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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:  2019

Colorado Trails Ranch (Updated 2/21/19)

Our application for employment which can be found at www.coloradotrails.com/the-ranch/employment. You will need to be available to work from May 13th to September 24th. We provide full room and board at no extra charge plus pay an end of season bonus.

Open Positions:

Kitchen Assistant – assist chef with meal preparation, some baking and they share dishwashing duties with another kitchen assistant.

Maintenance – general ranch maintenance, grounds work, light vehicle maintenance, electrical, plumbing, carpentry. Must be 21 years of age with clean, valid driver’s license. They also help at the shooting ranch and drive guests to activities

Fly Fishing guide – Teach guests fly fishing techniques and take them on guided trips. Must have some experience and must be at least 21 years of age with clean, valid driver’s license.

Operations – Combination position of housekeeping and serving meals. They also help out in our soda fountain and trading post store.


Elk Mountain Ranch – (Updated 11/7/18)

Open Positions:  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 $2600 per month plus room and board.

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

Rawah Guest Ranch -(Updated 11/7/18)

The Rawah Guest Ranch team is dedicated, hardworking, enthusiastic, and takes pride in providing the highest quality service in the guest ranch industry to each of our visiting clients. If you have these qualities, dream of a season immersed in the spectacular Colorado wilderness, and want to spend your days sharing your passion for the great outdoors with others, we’d love to speak with you about joining our team. We’re looking for qualified, driven, and service-oriented individuals to staff the ranch from early May to early October. The following positions are available for the 2019 season:



Activities Coordinator / Guide / EMT

Crew Member

Service / Hospitality

Kids Program Director / Events

Yoga Instructor / Masseuse

Prep Cook / Sous Chef


URL: http://rawahranch.com/dude-ranch-jobs/

Laramie River Ranch -(Updated 11/22/18)

Now hiring for summer 2019: Wranglers · Guest Services Staff · Kitchen Team · 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 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.


Sylvan Dale Ranch- (Updated 2/22/2019)

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.


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 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, stamina, and the gift of gab!

Full time seasonal wranglers needed – lodging and meals provided, as well as a portion of our tip pool!

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. Email

karenb@sylvandale.com for more information.

  • Team work
  • On-the-job training
  • Positive work environment
  • Mountain setting
  • Competitive wage
  • Tip pool
  • Use of Ranch amenities
  • Staff discounts

Corporate Sales & Event Planner

Seeking an enthusiastic individual, experienced in corporate sales and event planning. Some marketing experience preferred!  Start immediately. Please email resumé to susanj@sylvandale.com.

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