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Available Positions as of 1/11/19:

ALL POSITIONS BEGIN EARLY MAY AND END LATE SEPTEMBER

Available House Staff Positions:

Front of the House Manager

REPORTS TO: General Manager

DUTIES:

  • Guest Liaison:
    • Ensure guest satisfaction throughout weekly stays
    • Work with Facilities Manager to report necessary repairs in the house
    • Work with Barn Manager to ensure all guest requests for activities are met
    • Oversee weeknight evening activities for guest
  • Manage House Staff (Housekeepers):
    • Oversee/assist housekeepers complete freshening of rooms on a daily basis
    • Oversee/assist housekeepers complete ranch turn-over on Saturday afternoons
    • Ensure cleanliness of rooms and common areas throughout the day
  • Manage Kitchen Staff (Head Cook, Assistant Cook, Dishwasher):
    • Oversee/assist kitchen staff get meals out in a timely and organized fashion
    • Approve and oversee Head Cook’s food orders
  • Assist General Manager (Ellen):
    • Write house schedule and send to Ellen for approval each week
    • Respond to online reviews through TripAdvisor, Google Plus, and Facebook each week

ABILITIES:

  • Management Experience (2+ years)
  • Hospitality Experience (2+ years)
  • Organizational Abilities
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to take direction from General Manager
  • Exceptionally high standard of cleanliness
  • Self-starter
  • Honest, open communication skills
  • Ability to work as a team

Head Cook

REPORTS TO: House Manager

DUTIES:

  • Create and Execute Weekly Menu Plan
    • Write basic weekly menu template
    • Allocate meal responsibilities (Will you cook all three meals? Will Assistant Cook take charge of breakfast?)
    • Ensure that all meals are prepared in a timely fashion and to guests liking
    • Ensure baked goods are prepared each day (Or allocate to Assistant Cook)
  • Oversee Kitchen Staff
    • Ensure that Assistant Cook and Dishwasher are following health code standards, preparing quality food in a timely manner, and cleaning kitchen daily to ranch standard
  • Draft Food order for House Manager’s approval
  • Ensure that ALL guest dietary needs/desires are met.
    • This is NOT a Michelin Star restaurant. We are flexible to what our guests need and want – even if that means serving chicken nuggets or ketchup with steak. Our “product” is a delighted guest, not a fine dining plate presentation
  • Ensure Cleanliness & Safety in Kitchen
    • Follow Health Code Standards exactly
    • Maintain a high standard of cleanliness in kitchen at all times
    • Make sure that food items and leftovers are stored properly

ABILITIES:

  • Cooking Experience (5 years +) preferably for large crowds
  • Management Experience (1 year or equivalent experience)
  • Ability to work as a team
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure
  • Self-starter
  • Hospitality mindset
  • Exceptionally high standard of cleanliness
  • Organizational capabilities
  • Flexibility – ability to change your personal plans/desires to suit all kinds of guest requests
  • Ability to take direction from General Manager (Ellen) and House Manager (and not contradicting their directions to your staff)
  • Honesty and open communication skills

Assistant Cook

REPORTS TO: House Manger/Head Cook*
*meaning you will report to the Head Cook on an hour-to-hour basis while working, but your ultimate supervisor is the House Manager.

DUTIES:

  • Execute Weekly Meal Plan at Discretion of Head Cook
    • Head Cook will discern which meals you will be solely in charge of, or you will assist him/her with all three meals each day.
    • Ensure baked goods are sent out for guests each day
    • Ensure all guest dietary needs/desires are met.
      • This is NOT a Michelin Star restaurant. We are flexible to what our guests need and want – even if that means serving chicken nuggets or ketchup with steak. Our “product” is a delighted guest, not a fine dining plate presentation
  • Follow Health Code mandates
    • Ensure constant cleanliness in the kitchen
    • Ensure food is properly/safely stored
    • Ensure other members of kitchen staff and outside staff visiting the kitchen are in compliance
  • Generally Assist the Head Cook
    • Alert to food items needed to be purchased
    • Follow direction to ensure timely preparation and serving of each meal

ABILITIES:

  • Cooking Experience (1+ years) preferably for large crowds
  • Ability to take direction
  • Honesty and open communication
  • Exceptionally high standard of cleanliness
  • Organizational Capabilities
  • Ability to work as a team
  • Self-starter
  • Hospitality experience/customer service mindset
  • Flexibility – ability to change your personal plans/desires to suit all kinds of guest requests
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure

Dishwasher

REPORTS TO: House Manager/Head Cook*
*meaning you will report to the Head Cook on an hour-to-hour basis while working, but your ultimate supervisor is the House Manager.

