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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:  2018

Sylvan Dale Ranch (Updated 2-5-2018)


Sharing the beauty of Sylvan Dale on the back of a horse—it doesn’t get any better than that!  You have to know your stuff when are dealing with horses and inexperienced riders. Only apply if you have strong horsemanship skills and some experience at a guest ranch, horse facility, or riding stable. Highly physical position requiring strength and stamina and the gift of gab!

1) Full time seasonal wranglers – lodging and meals provided.

2) Part-time year round—primarily weekend hours

Ranch Hand

Green pastures, tight fences, and clean pens are the proof of a first class outfit!  If you grew up on a ranch or farm and have hands-on experience in irrigation, fencing, and livestock care, we would welcome your application! Best suited for those with a strong work ethic and a self-directed work style. Some saddle-time included.

Sylvan Dale is a family-owned and operated Dude Ranch and Event Center offering hospitality services “Western Style” since 1946! We offer a welcoming environment and a whole lot more.


Elk Mountain Ranch (Updated 11-30-2017)

Elk Mountain Ranch is currently accepting applications for all positions at our ranch. 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 Colorado dude ranch employment opportunity for you! Elk Mountain Ranch is a first class guest ranch with off-the-beaten-path charm. Please visit https://elkmtn.com/the-ranch/employment/ for complete information and online job application.


Laramie River Ranch (Updated 11-27-2017)

Now hiring for summer 2018: Wranglers · Guest Services Staff · Kitchen Team · Children’s Counselor · Naturalist · Office Staff.
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 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


Rawah Ranch (Updated 10-23-17)

Rawah Guest Ranch in Glendevey, CO is searching for qualified candidates to round out our summer staff starting May 20th, 2018. The positions run until October 1st, 2018. All applicants must be available the entire season.

Positions available: • Kid’s program director/Guest services • Wrangler • Outdoor Activities Director • Sous Chef • Server • Bartender/Server • Kitchen Utility Person/Dishwasher • Housekeeper

The ideal candidates, for all positions, possess a warm, accommodating, professional manner and seek to ensure the highest quality of guest satisfaction. Must be able to manage multiple tasks while maintaining a positive attitude toward guests and working as a team player. Also, must love the outdoors and mountains!

Why Rawah? • Competitive pay with overtime • Room and board included • Partake in ranch activities during your free time • No cell service – get away from it all! • Friendly management and staff • Typically Saturdays off with a half day Sunday; will vary at times with reservation calendar See individual position details on the Rawah Guest Ranch Indeed job listings page here! To Apply: 1. Submit resume with references to: jobs@rawahranch.com, note the position you’re applying for in the subject line. -OR- 2. Apply through Indeed


Zapata Ranch (Updated 11-27-2017)

Wrangler: Applications are now open for 2018 wrangler positions at Zapata Ranch. Must be a lifelong, very experienced and confident rider to apply, this is because safety is number one when guiding riders of all levels. This job is not about working with horses, it’s about working with people. You 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. A background or proven interest in biology, ecology, agriculture, hospitality, outdoor sports or conservation is favored. Strictly no dogs or pets. Shared housing on ranch. 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 2018. Applicants must be 21 and over. Please put ‘wrangler position’ in subject line.

Assistant Cook: Zapata Ranch is looking for an assistant cook for April 15th  – October 2018

We are looking for someone with proven cooking skills, great attitude, outstanding work ethic, team and detail oriented, and naturally organized. Must be able to manage the kitchen solo for 1.5 days of the week during the head cook’s days off.

This position does not include any horse riding at all.  Strictly no pets. Recommended for someone passionate about food, hospitality and the great outdoors as there are wonderful opportunities to hike and camp in the surrounding areas in time off.



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