Job Description



Phase 1 - Introduction to Day Camp

Objective: The participant will be in the Programs Department being introduced to YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch and learning about Day Camp Operations. Snow Mountain Ranch offers a Day Camp Program 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 how to manage a successful Day Camp operation.

Tasks: The participant will attend Snow Mountain Ranch Orientation and International Training Program Orientation. 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 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 the pre-registration, check-in, waiver process, camp policies and procedures.

Phase 2 - Outdoor Education
Objective: The purpose of this phase is to learn about the Outdoor Education program at Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA of the Rockies.

Tasks: The participant will participate in 10 days of Outdoor Education training lead by Snow Mountain Ranch Programs managers in order to learn to teach Outdoor Education classes for visitors to Snow Mountain Ranch. The participant will receive ongoing training through in-services during the season. Through shadowing the Outdoor Education staff, the participant will learn to teach Water Ecology, Forest Ecology, Pioneer life, and Orienteering.

Phase 3 - Outdoor Education- Advanced
Objective: The participant will be in the Outdoor Education Department learning more advanced knowledge about the program.

Tasks: Through shadowing the Program Director, the participant will also learn how to schedule times for school visits and work with the school group leaders to identify their program needs. The participant will also learn to coordinate with other Snow Mountain Ranch departments in order to deliver the program.

Phase 4 - Program Administration

Objective: The objective of this phase is for the participant to learn the implementation of family programming for our guests and to improve skills in planning events while continuing to develop their skills in program administration. The participant will learn to incorporate measurable program objectives into all program planning.

Tasks: The participant will learn the following activities by shadowing Snow Mountain Ranch Programs staff: the development, delivery, and evaluation of a Weekend Family Program, developing a staff schedule, organizing sign up information through the online reservation system and developing the guest bulletin. The participant will also attend formal class room training with Snow Mountain Ranch leaders in Family Conference Center management and Leadership.

Phase 5 - Program Management

Objective: The purpose for this phase is for the participant to learn to manage a Program Facility at Snow Mountain Ranch called Nordic Center Pavilion. Snow Mountain Ranch installed a summer tubing hill in the summer of 2014. The participant will be part of the evaluation process in order to make improvements to the administration of this program for the upcoming summer.

Tasks: The participant will learn how to manage the Nordic Center Pavilion by shadowing the Program Directors to evaluate the status of equipment for maintenance, repair, or replacement. The participant will also shadow the directors as they lead safety trainings for Pavilion staff as well as cash management for the facility. The participant will attend a Safety Committee meeting. They will meet with the Programs Director to discuss hiring procedures and strategies. As a project, the participant will also evaluate operating procedures for the Snow Mountain Ranch Summer Tubing Hill program and discuss their findings with the Programs Director.

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 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
  • May be required to work evenings, weekends, and holidays, depending on the position
  • Must meet acceptable criminal background check standards


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)
  • Other employee perks and discounts, including:
    • Access to the YMCA of the Rockies facilities, which include: an indoor pool, basketball gymnasium, fitness classes, hiking/biking/skiing trails, climbing wall, library, and craft shop
    • Free Grand Passes for skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and golf (dependent on season and resort - limited number available, first come first served basis)
    • Free gear rentals for sports and outdoor activities
    • Employee programming, including free or discounted staff trips, provided by the Human Resources Office
    • 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.

Snow Mountain Ranch (SMR) is located on the western side of the Rocky Mountain National Park, in a more remote area of Colorado known as the Fraser Valley, near Granby and Winter Park. In the winter, SMR is home to one of the largest Nordic ski areas in the country, with over 100 km of trails on the 5000-acre property. Winters at SMR can last up to eight months, but for winter enthusiasts, there is no place like it, with days and days of powder. In the summertime, SMR is surrounded by back-country forests and trails, with opportunities to get your boots or wheels in the dirt for many hours of fun.

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 Polly Gallagher at 970-887-2152 ext. 4111, or email


Position Requirements


Recreation & Programs Operations - International Intern/Trainee 


Snow Mountain Ranch 

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