Employment Opportunities

Live and Work in the Mountains this Summer!
So you want to work in the Colorado Rockies this summer?

What an excellent idea!
Since 1947, Colorado Mountain Ranch campers sing “You’re the Best in All the World!” for our Camp Spirit and our prime Place, People, and Programs! Work outdoors with children and build community with a congenial team.

Why work at the Ranch? Colorado Mountain Ranch is a special place where people connect for outdoor active fun. Our staff develops into a close-knit residential community of people who enjoy staying active outdoors in the mountains and working with children. On weekdays, we serve a general population of 7 to 17-year-olds in our Day Camp programs, with a one-night-a- week children's overnight and weekly camp-outs, too. Evenings and weekends, we meet, plan, share, and attend to every detail for retreats, weddings, company family picnics, group horseback rides, and team- building Challenge ropes course experiences.

Challenges, old and new! In September of 2010, forest fire swept through part of the Ranch, burning acres of forest and a number of buildings. Our new barn/workshop/staff lounge/activities room all-in-one building, put up in the spring of 2011, graces our extended meadow. Rebuilding continues with a new gymnastics pavilion, continual Lodge improvements, and further enrichment of our newer programs such as the fire ecology program, primitive skills, leather work, children's yoga, sustainability, and outings to streams and lakes!

Summer Camp

Summer 2017 dates include a week of orientation, then ten weeks of children's programs, and two days of close-down, all spanning from May 30 - August 13. All new applicants must be available to commit to be in residence with us to begin training as counselors and instructors starting May 30, 2017. The arrival dates are Tuesday, May 30 by 3:00pm for most staff and Sunday, May 28 by 3:00pm for wrangler trainees, and Tuesday, May 23 by 3:00pm for bus driver trainees. These arrival dates are non-negotiable for new staff members. The summer season concludes August 13, 2017 (although in special circumstances this date may be negotiable for an earlier departure).

Our ideal candidates. Qualities we look for in our staff include positive attitude, enthusiasm, good judgment and reliability. Flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities are necessary. Our staff must be personable, highly energetic, safety-minded, honest, sincere and willing to work hard for rewards beyond financial gain. Staff must stay physically and mentally active and alert. We embrace the Native American philosophy of respect for self, others, nature and stewardship of the Earth. Everyone helps with daily support crews, general maintenance, construction and other work projects.

It’s a commitment. Our staff is instrumental in creating and implementing every aspect of Ranch programs, activities, construction projects, food service, hospitality, facility use and maintenance. We are looking for a few high-spirited, multi-talented and skilled people to join our team and help with all aspects of the overall operations of The Ranch. Our clientele expect confident personal presentation and a neat and clean appearance. Be ready to commit to making the Ranch successful in providing a rewarding mountain experience for yourself and others.

Details and Benefits. We work 6 days and 4-5 evenings each week. Starting salary for most new staff members is $200 per week plus room and board. New wranglers earn $205 per week. The starting salary for the Head Chef/Kitchen Manager may be negotiable. In addition to salary and room and board, staff members receive laundry service, leadership training, and influential future personnel references. Working with us is an opportunity to make life-long friends and to create, contribute and serve in a cooperative, active, supportive, outdoor mountain community with children.

The basics. Benefits include living in bunkhouse-style dormitory cabins and good hearty home-made meals served all-you-can eat buffet style! Snacks are always available.

Other perks... Organized fun outings for staff occur throughout the summer. Wifi is at least intermittent.

Getting here and getting around. There is no allowance for transportation to Colorado. On arrival and departure days, we provide transportation to and from the Denver Airport, bus and train stations. Public transportation systems in Boulder and Denver are good. Some staff members bring their own vehicles, and are often generous with ride share.

Job Descriptions

Children's Activity Instructors - Teach instructional progressions in relation to each child's ability and development in the following areas: Western Horseback Riding (Wranglers), small farm animals, Mountainboarding (like snowboarding on wheels), Arts and Crafts, Archery, Swimming (Lifeguard, WSI), Lake Kayaking, Low Ropes Course (Initiatives, Team-building and Challenges), Gymnastics and Trampoline, Frolf (Frisbee Disc Golf), Dramatics, Children’s Yoga, Leather Work, Nature Awareness, Outdoor Living Skills, Camping, Hiking, Tracking, Native American Indian Lore, Sustainability, Ecology, Gardening, Foraging, Teen Leadership. Staff members add to the list of offerings each season, too.

Wranglers - Teach Western riding, natural relationship with horses, bridling, saddling, horse and animal care, breeds and colors; lead instructional and trail rides and games on horses; feed and care for all animals, and keep corrals, barn and tack clean and serviceable.

Children's Group Counselors - Lead and guide groups and assist with programs. (Counselors may also teach some activities.)

Nanny – Care for our family’s one-and-a-half year-old toddler and her lively and lovable seven-year-old sister.

Office - Public and staff relations, accounting, registration, telephone and computer.

Drivers - Transport clientele in vans and busses. (Driving combines with other main jobs.)

Kitchen Manager/ Head Chef - Plans and serves regular well-balanced meals to staff (45) three meals and snacks every day, to children (100+) three meals a week and snacks daily, gourmet meals for wedding receptions and other events. Also: plans menus, orders supplies, and manages other kitchen and dining room staff.

Prep Cook/Baker – Assists the Kitchen Manager/ Head Chef. Helps with cooking, baking, food prep, buffet management, table setting, serving, dish and pan washing, overall clean-up and maintenance of the dining room, kitchen and food storage areas.

Maintenance - General upkeep of all systems -- mechanical, electrical, automotive, plumbing, and repairs. Loading, hauling, landscaping, set-up and cleanup.

Construction - Carpentry, sheetrock, doors, windows, roofing, welding.

THE 2017 SUMMER at The Colorado Mountain Ranch blends camp tradition, innovation and a proactive future. CMR is unique because the staff is all in-residence as a camp community offering exceptional Summer Day Camp programs for children.

To Apply...

If you are interested in joining our working community for the summer, please:

  1. Submit an Employment Application:
  2. Submit References:
  3. References Needed Contact those who are familiar with your work with children, other work abilities and character. Ask your references (we need at least two) to call us, email us, and/or complete the reference form.

    Documentation of Experience with Children We need all of your experience with children - details and number of hours - documented by your supervisor - signed, dated and sent to us. Each of your references may use either the printable or online form.

    Documentation of Specialty Experience If you wish to be considered as an instructor or leader with horses, ropes course, gymnastics, mountainboarding, or hiking and camping, we need documentation of your relevant experience from someone who is familiar with your experience. Acceptable documents: A letter, an emailed statement or a completed online reference form.

    Call Us for a telephone interview and to check on the status of your application.