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We need most of our staff to start work by May 11, 2020.  We need staff to stay until at least August 8th but also need quite a few staff to stay until September 19, 2020 or so. Our main guest season runs from June 7th to September 12th. The first two weeks are to open the ranch. Then we host an annual group and have another project week before regular guests arrive.  The final week is to shut down the ranch for the winter.

  • Lead Fishing Guide

    Colorado

    Passionate about fishing?! Previous fly-fishing guide experience and proficiency at tying flies are a must. This is the lead fishing guide position. We have had the good fortune of having an outstanding long time guide for many years. He has unfortunately retired although he will assist in the orientation of our new guide. 

    Fishing guides are responsible for teaching all aspects of fly fishing to our guests plus basic spin/cast fishing for younger children and those not interested in fly fishing. This includes the basic instruction we offer on a weekly basis per our program schedule for both adults and all of children’s/teen’s groups. You are also responsible for half day and full day guided trips, guiding during ranch clinics, organizing offsite lunches, maintaining cleanliness of all vehicles used for fishing before and after use, overseeing stocking and appearance of fishing ponds, fly tying, and other duties as assigned. You will be required to develop a good working knowledge of our private water. We have private and shared fishing rights on the beautiful Florida River right across the street. We also offer day trips to the world class San Juan River in New Mexico. 

    Knowledge of basic water safety is very important, CPR and First Aid is required, and fishing guides must be at least 21 years old with a clean driving record in order to transport guests to off ranch fishing areas.

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  • Kitchen Assistant

    Colorado
    $12.00 / hour + tips

    The kitchen assistant assists the chef with daily meal production. There are two kitchen assistants, a breakfast cook/baker and a chef. The kitchen assistants share the responsibility of prepping food, doing dishes and keeping the kitchen clean. 

    On top of dishes and cleaning you will be responsible for cold food prep. This involves our daily salad bar and nightly salad specials. Knife skills come in handy here. Following standardized recipes is essential. You don't have to have much previous knowledge if you can follow a standardized recipe and instructions from the chef. There will also be an opportunity for you to do some baking. We make a daily bread from scratch for our evening meal and you may fill in for the baker and make an occasional dessert. If you are interested in grilling meats, there may be some opportunity for that as well. 

    We try to keep the kitchen a lively, fun and positive work environment. We will often listen to music. You should be open to listening to what the team chooses and a variety of music. You must be able to stand and work for long hours. Being able to work with your teammates in a positive manner is critical. Persons with drug and alcohol problems or a tendency for inappropriate behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. If you have some food and beverage experience that would be helpful but we will train a person with common sense and a "can do" attitude.a 

    Bonus: All positions are eligible for a $1.00 an hour bonus for each regular hour and $1.50 an hour for each over time hour worked upon satisfactorily completing your employment contract. This means is you start at $12.00 an hour you will end up making $13.00. 

     

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  • Wrangler

    Colorado
    $12.00 / hour + tips

    Wranglers’ responsibilities include grooming, saddling, bridling, cleaning stalls and barn area, leading guest rides, providing instruction to guests in accordance with our riding program, feeding, basic health care of animals. Must be safety conscious, have excellent communications and interpersonal skills as well as a willingness to perform other duties as assigned from moving hay to building fence and maintenance around the ranch. Wranglers must have extensive horse experience and knowledge in order to lead trail rides and care for our herd of 80 horses. Our horse program is one of the best in the dude ranch industry. Applicants for this position must be willing to accept and support our horse program. We will teach you our program and how we want you to instruct our guests. We know that our methods of handling horses are not the only way, but our horses are used to them. This is an extremely physical job requiring long hours. We are looking for individuals with knowledge, enthusiasm, lots of energy, and the desire to work hard and be part of our team. Wranglers are expected to drive guests to various events and evening activities and must be at least 21 years old with a clean driving record; current CPR certification and first aid card is required, and classes will be offered at Colorado Trails. We request a short video demonstrating riding abilities from all wrangler applicants. We ask to see you catching, grooming, bridling and saddling, mounting, riding at a walk, jog, lope and stopping, dismounting and untacking a horse.

