Vermejo Park Ranch
Vermejo Park Ranch
Explore 600,000 Acres of Rocky Mountain Wilderness. The Land of Enchantment is calling!
Located in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, Vermejo Park Ranch acts as a segue between Rocky Mountain beauty and Southwestern enchantment.
Ranging in elevations from 6,500 to 12,000 feet, the Ranch offers a variety of ecosystems and wildlife to explore. Short-grass prairie and alpine meadows host elk, mule deer, coyotes, bobcats, bears, prairie dogs, numerous birds of prey, and a variety of trout.
Purchased in 1996 by Turner Enterprises, Vermejo operates as a first class hunting, fishing and nature tourism resort. Guest services are operated at two locations, our Main Lodge facilities and a more exclusive high-country lodge, Costilla.
Sweeping over 920 square miles, Vermejo Park Ranch offers a unique employment experience for individuals who seek opportunity to explore the largest tract of privately owned property in the U.S. A person can hike all day and never see another soul!
The Ranch lies 40 miles west of Raton, New Mexico.
We're currently fully staffed; however, positions do sometimes become available throughought our season, and if so, will be posted here.
Our Ideal Candidate
Vermejo seeks self-motivated, hard-working individuals willing to bring a team-oriented frame of mind to their job. Applicants who best fit this description understand that work is their primary objective, followed by personal recreation and enjoyment.
With an unusually long season, we hope to attract individuals who are looking to commit to a longer season than most ranch resorts offer. We have very few “summer only” positions- these few are oriented around our Fishing Season, May-September and include the following positions: Fish House, Wait Staff and Guide Staff.
All positions at Vermejo are equally important, and should be thought of as an integral piece to a larger puzzle. Employees should be flexible, as they will be asked to complete a variety of tasks, often times helping outside of their hired job description. In exchange for hard work employees are treated well, appreciated greatly and are given ample opportunity to relax and enjoy their season in unparalleled surroundings.
Room and Board
Vermejo provides room and board for all seasonal staff. There are multiple housing facilities, most centrally located at Ranch Headquarters. All buildings are co-ed. Employees are given individual rooms, each with private bath. On occasion, employees will be asked to share living quarters. This is determined on a same sex basis, seasonal tenure, and housing availability.
Meals are served at the Main Lodge, in a family-style dining area. Employee common areas are equipped with laundry facilities, internet access, and television. Those employees stationed at our more exclusive lodge, Costilla, are provided with similar accommodations.
When work is not calling, there are over 500,000 acres to explore. Hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and other outdoor activities are available depending on one’s interests. Other benefits include:
- Shared gratuity pool
- Working, living and playing in a mountain environment
- Meeting interesting people from all walks of life
- World class fly fishing
- Drug Free work environment
Getting Here and Getting Around
Remotely located, seasonal staff is encouraged to bring a private vehicle, as ranch vehicles are not available for personal use. However, employment is not dependent on self- transportation.
- Management is happy to accommodate employee pick-ups in Raton only.
- The primary airport options are Denver and Albuquerque.
- Grey Hound Bus Services and Amtrak have Raton drop off stations.
Every season the VPR Activity Committee organizes annual events that bring the whole Ranch together! Examples include a Horseshoe and Archery Tournament, the VPR Ranch-Wide Picnic a themed Volleyball Tournament, and the annual Vermejo Day’s Dance and Cookout at Merrick Lake. These events are great for introducing new faces from seasonal employees and old-time “Vermejoans”.
In addition to the assortment of onsite recreation, there are many interesting and historical sites and cities within a few hours’ drive of Vermejo. Denver, Santa Fe, Taos and Cimarron offer sightseeing, historical tours, shopping and often, live entertainment. All have a particular character, are laden with Southwestern history, and have in various ways contributed to the development of the Ranch.
How to Apply
We are currently fully staffed, but if positions do become available, they'll be listed above. Click on their links to apply. We'll begin accepting applications for summer 2014 in January. Stop back by then to apply!