8. Lara Akkermans
    Lara Akkermans says:

    I have had the absolute pleasure of volunteering here for the summer of 2014 and have enjoyed every second of my time here. From the moment i met Bernadette and Martin i was welcomed as part of the family instantly. They are warm, kind, generous fun hosts, who work extremely hard, but have a lot of fun doing so. Since being here i have learnt an incredible amount about natural horsemanship from Bernadette, a true horse lover and a wonderful teacher. She has such a huge amount of knowledge and so willing to share all she has learnt, one of the most patient people i have met, and watching her with the horses is like watching an artist! truly inspiring. Martin is the husband of Bernadette and the chef here at the ranch. We eat like kings, martin prepares three meals a day for us, all healthy (accept the cheese cakes and chocolate fondue) fresh, local and absolutely divine, i have never been so well fed! and as a traveling back packer it really is a luxury!
    As a volunteer, you will start your day with a beautiful breakfast of fresh fruits, yoghurt, free range eggs (that you will collect every day from the 60 chickens) toasts and the odd pancake and omelette. There is always a few house cleaning chores, when we have guests we clean the accommodation (cabins and lodge) a few things like vacuuming, and bedding etc. once the rooms are done we help martin with any kitchen prep he might need (this is rare as Martin normally always has things under control) and make sure the lodge and the saloon are tidy. Then it’s things like fetching the horses (there is 160 acres of forest to find them in, we normally take the dogs and the quad) grooming and checking the horses, cleaning the chicken pen, tidying up the tack room, sweeping the tack stalls etc. there’s always something to do, we check the trails regularly to make sure there are no broken fences or fallen down trees, we exercise the horses daily to keep them fit and healthy and they absolutely love it!
    we can always find something to do, but Bernie and Martin always make sure we have spare time to relax with the horses, read, watch a movie, or play a game of pool. we go out on trail rides daily with guests, we ride different horses every day to make sure we are calm and confident no matte which horse we are on, and getting to know them and all their quirks is the best part about this place! its hard not to have a favorite though!!
    i can promise you will not regret volunteering here, its paradise, and an absolute dream. I’m trying to sort something out with my visa to come back next season, so i might even see you here!

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