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Here at Ranch Camp, we aim to create an environment that fosters campers’ social, spiritual, and emotional growth, by hiring skilled and qualified staff. Ranch Camp looks for staff who are passionate about empowering children to become the best versions of themselves, while bringing their best, unique skills to our employee network.
Whether your specialty is in child management, horseback riding, rock climbing, art, Judaics, mountain biking, or something else—we want to know what you can do. Tell us the special ‘thing’ that you will bring to camp; even if it’s not something listed under our programming, we want to know about it.
Certified staff applying for specific positions are qualified to receive extra pay. If you are joining our team with pre-certifications in your assigned area of expertise, please let us know. This helps both you as well as our organization.
Check out some of our job descriptions below and scroll down a little further to learn more basic information prior to applying.
MERAKZIM - ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
Our supervisory team are the shapers of summers to come.
The supervisory team contains several essential positions that help keep the camp cogs churning daily. These positions should expect some communication before camp starts and know that their summer schedule may be a bit busier than others. We look to these staff members as role models for our Tsevet Kehillah (staff community) and expect them to set a high bar for others to look up to.
The Program Director (Head of Programs) supervises the Tsevet Mumchim (Program Staff) running activity areas and provides support where needed. The Program Director, along with the Camp Program Coordinator, are responsible for the camp schedule’s setup and dissemination, in addition to monitoring the day-to-day flow of camp. This position also provides feedback for Tsevet Mumchim, ensuring that they are meeting the goals of each program, as well as creating a flow that works for their assigned age groups. Applicants should have at least two years of experience in camp or outdoor education, leading a variety of camp-style programs, and schedule creation.
Judaics Program Manager
The Judaics Program Manager oversees Jewish themed programming, such as Shabbat services, prayers, and Shabbat prep activities—across camp. They are responsible for leading the coordination of services such as camper-led portions and be inclusive of all ages and demographics. They also serve as partners to program staff, helping them infuse thematic Judaism and Jewish values into camp programs, while also weaving these ideas into everyday camp life.
Barn Program Manager
This position is not only responsible for programmatic and logistical oversight for scheduling horse use, but also for assessing equine soundness daily. Applicants must be American Association for Horsemanship Safety Instructor Certified and have at least ten years’ experience working with equines in a professional setting. The Barn Program Manager also oversees the farm and garden program at camp.
Ranch Camp’s Office Manager oversees camp’s most chaotic place—the office. They are responsible for answering phone calls and checking voicemails, assisting in coordinating pickup and drop-off, and checking camper forms for clarity and completion. Being that most of this position is filing paperwork, applications should have prior experience in a clerical-type job, a 75 WPM typing speed, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
TSEVET MIR'PA'AH - WELLNESS CENTER STAFF
The Mir’Pa’Ah (Wellness Center) is the department of both maladies and happiness. They are there to help Chanichim (campers) stay as healthy as possible so they can enjoy camp to the absolute maximum. They are also responsible for all medication administration and storage, ensuring that all Colorado Regulations and American Camping Association guidelines are being followed.
Camp Clinic Director
The Camp Health Director supervises the Mir’Pa’Ah and the regulation of all things medical at camp, and must be an RN, LPN, or MD. They are expected to assist Chanichim at any time of the day or night, if needed. They are provided with private housing near the Mir’Pa’Ah. All campers who are seen at the Mir’Pa’Ah must be logged digitally with detail and clarity for future reference and use. This role is also responsible for coordinating the medication being taken out on trips, ensuring proper storage and administration only by trained staff members. This job is different from traditional care facility medical team, and at times will feel more hectic.
Camp Clinic Assistant
The Clinic Assistant helps out the Camp Health Director in every possible way, based on their certifications, in emergencies as well as related clerical duties. This position also assists with the administration of medication and are often the first person a camper sees when they visit the Mir’Pa’Ah. The Clinic Assistant should be an active EMT, WEMT, Paramedic, or hold another commensurate certification.
