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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:  2016

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



Rawah Ranch (updated 6-20-16)

Wrangler – Immediate Opening

Rawah Ranch (www.rawahranch.com) in Glendevey, CO is looking for an experienced wrangler to round out our summer staff. Position runs until October 15, and you must be available the entire season. We are looking for someone with a strong horse background, and previous dude wrangling experience is highly preferred. The ideal candidate will have a positive attitude and a willingness to help in other departments as required (occasional dish/serving duties during large groups), be flexible and a team player. CPR certification required. No pets, but a personal horse may be allowed at the Head Wrangler’s discretion. Please send resume and recent photos and/or video to:  tim@rawahranch.com


Elk River Guest Ranch (Updated 3-17-16)

The Elk River Guest Ranch is currently hiring for summer 2016 positions of:

-Wrangler/Ranch Hand

We are seeking individuals who have the desire to serve others.  All of the above positions require a person who is friendly, loves to go out of his/her way to help others, has a good eye for others’ needs, and can be flexible jumping in in many different areas around the ranch. Any of the wrangler positions require someone who has several years of previous horse experience (riding, training, competing, owning, and/or farrier work).  Preference for the Wrangler/Ranch Hand position is given to those with horseshoeing experience.Individuals who are serious about applying should send Bex and Scott an email at info@elkrivergr.com with a resume and cover letter explaining why you feel you would be a good fit.


Smith Fork Ranch (Updated July 2016)

Smith Fork Ranch provides luxurious guest accommodations in the rustic tradition, breathtaking views in every direction, highly acclaimed cuisine using our own organically grown vegetables, fruits, poultry and regional game, an award-winning wine cellar, outstanding fly fishing on miles of private waters, a stable of well-trained riding horses, expert guides for fishing, riding, hiking, sporting clays, mountain biking and other outdoor activities including a very active children’s program. Our passion and mission is to preserve and nurture the authentic western lifestyle and experience, and to share it with guests at Smith Fork Ranch here in our magnificent corner of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

With a capacity of 26 guests per week and a staff of approximately 28, SFR employs energetic, hardworking, flexible individuals who understand the main goal is to give guests a wonderful and memorable vacation. Versatility and flexibility are important qualities in all SFR staff. We are looking for happy, motivated, charismatic individuals that have a love for the outdoors.

How to Apply: Visit our website to learn about us and download an application. You can email, mail or fax your cover letter and a completed application. So we can put a face to a name, please send us a photo! Please know that we cannot consider you for employment until a complete application has been received. Smith Fork Ranch 45362 Needle Rock Road Crawford, CO 81415 Attn: General Manager Phone: 970-921-3454 Fax: 970-921-3475


Rainbow Trout Ranch: Updated 6/2/16

Cook/ Chef: Responsibilities include food preparation, presentation and timely delivery of three meals per day for ranch guest and employees. Courteous service to guests, a clean kitchen, clean equipment and a clean, neat appearance are of the utmost importance.

A seven-day menu and recipes are provided by the ranch. The ability to prepare, cook and tastefully present main entrees, salads, and vegetables is required. We are always open to new ideas and recipes.

We have been operating Rainbow Trout Ranch for twenty-four years. We will provide adequate time and help for training in the position. The preferred dates for the position are current to the end of September. We can be flexible with dates. Email us at
info@rainbowtroutranch.com for application information.


Sylvan Dale Ranch: Updated 8/19/16

Food & Beverage Manager Looking for a change? Tired of the urban hustle?  Consider our Food and Beverage 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@sylvandale.com.   Compensation package includes salary, health insurance, and share in tip pool.   Possible housing option.


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