Job Descriptions

At CTR Every Position Is Important to the Ranch Community


Guest Services / Marketing / Office
 
The guest services / marketing / office person is responsible for organizing and coordinating guest activities as well as office work to include brochure and information request letters, telephone and reservations, computer work, filing and all aspects of office organization including keeping the office neat and clean. We are looking for an individual with strong marketing, customer service, telephone and computer skills. The ability to organize guest activities is a must. Interpersonal skills are important when working with guests for participation in ranch programs. Must have a valid driver’s license, with a clean driving record, to help transport guests in ranch vehicles. Must feel comfortable driving a 15 passenger van. This individual will also be called upon to participate in certain ranch programs such as cookouts, hayrides, etc. This is a support position to the ranch’s manager. Flexibility is a must as is the willingness to jump in wherever needed.


Baker and Breakfast Cook

The baker/breakfast cook is responsible for preparing breakfast for guests and staff, breads, desserts, and other baked goods. Responsibilities also include, but are not limited to, preparing lunch and dinner on the chef’s day off, assisting in keeping the kitchen clean and sanitary, helping to maintain inventory levels, and providing input for menus and food orders. Experience required.


Kitchen Assistant
 
The kitchen assistants are responsible for helping the chef with food preparation and storage as well as the washing and storage of pots, pans, china, flatware, and all kitchen utensils. The kitchen assistants are also responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the dishwashing area as well as other areas of the kitchen, all garbage removal from the kitchen, and cleaning the kitchen floor at the end of the day.


Operations:  Housekeeping and Waitstaff

Operations people will work as housekeeping and wait staff in addition to helping run the Trading Post and Soda Fountain (ranch gift shop). Staff members who are hired as operations people will perform all three duties over the course of a week on a rotating basis. We have found that our employees enjoy the chance to learn the different skills associated with each department and the chance to work with different co-workers. We count on staff in all of these areas to be detail oriented and to insure overall superior service and hospitality to our ranch guests.

Housekeeping responsibilities include the cleaning of guest cabins and common areas of the ranch – changing towels, making & changing beds, cleaning bathrooms, taking out trash, vacuuming, washing windows, dusting, and various other cleaning related activities. Housekeepers also help with dinner dishes.

Wait staff duties include, but are not limited to, serving food to guests and staff in our dining room or at outdoor meals and functions, cleaning of dining room and deck, stocking server’s refrigerator, cleaning server’s areas of the kitchen, and packing for cookouts.

Trading Post duties include but are not necessarily limited to, overseeing the cleanliness, stocking and organization of both the Trading Post and Soda Fountain areas, preparing and serving ice cream, milkshakes and sodas in the Soda Fountain, insuring the Trading Post is covered for the hours it is open and maintaining superior customer service and a friendly, “western hospitality” attitude towards guests.


Counselor
 
We offer comprehensive children’s/teen’s program for ages 5 through 17. The program is divided into three age groups, 5-8, 9-12, and 13-17. Counselors must have a high level of energy, lots of enthusiasm and creativity, and a great deal of responsibility. This is a very demanding job and we expect you to keep your group entertained. Horse background is necessary, and a level of comfort around horses is necessary, as you will be leading your group on trail rides. You must also be able to lead your group through a range of activities to include fishing, hiking, archery, riflery, swimming, power tubing, overnight campout, etc. You will accompany your group on trips rafting, plus other activities as assigned. This is a very physical position and requires long hours and lots of dedication plus a natural enjoyment of working with children & teens. Counselors must be mature and assume a leadership/role model position. Counselors will be expected to drive the kids to various activities and must be at least 21 years old with a clean driving record; current CPR certification and first aid card is required, and classes with be offered at Colorado Trails. We request a short video demonstrating riding abilities from all counselor applicants. We ask to see you catching, grooming, bridling and saddling, mounting, riding at a walk, jog, lope and stopping, dismounting and untacking a horse.

Wrangler 
Wranglers’ responsibilities include grooming, saddling, bridling, cleaning stalls and barn area, leading guest rides, providing instruction to guests in accordance with our riding program, feeding, basic health care of animals. Must be safety conscious, have excellent communications and interpersonal skills as well as a willingness to perform other duties as assigned from moving hay to building fence and maintenance around the ranch. Wranglers must have extensive horse experience and knowledge in order to lead trail rides and care for our herd of 85 horses. Our horse program is one of the best in the dude ranch industry. Applicants for this position must be willing to accept and support our horse program. We will teach you our program and how we want you to instruct our guests. We know that our methods of handling horses are not the only way, but our horses are used to them. This is an extremely physical job requiring long hours. We are looking for individuals with knowledge, enthusiasm, lots of energy, and the desire to work hard and be part of our team. Wranglers are expected to drive guests to various events and evening activities and must be at least 21 years old with a clean driving record; current CPR certification and first aid card is required, and classes will be offered at Colorado Trails. We request a short video demonstrating riding abilities from all wrangler applicants. We ask to see you catching, grooming, bridling and saddling, mounting, riding at a walk, jog, lope and stopping, dismounting and untacking a horse


Head Wrangler – Currently, this position is not available.

Same as wrangler requirements plus must have people and management skills to oversee the wranglers and assist with the horse health and care.


Maintenance

Maintenance people must have experience in several skill areas to include carpentry, plumbing, electrical, vehicle maintenance, and general ranch operations. The ability to be flexible and act immediately as circumstances arise is important. Other maintenance duties include pool and grounds maintenance, cutting firewood, building fences, building cookout fires, helping with guest activities such as shooting sports and/or guided hikes, and many more duties as assigned. Maintenance people will be expected to drive guests to various events and evening activities and must be at least 21 years old with a clean driving record; current CPR certification and first aid card is required, and classes will be offered at Colorado Trails Ranch.


Fly Fishing Guide
 
Fishing guides are responsible for teaching all aspects of fly fishing to our guests plus basic spin/cast fishing for younger children and those not interested in fly fishing. This includes the basic instruction we offer on a weekly basis per our program schedule for both adults and all of children’s/teen’s groups. You are also responsible for half day and full day guided trips, guiding during ranch clinics, organizing offsite lunches and dinners, maintaining cleanliness of all vehicles used for fishing before and after use, overseeing stocking and appearance of fishing ponds, some fly tying during down time and other duties as assigned. You will be required to develop a good working knowledge of our private water, knowledge of basic water safety is very important, CPR and First Aid is required, and fishing guides must be at least 21 years old with a clean driving record in order to transport guests to off ranch fishing areas. Guide experience is preferred.

 

Staff Driving Requirements

We rely on many of our staff members to transport guests to various activities, the airport, and town. These individuals must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Please do not apply for maintenance, wrangler, counselor, or fishing guide positions unless you have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.