    Bonus: All positions are eligible for a $1.00 an hour bonus for each regular hour and $1.50 an hour for each over time hour worked upon satisfactorily completing your employment contract. This means is you start at $12.00 an hour you will end up making $13.00.

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  • Kids Counselor/Wrangler

    Colorado
    $12.00 / hour + tips

    Currently our counselors are also wranglers. This helps keep some continuity in the kids week as well as break up the wrangler duties. 

    We offer comprehensive children’s/teen’s program for ages 5 through 17. The program is divided into three age groups, 5-8, 9-12, and 13-17. Counselors must have a high level of energy, lots of enthusiasm and creativity, and a great deal of responsibility. This is a very demanding job and we expect you to keep your group entertained. Horse background is necessary, and a level of comfort around horses is necessary, as you will be leading your group on trail rides. You must also be able to lead your group through a range of activities to include fishing, hiking, archery, riflery, swimming, power tubing, overnight campout, etc. You will accompany your group on trips rafting, plus other activities as assigned. This is a very physical position and requires long hours and lots of dedication plus a natural enjoyment of working with children & teens. Counselors must be mature and assume a leadership/role model position. Counselors will be expected to drive the kids to various activities and must be at least 21 years old with a clean driving record; current CPR certification and first aid card is required, and classes with be offered at Colorado Trails. We request a short video demonstrating riding abilities from all counselor applicants. We ask to see you catching, grooming, bridling and saddling, mounting, riding at a walk, jog, lope and stopping, dismounting and untacking a horse.

    Bonus: All positions are eligible for a $1.00 an hour bonus for each regular hour and $1.50 an hour for each over time hour worked upon satisfactorily completing your employment contract. This means is you start at $12.00 an hour you will end up making $13.00.

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  • Housekeeper/Server

    Colorado
    $12.00 / hour + tips

    Operations staff work as housekeeping and wait staff in addition to helping run the Trading Post (ranch ice cream and gift shop). Staff members who are hired as operations will perform all three duties over the course of a week on a rotating basis. We have found that our employees enjoy the chance to learn the different skills associated with each department and the chance to work with different co-workers. We count on staff in all of these areas to be detail oriented and to insure overall superior service and hospitality to our ranch guests.

    Housekeeping responsibilities include the cleaning of guest cabins and common areas of the ranch – changing towels, making & changing beds, cleaning bathrooms, taking out trash, vacuuming, washing windows, dusting, and various other cleaning related activities. Housekeepers also help with dinner dishes.

    Wait staff duties include, but are not limited to, serving food to guests and staff in our dining room or at outdoor meals and functions, cleaning of dining room and deck, stocking server’s refrigerator, cleaning server’s areas of the kitchen, and packing for cookouts.

    Trading Post duties include but are not necessarily limited to, overseeing the cleanliness, stocking and organization of both the Trading Post and Soda Fountain areas, preparing and serving ice cream, milkshakes and sodas in the Soda Fountain, insuring the Trading Post is covered for the hours it is open and maintaining superior customer service and a friendly, “western hospitality” attitude towards guests.

    Bonus: All positions are eligible for a $1.00 an hour bonus for each regular hour and $1.50 an hour for each over time hour worked upon satisfactorily completing your employment contract. This means is you start at $12.00 an hour you will end up making $13.00. There is also a tip pool that is shared each pay period. 

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How to Apply

Please read through the employment information on our website. From there you can apply online.

Please send in all the required information and a COMPLETE application. We do request that you provide email addresses for your references, if at all possible along with phone numbers. We are finding that folks may prefer to respond to a reference request at their leisure rather than us calling at an inopportune time.

Also, If you're applying for our counselor or wrangler positions, please submit a short riding video demonstrating your riding skills. We ask the video to show you:
  ~ catching a horse, grooming, saddling and bridling it
  ~ then mounting and riding a short distance at a walk, jog and a lope
  ~ lastly, dismounting and untacking the horse.


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