Job Description



Phase 1 - Day Camp Operations

Objective: We have one of the largest and by far the oldest day camp programs in the country, serving hundreds of children pre-school through high school on a daily basis. The purpose of this phase is for the participant to learn teaching methods for activities to day camp participants and to show them how to manage a successful Day Camp operation.

Tasks: Through shadowing the Youth Programs Coordinator, the participant will learn to teach activities to day camp participants. The participant will learn how to implement the YMCA of the Rockies core values of Caring, Honesty, Responsibility, Respect, and Faith into activities and learn teaching methods for integrating these values in the Day Camp program. The participant will learn to prepare for teaching activities through shadowing the Youth Programs Coordinator as they purchase supplies and schedule activities for Day Camp. The participant will receive some operational training by learning preregistration, check-in, waiver process, as well as camp policies and procedures.

Phase 2 - Intro to Outdoor Education

Objective: The purpose of this phase is for the participant to be introduced to the YMCA of the Rockies. The participant will learn to teach in an Outdoor Education Setting to students that come from the nearest major city and have limited interaction with the outdoors.

Tasks: The participant will complete the following: Estes Park Center Orientation and International Trainee Orientation, Tour the Museum and Library to learn YMCA history. The participant will complete the following:

  • Learn teach a minimum of 5-7 classes proficiently.
  • Learn to lead student orientation to the facility prior to classes.
  • Learn to lead teacher orientation to the facility prior to classes.
  • Learn to prepare a bill for check-out.
  • Shadow the Outdoor Education Director to make phone contacts with schools, answering questions, scheduling dates and classes and making confirmations.
  • Learn the outdoor education curriculum necessary for the state of Colorado requirements.
  • Shadow the outdoor education director during parent/teacher orientation prior to their arrival at YMCA of the Rockies.

Phase 3 - Family Programs

Objective: The goal of this phase is for the participant to learn to teach activities to families in a family lodging setting, as well as learn the behind the scenes operations to implement family programs and provide excellent customer service.

Tasks: Many of our guests come to enjoy and learn about the outdoors. The participant will shadow the Associate Program Director and Family Programmers as they teach classes in archery, ecology, nature, hiking and icebreakers. Under the guidance of the Associate Program Director, the participant will learn to advertise these classes in the Estes Park Center Program Bulletin. The participant will learn to plan, implement and evaluate a variety of family programs to our guests including family weekends by first shadowing the Associate Program Director and then implementing their own.

Phase 4 - Advanced Outdoor Education

Objective: The purpose of this phase is to train in more advanced aspects of Outdoor Education including scheduling, training and assisting the director.

Tasks: Through shadowing the director, at the end of this phase of training the participant will be able to: train staff in the Outdoor Education field and create staff schedules.

The participant will also learn the following:

  • Assisting the Outdoor Education Director and learn how to manage an Outdoor Education Program.
  • Create a new curriculum for Outdoor Education Classes. The participant will learn and develop their project management skills through the planning and implementation of a 10-day staff training program and group programs.
  • Develop communication skills with adult group leaders and learn to identify their group programming needs.
  • Assist with the development and delivery of school visits prior to schools coming to the Estes Park Center.
  • Coordinate with other Estes Park Center Departments for the delivery of the programs and services.

Additional Phase Remarks

The participant will have mandatory classes during the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons as part of their training program. The classes will cover a variety of topics. The leadership of the YMCA of the Rockies will hold classes on the operations of a hospitality business such as the YMCA of the Rockies, the financial processes of a non-profit that makes $25 million per year, how both Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch operate, basic notions on philanthropy and the importance of donations for the YMCA of the Rockies. There will also be speakers talking about professional skills necessary in the participant's future career such as Conflict Management, Diversity, Marketing, Public Speaking, Creating and Using High Performing Teams, and Maintaining Healthy Relationships in the Workplace. The participant will also learn about personal skills that are key in becoming independent such as how to Budget, Resume and Interview Skills. The participant will have to do 2 presentations. One in a local school about their home country and culture, and one in front of YMCA of the Rockies leadership and coworkers about the YMCA in their home country.


  • The phases order and dates might change.
  • Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with this job.
  • Based on business needs, you may be required to work in other Departments and/or our other Center.


  • Uphold and reflect the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith in all functions
  • Uphold the YMCA of the Rockies Mission, policies, and programs
  • Possess excellent customer service skills; for example, friendly, personable, helpful, patient, and professional
  • Support the Association safety program. Promote safe work practices and a safe environment for guests, members, and staff
  • Promote a cooperative, positive, and flexible atmosphere while working with others in a diverse environment
  • Will be required to work some evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Must meet acceptable criminal background check standards


Two uniform polo shirts will be provided for you. You need to provide/wear your own comfortable, closed-toe shoes and black pants. Sweatpants or yoga type pants will not be permitted.


This is a seasonal, hourly (based on 40 hours/week) position, paying $220/week, with employee perks including:

  • Room (shared room in our staff dormitory with free wifi and no bills!)
  • Board (3 buffet-style meals per day, 7 days per week)
  • Access to the YMCA of the Rockies facilities, which include: an indoor pool, basketball gymnasium, fitness classes, tennis courts, mini-golf, trails, roller rink, library, and an art center
  • Free gear rentals for sports and outdoor activities
  • Employee programming, including free or discounted staff trips, provided by the Resident Office
  • Other employee perks and discounts, including:
    • Free passes for skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and golf (dependent on season and resort)
    • 20% Discount at our General Store, Rustic caf, and Jackson Stable horseback rides
    • Discounts at local merchants
  • Discounted nights at YMCA of the Rockies lodges (with some date restrictions based on season/occupancy)


We have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol or drugs on property; in addition, no drug use is tolerated (including marijuana) during your employment with us whether on- or off-duty.


You must submit three references with your application, including their name, phone number and email address.

Two references must be someone who know you professionally (former or current manager, supervisor, teacher, professor, coach, pastor, etc.) and one reference must be a family member.

If you are a rehire and have worked at YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center, Snow Mountain Ranch, or Camp Chief Ouray at any time during the past three years, references are not required.


The YMCA of the Rockies operates two year-round family resorts and conference centers on each side of Rocky Mountain National Park: Estes Park Center located in Estes Park, CO; Snow Mountain Ranch located in Winter Park, CO; and Camp Chief Ouray, a summer resident camp for kids located on the Snow Mountain Ranch property.

The Estes Park Center is the largest YMCA conference center in the world. At nearly 900 acres in size and serving over 200,000 guests each year, a dedicated team of individuals work to provide guests with a world-renowned experience.

We employ people of all ages, from across the country and the world, who want to experience the mountains and support our healthy spirit, mind, and body mission. Join us!

Please call our HR office at 970-586-3341 x1214, or email


Position Requirements


Recreation & Programs Operations - International Intern/Trainee 


Estes Park Center 

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