Employment Opportunities, Camp Staff, Hiring, Summer jobs, Mountain work

Why Not Live and Work in the Mountains this Summer?
The Colorado Rockies and the people will amaze you.

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

Summer Camp employment

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 high-country 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.

Paid Internships — Design your internship with a professor or the head of your department of study. Camp work experience lends itself nicely to programs such as all branches of education, psychology, sociology, parks and recreation, hotel and resort management, culinary... We are happy to talk about your intention and satisfy the supervisory needs and during the summer do assessments, reports, and meet any needed requirements.

Summer Camp employment

Challenges, old and new! In September of 2010, forest fire swept through the main part of the Ranch, burning acres of forest and a number of buildings. Our new all-in-one building serves as barn/workshop/staff lounge/activities room. It was put up in the spring of 2011 and graces the extended meadow between it and the Lodge. 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 2019 dates include a week of orientation, followed by ten weeks of children's programs, and ending with two days of close-down. The arrival date is May 28, and departure is August 11. All new applicants must be available to commit to be in residence with us to begin training as counselors and instructors starting May 28, 2019. New staff members must arrive on Tuesday, May 28 by 3:00pm. New wranglers arrive Sunday, May 26 by 3:00pm for the beginning of wrangler training. Bus driver trainees arrive Monday May 20 by 3:00pm for the start of bus driver training. These arrival dates are non-negotiable for new staff members. The summer season concludes August 11, 2019 (although in special circumstances this date may be negotiable for an earlier departure if necessary). Some staff members may be asked to stay on after Camp time to help with the fall season of events and projects.

Our ideal candidates. Qualities we look for in our staff include positive attitude, enthusiasm, good judgment and reliability. Flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities area are necessary, as well as heart-felt interest in children. Children benefit from adults with warm, caring personalities and good listening skills. Staff members 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, set-up and clean-up, general maintenance, construction, and other work projects.

Summer Camp employment

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 $225 per week plus room and board. New wranglers earn $230 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, on-the-job worker's compensation insurance, 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 and other peers with similar interests.

The basics. Benefits include rent-free 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.

Summer Camp employment

Getting here and getting around. On arrival and departure days, we provide transportation to and from the Denver Airport, bus and train stations. A travel stipend may be individually negotiated for out-of-state staff members. 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 Group Counselors - Lead and guide children's groups of all ages and assist with programs. Teen Leadership Guide. (Counselors may also teach some activities.)

Children's Activity Instructors - Teach instructional progressions in relation to each child's ability and development in the following areas: Western Horseback Riding (Wranglers), Animal Care of small farm animals (goats and kids), Roping, Western Art (drawing horses), 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 - including Camping, Hiking, and Animal Tracking, Native American Indian Lore, and Earth - which includes Gardening, Sustainability, Ecology, and Foraging. We look for staff members who can add to the list of offerings each season, too.

Summer Camp employment

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.

Goat-tender - Our goats are at the center of our Care of Small Animals program for children. The Camp goat-tender teaches all about goats, their care and personalities, grazing to control invasive weed species, as well as how to milk a goat by hand. Our herd currently includes eight goats, including Zelle, a doe due to have kids in June!

Camp Photographer/Media Manager - Shoots photos throughout Camp, manages photos taken by other staff, posts to parents and social media, makes photo albums

Kitchen Manager/ Head Chef - Plans and serves regular well-balanced meals to fifty (50) staff: three (3) meals and snacks every day, bus snacks daily for 100-150 children, for three (3) meals a week add 80-120 Thursday-night-overnight campers, and for occasional adult events: "fine dining" meals. Also: plans menus, orders supplies, helps with dish and pan washing, overall clean-up and maintenance of the dining room, kitchen and food storage areas, and schedules 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.

Nanny – Care for our family’s active three-and-a-half year-old preschooler and possibly her lively nine-year-old sister at bedtime, and occasionally their 3-month old baby boy cousin.

Office and Health Care- Public and staff relations, communications, accounting, registration, telephone, computer, and staff and child health care.

Drivers - Transport clientele in vans and buses. (Driving combines with other main jobs.) New bus drivers receive the benefit of free Commercial Driver Training!

Summer Camp employment

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

Construction - Carpentry, sheet rock, doors, windows, roofing, welding.

THE 2019 SUMMER at The Colorado Mountain Ranch blends camp tradition and innovation into 2019 and a proactive future. CMR is unique because the staff is all in-residence in 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:
    • Fillable Staff Application
    • *To submit the fillable application, please download and save it to your computer before filling it out. You can email the completed form to: office@coloradomountainranch.com

  2. If you have one, please send us your resume.
  3. References Needed: Send us two letters of reference. OR contact at least two people who are familiar with your work with children, other work abilities, and character and ask them to complete and submit a reference form, call us, or email us.

  4. Documentation of Specialty Experience: If you wish to be considered as an instructor or leader in 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.
  5. Call Us for your telephone interview and to check on the status of your application.