Elk Mountain Ranch

Unbridle your Spirit...and Rein in the Memories!

As Colorado's highest guest ranch at 9,600 feet elevation, and overlooking the Arkansas Valley and Collegiate Peaks, the views are awe-inspiring! Here we have the largest collection of peaks over 14,000 feet in the lower 48 states. Our quaint, local town of Buena Vista is considered the "White Water Capital of Colorado."

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Elk Mountain Ranch is a first class guest ranch with off-the-beaten-path charm. Our weekly guest package is inclusive of meals, lodging and activities ~ riding, rafting, shootings sports, van trip to Aspen, fishing, children's program, hayride, square-dance, evening entertainment and more.

Our guests are not just customers, but members of our ranch family. We want our employees to work hard, have fun, enjoy the ranch and its facilities on their time off, take a staff raft trip and build relationships to last a lifetime.

Our Jobs

We expect our facilities to be kept spotlessly clean, meals excellently presented, activities to be led with safety and professionalism, and our guest services and relations to be outstanding.

You will find more complete job descriptions on our website.

Note that everyone is given specific job duties but is expected to help out wherever and whenever needed.

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Children's Counselor
Responsible for children 7 and under. High level of energy, enthusiasm, and genuine love of children required.
This person is responsible for preparing meals for 50 people each day.
Housekeeper/Waitstaff/Dish Washer/Food Preparation
Four employees share and rotate the four positions. Looking for conscientious individuals with excellent attention to detail.
Experience preferred in several skills such as basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical, vehicle maintenance and general ranch operations.
Horse experience required

Ideal Candidate

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 the job for you! Staff members must be at least 18 years of age and, ideally, have spent some time away from home.

We are looking for employees who are available for Colorado dude ranch employment from mid-May to the end of August. Some positions extend through the end of September. The exact dates that you are available to work are VERY important. The employment dates agreed upon become part of a signed agreement if hired.

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Room and Board

Modest housing and meals are supplied as part of our employment package. Please expect to have roommates.

Employee Perks

Employees receive a bi-weekly paycheck with the rate being established when a job offer is made. Everyone works 6 days a week and all positions are over 40 hours per week. Tips are earned by going above and beyond. Tips are prorated among the staff based on the number of days worked.

Room and board are provided. Average compensation is approximately $2000 per month plus room and board. Most cell phones do work in our area and wireless internet is available.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Transportation is recommended but not required. We will be happy to pick you up at either Denver or Colorado Springs airport, with arrangements made in advance. You will need to arrange your own transportation on days off, as ranch vehicles are not to be used for personal purposes.

For Fun

Staff participate in evening activities (hayride, square-dance, volleyball, games and socializing). A staff raft trip is planned prior to season's opening. Hiking and mountain biking trails abound right out your front door. Our area is home to the largest collection of peaks over 14,000 feet - a challenge to summit, but well worth the effort. Many beautiful areas to explore are within a few hours drive - Aspen, Breckenridge, Vail, Salida, the Royal Gorge, the Great Sand Dunes, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado Springs. Staff are welcome to participate in guests' activities on day off.

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How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for the 2016 season. We will begin conducting phone interviews in January. Please have job and reference contact information available prior to beginning this process. If you are unable to travel to Colorado for a personal interview, please email us a photo.

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Season: Summer

Housing: Dorms

Staff Size: 14

Age Requirement: 18

Location: Colorado