Maintenance/Carpentry/Elk Hunt Guide & Prep Cooks
Bar NI Ranch

Large Private Ranch in CO Looking for a Hunt Guide/Handy Man and Prep Cooks

36,000 acre private horse ranch in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of Southern Colorado


Maintenance/Carpentry/Elk Hunt Guide & Prep Cooks

Bar NI Ranch
Weston, Colorado
Some experience required
Start Date:
Job starts in about 2 months (Apr 06, 2020)

We have three positions open for our 2020 guest season. 

Hunt Guide/Maintenance/Carpentry Position: (1 position open)

We are looking for a skilled maintenance/carpentry worker preferably with elk hunting guide experience to join our team for the 2020 guest season, which begins in April  and ends in mid to late November. 

This position's main responsibility will be providing maintenance services on the ranch which includes all aspects of residential repairs and construction, operating hand and power tools, operating large equipment such as dump truck, tractors, and skid steer, assisting ranch mechanic as needed, road and trail maintenance projects, fixing fence, assisting with hay operation, and any other project or task that is assigned by ranch manager.  From September to the end of the season in November, we would like to have the individual in this position also guide both archery and rifle elk hunts.  This requires someone in excellent physical condition that hasn't only elk hunted extensively themselves, but has guided paid elk hunts at a similar operation and has the references to attest to ethical and correct hunting practices. It is preferable that the previous guiding experience was done in Colorado or the surrounding areas. 

Our hours are long and days off vary throughout our season. This is not a "punch in at 8 and out at 5" type job.   We are a guest ranch so there are times that emergency maintenance or repairs must be taken care of at all hours of the day and sometimes even at night. We need someone willing to go the extra mile to ensure our guests' experiences are top notch at all times.  We need a team player that doesn't cause drama and stays positive regardless of the situation at hand.  Sometimes situations such as a backed up septic system may arise or a guest needing heavy luggage carried to their room.  Hospitality is extremely important and our mantra "guests first, coworkers second and ourselves last" must be upheld.  

Compensation includes a salary that varies depending on experience and skills (typically around $1900/mo - $2300/mo), share of the tip pool (historically averages around $700/mo), housing (no pets), meals, season end bonus, access to ranch amenities on days off and complimentary nights for personal guests to come stay as guests of the Bar NI Ranch.  Please do not apply if you will have any issues at all passing a thorough and complete background check. We take our guests' and staff's safety very seriously and will not hire anyone with a criminal or questionable background.

If you are qualified and interested, please apply by sending a detailed resume to that clearly shows the skills and experience that are necessary for this position, along with several strong references. We will select applicants for phone interviews shortly. 

Prep Cook Position: (2 positions open)

We are looking for a motivated, capable individual to join our 2020 guest season team to work in our lodge assisting the cooks with all baking needs and preparing side dishes, serving meals to our staff and guests, and some general lodge and kitchen cleaning, dish washing and housekeeping responsibilities, as needed.  This is a seasonal position that begins in April or May and ends mid-November, after our hunting season wraps up. 

We rotate our prep cooks throughout the week, working various shifts alongside our cooks in our commercial grade kitchen.  You don't necessarily need professional experience to fill this role but you do need to be able to independently bake various breads and desserts, prepare attractive side salads and home style side dishes under the direction of the on shift cook and prepare picnic lunches for our guests.  We are requiring food handler permits for all cooks and prep cooks and will assist the hired applicant in obtaining that if they haven't already.  It is important that our prep cooks are orderly and clean and can assist in keeping the kitchen organized.  Frequently dish washing and kitchen cleaning duties, such as sweeping, mopping, cleaning appliances and disinfecting surfaces, are required. At times, other duties may be involved in this position such as housekeeping and general lodge cleaning. This position can be fast moving and a little stressful especially around mealtimes.  We need someone that is calm and collected and can problem solve independently, especially during those times.  They must be willing to live by the ranch mantra "guests first, coworkers second and ourselves last".  A hospitable, positive personality that can effectively communicate with guests and coworkers is a must.  We have zero tolerance for drama, rude behavior, and/or dishonesty at any time. 

Compensation includes salary (typically around $1500 - $1700 monthly) based on past experience, abilities, and knowledge, portion of the tip pool (historically averages around $700/month), season end performance based bonus, housing (no pets), all meals and access to ranch amenities on days off, as well as some nights for staff personal guests to come be guests of the Bar NI Ranch. 

We are remotely located about 45 mins away from the nearest town (Trinidad) with shopping, dining out and entertainment options, so please keep this in mind before applying.  Our days can be long and days off vary, especially during our busy guest season (June and July and September and October). You must be willing to "ride for the brand" by working those long hours as needed and be flexible and accommodating based on our guests' needs and schedules.

Our headquarters sit at about 8000 feet, which can make even everyday tasks a little more tolling. Being in good physical condition is helpful and strongly recommended, especially since most of the time this person will be on their feet for long periods. Sometimes individuals coming from lower elevations struggle to adapt. 

Applicants must be able to successfully pass a thorough background check before being hired. We kindly ask that you please don't waste our time or yours if you think this may be a problem. 

How to Apply

If you are qualified and interested in this position, please send a detailed resume with strong references to 

Please see our profile on Coolworks for more details and information about the Bar NI Ranch. 

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