Summer Jobs at Laramie River Ranch
The Laramie River Dude Ranch is a small dude ranch with a typical occupancy of 25 guests. Our size allows us to give each guest our personal attention as they ride horses, fish, and participate in our naturalist led activities.
Laramie River Ranch is nestled along the Laramie River in north-central Colorado, just six miles from the Wyoming border. Our location offers spectacular views of both the river and the snow-capped peaks of the Rawah Wilderness Area. Laramie, WY is 45 miles from the ranch and is considered our "local" community.
About Laramie River Ranch
Employment at a guest ranch can be hard work, but it’s also a great deal of fun. You will have the opportunity to meet people from across the country and around the world. During time off, you are welcome to join in ranch activities including riding, fishing, and our naturalist program. You will have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area, camp, go white water rafting, visit Rocky Mountain National Park, or climb one of Colorado’s peaks.
If this combination of hard work, commitment, and fun in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado interests you, we invite you to submit an application.
The Employee Experience
Working in the mountains of Colorado offers a unique experience for our employees. Many of our employees learn new riding skills, become proficient at fly fishing, white-water raft for the first time or climb their first mountain. While these adventures are exciting, it's some of the less tangible experiences that stay with you long after your summer is over. At the end of the season, our employees go forward with a real sense of accomplishment and a new confidence in their ability to tackle a job and get it done. Our employees make life-long friends with each other and with our guests. The connection with nature, the sights, sounds, and fragrances that are unique to our way of life will stay with you for a lifetime.
We have high standards for the quality of service our guests receive. Consequently, we have equally high expectations for the performance of our employees. First and foremost we are looking for employees that are warm, outgoing, and have strong communication and interpersonal skills. They must not be afraid of long hours and hard work. All positions require employees that are organized, willing to take initiative and pay close attention to detail. Employees must get along well with others, work well as part of a team, and must have a "can do" attitude.
Room and Board
We have simple bunkhouse style accommodations. Bathrooms and showers are in our nearby lodge. You will have one to four roommates. No pets are allowed. Bed linens, pillows, and towels are provided. Washers, dryers, and detergent are available at no charge.
Crew breakfast is served a half-hour before the guests eat. The crew shares both lunch and dinner with guests. Our wait and kitchen staff eat before or after meals and will not be able to eat meals with guests unless it is their day off. Three meals, appetizers, fruit and snacks, desserts, beverages, and cookies are all provided for one low daily rate.
Pay is hourly with overtime paid at time and a half. Bonus opportunities are available for those who satisfactorily complete their employment agreements. While rates are all inclusive, guests often leave tips which are split equally based on hours worked.
Of course, the real perks are the adventures you'll experience as part of daily ranch life. Round up cattle, learn to ride bareback, or go for an all-day cookout ride. Fly fish the pristine waters of the Laramie River or head off to summit your first mountain peak.
Getting Here and Getting Around
We are a remote ranch. Past employees have emphasized that it is advantageous to have your own transportation. If you do not have a vehicle, we will make arrangements to pick you up in Laramie when you arrive at the beginning of the summer and to drop you off in Laramie when you leave at the end of the season. We cannot pick you up in Denver, but there is a van service from the Denver airport to Laramie. During the summer you must find your own transportation if you are interested in going to town or visiting the surrounding area.
After a hard day of work, you’ll find yourself hanging out with the rest of the crew. Day to day, it is a relaxing "unplugged" existence. Riding is a favorite activity during time off. Past crews have spent time hiking, camping or fishing. Some set up volleyball or horseshoe pitching competitions others have had regular card games or volleyball tournaments. Others prefer to find a quiet spot to read a favorite book. There are opportunities to attend Laramie Jubilee Days rodeo events and street dances, Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeos and concerts by top performers, and white water river rafting.
The crew lounge is a small cabin among our crew accommodations that has been set up as a place to hang out and socialize. There is a small fridge and a microwave. The cabin has a TV, DVD player, and a library of movies. No cable or satellite TV is available on the ranch.
For our 2018 season, our ranch crew will need to arrive by the end of May and work through the beginning of September. There are some opportunities for a shorter commitment, however, preference will be given to those who can stay for the entire season. Please see each job description on our website for specific date requirements.
The children's counselor is responsible for the supervision and entertainment of our younger guests and will supervise activities including pony rides, hikes, outdoor and indoor games and crafts, swimming, etc. The children's counselor supervises activities for older kids as well such as tubing down the river, tug-of-war, game night, and taking old-time photos for all of our guests. When not playing with the younger crowd, the children's counselor also has shared responsibility for mowing lawns, weeding gardens, daily watering, filling bird feeders, stocking the wood pile, general grounds work and maintenance projects.
The Food Service Supervisor will train and supervise the kitchen team in the preparation, presentation, timely delivery and quality of all food served at the ranch. The Food Service Supervisor is also responsible for upholding all health code regulations including the maintenance of a clean kitchen, proper food handling techniques, cooling, and storage regimes. Additional responsibilities include proper food inventory management through efficient ordering and minimizing waste.
In the dining room the Food Service Supervisor will supervise the wait staff and is responsible for the set-up for meals, the various buffet services, dining room service, and special dietary needs of our guests.
Guest services crew members share responsibility for waiting tables, cleaning guest rooms, and cleaning our public spaces.
The kitchen team is responsible for the preparation, presentation, and timely delivery of three meals per day including cookouts, baked goods, and daily appetizers before dinner. The team is also responsible for the maintenance of a clean work space, cleaning dishes, pots and pans, proper food handling, and storage regimes.
Our naturalist coordinates activities for both adults and kids - including hikes and nature walks, birding, hunting for wild flowers, orienteering, star-gazing with talks on the myths behind the constellations, evening presentations on local flora and fauna, and other games and projects. The naturalist also has shared responsibility for mowing lawns, weeding gardens, daily watering, filling bird feeders, stocking the wood pile, general grounds work and maintenance projects.
Wranglers round-up horses each morning, groom, saddle, guide guests on trail rides, give guests instruction in basic horsemanship, perform barn and tack maintenance, trail maintenance, fencing, and general ranch chores. Wranglers will be trained in natural horsemanship methods.
How to Apply
Review our website for more details, complete job descriptions and a downloadable application.