Summer Camp Staff

Colorado Mountain Ranch
April 8, 2022
Job Type
160 acre mountain property at 8500' elevation west of Boulder, Colorado, Lodge, Cabins, Barn, Corrals, Archery Range, Gymnastics and Trampoline pavilion, Mountainboarding Terrain Park, Disc Golf Course, Low Ropes course, Campfire ring
Base Salary
Teach and care for children



Applicants must be at least 18 years old and able to live and work onsite at the Colorado Mountain Ranch  for the minimum time of May 25 to August 14, which includes a week of pre-camp training. Prior experience with children is a plus and references are required.

Applicants must have a Social Security Number or a J-1 Visa.

Are you looking to get outside, work hard, be a leader, and have fun in the mountains this summer?  About 40 staff members live and work in a beautiful mountain setting at our ranch each summer, where they instruct, inspire, and lead children ages 7-17.  Our family-run summer day camp is at 8,500' in the Front Range.  We seek energetic, fun-loving, and dedicated live-in people to join our team.

Colorado Mountain Ranch is Boulder's Original Summer Day Camp for children and teenagers. Our staff develops into a close-knit residential community of people who enjoy staying active outdoors in the mountains and working with children. The Ranch is a special place where people connect for outdoor active fun. 

Colorado Mountain Ranch is on a ridge of wildflower meadows and forests above Boulder, featuring views of the snow-capped peaks of the Continental divide and the beautiful city lights below. The Walker Family established the property bordering the historic gold-mining town of Gold Hill as a children's summer camp in 1947.

Positions include activity instructors, children's group counselors, horse wranglers, bus drivers, general maintenance, kitchen staff, and office assistant

We are proud to offer traditional programming, such as horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, outdoor living, gymnastics and trampolines, as well as innovative activities such as teambuilding, mountainboarding, organic gardening, and disc golf, to name a few.

Check out our website and Join Our Team page to make an account and apply  online.


Applicants must enjoy children
Experience with children preferred
Ability to stay active outdoors every day
Entry Level
Specialists need specific experience in area of specialty - western riding, horses, board sports, gymnastics, trampoline, outdoor living skills, arts & crafts, gardening, nature, drama, disc golf, archery, teambuilding, games & sports...


positive attitude
genuine interest in children
flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities
focused listening skills
appropriate communications
physical energy and stamina
mentally alert
good judgment
satisfaction in working hard for rewards beyond financial gain
willing to help with daily support crews, general maintenance, and work projects to keep the Ranch in shape
open to a Native American philosophy of respect for self, others, nature, and stewardship of the Earth.

Educational Requirements

Over 18
High school or equivalent

Experience Requirements

Experience with children preferred
Experience in speicalty area preferred for specialists



Opportunity.  To make good friends and to create, contribute and serve in a cooperative, active, supportive, outdoor mountain community while playing with children. 

Location. Rocky Mountains, beautiful trails and surroundings, vistas, pine and aspen forests, wildflowers.  ½ hour drive down to Boulder, ½ hour drive up to trailheads to hike up to and over the Continental Divide.

Small community:  At-home family feel.  Tradition and open-minded innovation. Personal attention to staff and children.

Connection. Unplugged connection with nature & face-to-face with children and Camp friends. (Cell service and Wifi are intermittently available for your use during off-times. There are Camp computers, internet, and phone landlines for your use when important, too.)

Friends. Live & work with peers with similar interests - staying active, outdoors, children, meaningful endeavors.

Day Camp (not overnight camp).  Staff members have evenings and Saturdays without child care responsibilities. 

Time Off Together.  All Staff members are in residence and have time off at the same time on Wednesday nights and Sundays all day and night.

Varied work responsibilities:  Variation keeps things exciting throughout each weekday and for Saturday events and projects.

Extras.  Staff members receive laundry service, leadership training, future personnel references.  Camp work provides a stepping stone into a rewarding future.  

You will gain experience and competence in the following categories, as you build a foundation for success in your future life’s journeys - career, family, friends, and personal satisfaction:

Communication, critical thinking, creativity, patience, flexibility, collaboration, empathy respect, integrity, work ethic, problem solving, persistence, self-discipline, leadership, and initiative.

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