How much does the DISCOVER program cost?
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?
- Fall/Winter Session: August – February
- Spring/Summer Session: February – July
Do I get paid as a participant of DISCOVER?
This is a seasonal, hourly (based on 40 hours/week) apprenticeship,
paying $13.06 per hour with a deduction of $200.00 per week for the
Rocky Mountain Living Package which includes all activities,
trainings, housing, and meals. Transportation assistance to Snow
Mountain Ranch may be available.
Discover work week is 32-36 hours, remaining paid hours are for
activities, trainings, and other education opportunities.
Participants will be paid for 40 hours per week if they work
their schedule and participate in all DISCOVER activities.
Room (shared room in our staff dormitory with free Wi-Fi,
laundry, and utilities)
3 buffet-style meals per day, 7 days a week with meals provided
Access to the YMCA of the Rockies facilities, which include an
indoor pool, gymnasium, chapel, fitness classes, tennis and
pickle ball courts, Nordic Center, trails, archery, roller rink,
library, and a craft shop.
Free ski passes, recreation center passes, and golf passes
- Free gear rentals for sports and outdoor recreation.
- Employee programming including staff trips.
- Discounted nights at YMCA of the Rockies lodges.
- Free in-town transportation
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 here.
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
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 available.
What else do I need to know?
Drug & Alcohol Policy—In accordance with our healthy
spirit/mind/body mission, and federal law, we only allow alcohol in
rooms of staff who are over the age of 21. 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
Pet Policy—Though we would love to welcome your pets, unfortunately
we cannot allow animals of any kind, with the exception of certified
How do I apply for DISCOVER?
Apply using the application link at the top of this page or visit
the jobs section on our Career Site.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please contact the Human Resources Department at
or call 970-887-2152 ext. 4219.