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: March – August
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 during outings
- 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
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 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 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?
Apply using the application link at the top of this page or visit the jobs section on our Career
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please contact the Human Resources Department at
or call 970-887-2152