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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

Drowsy Water Ranch: ( Updated 7/9/2018)

Prep Cook position available immediately.  Visit http://www.drowsywater.com/employment-application.html to apply.


Elk River Guest Ranch: (Updated 6/1/2018)

Breakfast and Lunch Cook Position: We are seeking someone to begin within 3-6 days of hire date.   Job Duties:Assist the head cook in all functions listed (menu planning, inventory management, food ordering, clean/sanitary/safe kitchen.) Plan breakfast and lunch meals; Detailed weekly menus available. Prepare breakfast and lunch for up to 25 guests and staff. Bake cookies, breads and desserts. Assist head cook with inventory and ordering groceries.  Assure a clean kitchen and that all staff follow proper food handling and storage practices as defined by Public Health rules and regulations

Breakfast/Lunch Cook Requirements: Professional cooking/baking experience preferred but will consider candidates who are comfortable in the kitchen, can relate to others in a very high paced and sometimes stressful environment, has a sense of humor, patience and ability to maintain a clean work environment. Strong social skills, gets along well with others, attention to personal appearance and proper etiquette are essential. Ability to work both with a team and alone. Hours and Dates:We are seeking someone willing to work from 5-6am until 1-4pm; ASAP-August 27thHOW TO APPLY. Please send us your resume and cover letter to info@elkrivergr.com, and we will be in contact about how to continue the application process. Thank you for your interest!


Sundance Trail Ranch (Updated 6/20/2018)

WE ARE CREATING A NEW POSITION: FRONT-OF-THE-HOUSE MANAGER! Red Feather Lakes at 8,000ft in N Colorado, about 37 miles north west of Fort Collins, CO


Some experience required


Job starts soon! (Jun 20, 2018)

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch is a small (24 pillows) dude ranch in northern Colorado, supervised by the owners, the Barn Manager, The Events Manager, the Facilities Manager, and the Front-of-the-House Manager. We are creating a new position, with responsibility for managing Kitchen, Housekeeping, sharing/assigning staff with the Events Manager, sharing & assigning staff with the Barn Manager, managing house & food inventories, writing staff weekly schedules, and generally supervising all things that are not broken (Matt & Dan), getting married (Bonnie), or that go poop (Marisa). Areas of Responsibility Include: Other Duties as Assigned (of course!) Kitchen, Housekeeping, Activities Kangaroos, Events. Position Description at http://www.sundancetrail.com/dude-ranch-house-manager/ Call Ellen/Bonnie/Dan with questions (970-692-9177)



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