Saddle Up for Your Colorado Dude Ranch Vacation.
The sense of discovery and freedom that existed in the Colorado Rocky Mountains centuries ago still lives on today.
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?
- 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.
- 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!)
- 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 email@example.com.
Current Ranch Position Openings: 2015 (Summer)
Laramie River Ranch
(Updated 6-26) Laramie River Ranch has a position open in guest services. Please contact krista@LRRanch.com for more information and to apply.
Tumbling River Ranch
(Updated 4/2/15) Tumbling River Ranch is actively hiring for our summer season. We will begin the season soon and we are trying to fill the last few positions. We are looking for two more wranglers with a high equestrian background, western riding skills and outgoing personalities. The job requires physical stamina, strength, and a person capable of working long days. We are also seeking a smart, organized, friendly staff member to work in our front office for the summer. The start date must be within the first week of May and the end date must be through the end of September. To be a successful in this position, you should be prepared to serve guest first and foremost. We are looking for someone friendly, happy, organized and a self-starter. The office person will be in charge of guest reservation details, marketing for the ranch (blog & Facebook), keeping each department ready for the coming weeks and helping in our ranch gift shop. If you think you would be a good candidate, and you have the approached dates open, please download an application from www.tumblingriver.com and get it back to us as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The most successful employees enjoy customer service, work well on a team and have a passion for the western lifestyle. If you think you would be interested in being a part of the Tumbling River Ranch team please visit our website www.tumblingriver/employment for details and an application. Or, email us at email@example.com
Majestic Dude Ranch
Majestic Dude Ranch is looking for counselors, servers, housekeepers and a mountain bike guide. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Laramie River Ranch
Now hiring for summer 2015: (Updated 3-19-15)Year-round Crew Supervisor/Guest Coordinator position now available! Also, wranglers, guest services staff, kitchen team, children's counselor, nanny. Laramie River Ranch has a typical occupancy of 25 guests. Our small size allows us to give each guest our personal attention as they ride, fish, and hike. We have high expectations for the quality of service our guests receive and therefore have high expectations of our staff. Employment at Laramie River is lots of fun as crew participate in ranch activities and explore the surrounding Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado. Learn more & download an application at http://www.LRRanch.com/jobs.html
North Fork Ranch
Experience a summer in the West where the lifestyle of the American cowboy still lingers! In the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains, resting on the peaceful banks of the North Fork of the South Platte River, just one hour SW of Denver, Colorado emerges North Fork Ranch. Our small family run and family oriented ranch offers seasonal job opportunities that are fun filled and rewarding leaving you with memories for a lifetime! Whether working as a cook, wrangler, or a housekeeper/wait staff our summer staff are the backbone of making guests feel right at home. Along with a nice monthly wage, you will receive tips, housing and great home-style meals. Your days off will be filled with all the amenities the ranch offers… horseback riding, fly fishing, white water rafting etc.We are currently hiring our summer staff. We are looking for dedicated, honest, hard working and genuinely enthusiastic individuals and are anxious to tell you more! We invite you to complete our application at www.northforkranch.com/employment or contact us at email@example.com , or call us at 303-838-9873 with any questions! We are looking forward to a fabulous Colorado ranch summer…and getting to know you!
The High Lonesome Dude Ranch:
Horse minded ranch hand position to fill at high end guest ranch:Seeking responsible, self starter, horse and livestock minded individual with ranch caretaking and guest industry knowledge. Responsibilities would include: colt starting and training, irrigation, fence repair and replace, building and ranch maintenance, horse barn duties(cleaning stalls, feeding, vet), ranch caretaker duties, wrangler and guest responsibilities, assist manager in daily and seasonal responsibilities. Welding, carpentry, equipment operating, and weed knowledge skills a plus. Drugs and alcohol free environment. Salary based on experience. Benefits and housing to be discussed. Please send resume and references to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-283-8924 for more info.
