Thank you for your genuine interest in a summer position at Tumbling River Ranch. We are a beautiful guest ranch in central Colorado–only 62 miles southwest of Denver. Our ranch is in the middle of the Pike National Forest, adjacent to the Mount Evans wilderness area. We are a second generation, family run ranch since 1975. The ranch is at 9200 feet, and is a first-class facility. We expect a lot of our staff, and in return you will have a truly memorable summer enjoying our guests each week. Our staff is encouraged to enjoy the ranch and the activities we offer, fun things like horseback riding, fishing, white-water rafting, hiking, and enjoying the mountains (we are close to Denver, Boulder and Breckenridge, which makes for some great day-off trips). To be a successful staff member at Tumbling River, you should be prepared to serve guest first and foremost. Also, you should be prepared to work very hard and enjoy what you’re doing! Our favorite staff have the attitude of “being an employee of Tumbling River and wanting to help out wherever needed”
We begin the hiring process around November 1st each year and try to have all the hiring done by mid-April. Each year we hire 25-28 staff to fill the following positions:
If you would like specific job descriptions of the jobs listed above, please email Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org
While there are some ‘technical’ activities at the ranch (cooking, baking, wrangler and kids counseling) that may demand ‘hard skills’, we look at personalities traits first, including people who are:
We are looking for employees who are available from mid-May to the end of August. Some positions extend through the end of September. The exact dates that you are available to work are very important and will be weighed heavily in the hiring process.
Our compensation package consists of a competitive hourly wage based on your skill set. Raises and bonuses are available as the summer progresses. Room and board is provided at a nominal daily rate.
Having a car at TRR is recommended but not required. We will be happy to pick you up at the Denver International airport, with arrangements made in advance. You will need to arrange your own transportation on days off, as ranch vehicles are not to be used for personal purposes.
Washers and dryers are provided at no charge. Cellular phones do not work at the ranch, however we provide a staff phone with unlimited long distance. Wifi is available for staff who have a capable device, however please be aware that the Wifi at Tumbling River is limited. We only have 2 T1 lines and we have 50 guests a week that use it a ton. Be prepared to use the Wifi to check email and not much else. You will not have the ability to stream videos, music or movies.
Housing is bunkhouse style. Unfortunately, we limited housing for married couples and older staff. Also it is not possible to have any private housing. It is imperative you respect the space and belongings of your roommates. Bed linens, pillows, and towels are provided. Storage space is very limited, so please pack appropriately. We will supply a suggested gear list to new employees.
Before applying, please understand the employee expectations at Tumbling River Ranch. We are well-known for our outstanding programs for kids and families. Therefore, we enforce a strict policy of cleanliness and dress codes. For the gals, hair is to be pulled back with shirts tucked in. No excessive jewelry, heavy makeup, visible tattoos or body piercings. For the guys, we expect short to moderate haircuts and a clean-shaven look. No jewelry or visible tattoos. We want to see boots, hats and belts all the time!
If you think you would be interested in being a part of Tumbling River Ranch and are willing to devote 3 months or more to the ranch and our guests, please feel free to apply online.
Additional to our application, we require you to answer the following questions via a YouTube elevator pitch (30 sec to 2 minutes). The following three questions: why dude ranching? why Tumbling River Ranch and why your skill set matches the job you’ve applied for. Please be aware of the rules and guideline that are required in our application. Our rules and guidelines have only one purpose — they will contribute to a good operation and will result in providing our guests with a great vacation. Above all, we ask that our staff keep a pleasant attitude and be constantly aware of helping our guests.
Jason and Kelley Sikes
We spent a fabulous week in early June at TRR. The scenery, amazing staff,great food and fun activities created the perfect environment for our best vacation yet. The wranglers were knowledgeable and patient, which made even the young riders (and their moms) comfortable. The owners and staff were nothing short of amazing in every way--service, friendliness, engagement with children...there just are not enough good things to say.
President, Conlin Travel
At Conlin Travel, we book many family and multigenerational family vacations. I can say, without hesitation and to the person, families we sent to Tumbling River Ranch come back saying it was the best family vacation they have ever had. When children are happy, parents are happy and that’s guaranteed to happen at Tumbling River Ranch.
I wish I didn't have to leave! Tumbling River Ranch is such a special place. Our main focus was to get to ride while at TRR and we were taken on the most amazing rides I have ever been on. The scenery will forever be etched in my mind. The wranglers do an amazing job of taking care of all levels of riders and make the trail rides so fun as well as breathtaking. I highly recommend the overnight pack trip- it was a highlight! I could go on and on....I will just say it is a place you need to go and experience for yourself and you will be so happy you did. I hope to go back again!
Chief of Wilderness Stewardship, National Park Service
In September of 2016 I coordinated a 4 day wilderness stewardship training session at Tumbling River Ranch for 24 National Park Service personnel. Our group was extremely impressed with all aspects of TRR, including the conference faciliites, quality food, comfortable and economical lodging, friendly and competent staff, and Megan and Scott's hospitality and attention to sevice. The serene location at the foot of the Mount Evans Wilderness in the Colorado high country served as the perfect venue to meet our training objectives. I hope to host another training session at TRR someday in the future.