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The sense of discovery and freedom that existed in the Colorado Rocky Mountains centuries ago still lives on today.

Ranch Jobs

Thank you for your interest in working at one of our all-inclusive Colorado Dude & Guest Ranches!

The dude and guest ranch members of our Association collectively hire 800 to 1,000 employees each summer. Our staff members are an important part of the guest ranch experience. Ranch staff members provide exceptional guest services and Western hospitality that make our ranches some of the best in the West.

Listed below you will find positions that are typically available at each ranch:

  • Cooking and Kitchen Staff
  • Wait Staff, Housekeeping, and Maintenance
  • Horse Care and Wrangling
  • Babysitters, Kids Counselors, Teen Counselors
  • Office and Marketing positions

These ranches offer good jobs, good pay and great places to meet new people, not to mention a wonderful place to spend the summer. Our ranches typically do most of their hiring for summer employment December-March.

So What’s Next?

  1. We encourage you to contact the ranches that interest you directly as soon as possible.  To download a brochure with contact and web information of all 27 of our ranches, please CLICK HERE.
  2. Once you have narrowed down your search, the next step would be to contact the individual ranch and request an application. (Some ranches even have an application you can download online!)
  3. Each ranch has a slightly different application process. So be sure you have all the information necessary to apply with your ranch(s) of choice.

a. What kind of interview would the ranch prefer to do? Phone? In Person?
b. What information needs to be sent back to the ranch along with the application itself?
c. What are the ranches deadlines for seasonal hiring and be sure to ask when you can expect to hear back from them on their final decisions.

We wish you the best in your search for a ranch position that is just the right fit for you!

If you have any additional questions, please email the office at

Current Ranch Position Openings: 2014


Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is hiring wranglers for the 2014 summer season. If you have horsemanship skills, a strong work ethic and enjoy sharing your knowledge with others, we would look forward to your application. A background in working with kids and past wrangling experience is a plus. First Aid and CPR certification is required. References are requested. Must be 18 years of age and possess a valid driver's license. Youth Counselors are also needed.  Our Program provides a wide variety of age-appropriate activities designed to re-awaken creativity, boost self-confidence and help develop awareness of the wonders of the natural world. Salary includes Housing and Meals. First Aid and CPR certification is required. Experience working with groups of kids, above average horsemanship skills and a love of the outdoors are required. References are requested. Must be 18 years of age and possess a valid driver's license. If working in a peaceful mountain setting, just 15 minutes west of Downtown Loveland and less than a half-hour from Fort Collins appeals to you, we would like to accept your application for employment. We look forward to hearing from you. or call (970)667-3915 and ask for Susan Jessup.  An application is available on our website: under “employment”.


Wilderness Trails Ranch

Ranch Executive Chef Please send resume and references to: An Executive Chef is the commander of the kitchen responsible for coordinating the kitchen staff and manages the planning and preparation of meals which vary from buffets (including perfectly prepared fish and prime ribs), plated fine dining, gourmet cookouts/BBQs, family-style service and/or multi-course candlelight dinners paired with wine and/or micro-brews/craft beers. Minimum responsibilities include: Fine dining and creative cookout menu planning, management, and execution., creating daily and weekly specials, creates special menu for events or special occasions, and determines portions sizes, accommodating special dietary needs within each menu or daily plan. Before and during meals, an executive chef oversees prep work, cooks/executes meals and ensures that all meals leaving the kitchen are consistent in presentation and quality.Must be active cost controlling and maintain of food cost.The executive chef will train and manage kitchen personnel and supervise/coordinate all related culinary activities supervise/coordinate all related culinary activities.Salary DOE, Equal Opportunity Employee,Military Veterans Encouraged to App


Majestic Dude Ranch

Executive Chef needed for Majestic Dude Ranch, 35 minutes from Durango, CO in the San Juan Mountains. Requires experience cooking for large crowds, ordering, specialized cooking for restricted diets due to allergies and/or vegetarians, and a great, friendly attitude. Pay DOE / Room and board included. All ranch activities are available during off time. If interested, please call Marisa at 970-533-7900.


Tumbling River Ranch

Tumbling River Ranch, a dude ranch/resort in central Colorado is seeking a full-time maintenance/ranch foreman.  This person will be responsible for all facilities, maintenance, and all grounds.  The position includes salary, room/board year around and vehicle benefits.  Please visit our website for more information, or email Megan Dugan at

Zapata Ranch

Zapata is looking for a full time chef for the remainder of the 2014 season (October 27th).We are looking for a chef to prepare 3 high quality meals a day (including sack lunches) for up to 25 people. Responsibilities will include ordering produce, staying on top of inventory, managing the kitchen and delivering high quality meals on time. Please email For more information about the ranch please look at



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