The M Lazy C Ranch is a family owned historic working cattle ranch as well as a “World Famous Cowboy Playground” located 35 miles west of Colorado Springs. The ranch is nestled in a high mountain valley at 8,300 ft. and surrounded by thousands of acres of Pike National Forest and Lost Creek Wilderness. The ranch was homesteaded by the Thatcher family in 1906. The Thatcher family, primarily truck farmers, hauled their potatoes and other vegetables to Denver. In addition to the farming, they raised cattle and other livestock. In 1992, Randy and Brenda Myers purchased the ranch with the dream of making the ranch a fun and exciting place to visit for their guests. They carefully added a few modern conveniences to the buildings while preserving a true OLD WEST setting for the ranch guests.
The M Lazy C is not a typical “guest ranch.” You can expect everyday to be different. It is a very diverse place. Our activities include but are not limited to horseback rides, pack trips from 1 to 5 days, hunting trips, horse drawn hay rides, cattle work, chuck wagon dinners, B&B cabins, Cowboy Action Shooting Range, corporate team building events, weddings, family reunions, wild west shows (staff participate in these), special 3 day vacation packages, RMQHA annual trail ride to name a few. The ranch also has RV horse camping sites.
We search for staff members who are mature self-starters, who have strong communication skills and are team players. Staff members must be flexible in their work responsibilities. Every staff member will be expected to help in every area of ranch operations at some time or another such as clearing tables, cleaning up horse pucky, and grounds keeping.
Our season starts Late May and lasts until mid October. We look for seasonal staff members who can begin working mid May to allow for a training period before guests arrive. Preference will be given to those applicants who are able to work for the entire season, or at least through mid August.
The atmosphere at the Ranch is western. Our guests expect to see cowboys and cowgirls so your appearance needs to reflect this. Acceptable dress includes clean jeans (no holes), button up collared shirts, cowboy hat, and boots.
Good social skills, table manners and a neat and clean appearance are necessary.
As with most dude ranches, we compensate you in several ways. You get to live and work in a gorgeous setting in the front range of the Rocky Mountains, your salary paid bi-monthly will include monetary compensation, free room and board with meals and depending on bookings, a gratuity check at the end of the summer after you have fulfilled your contract. All staff members have 1 day a week off where able. On your day off you can enjoy all the ranch has to offer or venture to the many attractions nearby such as the Pro-Rodeo Hall of Fame, river rafting, Royal Gorge, Garden of the Gods, fishing at 11 Mile Reservoir or South Platte River, and Pike’s Peak.
Housing & Communication
Staff housing is in the bunkhouse very similar to dorm style living. Due to the housing situation seasonal staff can not bring pets with them. In the bunkhouse there is a common room with fridge, microwave, andTV/ VCR. The M Lazy C has WI-FI ranch wide if you choose to bring your laptop. Laundry facilities are available to staff free of charge between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 a.m. Some cell phones do work at the ranch depending on your provider. Staff can receive mail through the ranch’s P.O. Box and drop off mail at the office to be mailed.
Staff can bring a vehicle. It is not necessary but does allow you to explore and enjoy Colorado on your day off. Ranch vehicles are not allowed for personal use. All vehicles moving about the ranch after 10 p.m. must be driven with lights off. We will pick staff members up from the Colorado Springs Airport if you fly in.
Drugs & Alcohol
We have zero drug tolerance and reserve the right to do random drug testing of staff. Use or possession of illegal drugs is not allowed, and will result in immediate termination of employment and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. The M Lazy C Ranch according to state/federal laws forbids the consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21 yrs. of age. Staff will not accept alcoholic beverages from guests or drink with guests even if of legal age. Consumption of alcohol while on the job is strictly forbidden.
Smoking is highly discouraged among staff members. Smoking is not permitted in any of our buildings, vehicles or on the job. It is also not permitted anywhere around the barn area. Neither cigarettes nor smokeless tobacco will be used in front of the guests. Smoking is not allowed in the National Forest or Wilderness areas.
We require that all of our staff is current with First Aid and CPR (Basic Life Saving for Adults and Children). Applicants must be at least 18 years of age when reporting for work. All employees must show proof of citizenship or immigration status. You will need to produce a valid driver’s license and an original social security card or a current passport to complete the I-9 and W-4 forms. No exceptions.
To apply, please email your resume along with 3 work references to firstname.lastname@example.org