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Why work at the Ranch in 2022?

Working at the Ranch


A Community of Friends!

Colorado Mountain Ranch is a special place where people connect in outdoor active fun. It’s easy to become friends with others who enjoy staying active outdoors in the mountains and working with children. Our staff develops into a close-knit residential community.


Everyone on staff gains documentable experience as youth development professionals. The staff team includes some positions with paid internships!

Professional Qualities.

As a staff member of the Ranch you can look forward to growing many qualities that are vital in the professional world. You will grow in the following areas in any future studies or career: communication, critical thinking, creativity, patience, flexibility, collaboration, empathy, respect, integrity, work ethic, problem-solving, persistence, self-discipline, leadership, and initiative.

Stay active outdoors!

We are looking for a few high-spirited people to join our team and contribute to the overall operation of the Ranch. Everyone helps with daily support crews, set-up and clean-up, general maintenance, and other work projects. Our staff is instrumental in creating and implementing every aspect of Ranch programs, activities, food service, hospitality, and facility use and upkeep. 

Expect to 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.


All CMR staff members must be up to date with their Covid-19 vaccines.The staff this summer will number about 40 and there will be about 150 campers each week. To learn more, please visit our Covid-19 Protocols.

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What We Expect

Desirable Qualities

Please apply if you have sincere interest in children. If you have an upbeat, warm personality, and good listening skills you may be the perfect candidate. Can you be enthusiastic and reliable?  Do you like to stay physically and mentally active and alert?  Are you personable, highly energetic, safety-minded, honest, and willing to work hard for rewards beyond financial gain? Can you be flexible and adaptable as circumstances and priorities often change? Working at the Ranch could be just what you're looking for!

Multi-faceted Expectations

Our staff members need to be ready to contribute in many ways throughout the summer. We are looking for people who are multi-talented with a variety of skills to share, love kids, and are very flexible!

What You Should Expect



We serve a general population of rising 2nd graders through high school seniors in our Summer Day Camp programs.


Evenings and Weekends

On evenings and weekends our staff meets, plans, shares, and attends to every detail for Camp, themed events, and weddings.  Expect a lot of work throughout the summer, but a lot of fun to match that! 

We embrace a Native American Philosophy when it comes to respect for self, others, nature, and stewardship of the Earth.

Wages, Details and Other Perks


We work 6 days and 4-5 evenings each week. Our work includes team building, planning, and personal and community development. Starting salary for most new staff members is $350 per week before taxes, plus room and board. New wranglers earn $360 per week, plus room and board. The starting salary for the Head Cook/Kitchen Manager may be negotiable.

Meals and Housing Benefits

Enjoy 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, valuable professional work experience, influential future personnel references, membership in an exciting community of peers, and the experience of a lifetime!

Getting Here and Getting Around

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 usually generous with ride-share.​

Fun Outings

We organize fun outings for staff occur throughout the summer. Wifi is at least intermittent. Working with us is an opportunity to make life-long friends.  You’ll contribute and serve in a cooperative, active, supportive outdoor mountain community. Gaining authentic connections with children and peers with similar interests are just some of the highlights!

Paid Internships

Design your own internship with a professor or head of the department you study. Work experience in Camp lends itself well to most programs of study, especially equine and education pursuits. Students looking to have a career in psychology, sociology, parks and recreation, hotel and resort management, culinary, art & media, and sustainability also gain beneficial skills while working at the Ranch. We are happy to talk about your internship intentions and you can count on us to satisfy requirements for your supervision, assessments, and reports.

2022 Staff Dates

Summer Dates are May 25 - August 14, 2022  

A week of orientation is followed by eleven weeks of children's programs.  The summer ends with a day of wrap-up and celebration.

Arrival Times

All new staff members must arrive by 3:00pm on Wednesday, May 25.

New wranglers arrive by 3:00pm on Monday, May 23, to begin wrangler training.

Bus driver trainees arrive by 3:00pm Tuesday, May 17, to begin training.


Departure Times

The summer season concludes August 14, 2022. 

In special circumstances and with advance notice, a departure date may be negotiable for earlier.

Some staff members stay later in August and into September for the fall season of events and projects.


Teach Western riding, natural relationship with horses, bridling, saddling, horse and animal care, breeds and colors, Roping, Western Art (drawing horses), facilitate 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 (mucking).