RASHIM - UNIT HEADS/CAMPER CARE
Unit Heads are the captains of different Units—or age groups— at Ranch Camp. Their responsibilities vary depending on the age of camper being managed. The Unit Head serves as a resource and guide to the Tsevet (staff) of their group.
Unit Head: Chalutzim (2nd – 4th grade)
Our youngest, first-time Chanichim range from grades 2 -4, with some staying for half sessions and others the full. For many, this is often their first time at camp and so these campers will need a lot of help adjusting to the camp environment. Some may arrive with school friends or independently, and the Unit Head should expect to see some homesickness and anxiety about this new experience. Applicants for this Unit Head position should hold—or be currently in the pursuit of—a bachelor’s degree in a field related to education and have experience with campers of this age range. Experience can be substituted for education in some cases.
Unit Head: Metapsim (5th & 6th grade)
Metapsim comprise our largest group of Chanichim at camp, and this position can expect to see Chanichim who already know one another from previous years at camp and are beginning to develop socially. These Chanichim will need guidance on how to grow and act appropriately while interacting with one another. The 6 grade campers will go on a day Tiyul to hike and camp nearby. Applicants for this Unit Head position should hold—or be currently in the pursuit of—a bachelor’s degree in a field related to education and have experience with campers of this age range. Experience can be substituted for education in some cases.
Unit Head: Toshavim (7th & 8th Grade)
The Toshavim Unit Head is responsible for managing and assisting staff in the oldest group of onsite Chanichim—most of whom have been to camp before and hold a great foundation but need guidance on how to serve as role models for their Kehillah (community). Additionally, this position will also help Chanichim integrate the lessons and skills obtained from camp with their life in the outside world, beyond camp. Grade 8 campers will attend a four-day Tiyul (trip) and Grade 7 campers will go on a three-day one. Applicants for this Unit Head position should hold—or be currently in the pursuit of—a bachelor’s degree in a field related to education and have experience with campers of this age range. Experience can be substituted for education in some cases.
Camper Care Coordinators
Each Unit Head is paired with a Camper Care Coordinator, who works alongside them to ensure every camper’s experience is successful. They keep in touch with parents, check on campers’ needs within their bunks, and assist those needing help integrating into the camp environment. Ideal candidates have a background or degree/pursuing degree in social work.
RIKAZIM - PROGRAM COORDINATORS
Depending on the program, certain offerings at Ranch Camp call for more specific and detailed needs, to guarantee program safety and flow. We look for experienced and talented staff who are versed in specific areas of expertise to lead these program areas:
The Rakaz Brecha (Aquatics Manager) is responsible for supervising lifeguards working at the pool, ensuring the cleanliness and organization of the pool, and overseeing pool staff workflow. Applicants should be familiar with pool working basics, including filter basket cleaning, chlorine level management, and pH management, in addition to vacuum assembly and proper usage. Applicants should have at least two years of lifeguarding experience, an active Water Safety Instructor and/or Lifeguard Instructor certification through a nationally accredited agency and preferred but not required Certified Pool Operator certification.
Rakaz Adventure (Adventure Coordinator) supervises high and low ropes courses, and staff working there. This position is responsible for the courses’ physical upkeep, reporting equipment wear and tear elements, be aware of ropes course practices and procedures, and daily set up and break down the courses in a way that makes unauthorized access impossible. Applicants should have three years or more experience working on challenge courses and be familiar with ACCT (Association of Challenge Course Technology) standards for ropes course safety practices.
Our Lead Wranglers manage all Western riding programs for Chanichim, which is over 100 campers. Campers ride three times per session, with the final ride being a trail ride outside of camp with their entire cabin. Chanichim in the Equestrian Program spend over two thirds of their days working with horses in the riding arenas, where staff can expect to spend most of their time, imparting riding skills and full horse care, the latter of which then becomes assumed by the Chanichim. Chanichim learn to groom, tack, feed, and ride their assigned horses. Applicants should have a passion for teaching Western riding and a desire to see Chanichim grow as riders and young adults during these programs. Successful applicants will be provided with the American Association for Horsemanship Safety Certificate, which is required to complete prior to employment.
