Most of our positions will start beginning to mid May and run through the mid to end of September. Once you arrive at the ranch to start work, you will get on the job training. Nothing can prepare you for work on a dude ranch except working on a dude ranch : ). Most of the jobs have titles, but all jobs on the ranch must be willing to work in other areas or departments when needed. All applicants must be genuine honest hard working people and give exceptional guest/customer service. All positions are subject to a background check.
Jobs Needed INCLUDE:
The dining room server is in charge of providing genuine hospitality in a variety of meal settings: indoor dining, patio dining, cookouts, etc. They are responsible for serving food to both the guests and the staff, making sure all dishes are done, and cleaning up after meals. They are responsible for the cleanliness of the dining room area, saloon, and general upkeep of the front of the lodge. They work closely with kitchen staff to ensure the superior presentation of food, making sure the buffet is replenished, and always having drinks stocked. Servers have close contact with our guests, so it is compulsory to be customer-service oriented. They must be outgoing, clean, organized, and conscientious. Dinner time servers are also responsible for working the bar at happy hour.
The dishwasher is in charge of ensuring all plates, kitchen utensils, cutlery, and pans are cleaned up after every meal. They are responsible for both handwashing pots and pans and using our commercial dishwasher for all other utensils. They are expected to be in compliance with all local health guidelines. They work closely with our servers and cooks to maintain the front of the lodge, assist in opening and closing procedures, and help with prep work when needed. An attention-to-detail and hard work ethic are mandatory.
Housekeepers are responsible for cleaning guest cabins. They do a general cleaning of each cabin every weekday (making beds, dusting, vacuuming, sweeping porches, etc.) and a deep cleaning of all the cabins once a week. Housekeepers are responsible for all the ranch laundry including staff and guest bedding and towels, kitchen rags and aprons, and tack room laundry. They are responsible for cleaning all public areas such as the fitness room, TV room, and pool area. Housekeepers are required to help with dishes or clearing tables and must have a willingness to help in the lodge as needed with opening and closing duties.
Housekeepers must be hardworking and clean conscious.
Our kid's counselors must be passionate about working with children! They are responsible for creating an active and fun program for children aged 4-17. They supervise all children’s activities and assist in the set-up and breakdown of evening activities. Counselors are expected to interact with the children, help to plan and participate in weekly activities with them (based on their ages, interests, etc.), and work closely with all other staff to ensure activities are happening smoothly. They are expected to update parents on what occurred during the day’s events, and ensure all equipment is being properly stored and kept in good condition. Must be willing to learn about and assist in other areas such as the barn and other activities. We are a team based facility and at times require all hands on deck. Must be willing to participate in babysitting program for ages 1-3 which are too young to participate in kids program. Planned activities include kayaking / stand-up paddle boarding, movie nights, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and so much more! Counselors must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing and able to drive children. Preference is given to those certified in CPR/AED and First Aid.
We hire two Prep Cooks to help in the kitchen, one for the breakfast/lunch shift and one for the dinner shift. The Prep Cooks are responsible for assisting our cooks with all meal preparations including slicing, peeling, scrubbing whatever dishes are necessary to prepare food, baking breads and desserts, and keeping the kitchen area clean and organized.
We have a couple of cookouts every week and the Cook’s Assistants are responsible for working with the Dining Room Servers to be sure that all the foods to be taken are packed.
Prep Cooks must enjoy cooking and working in the kitchen. Formal cooking experience is helpful but not necessary as we offer on the job training.
At least 1 full season of trail guiding experience is a requirement for this position. Wranglers must be outgoing and friendly, hardworking, and have excellent, proven horse skills. This job requires hard work and long hours, and lots of contact with guests. Wranglers must have a positive attitude towards their job and the ranch, and must be able to get along well with our guests. They should be familiar with riding rough terrain and have a good sense of direction. General knowledge of safety standards for horse care and handling and equipment used in horse care is a must. Safety for guests, staff and horses are always priority.
Wranglers are supervised by the Head Wrangler and work with him/her to take care of the horses (feeding, grooming, veterinary care), saddle and unsaddle, lead guest/staff on trail rides, supervise arena activities including team penning and the children’s rodeo, give riding lessons to children and adults, and the daily cleaning of the barn and loading area. We have approx. 70 horses and wranglers must learn them all by sight, name, and personality.
You might be asked to ride a young or problem horse in the arena or on the trails so experience training horses is helpful, however, the Head Wrangler will assess your ability when you arrive and will not ask you to do any training you are not comfortable with or not skilled to do.
In addition, wranglers are required to participate in certain guest activities every week including, but not limited to, eating at least one meal with the guests (not during covid) and participating in our farewell Awards night.
Maintenance of all trails, pasture fences, corrals, tack room, and barn are also part of the wrangler’s duties.
Experience driving a team of horses, shoeing horses, operating a tractor, and driving a truck and trailer are helpful but not necessary.
The fly fishing guide is expected to have daily fishing trips planned to local fishing holes for guests of differing experience levels. They are responsible for the preparation, execution, and breakdown of walk and wade fishing trips. Other responsibilities include rigging fly rods with appropriate flies, leading fly casting lessons, and executing wade trips. They must be comfortable teaching others how to appropriately fly fish and offering guidance on where they could improve. Knowledge of native Colorado fish, their environment, and favorable conditions is extremely helpful in executing trips. They may be required to provide packed lunches on certain excursions. They are also required to provide maintenance on all equipment used – waders, fly rods, spin rods, flies, etc. When not assisting in trips, the guide will be expected to assist in all other ranch departments.
The mountain bike guide is responsible for working a program that caters to guests differing experience levels by incorporating a wide variety of guided rides through different terrain and trails. They must be comfortable fitting guests to the appropriate bike, assisting beginners, and instructing advanced riders on how they can improve. They will be doing safety briefings and interacting with guests, so patience, a calm demeanor, and customer service skills are necessary. They must be comfortable guiding groups and have a strong sense of direction to navigate an assortment of different trails. Safety standards are a must! Maintenance of the bikes, cleanliness of equipment, and tidiness of the bike shop is the guide’s responsibility. Preference will be given to those that are CPR / AED and First Aid certified. When not assisting in bike trips, the guide will be expected to assist in other departments as biking is not an every day activity. They often times assist with ATVs, Kids program, fishing, paintball and hiking.
The head chef is responsible for managing all aspects of the lodge. They will be in charge of all servers, dishwashers, cooks, and cooks assistants and manage the staff so work is being completed efficiently without wasting resources. The head chef will set a standard menu to be followed throughout the season that matches with our ranch-style dining. It is their duty to handle all ordering while ensuring that food waste is minimized. The chef will oversee all equipment in the lodge and schedule maintenance and repairs when necessary. They will oversee both front of house and back of house operations; therefore, they must be customer service oriented, have an attention-to-detail, and be able to juggle multiple duties at once. Experience cooking in a lodge, dude ranch, or hotel is preferred; the head chef must be able to quickly put out meals that feed up to 100 guests and staff members.
How to Apply
Please send your resume to email@example.com and indicate which position(s) you are interested in applying for. Do not hesitate to reach out to our office with questions.