WORK AT CHEROKEE PARK RANCH

COME FIND YOUR WILDERNESS

We’re excited that you’ve found us and are interested in one of our summer dude ranch jobs. Our ranch dates back to the 1880’s and is considered one of the oldest ranches in Colorado. This, along with the friendships and life experience you will take away, makes Cherokee Park Ranch a great place to spend your summer.

Our ranch is a people-focused business, and our job is to ensure that our guests have an unforgettable vacation that they will remember for years. As a former guest of Cherokee Park Ranch, we know first hand how impactful the ranch staff is to the dude ranch experience. Our kids still talk about the staff members who treated us like family while we were on our vacation!

We take this aspect of our business very seriously and don’t hire staff merely to get a job done. As a member of our staff, you will be key to giving our guests the ultimate dude ranch experience. We are interested in staff who have a genuine love for others. If you enjoy serving people, your time here will prove to be an invaluable experience.

Become a part of our ranch family

Job Descriptions

Wrangler

  • Catch & grain 140 horses daily
  • Saddle 50+ horses daily
  • Safely & happily guide trail rides
  • Have a sense of comfort navigating miles of wilderness
  • Administer first aid care when needed
  • Assist in doctoring sick/hurt animals
  • Teaching basic riding skills & horse care to guests
  • General ranch chores: fencing, picking up rocks, loading hay, scooping poop, etc
  • Assist with the Kids Program
  • Teach & facilitate cattle team penning
  • Entertain/Interact with guests in all settings
  • Participate in hayrides, square dances, and staff shows
  • Deep clean cabins on Fridays
  • Tell good stories, riddles, jokes, etc
  • Serve lunch during lunch rides
  • Work proficiently & kindly with your team
  • Help in other departments when needed

Maintenance

  • General Ranch chores: fencing, raking, mowing, fixing fishing poles, fixing bikes, etc
  • Clean pool/hot tub daily
  • Safely drive departing/arriving guest into town
  • Deliver coffee to guests daily
  • Safely & happily drive guests to offsite activities
  • Organize & pack out for lunch rides, hayrides, square dances
  • Teaching & facilitating skeet shooting
  • Trash disposal
  • General upkeep on vehicles, cleaning them once a week
  • Entertain/Interact with guests in all settings
  • Fix minor wear & tear issues that arrive in guest cabins
  • Tell good stories, riddles, jokes, etc
  • Serve lunch during certain lunch rides
  • Work proficiently & kindly with your team
  • Help in other departments when needed

Waitress/Housekeeper

  • Serve 3 meals daily, happily & efficiently- genuinely caring about each guests dining experience
  • Provide daily housekeeping to each cabin with attention to detail
  • Entertain guests in every setting
  • Keep guest snack table stocked 24/7
  • Wash & fold napkins, guest towels, pool towels, kitchen rags/aprons daily
  • Prepare fresh fruit trays each morning for breakfast
  • Prepare & pack all lunch trail rides each morning
  • Water flowers daily
  • General upkeep & cleanliness of all ranch common areas
  • Keep waitress cabin organized: sheets, towels, cleaning supplies
  • Inventory paper goods, lunch ride supplies, cleaning supplies, etc
  • Deep clean cabins & common areas on Fridays
  • Telling good stories, jokes, riddles, etc
  • Participate in hayrides, square dances, and staff shows
  • Help in other departments when neeeded

Kids Counselors

  • Organize/Facilitate daily crafts & activities for the kids program
  • Safely & Happily guide kids trail rides (2-5yrs pony rides/6-12yrs trail rides)
  • Teach kids general riding instruction & horse care
  • Feed & clean pens/cages of all kids program critters
  • Provide a safe & fun environment for kids ages 2 & older
  • Be enthusiastic, warm, & genuinely care for the wellbeing of kids in program
  • Deep Clean cabins on Fridays
  • Inventory craft supplies & feed for critters
  • Participate in hayrides, square dances, and staff shows
  • Serve lunch & facilitate games during kid lunch rides
  • Safely drive kids to lunch on specific days
  • Help in other departments when neeeded

Kitchen Crew

  • Prepare 3 hearty meals daily for 50+ guests and 20+ staff members
  • Organize & Clean kitchen daily
  • Be flexible & willing to make additional meals during service
  • Wash & put away all pots & dishes after each meal
  • Not only create delicious meals but plate them creatively
  • Deep Clean kitchen on Fridays
  • Inventory & order all food products weekly
  • Work efficiently & kindly with your team
  • Entertain guests in all settings
  • Participate in hayrides, square dances, and staff shows
  • Help in other departments when neeeded

STAFF BENEFITS

  • Having the satisfaction of making a difference in other peoples lives
  • Making everlasting friendships
  • Being a part of our ranch family
  • Salary + Tips
  • Room + Board
  • All meals provided
  • Clean Sheets + Towels provided
  • 2 New Staff shirts provided
  • Professional laundry service provided weekly
  • 1.5 days off a week
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THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU APPLY

Qualities + Traits

  • Do you love people?

  • Do you love to work?
    (Ranch work does not always fall into the typical 8-hour day category.)
  • Are you flexible and willing to help out anywhere and anytime needed?

  • Are you mature?

  • Are you teachable?

  • Are you enthusiastic and excited about other people enjoying their vacation?

  • Would you go above and beyond to make our guests’ stay at Cherokee Park Ranch a great experience?

  • Do you have the work ethic & drive that working on a ranch requires?

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