Staff-In-Training Program Coordinators
The SIT Program Coordinators work as a team to supervise the Staff-In-Training program. They develop and lead trainings and educate teens on youth development. Working directly alongside program participants, teaching them how to become competent and capable, future staff. One of the SIT Program Coordinators’ main areas of focus in ensuring the physical, social, emotional, and mental needs of the Staff-In-Training are met daily. Ideal candidates should have a passion for shaping future generations of staff members and be excited about working with teens.
TSEVET TIYULIM - TRIP STAFF
The Tiyulim (Trips) program at Ranch Camp includes several trips ranging in duration and difficulty from grades 8 – 11. Information detailing each trip can be found on their specific program pages. Tiyulim is hiring for the following positions:
Base Camp Managers
Base Managers are the leaders, parent communicators, trainers and programmatic designers for the Trips program. They will be responsible for the planning, booking, coordination and pack-out of each and every trip that leaves Ranch Camp. They are additionally responsible for the supervision of the Tsevet Tiyul (Trip Staff) and providing them with constructive feedback throughout their summer. They work in conjunction with their partner to ensure parent communication regarding Chanichim that are out on trip is consistent and timely. They also ensure that each trip leaves with appropriate paperwork, medication, supplies, and any other additional needs that present themselves based on the needs of the Chanichim and the location of the tiyul. They are present for the pack out of supplies for each trip, and are there ensuring that the prep work for trip departures is completed in an appropriate fashion. Lastly, but extremely importantly, they work alongside Ranch Camp year-round staff to develop and implement a cohesive, thought out and structured Tiyul-specific training that covers items such as camper safety, emergency procedures, Judaics on Tiyulim, food handling procedures, and so on. Applicants for the Base Camp Manager positions should have a Bachelors Degree in education, guiding, or 4 years experience as a professional guiding. Personal experience in the back country is a great addendum to professional experience but those with more professional experience will receive higher consideration. Certifications in WEMT, EMT, WFR a plus but not mandatory. Must have a clean driving record and be willing to undergo a background check.
Tsevet Tiyulim (Trip Field Staff) are the staff that go out with campers on their adventures, which can send you all over Colorado for anywhere from 4 – 21 days. Staff should be prepared to spend most of their time backpacking in the woods with campers, should be comfortable navigating with a map and compass, ready to act in emergency, prepared to deal with extreme weather changes, and hold prior trail experience. We offer WFR courses to successful applicants (or a stipend to those who have completed one), as well as Medication Administration Training.
MADRICHIM - BUNK STAFF
Madrichim (counselors) are the staff that Chanichim (campers) remember and look forward to seeing year after year.
Lead Madrichim should have a serious passion for working with children and prioritize the physical, emotional, spiritual health/safety, and well-being of every camper. Applicants should have prior experience working in a residential or day camp environment, or other work with children. In addition to living in a bunk, staff are responsible for leading camp programs.
Inclusion Madrichim work directly with campers daily to guide them through summer activities, provide mentorship and support, and create a fun environment that encourages campers to want to return. As an Inclusion Counselor, you will be responsible for providing ongoing supper to campers, including cognitive, social-emotional, psychological, and behavioral needs. Your primary goal is to integrate children with identified needs to participate in daily camp activities, and applicants should be 18 years or older and in the process of acquiring degrees that work with children.
PROGRAM ROLES - BUNK STAFF
Program Roles – Bunk Staff
Tsevet Mumchim (Program Staff) create and operate camp programs under the guidance of a lead staff member. In addition to running programs throughout the morning, they also serve as Madrichim (counselors).
