Why Work at Sanborn?

Personal growth and development while being coached by great leaders
Being part of a 70-year-old high-quality non-profit organization
Working in a community where you have a purpose and ability to change lives
Opportunity to be a role model, mentor, teacher and friend
Living in a spectacular location at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains
Experience leading and participating in amazing trips and programs
The opportunity to continue to develop a wide range of professional, social and technical skills that will last a lifetime

– Have a high degree of self-motivation and have experience with and be comfortable leading western-style horseback rides to all ages (grade one through staff)
– Pack pack-horses for trips of up to 5 days; teaching basic horsemanship skills on the ground and while mounted
– Complete daily chores around the barn
– Act as a Counselor to children ages 7-16 in the residential camp setting
– Work with and manage riding counselors to create a safe and fun experience at the barn
– Model healthy choices and behaviors for all campers and staff
– Lead safe, fun and enriching trips and activities
– Mediate conflicts in the living units and on trips
– Represent the goals and mission of the organization
– Act with integrity and maintain impeccable judgment
– Assist in creating a respectful community

Specific Wrangler Responsibilities Include:
– Assisting the Riding Program Directors with preparing the horses for camp.
– Planning, executing and leading on or off camp trips, activities, evening and weekend programs and special events.
– Maintaining a gentle, professional and educational tone at all times when working with both animals and people.
– Being responsible for management of all campers and staff while they are at the stables.
– Keeping all equipment, the stables, arena, horse pens, and all out buildings clean, organized and in good repair.
– Cultivating clear communication between riding program and other areas of the camp program.
– Early morning horse round-up on a rotational schedule with staff and other wrangler assistance.
– Assisting the Ranch Manager with movement of livestock, fence repair, and other projects as they arise.
– Taking care of basic veterinary needs of horses.
– Taking over duties for Ridge Leaders when they are on time-off or on trips (including evening Ridge walks).
– Being flexible in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities and assignments when camp is underway.

Benefits: $3400 plus a $225 stipend for staff training, lodging, meals, laundry, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children in the out-of-doors

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


Open to men and women 3 years out of high school — must be 21 years and older. This position is residential and encompasses a variety of roles: wrangler, counselor, peer supervisor, trip leader, and logistics coordinator. Wranglers are members of the Senior Leadership Team.

Summer employment dates are June 1st - Aug 16th. Applicants must be available for the entirety of the summer season.

About Sanborn Western Camps

At Sanborn Western camps, you will have the opportunity to influence young people in the Colorado mountains.

Sanborn Western Camps is a outdoor adventure residential camp in Colorado. Sanborn provides a unique opportunity to benefit from quality time spent in the natural world as a teacher, mentor and friend to kids from all over the world. We give kids the opportunity to grow as young men and women while participating in a variety of outdoor activities such as climbing 14,000 ft peaks, riding horses, canoeing, rock climbing and fishing just to name a few.

Application Instructions

Please find our application and more employment information here: https://www.sanbornwesterncamps.com/employment/employment-opportunities-2/wrangler