Colorado Dude Ranch Jobs

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.

  • 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?

  • We encourage you to contact the ranches that interest you directly as soon as possible.  Request a brochure with contact and web information of all 27 of our ranches,
  • 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!)
  • 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

Current Ranch Position Openings: 2020

Sundance Trial Ranch
(updated 6/26/2020)


Our housekeepers help keep the ranch running smoothly and without a hitch! As a housekeeper at Sundance, you will be responsibly for the daily freshening of each guest suite and common areas, as well as twice-weekly turn-over of all rooms and recreation areas. Please read the duties & abilities described below to see if you’d be a good fit! Email: to apply.

    • DUTIES:
  • Freshening Guest Suites on a daily basis according to Ranch owner’s standards
  • Making beds
  • Replacing towels
  • Emptying trash
  • Vacuuming & Sweeping
  • Stocking coffee service
  • Attending to any individual requests made by guests
  • Turning guest suites each Wednesday according to Ranch owner’s standards
  • Complete flip of each room being occupied + common areas
  • Turning entire ranch each Saturday according to Ranch owner’s standards
  • Complete flip of every room on ranch + common areas
  • Maintaining cleanliness of common areas (Dining room, bathrooms, recreation area, living room area) *this sometimes will mean cleaning the same room more than once a day – having fun can be messy!
  • Managing a never-ending, overwhelming amount of laundry! Must be able to efficiently cycle laundry throughout the day.
  • Ensuring housekeeping storage and laundry areas remain clean and organized
  • Watering and maintaining flowers in planter boxes
  • Sweeping decks and porches each day
  • Picking up all trash and clutter as you find it
  • Ensuring every small guest need is met (humidifiers, extra blankets, fans, etc.)
  • Reporting to house manager anything broken or in need of repair you find in guest suites or throughout ranch
  • Professional Housekeeping or Cleaning experience (2+ years)
  • Hospitality experience (1+ years)
  • Attention to detail
  • Honesty and open communication skills
  • Exceptionally high cleanliness standards
  • Neat & clean personal appearance
  • Ability to take direction
  • Ability to work as a team
  • Flexibility to complete a wide variety of tasks
  • Organizational skills
  • Self-starter
  • Ability to preform all duties at high elevation

Rawah Ranch
(updated 7/6/2020)

Sous Chef – 2020 Season
July 8th, 2020 – October 5, 2020

The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following qualities:

  • Possesses a hardworking and self-driven work ethic
  • Understands and prioritizes work-related responsibilities before and above personal recreation/free time
  • Follows instructions and works cooperatively with management and coworkers
  • Able to independently identify and complete additional tasks that have not been assigned by management in order to support the entire staff
  • Ability to relate well with guests and teammates in a professional and service-oriented manner
  • Positive attitude with an ability to demonstrate flexibility and adjust to shifting responsibilities as unexpected tasks arise
  • Willingness to work beyond specified hours during busiest weeks of the year and/or as other team members need coverage for personal travel/emergencies

    Job Duties:

  • Function as second in command in our kitchen, following our Executive Chef’s specifications and guidelines
  • Employ his/her culinary and managerial skills in order to play a critical role in maintaining and enhancing our customers’ dining experiences and satisfaction
  • Must be versatile in the kitchen with a good knowledge of all phases of operation
  • Additional kitchen duties as assigned: dishwashing, food prep, kitchen cleaning/maintenance, menu planning, etc.

We offer competitive pay including tips and on site housing/meals. 

To apply: Send a Resume to

Thank you for your interest in joining the 2020 Rawah Guest Ranch staff. We really think there is no better place to work. If we believe you are a good fit for the team, we will contact you with further interest.

Tim & Meg Dyer

Ranch Managers