Vermejo Park Ranch

920 Square Miles of New Mexico Rocky Mountains can be your backyard

They don’t call it The Land of Enchantment for nothing!

Located in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, Vermejo Park Ranch acts as a segue between Rocky Mountain beauty and Southwestern enchantment.

Ranging in elevations from 6,500 to 13,000 feet, the Ranch offers a variety of ecosystems and wildlife to explore. Short-grass prairie and alpine meadows host elk, mule deer, coyotes, bobcats, bears, prairie dogs, numerous birds of prey, and a variety of trout.

Purchased in 1996 by Turner Enterprises, Vermejo operates as a first class hunting, fishing and outdoor exploration resort. Guest services are operated at two locations, our Main Lodge facilities and a more exclusive high-country lodge, Costilla.

Sweeping over 920 square miles, Vermejo Park Ranch offers a unique employment experience for individuals who seek opportunity to explore the largest tract of privately owned property in the U.S. One can hike all day and never see another soul!

The Ranch lies 40 miles west of Raton, New Mexico.

Ideal Candidate

Vermejo seeks self-motivated, hard-working individuals willing to bring a team-oriented frame of mind to their job. Applicants who best fit this description understand that work is their primary objective, followed by personal recreation and enjoyment.

With an unusually long season, we hope to attract individuals who are looking to commit to a longer season than most ranch resorts offer. We have very few “summer only” positions- these few are oriented around our Fishing Season, May-September and include the following positions: Fish House, Wait Staff and Guide Staff.

All positions at Vermejo are equally important, and should be thought of as an integral piece to a larger puzzle. Employees should be flexible, as they will be asked to complete a variety of tasks, often times helping outside of their hired job description. In exchange for hard work employees are treated well, appreciated greatly and are given ample opportunity to relax and enjoy their season in unparalleled surroundings.

Room and Board

Vermejo provides room and board for all seasonal staff. There are multiple housing facilities, most centrally located at Ranch Headquarters. All buildings are co-ed. Employees are given individual rooms, each with private bath. On occasion, employees will be asked to share living quarters. This is determined on a same sex basis, seasonal tenure, and housing availability.
Meals are served at the Main Lodge, in a family-style dining area. Employee common areas are equipped with laundry facilities, internet access, and television. Those employees stationed at our more exclusive lodge, Costilla, are provided with similar accommodations.

Employee Perks

When work is not calling, there are over 500,000 acres to explore. Hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and other outdoor activities are available depending on one’s interests. Other benefits include:

  • Shared gratuity pool
  • Employee hunting and fishing privileges.
  • Drug Free work environment
  • Room & Board in addition to wages
  • Working, living and playing in a mountain environment

Getting Here and Getting Around

Remotely located, seasonal staff is encouraged to bring a private vehicle, as ranch vehicles are not available for personal use. However, employment is not dependent on self- transportation.

  • 4 Wheel Drive is not required for general VPR travel, but we strongly suggest durable tires (meaning 6 ply and above).
  • Management is happy to accommodate employee pick-ups in Raton only.
  • The primary airport options are Denver and Albuquerque.
  • Grey Hound Bus Services and Amtrak have Raton drop off stations.

For Fun

Every season the VPR Activity Committee organizes annual events that bring the whole Ranch together! Examples include horseshoe, archery and volleyball tournaments, the VPR Ranch-Wide Picnic, and the annual Vermejo Day’s Dance and Cookout at Merrick Lake. These events are great for introducing new faces from seasonal employees and old-time “Vermejoans”.

In addition to the assortment of onsite recreation, there are many interesting historical sites and cities within a few hours’ drive of Vermejo. Denver, Santa Fe, Taos and Cimarron offer sightseeing, historical tours, shopping and often, live entertainment. All have a particular character, are laden with Southwestern history, and have in various ways contributed to the development of the Ranch.

Our Jobs

The Veremjo Park Ranch season runs February to November. Our annual hiring window is January through late April. We are hiring for both management and non management positions.


Bartending is just the tip of the iceberg! Cross-training in fine dining required for daily help in dining room service. On the clock guest entertainment and gift of tasteful gab required. Advanced knowledge in beer, wine and spirits a plus. Those afraid of deep cleaning need not apply!

Culinary Guru

Seeking experienced line cook to aid all types of food production. Our resort can be categorized as “relaxed fine dining” where meal service varies in style, not quality. Buffet, and a la carte services are offered at different times. Expect a varied work schedule depending on your shift & skills.

Dining Room Manager

Fish Slayer & Occasional Bellhop

While the job title is “Fish House”, this position is the poster child for variety. The primary objective is assisting guests as they prepare for their day of fishing, however additional duties include everything from grounds keeping, to bathroom cleaning, to painting, to fleet maintenance.

Guide Staff

Hardcore Dishwasher

Not a glorious job, but necessary. Must be able to stand for long periods of time (up to 8 hours) and lift up to 50 lbs. Some prep work required. No experience needed, however reliable, self-motivated individuals prefered who know when to step it up.

Lean, Mean, Cleaning Machine

This job requires physical endurance for moving and shaking your way through guest rooms, and lodge spaces. Getting down and dirty is our game- must be able to stand for long periods of time (up to 8 hours) and lift up to 50 lbs. Bending, lifting, stretching and scrubbing is part of this job.

Prep Cook

Seeking experienced prep-cook to aid all types of food production. Our resort can be categorized as “relaxed fine dining” where meal service varies in style, not quality. Some baking required. Expect a varied work schedule depending on your shift & skills.

Rockin' Reservations Agent

Duties include answering multi-line phone system, proficient use and knowledge of computers.Background in POS and PMS Systems preferred. Our Front Office is the communication center for all guests and ranch personnel, meaning intensive training and understanding of our 920 square mile "playground."

Wait Staff Extraordinaire

This job requires physical endurance for scootin’ through the dining room, veranda, kitchen, and bar. Guest entertainment, lifting heavy food trays, busing tables, and maintaining employee dining room are all essential duties. If early mornings and late nights are not ideal, this job is not for you!

How to Apply

No calls please!

Instead, please email or fax your resume to Attn: Hiring Manager

Email: or Fax : 575-445-0545

Please include a brief description of yourself and the positions you are interested in applying for. We look forward to working with you!