Omanut (Art) is the section of camp where campers get to express themselves creatively! We leave this program open ended to let our skilled Tsevet Omanut be free to shape the program as they would like for Chanichim (campers). We look for someone who has a passion for guiding campers to be as creative as possible, while making Omanut fun and exciting. Applicants should have experience as artists, preferably with experience teaching art to children 7 – 15.
Ranch Camp has partnered with NASA to create an open-ended STEM program, which gives our team the freedom to build a unique, individualized experience for campers. Candidates should be passionate about experiments, questions, and inclusive exploration that is all connected to fun. Applications should have experience in STEM and preferably experience teaching children ages 7 – 15.
Rikkud (Dance) is camp’s high-energy Israeli dance program and scheduled activity every Shabbat. This position requires detailed knowledge of Israeli folk dances as well as comfort leading and instructing crowds of up to 200 people.
Campers learn to play guitar, drums, Kabbalat Shabbat songs, and have fun with Jewish music in Shira (Music). Applicants should have over one year of experience as a song-leader and hold competency in either guitar, piano, or drums.
Drama & Theater
Our drama program is where campers get to express themselves while stepping out of their comfort zones. Staff in this role are given creative freedom to define camper goals and areas of focus. Applicants should have at least two years’ experience teaching in an acting or theater-type environment related to youth.
Ranch Camp’s mini educational farm is used for camper learning throughout the summer, where they’ll learn to plant and harvest, care for animals, and understand food supply chains. Applicants should have an appreciation for animals, farming, and agricultural knowledge.
Ranch Camp’s sports field is a hub for camper activity, host to soccer, flag football, and many other sports games that last many hours a day. Applicants should be familiar with sports and prepared to be active and moving for a few hours each day and possess coaching experience and/or enrolled in a sports education program.
Other sports that Ranch Camp facilitates includes beach volleyball and basketball, and Friday Knockout that the entire camp is allowed to participate in, which is run and scored by Court Sports specialists. Applicants should have prior coaching experience or be enrolled in a sports education program.
This all-ages Chanichim activity is one of Ranch Camp’s most popular offerings, and so we are looking for staff who can bring spice, variety, and excitement to this program. Applicants are required to have a Level 1 National Archery Instructor Certification, which we can supply at a small cost to those who do not already possess it.
If you’ve got a serious passion for survival skills, hiking, foraging, and other outdoor skills and the ability to live in them, then the Teva Wild program is for you. This track teaches useful backpacking life hacks, and so we are looking for those who already have experience in outdoor education or enrolled in a similar program.
Being that Israeli culture is a large cornerstone of life at Ranch Camp, we expect people in this role to bring that passion and flare to campers in innovative ways. Staff are responsible for designing, coordinating, and executing ‘Yom Yisrael,’ which is an all-day camp program celebrating Israel while incorporating all Chanichim. This position is open to Israelis or those who have lived in Israel for extended periods of time. Applicants should also be creative and resourceful in designing meaningful programs and art that can outlast their summer employment and teach campers about Israel through creative experiences.
Our pool is considered one of the coolest spots at camp, pun intended, designed to hold a maximum of 75 people. Ranch Camp is looking for experienced and safety conscious lifeguards who can create a fun environment. Those who Ranch Camp deems as a good fit will be provided with training at a cost, although preference is given to those already holding active certification and experience.
Wranglers are the Corral Team’s instructors, working in both the Equestrian and Ranch programs and leading by example while providing direct instruction from the ground. Applicants should have two or more years of personal riding experience and a passion for equine instruction.
Junior Wranglers are competitive positions assumed by staff under 18 who cannot work as independent instructors. These positions are typically filled by in-house applicants who have completed our Wrangler-In-Training camper program. Applicants with exceptional personal riding experience will still be considered.
