Prep Cook / Assistant Chef needed at Historical Guest Ranch in Colorado ~ 2024 Summer (May-Oct)

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Rainbow Trout Ranch

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Antonito, CO
Job Type
$16.00 an hour plus a tips
Date Posted
January 17, 2024
Housing Offered
0-2 yrs

Please note that we need staff from mid-May to and around October 2nd.

Your duties include preparation and presentation of food, kitchen help, cleaning the prep area after meals and keeping the kitchen clean. Assisting the Head Chef in the preparation of meals and in cooking specialty diet foods for our Guests and Staff Members.

Competencies/Required Skills and Abilities

  • Drive to create warm, friendly work environment while maintaining high professional standards
  • Comfortable working within a defined framework
  • Organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Knowledge of and adherence to kitchen health and safety rules
  • Able to troubleshoot to ensure timely and accurate product for guests
  • Able to follow and give instructions accurately, and to multi-task
  • Capable of self-supervision
  • Able to smile and provide warm, heartfelt hospitality to external and internal guests
  • Able to answer guest questions and give appropriate guidance
  • Able to work safely to avoid injuries and accidents, including wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment
  • Able to immediately address any observed unsafe conditions or maintenance concerns
  • Able to meet and enforce consistent attendance requirements and schedule/break compliance
  • Able to communicate well and professionally with colleagues
  • Excited about creating a warm, family atmosphere for guests and staff while maintaining high standards
  • High integrity
  • Mature and personable with a relaxed nature
  • Leading a healthy, drug-free lifestyle
  • Dynamic, fun, and likes the outdoors
  • Flexible with a “whatever it takes” attitude
  • Work environment and Physical demands
  • Ability to stand and move continuously
  • Lifting up to 50 pounds maximum
  • Scrubbing and mopping floors
  • Working with required chemicals
  • Shifts of up to 8 hours per day, plus periodic additional overtime hours

THE ULTIMATE SUMMER – living and working at a dude ranch in the Colorado Rockies
Rainbow Trout Ranch is a family owned and operated dude ranch offering authentic western vacations. We are totally committed to providing a quality western experience for our guests, and we believe that our great staff is our most important resource.

Our magnificent and historic lodge is situated at 9000+ft in the spectacular Conejos Canyon in the southern Colorado Rockies, with the barn, horse pastures and river spilling out below. We are 5 hours south of Denver, 2.5 hours east of Durango and 2.5 hours north of Santa Fe.

About Rainbow Trout Ranch

Rainbow Trout Ranch is a first-class guest ranch dedicated to creating lifelong memories. We provide horseback riding, hiking, fishing, children’s and teen programs, and many other wonderful activities. We are very family-oriented for guests as well as staff. Our guests return each year for the family atmosphere we have worked hard to create, and we have very high expectations of our staff to continue that tradition. We hire people who are excited about serving our guests, and who genuinely care about their work at the ranch.

Please note that we need staff from mid-May to and around October 2nd.

The Employee Experience

A summer at Rainbow Trout Ranch is a unique experience. You have the opportunity to meet guests and staff from all over the world, and you are able to get to know them on a personal level. Your experience at the ranch will depend completely upon how much you choose to put into it. We work hard, and we play hard, and by the end of the summer, you will have made lasting friendships, learned a variety of skills, and have memories that last a lifetime.

Ideal Candidate

We require individuals who are:

  • Dependable
  • Honest
  • Enthusiastic
  • Positive
  • Respectful
  • Have a strong work ethic
  • Friendly (complete with a smile)
  • Committed to the ranch & their responsibilities
  • A team player – ready to jump in wherever needed
  • Awesome!
  • Please note that if partying (drinking, recreational drugs, etc.) is a focus for you, you are not the right fit for us.

Room and Board

  • The ranch provides onsite meals and shared housing accommodations.
  • We can provide bedding, but you need to bring your own pillow and towels.
  • Staff has access to the ranch laundry facilities.
  • Our staff is served the same meals as the guests. We eat breakfast together as a staff, and unless serving, enjoy lunch and dinner with the guests.

Employee Perks

In addition to spending the summer in the beautiful southern Colorado Rockies, you are welcome to enjoy ranch facilities and participate in ranch activities during off-time.

Payroll is based on an hourly wage, plus overtime for working more than forty hours a week. The tip pool is divided amongst all staff since we believe that every staff member is of equal importance. It takes everyone to provide our guests with the vacation of a lifetime.

Getting Here and Getting Around

You are welcome to drive to the ranch, although please note that your vehicle will need to be kept in designated staff parking areas. You are also welcome to fly into our local airport in Alamosa, and we can make arrangements to pick you up.

For Fun

Over the years our staff have had some wonderful adventures, and made lasting memories both on and off the ranch. During non-working hours you are welcome to enjoy the ranch facilities as well as to hike, or fish the many tributaries in the area. You are also welcome to join in the trail rides during your off time. And of course, being in southern Colorado, you can easily enjoy Taos, Santa Fe and northern New Mexico as well as all that Colorado has to offer.


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Rainbow Trout Ranch - Colorado

Rainbow Trout Ranch - Colorado

Rainbow Trout Ranch - Colorado

Rainbow Trout Ranch - Colorado

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