Maintenance Manager
Colorado Trails Ranch

Horses View in the River

Guest Ranch Maintenance Manager - Year Round with Housing

Enjoy the wilderness of the San Juan National Forest and the convenience of Durango!


Maintenance Manager

Colorado Trails Ranch
Durango, Colorado
Previous experience required
Start Date:
Starts immediately!

The Colorado Trails Ranch Ranch Maintenance Manager is responsible for the caretaking and maintenance of our 1000-acre guest ranch. Managers must be team players who work well with the other managers and foster strong positive relationships with the seasonal team members. You must have a “can-do” hospitality attitude, be friendly and welcoming to guests, and treat everyone with respect and consideration.

Specific areas of responsibility

  • Commercial well water system
  • Buildings, cabins, staff housing, barn, lodge
  • Grounds, landscaping, trees, lawn irrigation
  • Heavy equipment operation (skid steer, excavator, tractors)
  • Swimming pool and spa
  • Ponds
  • Weed management
  • Fencing
  • Equipment and vehicle preventative maintenance
  • Leased property hay pastures including irrigation, fertilization, weed control, and harrowing
  • Fire mitigation
  • Burning of slash and wood debris
  • Forest management
  • Shop organization and small equipment/tool maintenance
  • Maintenance and safekeeping of firearms and shooting range
  • Supervision of 2-4 maintenance staff
  • Ranch security
  • Winter snow removal

Skills Required

  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Carpentry
  • Basic Electrical
  • Irrigation – ditch and sprinklers
  • Heavy Equipment Operation
  • Chainsaw operation
  • Pool Maintenance
  • Firearm Safety
  • Power Boat Operation
  • Basic computer skills; WORD, email

Colorado Trails is comprised of 12 guest cabins, 9 staff living buildings, a 100-seat dining lodge with a commercial kitchen, workshop, office, meeting room, and several outbuildings. We also have a large horse and tack barn. Knowledge of horses and livestock would be helpful.

Aside from ranch maintenance, you may be asked to drive the guest shuttle, dine with the guests, participate in cookouts, and take the guests boating and shooting. This is a hands-on working position and often can be extremely physical and require long hours during peak season.

As a manager, you will be responsible for 2-4 seasonal maintenance helpers. You will train and supervise as needed. You will be expected to demonstrate strong leadership abilities, not only to your department but as a management team member.

CPR certification and first aid card are required, and classes will be offered at Colorado Trails in May.

Work Week:

You will have 1 ½ days off per week during busy guest weeks. Slower weeks you may take 2 days off. Days off may not always be consecutive.

You will be expected to work 45-55 hours per week during peak guest season.

Winter slow season is from Nov 1st through March 31st. During these slow off-season months, you are expected to work a minimum of 32 hours per week.


You will be eligible for full health insurance benefits after a 30 day waiting period as well as our IRA matching program where CTR will match up to 3% of your paycheck.

Probable Schedule for Operations Manager:

This schedule is an approximation that will vary with the ranch’s guest count and the teamwork displayed by the seasonal staff. The operations manager’s hours will fluctuate based on each day’s activities and the number of guests staying on the ranch. Saturday and the first half of Sunday are planned time off. The operations manager will also be expected to perform other/additional duties as assigned. The operations manager may be expected to work should a critical issue arise.


Base salary DOE

Free year-round housing (12x$1000=$12,000)

Free medical ($750x12=$9000)

3% IRA contribution match ($1350+-)

Free Meals during the guest season ($2,000)

How to Apply

Please submit our online application or email a resume to:

Thank you!

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