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FALL DATES: July 31, 2024 - December 13, 2024

PROGRAM FEE: $250 (Payment terms available)


The Discover Program at YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch, provides young adults (ages 18 - 24 years old) with a variety of experiences focused on personal growth. Participants strengthen their relationship with nature and deepen their self-understanding while gaining valuable experience in the Hospitality industry in either Food Service or Housekeeping. This is accomplished through adventures in the outdoors, meaningful community service, and a curriculum centered on introspection. Join our community at YMCA of the Rockies for an experience in a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and supportive work environment.

You will experience one Discover day per week that can include hiking, snowshoeing, outdoor education, community service opportunities, and self-development courses. Additionally, participants may be eligible to take a trip to Colombia at the end of the program. 

The ideal Discover Gap Program participant is a young adult who is intentional on self-discovery; learning more about who they are and what they want to do in life. This requires intentional effort in exploring personal and professional growth.


We firmly believe in our mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs, staff and facilities in an environment that builds healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We are committed to being welcoming to all people and to making a difference in the lives of our members, guests and staff. We count on our staff to provide extraordinary mission-based experiences for our guests and for each other.


Discover participants will likely emerge with greater self-confidence, self-awareness and a sense of purpose. Participants will have the opportunity to work with a diverse workforce and learn professional, life enhancing and team building skills. 

Snow Mountain Ranch is a place where we bring together family and friends. Our inspirational surroundings provide moments of tranquility while intentionally building relationships - with yourself, those around you and nature. Discover is group-focused and will develop a close-knit community among participants and leaders.


  • Paid seasonal employment, gaining skills in our food service and housekeeping departments
  • Part of the Discover Cohort, forming a community with other young adults looking for the same outcomes
  • Weekly “Discover Days” designed to enhance life skills, increase workforce preparedness, explore identity formation and possible career trajectories, and explore the local and surrounding areas
  • Recreational opportunities (both scheduled and informal) on our 5,200 acres of open space and surrounding public lands
  • Service opportunities
  • Small-group workshops and training sessions
  • Opportunities to continue working at Snow Mountain Ranch, in the same or a different department


  • Maintain and positive and professional attitude towards guests and staff
  • Participate enthusiastically in all Discover activities and trainings
  • Clean cabins, lodge rooms and public areas, meeting or exceeding standards and guest expectations
  • Assist with meal preparation and serving
  • Possess stamina to work in the work environment described herein
  • Other duties as assigned


  • This is a seasonal, hourly position, paying $14.42 per hour with a $170.00 per week deduction for room and board
  • All participants will be assigned to either Food Service or Housekeeping
  • Room (shared room in our staff dormitory with free Wi-Fi) 
  • Board (3 buffet-style meals per day, seven days a week) 
  • Access to the YMCA of the Rockies facilities
  • Free ski passes to check out
  • Free or discounted gear rentals for sports and outdoor recreation
  • Employee programming, including free or discounted staff trips
  • Discounted nights at YMCA of the Rockies lodges 


  • 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 and demonstrate excellent customer service skills; for example, friendly, personable, helpful, patient, and professional.
  • Support the YMCA of the Rockies 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 community.
  • Must meet acceptable criminal background check standards.
  • All other duties as assigned.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.
  • Must be able to walk up to 10 miles on uneven terrain.
  • Able to work well with frequent interruptions in a busy work environment.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually fairly high.

Note: 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 the job.

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