Kitchen Manager | Head Cook

Plan and serve regular well-balanced meals for up to 40 staff. Our Kitchen Manager | Head Cook is in charge of three meals every day, snacks every day, and "fine dining" meals for occasional adult events. They also plans menus, orders supplies, schedule and manage the kitchen. They oversea the dining room team, serving, and manages the buffet. The Kitchen Manager | Head Cook is in charge of putting up food after meals. They facilitate regular clean-up, maintenance of the kitchen, dining room, food prep and storage areas. They help with dish and pan washing. This staff member will also lend a hand in floor mopping, and end of day kitchen shut-down.

Prep Cook | Baker

The Prep Cook | Baker assists the Kitchen Manager | Head Chef. They help with cooking, baking, food prep and buffet management. This staff member will also help with table setting, serving, dish and pan washing. They will also assist in mopping, over-all clean up, maintenance of the dining room, kitchen and food storage areas.


Transport clientele in vans and buses. This position combines with another main job in the Summer Camp Program. New bus drivers receive the benefit of tuition-free Commercial Driver License Training & Certification.


Care for our family’s active almost-two-year-old girl; supervision and tutoring for her lively six-and-a-half-year-old 1st grade sister; and lending an ear and tutoring her lively twelve-year-old sister.  Occasional care for their three-year-old little boy cousin and possibly their seven-and-a-half-year-old stepbrother.


Help the Ranch with public and staff communications as our Office Secretary. Knowledge of computer skills is critical in order to assist camper parents with payments, registration, attendance in person, online, and over the phone. Flexibility and willingness to learn is very important!

Health Care

Assist us with ​staff and camper health. Help with any injuries, give out prescribed medication, and be the point person for any medical concerns. You will need to soothe both physical and mental ailments.

Ranch Hand | Maintenance

The Ranch Hand | Maintenance Staff take care of general upkeep of all systems such as mechanical, electrical, automotive, plumbing, and repairs. They also help with loading, hauling, landscaping, set-up and cleanup throughout Camp.

Camp Photographer | Media Manager

Take photographs throughout Camp and manage photographs taken by other staff. Post to parents and our social media platforms. Makes photo albums documenting the summer.

How To Apply


1. Applicants must already have a US Social Security Number to be considered

2. Complete our online application.

3. Click here to create an account with login details.

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

5. Once logged in, click on your name.

6. Click on Staff Application 2022 and start entering your details!

7. When you are done submit your application.

8. Expect an email response from the Ranch within 24 hours notifying you that we have received your application. Initial telephone interviews are conducted in the order applications are received. If you do not hear from us or want to check on your application, please call 303 442 4557.

MOUNTAINBOARDING (like snowboarding on wheels)

DISK GOLF (with Frisbees ®)



NATURE CRAFTS & OUTDOOR SKILLS (Fire-building, campfire safety, use of camp stoves and outdoor cooking, reading the woods and weather for wilderness survival, leave-no-trace, hiking and exploring, tracking, ecology, foraging, basketry, etc.)






2022 Summer Day Camp Positions



​Children's Group Counselors

Lead and guide children's groups and assist with programs. 

Children's Activity Instructors

Teach instructional progressions in relation to each child's ability and development in the following areas:


All CMR staff members must be up to date with their Covid-19 vaccines. If hired, you will need to send us a copy of your vaccination card indicating the dates and type of vaccines used for your series. This must include your booster (and another booster if available for you before arrival). Throughout the summer the Ranch will update and follow guidelines set by the CDC and other health entities. To learn more, please visit our Covid-19 Protocols.

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This is why you need to be working at camp this summer!


Real Human Connection

Zoom and such are great, and they serve a purpose to some degree, but they are NOT a substitute for real human connection. The essence of camp is in the human relationships we forge. This is something we are all craving right now. 

Reacquaint Yourself With Nature

After spending so much time indoors for the past two years, the fact is that most of the world is OUTDOORS. It is both amazing and beautiful. Nature calms and restores.


Leadership Bootcamp

The kind of leadership that’s not taught in books, classrooms or TedTalks. Experience real, HANDS-ON leadership that you can only learn by being responsible for a group of children. Camp provides leadership experiences that will elevate your game for the rest of your life at home, in school, and throughout your career.

Impact on the Future

Immediately become an integral part in the development of the next generation. Positively influence the emotional lives of kids who have been spending so much time on screens. Throughout the summer you will morph into a hero who mentors and guides young people. Help children become contributing members of society.

As a legit youth development professional, you can make the world a better place, one camper at a time, MANY times each day!

- Adapted from Project Real Job, American Camp Association


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

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