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As an employee for Piney River Ranch, you will get to work and play in one of the most scenic outdoor venues in all of Colorado.

Piney River Ranch is a seasonal-only operation, open June 21st through the last weekend in September each year. Ideally, our candidates would be available from June 18th until approximately October 2nd. These dates are flexible with school starting dates and other commitments. We are located in the White River National Forest, just twelve miles north of Vail Village. We are situated on a rustic 40-acre ranch at the edge of Piney Lake and the foot of the Gore Range.

To find out more about working at Piney River Ranch we encourage you to visit our employee website

Available Summer 2023 positions:

Assistant Wrangler



  • Assistant Wrangler



                                                              AND ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE DURATION OF THE SEASON

    The successful applicant must be truly comfortable talking to many people day in and day out. You must be comfortable being in complete control of daily guided rides and ensuring the safety, comfort and enjoyment of our guest and the horses. 

    Gather horses from pasture, saddle and bridle horses, mount riders, lead guest trail rides. Care for 10-14 head of horses, including daily brushing, grooming, feeding, watering and some veterinary work. Other duties include tack upkeep and repair, fencing and fence repair, corral maintenance, barn and barnyard cleanup and trail maintenance. Considerable horse experience is required. 


    • Gather horses from pasture daily and early in the morning.
    • Catch, tie, saddle, and unsaddle horses daily.
    • Feed and water horses daily.
    • Assist guests in mounting and dismounting horses.
    • Lead safe and interesting trail rides.
    • Monitor horses for lameness and injury.
    • Perform minor veterinary work when needed.
    • Repair and/or erect corrals and fences when needed.
    • Clear trails of fallen timber and debris.
    • Must be comfortable using a chainsaw.
    • Maintain a clean barn and barnyard including manure pickup, sweeping, mopping, trash removal and tack organization.
    • Maintain a clean and tidy guest waiting area.
    • Dispose of trash in dumpster on a regular basis.
    • Regularly inspect and oil tack.
    • Must be able to truly handle a horse in a variety of situations, including on trails and open areas.
    • Must be able to mount and dismount without assistance.
    • Must be able to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients and other employees of the organization.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Comfortable interacting with multiple guests on a daily basis.
    • Personable, organized and flexible to change.
    • Must be able to remain calm and problem solve in emergency situations with injured riders.
    • Must be able to memorize trails and navigate through miles of unmarked forest and mountain terrain.
    • Comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions.
    • Comfortable being exposed to and interacting with wild animals while remaining calm.
    • Protect the safety of self, co-workers ranch guests at all times.
    • Report safety-related accidents and incidents to management.
    • Follow all company and department safety policies and procedures.
    • Operate equipment in a safe manner that will not lead to injury of yourself or others.
    • Pay attention and consider safety at all times when handling and working around horses.
    • Consider safety first when leading rides.
    • Be flexible to changing schedules.
    • Represent the Ranch professionally and respectfully at all times.
    • Strong interpersonal skills.
    • Must adhere to all grooming and appearance standards consistently.
    • Comfortable working in a fast paced environment.
    • Perform physical activities such as lifting up to 50-100lbs, stooping, walking, standing, riding for extended periods of time.

    Education and Experience

    • High School Diploma or equivalent GED.
    • 3+ years of previous wrangler experience - extensive and considerable horse experience is required in all areas of horsemanship including riding, grooming, feeding, tack, minor veterinary care, etc.
    • CPR Certified.
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  • Guest Services

  • Nanny

    Guest Services

    Nanny position available from June 15th until mid August or through the end of September 2023

    Position will be based at the ranch for a 2 month old.

    Applicant must have previous childcare experience of some sort and be prepared to take infant CPR


    • Caring for newborn safely
    • Preparing bottles safely
    • Provide an overall environment that enables the child to safely learn and play

    Must Have:

    • Previous child care experience a must
    • Passion for working with infants
    • Patience and communication skills to successfully interact with the infant
    • Organization skills to create a daily schedule that encompasses all the appropriate infant learning activities 
    • Problem-solving skills to be able to successfully deal with everyday issues that inevitably occur
    • Infant CPR
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  • Restaurant

  • Server


    The Restaurant Server will be comfortable interacting with our guests and ensuring they have an enjoyable experience dining with us. They will be responsible for positive guest interactions while serving guests in a friendly and efficient manner. At all times, servers are expected to be attentive to our guests needs and make them feel welcome, comfortable, important and relaxed. Servers are expected to have some basic food knowledge. All functions are to be carried out in an environment of teamwork. Must be comfortable working in a fast paced environment.


    • Prepare the tables, laying out napkins and utensils, making sure the condiments are refilled, performing all other preparation tasks.
    • Stay updated on current menu choices, specialties and menu deviations, knowing if the kitchen staff is running out of any items, etc.
    • Handle the table bookings, direct customers to their tables, presenting menus, suggesting dishes, assisting in drink selection, informing customers about food preparation details, communicating specific customer needs to the cooks.
    • Maintain proper dining experience, delivering items, fulfilling customer needs, offering desserts and drinks, removing courses, replenishing utensils, refilling glasses.
    • Prepare mixed drinks for service to your customers table.
    • Properly open and pour wine.
    • Obtain revenues, issuing receipts, accepting payments, returning the change.
    • Perform basic cleaning tasks as needed or directed by supervisor.
    • Greet all guests and owners warmly with an appropriate greeting.
    • Understand and can communicate products and services available at the restaurant.
    • Communicate comfortably and effectively with kitchen staff to ensure smooth running of food service.
    • Fill in for absent staff when needed.
    • Assist with food prep or dishwashing when needed or during slow times.
    • Complete opening and closing procedures daily.
    • Complete daily server close out – ensure all cash, receipts and reports are accounted for.
    • Adhere to grooming and appearance standards consistently.
    • Comfortable working in a fast paced environment.
    • Perform physical activities such as lifting up to 25lbs, stooping, walking and standing for extended periods of time.

    Education and Experience

    • High school Diploma or equivalent GED
    • 2+ years serving experience in a fast paced environment
    • 1+ years of bartending experience
    • Must have some familiarity with basic cooking skills
    • Food Handlers Card
    • TIPS Certified
    Apply Now

How to Apply

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