This core program of camp is a key in our outdoor adventure curriculum. Ranch Camp is encircled by miles of trails, often filled with campers in grades 6 and above during the days. Staff in this field should expect to ride a few miles per day trails of varying difficulty. Interested applicants should have at least two years’ personal mountain biking experience, and preferred bike maintenance knowledge and instruction.
Tsevet Maslul Chavallim
Staff for this program are the belayers and facilitators of the challenge course, responsible for proper equipment use and safety while campers are being spotted on the low ropes course, and for belay checks and proper facilitation while on the high challenge course. Applicants should be competent belayers, preferably with experience facilitating challenges for teambuilding and low ropes environments. Those with experiential outdoor education experience will be considered the highest.
This team consists of behind-the-scenes positions who are an integral part of camp’s success.
This person is responsible for managing and monitoring all foods being prepared, cooked, served, and stored at Ranch Camp, ensuring that everything adheres to Colorado Food Service regulations. They work alongside the kitchen manager to create an effective, healthy food establishment at Ranch Camp. We encourage this person to interact with the community at camp, both staff and campers included. The Head Chef can expect to plan and prepare over 1,000 meals per day, providing campers and staff with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Applicants should hold a ServSafe certification, have a degree from an accredited culinary institute, and two years’ experience working in food service management. Food Handler Certificate and large-scale management are both pluses.
This staff member works alongside the Head Chef to ensure meals are being produced in an organized and efficient manner and oversees the setup and cleanup of Chadar Ochel’s (Dining Hall) tables, serving areas, and drink stations to ensure quick and fluid flow while adhering to Colorado Food Service regulations. Applicants should have prior culinary supervisory experience and at least two years’ experience in a professional food service environment.
Cooks are directly responsible for preparing food and assisting the Head Chef in the timely and sanitary manner within which meals are prepared. This role also helps with kitchen and dining hall clean-up when necessary. Interested applicants should have some professional kitchen experience or be enrolled in culinary school and be over 18 years of age.
These staff are responsible for preparing parts of meals that do not require cooking or open flame, including salad bars, fruits bars, midday snacks, etc., and assist with clean-up during and after meals. Applicants must be 18 or older.
JCC Ranch Camp has been my home ever since I was in fifth grade. The first time I came through the gate I knew I had found my place. Everyone at Ranch Camp is so welcoming and loving. It will always be my home away from home. I could not have asked for a better home to discover myself and my Jewish identity. Ranch Camp has helped to shaped me into who I am today, and I cannot thank the community enough.
Life-long Ranch Camper
- STEP 1: STAFF FAQ
- STEP 2: I'M STILL NOT SURE...
- STEP 3: THE PERKS
- STEP 4: THE WORKS
- Where is camp? Ranch Camp is located in rural Elbert County, just south of the town of Elbert, which is about an hour and fifteen minutes southeast of the city of Denver.
- How do I get to camp? We do airport pickups for staff coming out of state or out of country. We also recommend driving to camp if it is reasonable for you. Elbert doesn’t have any sort of public transport or taxi service.
- We have a blast. We do our best to make camp fun for everyone who is there. We want you to grow socially and professionally, while having the time of your life at camp. That being said: We’re here to serve kids and make sure they are in the safest environment possible while having the time of their lives.
- Camp days are long. We’re up and at it at 7:45 AM, going strong until about 9 PM at night. You’re with kids about 90% of the time, as this is a residential camp.
- Programs. We do fun activities from ropes courses to horseback riding, and from hiking to art. If you have a special skill you’d like to bring to camp, please let us know. All staff help run ‘chugim,‘ or ‘electives,’ every afternoon, which can be anything from a week-long progressive program to just an hour of fun that you get to be creative with.
- Other duties as assigned. The quote, ‘it takes a village,’ rings true here. You will be asked to clean, mop, and definitely asked (by a camper) to go to the nurse or bathroom, at various hours.
