Experienced Horseback Rider needed at Cattle Ranch in Slater, Colorado (on Wyoming Border) ~ Seasonal

Focus Ranch

Slater, CO
Job Type
Full Time or Seasonal
Date Posted
June 13, 2024
Housing Offered
2-5 yrs

Description: Focus Ranch is historically a working cattle / guest ranch but is currently only operating as a yearling cattle ranch. We are located on the Colorado/Wyoming border with land in both states. Steamboat Springs is 50 miles from our location.The yearling cattle are primarily run on both private and forest permit land (Medicine Bow National Forest)in Wyoming. We also run a small number of cow/calf pairs. The Little Snake River flows through the property for approximately 3 miles and is world class trout stream on our property. To learn more about us, visit our website: https://www.focusranch.com

We are looking for an individual who has very good horsemanship skills to work with our horses that are well broke but need training with cattle and familiarization with terrain. Cattle experience is a plus but it is not necessary as you will be assisting other experienced cattle riders. It is a great opportunity for someone interested in the ranching profession and lifestyle. Our goal is to fill this position with an individual who rides well and knows horses well enough to bring further along in their training and who’s approach follows acceptable practices demonstrating regard for the wellbeing of the rider and horse. We value enthusiastic, hard working, self-starters who are safety oriented and will take the initiative to problem solve. The ability to communicate well and make key observations is a must as well as working well with others. The job is physically demanding but for the right person, very rewarding when the positive outcomes of a well run cattle operation are achieved.

This position includes housing provided onsite and home-cooked meals . Other perks include high speed internet, laundry facilities and satellite tv. There may be an opportunity to remain employed year round.

Days off: 1 and 1/2 per week

⚠️ No housing available for families.

⚠️ No pets allowed.

Position: Now with ending date to be determined based on preferences and availability


Job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Horseback riding and using training techniques to further school horses in cattle work
  • Riding to move, check on, and gather yearling cattle grazing on forest grazing allotments and private property.
  • Identifying and assisting with doctoring sick cattle.
  • Insuring cattle are in correct pastures, neighbor’s cattle are not in with ours, gates closed, fences up etc.
  • Assist with receiving, sorting and shipping cattle
  • General care of all horses and identifying health concerns
  • Organizing and cleaning work areas (barns and shops)
  • Other tasks that arise in a cattle operation.
  • Keeping accurate records of dates, activities, doctoring etc.
  • Willingness to assist in other areas of need on a ranch
  • Identify safety risks and initiate corrective action


  • Experienced rider and skills to work with horses to improve performance
  • Willingness to adapt to Focus Ranch’s cattle and horse management practices
  • Able to work independently or with a team.
  • Must be 21 yrs of age or older
  • Valid Drivers License.
  • Able to move / lift / maneuver up to 50 lbs.


To Apply: Complete application on website: https://www.focusranch.com/employment/

~ OR ~

fill out application here & email to us: https://www.ranchwork.com/wp-content/uploads/Focus-Ranch-Employee-Application.pdf

No interviews will be done over the phone without an application as we cannot answer or ask questions without having your information on hand.

Focus Ranch

Focus Ranch - Cattle Drive

Focus Ranch

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