Food Service Manager

Bear Trap Ranch is now taking applications for our Food Services Manager. If interested please email your resumé and cover letter to Keith Roy at

To advance the purpose of Bear Trap Ranch, this position will ensure the planning, preparation and serving of healthy and appealing meals & snacks to our guests.

Supervised by:   Camp Director
Supervises:       Kitchen staff
Status:      Full-time


Prepare appealing on-time nutritious meals by:
Selecting, training and supervising all kitchen staff
Coordinating cooking responsibilities
Being creative and attractive in preparation
Keeping records of camper days and meal counts
Coordinating food prep, display and clean up
Writing menus of meals and snacks
Following nutritional guidelines
Selecting culturally appropriate meals to fit guest groups.  

Maintain clean and efficient kitchen and dining hall by:
Meeting health department standards
Overseeing cleanup and dishwashing procedures
Cleaning and servicing kitchen equipment
Ensuring adequate food and supplies
Tracking inventory and ordering food and supplies, as needed
Maintaining appropriate storage facilities
Overseeing all aspects of food and hospitality related needs for guest groups.

Assist in maintaining sound financial objectives by:
Developing annual operating budget with Director
Reviewing monthly expense reports

Contribute to the effectiveness of the team by:
Performing office functions to support own work and others' work as assigned
Working in partnership with the team on specified projects as assigned
Participating in scheduled community activities and meetings

  2019 Summer Crew and Interns

The Bear Trap Ranch Crew Program offers a unique and challenging opportunity to learn what it means tossed God while we live, serve, and grow together in community. For over 60 years students have been dedicating their summers to impacting lives for God's Kingdom.  

Our mission at Bear Trap Ranch is to further the Kingdom of God by serving His people and those who are seeking Him. Bear Trap is a retreat center which hosts college students, youth groups, families, churches, schools and ministries based both locally in Colorado's Front Range, and around the world. Located at 9100ft elevation in a forested valley just eight miles southwest of Colorado Springs, Bear Trap's setting has provided a gateway for thousands of guests and campers to experience God and His creation in new and wondrous ways. Bear Trap is a place of wonder, beauty, peace and adventure. 

The staff at Bear Trap Ranch is dedicated to advancing God's Kingdom by serving each one of our guests well. We aim to provide a space where campers are free to hear God speak directly into their hearts and to see Him work in their lives. We work together as a team to ensure that the camp runs smoothly to that end. Our staff is a small one, even in the summer when we have a full complement of crew, which means that we get to know each other very well! We see this as one of the greatest gifts that God gives us at Bear Trap because it means that we get to dive into community in both our work and our play. We seek God individually and corporately, and He honors our seeking by showing up for our staff in amazing ways each and ever year! If you want community, and a chance to experience God's presence as you serve His people, we want YOU!

We are currently seeking applicants for the following positions for the summer of 2019: 

Food Service Staff are responsible for meal preparation, baking, serving meals, and general clean-up. Bear Trap is famed for its delicious food, and our food service staff are dedicated serving up some of the best recipes around! Experience is helpful but not required.

Maintenance Staff are responsible for repairing and maintaining our facilities. Projects are diverse and may include carpentry, painting, auto repair, and construction, as well as frequent use of power tools and heavy equipment. Experience is desirable but not required.

Housekeeping Staff are responsible for the overall cleanliness of the camp, and for creating the atmosphere of warm hospitality that welcomes our guests the moment they arrive. The housekeeping team oversees daily tidying and laundry, and well as supervising cabin clean-up between camp sessions. Experience helpful but not required.

Mountaineers lead our guests in many of the recreation options that we have available including rock-climbing, rappelling, rescue-course, low ropes, and guided hikes. Mountaineers also form a part of one of the other teams (food service, maintenance or housekeeping) when they are not guiding recreation times. Technical experience is required.

Our summer runs from mid-May to mid-August, and preference will be given to students who can work for the duration of that time.

Bear Trap also offers a variety of experiences for students and recent graduates interested in a three to twelve month internship. We have two programs for recent graduates (a Career Field Internship and a Camp Ministry Internship), as well as a School Related Internship for students still working towards their degree. The dates for the School Related Internship coincide with our summer staff program. 

We are seeking qualified applicants for internships the following areas in 2019:

Food Service Intern This position will assist the Food Services Director to prepare and serve meals to our staff and guests. Responsibilities include planning and organizing of day-to-day operations, managing summer kitchen crew, and fulfilling management role on Director's days off. Leadership and food service experience desired.

Maintenance Intern Supervised directly by the Facilities Director, this position assists in the planning, organizing and managing the facilities and maintenance department. Must be able to take charge of tasks, as well as work independently. Experience with electrical, plumbing, heating, carpentry, and/or mechanics desirable, but must be willing to learn on the job. 

Housekeeping Intern Our Housekeeping Intern assists the Guest Services Manager in planning, organizing, and managing the day-to-day cleanliness and upkeep of our cabins. 

This position must work well with others, as well as be able to take on a diverse range of tasks and work independently. 

Program and Recreation Intern This diverse position includes responsibilities ranging from organizing our Staff and Crew Summer Program to facilitating our recreation options for guests. This position will also oversee our low ropes, rescue course, rock climbing, rappelling and may be asked to design programs for some of our guest groups.  Experience in ministry and administration a plus. Experience in low ropes and belaying is preferred. Onsite and on-the-job training is included.

If you are interested in any of the positions listed above, please download and complete the application and reference forms below, and return to Keith Roy at or to the following address: 

Bear Trap Ranch

attn: Summer Crew Program

8655 Old Stage Rd

Colorado Springs, CO, 80906

Crew/Intern Application 2018 Crew/Intern Application 2018 (125 KB)


Crew/Intern Reference Form 2018 Crew/Intern Reference Form 2018 (91 KB)