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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 office@coloradoranch.com.

Current Ranch Position Openings:  2017

Home Ranch: (Updated July 2016)


Seasonal Professional Dining Room Supervisor : The Home Ranch is seeking a talented, enthusiastic and hands on Dining Room Supervisor to oversee and elevate our dining room service culture. This individual will be responsible for leading all dining room operations, maintaining the highest level of personal guest service in alignment with Relais & Chateaux standards. Will train and supervise a staff of up to 10 servers. This individual will demonstrate leadership, positive attitude, quality, maturity, professionalism and the talent to build and lead a successful team. The ranch is a luxury ranch property with several guest dining venues including the main lodge dining room. This is a seasonal position with potential to become year round. Salary plus room and board, and a seasonal bonus program. What we are looking for: Job starts in 3 months (Sep 26, 2016)

Become a member of our Housekeeping team. We need reliable and trusted applicants to provide daily housekeeping services for our 14 guest accommodations.

Become a member of our Dining Room team. We are seeking candidates who understand dining room etiquette, proper service and treating guests well. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Lodge dining room, and other venues.

How To Apply Go to www.homeranch.com – click About Us – click Employment. You may also email your resume, application and cover letter to selina@homeranch.com

  • Contact: Brooks Bradbury
  • Phone: 970.879.1780


Zapata Ranch (Updated 10/1/2016)

Zapata is seeking wranglers for the 2016 summer season (May – Through October)

Must have a life time of riding horses, English or Western (prior wrangler or ranch experience is not necessary).  It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure that guests have the experience of a lifetime and therefore must have exceptional people skills, be able to make good, on the spot decisions, and handle multiple tasks at one time.  We are looking for individuals that have a background in, for example, Environmental Science, Biology, Equine Science, Agricultural / Food Systems Sustainability or proven interest in a related field. We’re looking for individuals who like to work hard and have fun. In your role you are required to teach ranch guests about horsemanship, nature, wildlife, conservation and responsible ranching practices of which we will teach you. Please submit a complete resume outlining all work and personal experiences, an essay describing what is important to you in living your life and why you want to work for Ranchlands to jobs@ranchlands.com with the Subject ‘Wrangler 2016 – YOUR NAME’



Sylvan Dale Ranch: Updated 1/31/2017

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in Northern Colorado is searching for a knowledgeable horseman who has had  experience in running a recreation riding program and the responsibility of caring for a herd of horses.This is a salaried, year-round position with benefits and available housing.  A farming background and Dude Ranching experience is a real plus.  Flexible start date.Sylvan Dale has been in single family operation since 1946 and is known across the country for the authenticity of its friendly staff and its quality horse program. If interested in learning more call:  Susan Jessup (970) 667-3915.  or email resume to ranch@sylvandale.com

Looking for a change? Tired of the urban hustle?: Consider our full-time Food and Beverage/Chef hands-on management opportunity. Year round position, quality reputation, positive work environment, a mountain setting, easy access to town.The position requires management experience in the areas of beverage services, from scratch culinary preparation and front of the house. Experience in catering, creative menu development with cost management. Mentoring and leading staff with a “can do” attitude and an easy cooperative work style.If you feel you qualify and would like to be considered for this position, we welcome your application. Send your resume to: ranch at sylvandale.com. Compensation package includes salary, health insurance, and share in tip pool. Possible housing option.


Sundance Trail Ranch: Updated 3/13/17

Curious about dude ranch employment with us here at Sundance Trail Guest Ranch? Last summer we had a fantastic time, and next summer is going to be great! Our guest ranch employment expectations? We’re planning on some hard work, long hours, new friends, good fun, awesome adventures, possible internships for credit, and did I mention hard work and long hours? We have a variety of both Summer and Permanent positions open May 1st including:

Regular ‘Ol Wranglers

Children’s Wrangler



Breakfast Cook/Prep Cook

House Manager

Event & Wedding Planner (Different application: http://www.sundancetrail.com/dude-ranch-jobs/aspen-grove-event-manager-application/)