DUTIES:

  • Set tables
  • Assist kitchen staff with meal prep prior to each meal
  • Bussing tables during meals
  • Ensuring guests are satisfied during meals (Are drink pitchers full? Do serving platters need refilling?)
  • Washing Dishes and storing them after each meal
  • Cleaning dining room after each meal
  • Assisting Head/Assistant Cook with any kitchen duties necessary throughout day
  • Assisting other house staff as necessary (housekeepers, house manager)
  • Ensuring health code standards are kept up on a daily basis
  • Closing kitchen down each evening
  • Bear prevention

ABILITIES:

  • Hospitality experience (1+ years)/customer service mindset
  • Exceptionally high standard of cleanliness
  • Personal organizational skills
  • Ability to take direction
  • Ability to work as a team
  • Honesty and Open communication skills
  • Self-starter
  • Flexibility – ability to change your personal plans/desires to suit all kinds of guest requests
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure

Housekeeper

REPORTS TO: House Manager

DUTIES:

  • Freshening Guest Suites on a daily basis according to Ranch owner’s standards
  • Turning guest suites each Wednesday according to Ranch owner’s standards
  • Turning entire ranch each Saturday according to Ranch owner’s standards
  • Maintaining cleanliness of common areas (Dining room, bathrooms, recreation area, living room area) *this sometimes will mean cleaning the same room more than once a day – having fun can be messy!
  • Managing a never-ending, overwhelming amount of laundry! Basically constantly cycling laundry throughout the day.
  • Ensuring housekeeping storage and laundry areas remain clean and organized
  • Watering and maintaining flowers in planter boxes
  • Sweeping decks and porches each day
  • Picking up all trash and clutter as you find it
  • Ensuring every small guest need is met (humidifiers, extra blankets, fans, etc.)
  • Reporting to house manager anything broken or in need of repair you find in guest suites or throughout ranch

ABILITIES:

  • Professional Housekeeping or Cleaning experience (2+ years)
  • Hospitality experience (1+ years)
  • Attention to detail
  • Honesty and open communication skills
  • Exceptionally high cleanliness standards
  • Ability to take direction
  • Ability to work as a team
  • Flexibility to complete a wide variety of tasks
  • Organizational skills
  • Self-starter

Available Barn Staff Positions:

Head Wrangler

Reports to: General Manager (Dan)/Barn Manager*
*meaning you will report to Barn Manager on an hour-to-hour basis with Dan being your ultimate supervisor.

DUTIES:

  • Managing Guest’s Riding Time
    • Meeting guests each Sunday and assisting Wranglers in greeting/getting waivers/teaching initial ground manners lesson each Sunday afternoon
    • Assigning each guest a horse based on waiver questionnaire
    • Organizing rides in groups and assigning each wrangler a group and a destination
    • Ensuring all guests desires on horseback are met during the week
  • Managing Barn Staff (with help of Barn Manager)
    • Ensuring all Wranglers are meeting ranch standards of ride safety and hospitality
    • Ensuring all Wranglers are being A+ storytellers and entertainers
    • Ensuring all Wranglers are maintaining high standard of horse health & safety
    • Assist Children’s Wrangler with kids program
  • Record Keeping
    • Maintaining immaculate records of rider logs (under BM’s supervision)
    • Update master barn log with horses that were ridden each day
    • Maintain each horse’s behavioral anomalies to report to BM

ABILITIES:

  • Lifelong equestrian preferred
  • Wrangling experience preferred (2+ years)
  • Management Experience or educational equivalent/leadership qualities
  • High standard of animal welfare
  • Hospitality experience/customer service mindset
  • Organizational capabilities
  • Ability to take direction
  • Honesty and open communication skills
  • Self-starter
  • Ability to drive a tractor
  • Basic knowledge of horse health and first-aid
  • Outgoing and friendly personality necessary
  • Current CPR certification

Wrangler

REPORTS TO: Barn Manager/Head Wrangler*
*meaning you will report to head wrangler on an hour-to-hour basis with the barn manager being your ultimate supervisor

DUTIES:

  • Feed horses 2x/day
  • Eat meals with guests and entertain throughout day
  • Catch, groom, and saddle horses for rides after breakfast each day
  • Lead rides at discretion of Head Wrangler
  • Tell ranch stories (provided) and entertain guests on rides
  • Ensure high standard of safety during rides
  • Current CPR certification
  • Ensure high standard of horse care
  • Assist other areas of the ranch are in good order (kitchen, housekeeping) throughout day
  • Attend evening guest activities
  • Assist with Saturday afternoon housekeeping

ABILITIES:

  • Proficient horseback rider
  • Basic Knowledge of equine first aid
  • CPR certified
  • Outgoing and friendly personality
  • Self-starter
  • Customer service minded
  • Ability to take direction
  • Ability to work as a team
  • Honesty and open communication skills
  • Flexibility to accomplish a wide variety of tasks within a day

Children’s Wrangler

All duties and abilities above in addition to:

  • Experience working with children (2+ years)
  • High level of safety consciousness and attention to detail
  • Inexhaustible reserves of patience and energy!

Please see our job list on our website for detailed job descriptions.

  • Dining Room Steward / Executive Dishwasher

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    Responsibilities include strategic planning, executive direction and maintaining dining room.
    View Job Description
  • Kangaroo

    Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
    This person hops around and does a bunch of different things each day.
    View Job Description
  • Summer Assistant Cook

    Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

    This person is often the Breakfast cook and is also responsible for making the breads, cookies and desserts.  Usually this person following serving breakfast will do kitchen maintenance, and prep for lunch/dinner as directed by Lead Cook.

    View Job Description
  • Summer Head Cook

    Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

    The lead cook (Chef), is responsible for the preparation & serving of 3 meals a day, plus cookies/snacks for 30 – 40 people a day.  Maintains a clean kitchen and wash dishes as needed. Assists in menu planning and food inventory management.  Need to be able to bake breads/rolls, cookies and desserts, to make soup, and salad, and hearty meat & potato type meals. Most meals are served family style or outdoors/buffet style.  Once a week we serve a fancier plated dinner for adults.  This is a fun chance to do something special.  

    Often the Lead Cook - delegates breakfast preparation and a lot of the baking to the assistant cook.  However some really like breakfast or baking and will instead split duties in a different fashion.  We will not micro-manage you - as long as the guests are delighted in your food and work hours are reasonably split between the two cooks we will be delighted.  This means lead cook is actually in the kitchen executing just 2 meals each day.

    View Job Description
  • Wrangler - Maintenance

    Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

    A wrangler-maintenance candidate will have two jobs, and will divide his/her time between the two jobs as priorities shift. As our new businesses grow, we foresee the possibility of this position moving towards a Facilities Manager position. Requires professional carpentry (both framing and finishing) experience and skill.

    Along with modified wrangler duties, this position will involve the construction of new structures or additions to existing structures as we grow and expand. This candidate will also be responsible for the regular maintenance of ranch vehicles and operations. 

    This candidate will preferably have a good deal of construction experience, as well as plumbing/welding/electric/etc. skills. You will be responsible for any after-hours emergencies (from clogged toilets to immediate safety concerns).

    View Job Description

How to Apply

On the employment pages of our website, you will find detailed job descriptions, expectations, and our application. You will find lots more about the culture of Sundance Trail on our Secret Staff Pages. You can find the link to the Secret Staff Pages at the very bottom of each page of our website in very tiny print "Staff Login." The password is 9702241222 which is our phone number and is printed right there on the page!

If you believe this is the place for you, please complete and submit our online application.


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