Sundance Trail Ranch (970)-224-1222
The Winter Dude Ranch caretaker/ Guest Ranch Wrangler is a nine month position (September through May) that usually takes a leadership position the next summer. We are hoping to find someone to take leadership in next summer’s ropes program. During the fall/winter/spring months the ranch is open as a Red Feather Lakes Pet Friendly Bed & Breakfast with daily horseback riding.Typically we have no more than 10-14 guests on Friday through Monday, and usually no guests Tuesday – Thursday. The pace is a bit slower most days, and then very, very busy on weekends and holidays, with B&B guests, Murder Mystery Guests, “Wild Women’s Week-ends,” Elopement Weddings, troops of scouts, you name it! There will be four people who run the ranch, Ellen, Dan, our Barn Manager Justin, and the Winter Ranch Caretaker/Wrangler. All four of us do everything needed: wrangling, housekeeping, maintenance, cooking, teaching scouts, stage managing Murder Mysteries, and yes, even conducting weddings! Be aware that life in the mountains is very quiet (boring) when you are living with two middle aged people and there is no TV! The Responsibilities include ALL of the responsibilities listed in all of the summer job descriptions:
- Feeding and daily care of horses.
- Exercising and training horses
- Leading Guest Trail Rides; safety officer, story teller and teacher
- Teaching beginner and intermediate riders
- Housekeeping – beds, bathrooms, vacuuming, laundry (all the romantic stuff!). Be aware! Vacuuming at this altitude tends to generate HUGE amounts of testosterone in young healthy men, causing HUGE muscle development and the need to buy new, larger cowboy-ugly shirts. Healthy young cowgirls, on the other hand, just get brighter smiles (being smarter than cowboys, they know horse-feathers when they read them)!
- Cooking – assisting with meal preparation, serving, busing, and washing dishes and pots & pans
- Maintenance – fixing the long list of things that got broken the previous summer, plowing snow, fixing fence.
- Telephone – answering phone, helping prospective guests with their questions and booking reservations (these skills will be taught to you)
- We will be planning expansion of our top-ropes climbing program this year. If you have background and skills in top ropes, low ropes, challenge courses and via ferata experiences, we want to talk with you!
For more information, first read ALL of the information listed here, and then call Dan with your questions. Dude Ranch Job Requirements include:
- Strong wrangling skills
- Good teaching skills (lots of beginner riders)
- Good telephone skills
- Willingness to do lots of dishes and housekeeping
- The ability to drive standard transmission vehicles (jeeps and trucks) is required.
- Ability to enjoy folding laundry for hours while watching Netflix videos with two middle-aged people.
- Physical requirements as listed in all other job descriptions (able to repeatedly and continuously lift & carry 85 pounds at least 300 feet at an altitude of 8,000 feet).
Smith Fork Ranch - 970-921-3454 ext 100
Beautiful upscale guest ranch in the Colorado Rockies. Looking for amazing people to join us for the summer of a lifetime! WANTED! Motivated, fun, talented people wanting to spend their summer working hard and playing hard on a one-of-a-kind ranch in the mountains.
Smith Fork Ranch is an intimate guest ranch that focuses on horseback riding, fly fishing, and fine dining and cuisine - along with many other outdoor adventures! We provide guests with a high level of service and flexibility, and need people that have experience interacting with people and working in a fast paced environment. Come and enjoy a very rewarding job, terrific long lasting friendships, and a summer to remember!
POSITIONS AVAILABLE (Updated 3/14/15): Housekeeper, Ranch Hand, and Wrangler
How To Apply: Here's how to apply or get more info about this job posting: Please check out our website’s employment page, for more info! Submit Seasonal Application, resume, and photo to email@example.com www.smithforkranch.com, 970-921-3454 ext 100
Elk Mountain Ranch (Updated 4-22-15)
In Buena Vista, Colorado is now accepting applications for the 2015 season. Please our employment pages on online application at http://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/ Current open position(s): maintenance/sports/utility position. The candidate does need to be able to work from mid May to the middle of September. Due to insurance requirements must be at least 21 years of age and have a clean driving record. Candidate must be able to pass a background check. They can visit our website for complete job description and application.
Zapata Ranch – www.zranch.org, guests services is looking for a chef to start immediately. Two hot meals and a sack lunch served daily, high quality home-style meals, cooked from scratch, featuring fresh local ingredients, including bison produced on the ranch. Chef must be able to manage kitchen, including meal planning and ordering supplies. Having consistent quality, good work ethic and be a good team player is a must. Meals are served buffet style, 10-25 people per meal, up to 30 on occasion.Salary, housing, and utilities included. Contact Kate@ranchlands.com or 719.378.2356 Send complete resume and a paragraph telling what is important in your life. Will consider young, ambitious cooks with minimal professional experience.