Colorado Dude Ranch Jobs – Employment

Summer 2020 Dude Ranch Jobs: Now Accepting Applications

Before you read on, be aware that our ranch is value driven, not dollar driven – if you are driven more by money than making magic this is not a good fit for you.

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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. It sounds hokey, but we truly believe that our mission is not about maximizing profit. Our mission is to maximize joy: our guests, yours, and our own.

Dude Ranch employment - wranglers
Dude Ranch employment – wranglers

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

  • mature
  • well rounded
  • happy
  • “people – friendly”
  • have initiative
  • self directed and take ownership
  • and who have the stamina and endurance required by ranch life.

We create magic for our guests by:

  • washing dishes (plan on it!),
  • housekeeping (likewise!),
  • picking up trash (constantly – including cigarette butts and other disgusting stuff),
  • shoveling manure (horse, goat, kitten, whatever…), spreading manure (tons of it),
  • 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 can no longer consider applications that come in pairs.
  3.  Ranch rules:

If you:
Open it, then Close it,
Turn it on, then Turn it off,
Unlock it, then Lock it,
Borrow it, then Return it,
Make a mess, Clean it up,
Move it, Put it back,
Break it, Admit it,
Smell it, Shovel it,
Fall off, Get back on.

In Return, we offer you:

  1. Base Pay ($12.00/hr) PLUS Room & Board 
  2. Any personal tips that may be given to you by delighted guests
  3. Bonuses for Your Individual and Business Successful Results 
  4. The opportunity to collect new skills & training of marketable skills 
  5. Build Your Resume
  6. Work-Play Balance (in God’s playground) 
  7. Working as a Team Member on a team of Professionals
  8. Clearly defined areas of responsibility and ownership
  9. To be treated with respect as a professional
  10. Creative Expression
  11. Access to Decision Makers
  12. Everyone enjoys clear simple rules, To be happy here.

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. Feel free to send us an Application


Dude Ranch Job Descriptions & Openings:


The House & Kitchen

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Dining Room ready for dinner!

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 House & Kitchen staff:

Filled – Supervisor of Hospitality and Kitchen Staff

Filled – Summer Head Cook

Filled – Summer Assistant Cook

N/A – Summer Dining Room Steward/Vice President of Dish Washing

N/A – Summer Housekeeper


The Barn

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Beating the rain!

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.

Good candidates for barn positions will have both horse & people sense. This is NOT a horse job, it’s a people job that includes horses. You must be safety-conscious, hospitality-minded, and not one to cut corners.

Barn positions require long hours in the elements working at high elevation. You’ll want to be physically fit and prepared to work one of the hardest summers of your life – but also the most fun summer you’ve ever had!

The barn has five types of wranglers:

FILLED – Barn Manager

TBD – Summer Head Wrangler

N/A – Summer Plain Ol’ Fashioned Wranglers (4 positions)

N/A– Summer Children’s Wrangler

N/A– Summer Activities Wrangler

N/A– Facilities Wrangler


N/A – Facilities Manager

Off-Season Barn Positions (October-April):

FILLED – Winter Wrangler- Job Description and Requirements

Wedding & Events Center – Aspen Grove at Sundance Trail Ranch

Elegant wedding? Ornate wedding? Nope.  A huge theatrical spectacle wedding? Not on your life! Genuine western dude ranch hospitality? Now we’re talking the same language!

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch has been hosting elopement weddings and very small events for a number of years now, and we now have a small events center on the property.

  • We will continue to focus on smaller, “destination” wedding groups and single-couple elopements.
  • The Aspen Grove is being designed to expand our capabilities to groups of 10 to 40 people and
  • may occasionally hold as many as 80 people.

Filled – Marketing & Events Manager Job Description (Full Time Permanent)


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