How does the DISCOVER program work?
The DISCOVER (fall) Program provides a variety of experiences designed to build your personal
and professional skills through training sessions and outdoor adventures, while working a
full-time seasonal job in a genuine Rocky Mountain location.
The DISCOVER: Mission (spring) Program is a twelve-week program with an emphasis on community
service, outdoor adventure, and job experience in the hospitality industry. The first 10 weeks
will be spent at Snow Mountain Ranch and the last 10 days will be spent in the Dominican
Republic for a service trip. The months of March and April will be spent working a full-time
seasonal job in the hospitality industry while regularly meeting with your Discover: Mission
participants developing bonds of friendship and fellowship. You will also be learning life
skills to better prepare you for the service trip This program is perfect for those looking to
use their servant hands for something bigger than themselves.
How much does the DISCOVER program cost?
The DISCOVER (fall) program fee is $600. The application fee is
$50. The program fee helps to defray the costs of training sessions, transportation, and other
expenses. After 3 checks, however, you’ve already earned back the program fee!
The DISCOVER: Mission (spring) program fee is $1500. Once admitted into the program, $150 is
due. 50% of the program fee ($750) is due by March 1st, 2020. The remaining fee can be paid for
through deduction or will be due by April 1st, 2020. The program fee includes: Airfare for
international trip, food and lodging while in the Dominican Republic, and activity costs for
Where is the DISCOVER program located?
The DISCOVER program takes place at YMCA of the Rockies, Snow
Mountain Ranch. Located near Winter Park, Rocky Mountain National Park & Grand Lake, Snow
Mountain Ranch offers a wholesome environment where friends, families & groups enjoy a tranquil
setting, more activities than anywhere else & quality time together. Every season brings fun
and excitement, whether you are looking for adventure or a relaxing stroll. Our 5000-acre
property is surrounded by over one million acres of National Forest and Wilderness Areas,
making it an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. Our training sessions will incorporate outdoor
activities to assist in facilitating the session in a fun experiential ways.
What are the program dates?
DISCOVER is offered in two independent fall and spring programs.
Do I get paid as a participant of DISCOVER?
You will be working in a seasonal, hourly position, paying $12/hour (based on 40 hours/week), with employee perks including:
- Room (housing includes internet access/heat/water--no bills!--in a dormitory building)
- Board (3 buffet style meals, 7 days per week)
- 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
- Free passes for skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and golf, as well as free gear
rentals (dependent on season and resort – limited number available, first come first
- Employee programming, including free or discounted staff trips, provided by the
- Discounted nights at YMCA of the Rockies lodges (with some date restrictions based on
What can I expect to gain from DISCOVER?
As a DISCOVER graduate, you will emerge with greater
self-confidence, self-awareness and a sense of purpose, along with memories of great places
throughout Colorado. You will learn practical job skills, such as: communication techniques,
team building, leadership, conflict resolution and setting goals for where you want to go from
Through an employment experience in a mission-based, not-for-profit organization you will
gain an understanding as to how your work positively impacts our guests, and greater enthusiasm
for the Rocky Mountains.
You will complete the program better prepared to face upcoming challenges such as
starting/finishing college, applying for/engaging in employment opportunities, living
independently and exploring the world. They will live and learn as part of an intentional
community within our YMCA center. Additional training opportunities or certifications may be
What else do I need to know?
Drug & Alcohol Policy—In accordance with our healthy spirit/mind/body mission, and federal law,
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. If you
want to use marijuana, don’t apply for the DISCOVER program.
Vehicle Policy—Personal cars are highly encouraged to bring. It provides a greater sense of
independence and most seasonal staff adjusts better to our rural mountain setting when they
have their own car.
Pet Policy—Though we would love to welcome your pets, unfortunately we cannot allow animals of
any kind, with the exception of certified service animals.
How do I apply for DISCOVER?
At the top of this page, click on the button labeled “Apply for Discover". You
will be asked to include the contact information for 3 references (2 professional, 1 family
reference). If you need assistance with your application, please contact the Human Resources
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please contact the Human Resources Department via
phone at 970-887-2152 x4219 or by email