Colorado Dude Ranch Jobs – Employment

Colorado Dude Ranch Employment Pages and Guest Ranch/Dude Ranch Job Descriptions :

Wrangler Dani sent her Colorado Guest Ranch Wrangler memories in a video. These are a staff member’s memories, not guest  family vacation memories (we do NOT shoot large caliber semi-automatic rifles!!!)  Thanks Dani!

We are now accepting and reviewing Summer 2014 Dude Ranch Job applications. We have a very big challenge in repairing serious flood damage to some trails – those who can be here May 1st with strong backs and big smiles will be given first preference!

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Job Opening and Descriptions
Employment Policies and Expectations
Job Video (Wranglers)
Employment Application
A Message to Millennials

Overview

So you think you may want ranch employment with guests at a Colorado Dude Ranch or Guest Ranch? Most of us dreamed of this kind of work for years before we were hired here – we know exactly how you feel! Don’t believe that a Dude Ranch job is like a vacation at summer camp.

Dude Ranch employment - wranglers

Dude Ranch employment – wranglers

This is very physical work, hard work with long hours. We hire folks who are:

We are looking to hire people with skills that meet the needs of the positions open. Having a “love for horses and the great outdoors” is not what we are looking for – we need specific experience with whatever each position requires. Although each of us has specific job responsibilities, each of us also must be flexible enough to work or at least assist every job of our Dude Ranch life including:

  • washing dishes (plan on it!),
  • housekeeping (likewise!),
  • picking up trash (constantly – including cigarette butts and other disgusting stuff),
  • shoveling manure (horse, goat, kitten, whatever…),
  • and clearing trail in the high country (finally something that sounds fun!).
  • Please read this paragraph again!
  1. We are interested in candidates who can quickly and easily become part of a team.
  2. We have found that unmarried couples, or friends or siblings who apply “as a pair,” are seldom successful integrating with the other folks who form the team. We can no longer consider applications that come in pairs.
  3. Also, be aware that we do not accept Dude Ranch wrangler job applications without a video or live interview on horseback.

If you are interested in working for us, then please:

  1. Study the Dude Ranch Job Descriptions below.
  2. Visit the page that lists our Expectations.
  3. Wranglers (only) please visit the Video script.
  4. Feel free to send us an Application.

The Kitchen

Guest Ranch Dining Room

Don’t listen to those wranglers! YOU are the most important part of our ranch! Some of the most important memories that we want to create for our guests are meal memories. We eat in the dining room, in the back yard, and on the trail. We serve “hearty western fare family style,” which can include lots of vegetables and salads as well as meat and potatoes. Because Ellen and Dan are both RN’s we see many guests who have therapeutic diets or allergies. The kitchen staff is a group of five people who have high energy and good humor. Psychosis is not an obstacle to working in the kitchen, although active drinking problems will get you sent on your way. Kitchen and housekeeping staff typically works forty-five hours per week over six days. Summer Kitchen Staff responsibilities include:

  • Preparing hearty western meals for 20-25 hungry guests and 10 – 16 hungry staff (about 40 total).
  • Serving meals family style; in dining room, on front porch, at picnic tables, and on the trail.
  • Baking enormous amounts of desserts and cookies daily.
  • Preparing therapeutic and/or special diets (with management support) as needed.
  • Managing and maintains food and supplies inventories (shops for groceries).
  • Regularly reviewing and assuring compliance with all Health Department Safety Standards and rules.
  • Maintaining a spotless clean kitchen, including washing dishes, pots, and pans.
  • Helping little kids get eggs from the hen-house.
  • Helping wranglers, maintenance persons, and managers do whatever needs to get done to provide guests with a safe and delightful ranch experience.
  • Telling endless jokes and humorous stories.

Job descriptions and requirements for Kitchen staff:

The Barn

Don’t listen to those kitchen people! YOU are the most important part of our ranch! Some of the most important memories that we want to create for our guests are from horseback! The barn has three types of wranglers:
1. The Barn Manager (Boss)His name is Nick.
2. Children’s Wrangler
3. Plain Ol’ Fashioned Wranglers

Job descriptions and requirements for Barn staff:

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What Makes Us Different?

Size – We are a Small Dude Ranch
No name tags. No crowds. No lines.

Relaxed & Flexible
Take off your watch. You won’t need it. We keep riding groups small so we are able to be very flexible in our riding program and activities.

Adventure Vacation
In addition to horseback riding we offer Rafting, Rock Climbing, Shooting, Hiking, Mountain Biking and much more!

We Love to Teach
We believe that riding should be fun, should be safe, and that learning never ends.

Not a Nose-to-Tail Program
Our wranglers will never tell you to “get in line.” We don’t believe in lines!

Concern for Your Safety
We follow the standards of the American Association of Horsemanship Safety,and our wranglers are Safety Certified by the Dude Ranchers Association.

Concern for the Environment
We live the “No Trace” Ethic, which means that we do our best to leave a very small foot-print in our National Forest.

Pet Friendly
We are the only pet friendly dude ranch that we know! Your dog, if he/she is well mannered around children and other animals, is welcome!

Family Orientation
We enjoy sharing our lifestyle with people, especially families. We enjoy helping families play together.

Come Visit Us
This is our home, we live here and we’re open year-round.
You are very welcome to come visit us just give us a call!

More About What Makes Us Different!