- Wait, I’m not Jewish. No big deal! We can get you up to speed to bring you into our wonderful kehilah (community.) We believe in inclusion to the utmost and highest levels and would never want anyone– staff or camper– to feel excluded in any way.
- Sounds like a lot. Do I get to rest? Of course. We give staff an hour off a day and two days off per session, either 24 or 32 hours depending on the session.
- How long is camp? 10 weeks. Specific date ranges change year to year, but usually we start up with training in mid-to-late May and wrap up summer the first week in August.
- But I can’t work the whole summer… Not our favorite thing to hear, but we can be flexible. We are more likely to hire someone who can work the duration of the camp program, yet, if you have something special to bring to camp, we can work with you.
- If you don’t like being outside… then this job is not for you. Staff seep in cabins and sometimes tents, and spend most of our time outdoors.
- If you like a rigid and consistent schedule… Camp is all about spontaneity. Days flex in length here and there depending on the needs of kids and program. You might get asked to help out in a specialist area where you don’t have the highest level of expertise. Camp needs your flexibility.
- If you like the big city… We are just south of the town of Elbert and are about an hour and fifteen minutes from Denver. However, locally, it’s a quiet plains town with a General Store and gas station. Supermarkets and and anything remotely city-like can be found 30+ minutes away.
- If you can’t get down with religion… We’re a Jewish Camp. You’ll see Hebrew pop up all over our website, and all over our camp for that matter. There will be prayers and services at camp. There will be staff from Israel, speaking in Hebrew. You don’t have to be Jewish or be fluent in Hebrew, but you will be expected to be present at services and prayers with campers.
Camp has a lot of great perks to it – whether it is learning different skills or getting certified in a specific training, Ranch Camp offers plenty of opportunities to learn something new.
We have on-site opportunities for:
- Discounted Wilderness First Responder Certification
- Lifeguard Certification
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation & First Aid Certification
- Wilderness First Aid Certification
- Belay Training & Skills Assessment
- American Institute for Horsemanship Safety Certification
In addition to hard skill training listed above, we also provide on-the-job training throughout the summer to enable our staff to best serve our campers.
We hear staff say it all the time, “camp brings out the best version of myself.” We have an amazing community of staff, campers and alumni who come together to make this ten-week work experience an amazing memory that lasts a lifetime. You’ll have the chance to meet people from all around the globe, as well as develop personal and professional friendships that will stay with you long after camp ends.
We get staff from Israel, the UK, Canada, Australia, and more. Camp provides an opportunity for you to make friends around the globe and build friendships with people whom you may have not met otherwise. Because camp tends to bring together people with similar interests, you may be surprised to find a best friend here.
We are located a little more than an hour from Denver, and 45 minutes to the front range of the mountains. You can’t beat our backyard. With decent amounts of time off each session, as well as intersessions, there is plenty of time to go explore and see!
ROOM & BOARD
Room and board are covered for the entirety of your employment. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided daily, with a super-delicious dinner for Shabbat on Friday nights. The only time you prepare food is if you want to run a program that involves cooking, or if you work in the kitchen. If you’re traveling from far away, we can even work out flight stipends for certain positions!
Let’s take a look at what the rest of this process looks like:
- Get in touch with us by applying for camp– 2024 applications are live. Give as much detail as you can; we’ll be more interested with you the more you tell us.
- We will contact you to set up an interview.
- Do a really good interview – prepare for a unique experience. We tend to ask some of the most random questions. Don’t be afraid to sing.
- Get an offer made, receive an official job description.
- Accept the offer.
- Get sent a contract and wait for contact regarding training and camp dates.
- Complete all required paperwork. Failure to do so can delay your start date and first paycheck and even make you ineligible for the gift card for completing all your paperwork on time.
- Complete check for National Sex Offender Registry.
- Complete the bottom of this form for a criminal background check through CDHS Trails.
- Mail back your fingerprint for a CBI Federal background check
- Have the time of your life working at summer camp!