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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




Zapata Ranch: Updated 10-13-16

Applications are now open for 2017 wrangler positions at Zapata Ranch. Must be a life long rider to apply, this is because safety is number one when guiding riders of all levels. We are not looking for individuals who love horses the most or individuals that want to work with horses, but instead want to work with people. This is a varied role with hospitality at the forefront, must have the ability to educate about the ecology, history, biodiversity of the ranch and surrounding areas as well as the Ranchlands mission while providing outstanding outdoor experiences. Proven background or proven interest in biology, ecology, agriculture, hospitality, outdoor sports, guiding, conservation is a plus. Strictly no dogs. Please send full resume, references and a cover letter explaining why you want to work for Ranchlands and what is important in living your life to jobs@ranchlands.com. Wrangler position is seasonal and starts May 1st – October 31st.



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.



Sundance Trail Ranch: Updated 11/1/2016

We have an immediate opening for Winter Wrangler. The position description can be found at http://www.sundancetrail.com/winter-dude-ranch-caretaker-guest-ranch-wrangler/ More info about life here can be found at http://www.sundancetrail.com/dude-ranch-jobs/ A video is not required. If interested, send application (http://www.sundancetrail.com/dude-ranch-jobs/application/) and/or  call/text Dan at 970-224-1222 (cowboydan2015@gmail.com)




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 11/30/16

The 4UR ranch is an exclusive guest ranch nestled in the San Juan Mountain range of southwest Colorado. 4UR Ranch is now hiring for the 2017 summer season, running from mid-May through October 5th. 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. We are currently hiring for all positions. Please call (719) 658-2202 if interested in a summer position at the 4UR Ranch.

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