Ranch Hand needed at Boutique Working Guest Ranch in southwest Colorado

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Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch

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Cortez, CO
Job Type
Full Time, Year round
Based on experience
Date Posted
April 10, 2024
Housing Offered
2-5 yrs

A boutique working guest ranch in SW of Colorado is looking for the right person to help daily farming/ranching operations.

Key responsibilities include but not limit to the following:

Pasture management: Ensure pasture health and production.

  • Irrigation (Flood & gated pipe irrigation system) 60 acres of fields, make sure water flows across fields, maintain pipes, monitor water usage.
  • Ditch maintenance – clean irrigation ditches, fix leaks, and construct gates or appropriate structure if needed.
  • Soil health: Seeding on pasture when needed, apply animal manures, weeding…etc.
  • Marking, disc and harrowing the field
  • Hay – Cutting & bail and storing hay.

Manage livestock – We have about 30 cows, 40 chickens & 100 sheep.

  • Rotate cows among pastures. Moving cows to grazing permit land
  • Building/repair fences
  • Castrating, doctoring, feeding and caring the livestock.
  • Maintain good records, particularly during lambing or calving period
  • Clean sheep shed daily and chicken coop.
  • Branding/tag and band cow & sheep in a timely manner
  • Haul livestock to processing plant


  • Hoop house maintenance and irrigation system set up/maintenance.
  • Outdoor small garden’s irrigation system maintenance
  • Watering orchard, marking the ground
  • Maintain fencing around the fruit trees

Operate and maintain ranch equipment’s & tools including but not limit to tractor, ATV, chain saws, generators, well system … etc.

General upkeep: fencing, welding, weeding, maintain overall ranch environment.

Assist owner with ranch business such as beef/lamb and vacation rentals and Assist the ranch manager in daily workflow tasks.


Individual must be in good physical condition, efficiently get work done yet being flexible to adjust priority as needed, experience operating heavy machinery like tractors, haying equipments, have a strong work ethic with initiative and can-do attitude to always see the next task at hand. Compassion for livestock and their well beings. This position may require nights, emergencies, weekends, and holidays if needed.


Forward cover letter & resume to our email address. Or call for more info.

Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch - Colorado

Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch - Colorado

Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch - Colorado

Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch - Colorado

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