Updates for the 2021 Camp Season coming soon!

2020 COVID-19 Update: As our programs have changed, we can only accept staff applicants who are able to volunteer to live and work with us in the mountains this summer. In exchange, you would be a part of a mountain community of mostly peers and receive good meals along with plenty of outdoor exercise. Self-designed internships for college credit are possible. Staff members will help with Summer Family Fun programs, small weddings, horses, and ranch and permaculture projects, all with the plan in mind for a return to children’s summer day camp programs in 2021.


Season: June 8-August 15, 2020. Please call or email us if interested.

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. Staff members and those on staff with paid internships all gain documentable experience in the following areas supporting success in any field: communication, critical thinking, creativity, patience, flexibility, collaboration, empathy, respect, integrity, work ethic, problem-solving, persistence, self-discipline, leadership, and initiative.


On weekdays, we serve a general population of rising 2nd graders through high school seniors in our Day Camp programs, with an optional overnight one-night-a-week and weekly high-country camp-outs, too. Evenings and weekends, we meet, plan, share, and attend to every detail for Camp, weddings, company summer camp day picnics, and team-building Challenge ropes course experiences.



Summer dates May 26-August 16, 2020 include a week of orientation, followed by eleven weeks of children's programs, and ending with two days of close-down.

  • Arrivals: All new staff members must arrive by 3:00pm on Tuesday, May 26. New wranglers arrive by 3:00pm on Sunday, May 24 for the beginning of wrangler training. Bus driver trainees arrive by 3:00pm Monday May 18 for the start of bus driver training. These arrival dates are non-negotiable.

  • Departures: The summer season concludes August 16, 2020 (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.


Qualities we look for in our staff include positive attitude, enthusiasm, good judgment and reliability. Flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities 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. 



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. Everyone helps with daily support crews, set-up and clean-up, general maintenance, construction, and other work projects. Our staff is instrumental in creating and implementing every aspect of Ranch programs, activities, food service, hospitality, facility use, and maintenance.  


Grow in confidence and experience. Our clientele expects confident personal presentation and a neat and clean appearance. Be ready to commit to making the Ranch successful in providing a rewarding experience for yourself and others.



Design your internship with a professor or the head of your department of study. Camp work experience lends itself especially well to programs in education, psychology, sociology, parks and recreation, hotel and resort management, culinary, and sustainability.  We are happy to talk about your internship intention and we offer to satisfy requirements for supervision, assessments, and reports.



  • We work 6 days and 4-5 evenings each week. Our work includes teambuilding, planning and personal and community development. Starting salary for most new staff members is $240 per week plus room and board. New wranglers earn $245 per week. The starting salary for the Head Chef/Kitchen Manager may be negotiable. 


  • 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. 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. 


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



Out-of-State staff members receive travel stipends. 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.



  1. Complete the online Application

  2. Click here to create an account with login details

  3. Be SURE to select ‘Staff’ as your user type when registering

  4. Once logged in, Click on your name

  5. Click on Staff Application 2020- start entering your details! 

  6. When you are done submit the application

  7. Expect an email response within 24hrs notifying you that we have received your application; if you do not hear from us please call on 303.442.4557

  8. Initial telephone interviews are conducted in the order applications are received


  • Two references are required to qualify for your final telephone or skype interview

  • Reference contact details are collected from you in the online application 

  • We are looking for references who are familiar with your work with children, other work abilities, and character.

  • The Colorado Mountain Ranch will contact your references directly to request a confidential reference.



  • Documentation of Specialty Experience: If you wish to specialize 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.


Children's Group Counselors - Lead and guide children's groups of all ages and assist with programs. 

Teen Leadership Guide - 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: 


Wranglers - Western Horseback Riding 

Teach Western riding, natural relationship with horses, bridling, saddling, horse and animal care, breeds and colors, Roping, and Western Art (drawing horses), teach Animal Care of horses and small farm animals (goats and kids), feed and care for all animals, and keep corrals, barn and tack clean and serviceable.

Mountainboarding (like snowboarding on wheels)

Arts and Crafts


Swimming and some Lake Kayaking(Lifeguard, WSI)

Low Ropes Course (Initiatives, Team-building, and Challenges)

Gymnastics and Trampoline

Disc Golf (with Frisbees ®)

Dramatics and Improv 

Children’s Yoga

Leather Work

Nature Awareness

Outdoor Living Skills - including Camping, Hiking, and Animal Tracking 

Native American Indian Lore

Earth - includes Gardening, Sustainability, Ecology, and Foraging

*Plus, we always look to our staff to add to the list of offerings each season!

Support Staff

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 "fine dining" meals for occasional adult events: . 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.

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

Nanny – Care for our family’s active four-and-a-half-year-old preschooler and tutor her lively ten-year-old sister.  Possibly care for their 5 1/2-year-old stepbrother and occasionally their one-year-old little boy cousin.

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

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

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


The ranch kept coming up in my meditation this morning. Reflecting on the many experiences I've had this summer I noticed how much they have impacted my personal life. I have truly come to value the ranch and can't think of a better place to spend the time.

-Sean, yoga instructor, 2018

Hello Colorado Mountain Ranch, Thanksgiving has passed, and this year what I found to be most grateful for was you. I was so nervous when I arrived in the summer, and a little bit lost. I needed the Ranch more than I knew. After I left the Ranch, I moved to Texas. I got a job working with foster kids (teenagers) in a residential group home facility. I believe for a fact that without the encouragement and life lessons I learned at the Ranch that I would not be where I am now. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you. My time at the Ranch changed my life for the better. You have created a beautiful place for growth. Thank you.

♥ Ariel Thomas, Archery Instructor and Lifeguard 2018

Thank you for the hospitality and making me feel like family always. It's a great feeling knowing a have a family away from home! Here's to a good summer!

Ziggy Krug, staff alumni

10063 Gold Hill Road
Boulder CO 80302
phone: 303.442.4557
fax: 303.417.9114
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