For those who are passionate about ranch life and creating memories.
Requirements for Colorado Dude Ranch Employment
If you have a ready smile, are honest and willing to work long hard hours, love the outdoors and enjoy working with people, we may have a very special Colorado dude ranch employment opportunity for you! Elk Mountain Ranch is a first class guest ranch with off-the-beaten-path charm.
We expect our facilities to be kept spotlessly clean, meals to be excellently presented, activities to be led with safety and professionalism, and our guest services and relations to be outstanding. Our guests are not just customers, but members of our ranch family. We want our employees to work hard, have fun, enjoy the ranch and its facilities on their time off, take a staff raft trip and build relationships to last a lifetime.
Applicants for employment at our Colorado dude ranch must be at least 18 years of age and willing to live on the ranch. Modest housing and meals are supplied as part of our employment package. Please expect to have roommates. No smoking or drug use is allowed. A neat, clean appearance is necessary. No visible tattoos or body piercings (other than ears). We search for staff who are mature self-starters, who have strong communication skills and are team players. Our staff appreciate nature and have the mental and physical stamina for ranch life. The ranch is an extension of our home and we expect our staff to share our standards and moral conduct while at the ranch. Respect for fellow staff members is paramount.
We are looking for employees who are available for Colorado dude ranch employment from mid-May to the end of August. Some positions extend through the end of September. The exact dates that you are available to work are VERY important. The employment dates agreed upon become part of a signed agreement if hired.
Employees receive a bi-weekly paycheck with the rate being established when a job offer is made. Everyone works 6 days a week and all positions are over 40 hours per week. Tips are earned by going above and beyond. Staff participates in evening activities (hayride, square dance, volleyball, games and socializing). Tips are prorated among the staff based on the number of days worked. Average compensation is approximately $2000 per month plus room and board.
Our staff consists of 14 employees. Everyone is given specific job duties but is expected to help out wherever and whenever needed.
Transportation is recommended but not required. We may be able to pick you up at either Denver or Colorado Springs airport, with arrangements made in advance. There is also a convenient and inexpensive bus service to/from Denver. You will need to arrange your own transportation on days off, as ranch vehicles are not to be used for personal purposes.
Benefits of Our Colorado Dude Ranch Employment Opportunities
Hiking and mountain biking trails abound right out your front door. Our area is home to the largest collection of peaks over 14,000 feet – a challenge to summit, but well worth the effort. Many beautiful areas to explore are within a few hours drive – Aspen, Breckenridge, Vail, Salida, the Royal Gorge, the Great Sand Dunes, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado Springs, local hot springs pools. Staff are welcome to participate in guests’ activities on day off.
Washer and dryer are provided at no charge. Two employees are assigned an evening to share the machines.
Most cellular phones do work at the ranch. High speed wireless Internet is available.