More info about life here can be found at http://www.sundancetrail.com/dude-ranch-jobs/ If interested, send application (http://www.sundancetrail.com/dude-ranch-jobs/application/). Please no resumes without our application. Questions? E-mail (cowboydan2015@gmail.com) or call/text Ranch at 970-224-1222


Rawah Ranch: Updated 11/1/2016

Rawah Guest Ranch in Glendevey, CO is looking for hardworking, energetic, service-driven, and team-oriented employees to round out our summer staff beginning May 15th 2017 and running until October 15th, 2017. All applicants must be available the entire season. Located in the Laramie River Valley in Northern Colorado, Rawah Ranch offers an incredible wilderness experience in addition to competitive pay, room & board, time to enjoy the activities we offer (riding, shooting, hiking, fishing), and a friendly ranch team to be a part of for the season.Job Openings – 2017 Season

For application instructions, please visit us online.


4UR Ranch: Updated 3/20/2017

The 4UR Ranch is an exclusive guest ranch nestled int he San Juan Mountain range of Southwest Colorado. 4UR Ranch is looking to finishing our hiring for the 2017 season, running from mid-May through October 5th. We are looking to fill our last few positions as:


We are looking for staff members who are cheerful, enthusiastic and genuinely friendly. Our staff members must have a positive outlook toward the ranch and have the desire to help our guests have a wonderful vacation. Please call (719) 658-2202 if interested in a summer position at the 4UR Ranch or email a resume and cover letter to robin@4urranch.com 

Elk Mountain Ranch – Now accepting applications for the 2017 season. (Updated 1/5/2017)

Open Positions: Maintenance/Sports/Utility, Assistant Cook/Swing, Cook, Children’s Counselor, Housekeeper/Wait staff/Dish Washer/Food Preparation, Wrangler. If you have a ready smile, are honest and willing to work long hard hours, love the outdoors and enjoy working with people, we may have a very special dude ranch employment opportunity for you! Elk Mountain Ranch is a first class guest ranch with off-the-beaten-path charm. Applicants for employment must be at least 18 years of age and willing to live on the ranch. Modest housing and meals are supplied as part of our employment package. Please expect to have roommates. No smoking or drug use is allowed. A neat, clean appearance is necessary. We search for staff who are mature self-starters, who have strong communication skills and are team players.  We are looking for employees who are available for employment from mid-May to the end of August. Some positions extend through the end of September. Tips are prorated among the staff based on the number of days worked. Average compensation is approximately $2000 per month plus room and board.

Please see our employment pages at http://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/


Laramie River Ranch (Updated 1/25/2017)

Now hiring for next summer: food service supervisor, wranglers, guest services staff, kitchen team, children’s counselor, naturalist. Laramie River Ranch has a typical occupancy of 20-25 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 requires hard work and long hours but offers fun and adventure 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


 Smith Fork Ranch (Updated 1/31/2017)
Working at a guest ranch is fun and fulfilling, but it’s not a vacation. Staff members can expect long days, to work hard and expend lots of energy with enthusiasm. Smith Fork Ranch has a commitment to excellence and high employee standards. Our goal is to provide our guests with an amazing and memorable ranch vacation, and each department works together to do this. It’s a team effort: at one time or another, staff members can expect to help in different areas of ranch operations, such as housekeeping, waiting tables, dishwashing, clearing trails, and grounds keeping. Visit http://www.smithforkranch.com/employment-opportunities/ to apply. Currently hiring for:

Baker/Kitchen Assistant
Cabin Host/Housekeeping
Dining Staff
Farmstead Gardener/Groundskeeper
Guest Experience and Reservations Assistant
Outdoor Guide
Ranch Hand
Sous Chef
Youth Counselor

Elk River Ranch (Updated 3/20/2017)

Breakfast Cook
Send a resume and cover letter with what position you are applying for and why you are a good fit to info@elkrivergr.com, and the ranch will send you further details on the application process.
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