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This position supports the work of the YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch, which operates a mission-based family and group conference, retreat center, and residential camp, serving more than 50,000 guests annually. The Nordic Groomer/Grounds Technician is primarily responsible for assisting the Grounds Supervisors to ensure all grounds and trails are maintained and available year-round to guests and staff. This role includes grooming winter trails, grounds and trails upkeep, snow removal, and fleet maintenance.


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. YMCA of the Rockies staff are key players in helping cultivate an environment of healthy living, youth development, and community impact on our breathtaking properties outside Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a place where nature inspires and staff lead with heart. We are committed to being welcoming to all people and to making a difference in the lives of our members, guests and staff. The work each staff member does matters. We count on our staff to provide extraordinary mission-based experiences for our guests and for each other.


  • Ability to safely operate all hand and power tools common to equipment repair and know and use all personal protective equipment necessary to safely do assigned work.
  • Possess minimal vehicle maintenance skills in order to keep cat groomer, snowmobiles and light drag equipment in fully functional order
  • General knowledge of welding and ability to weld.
  • Operation of vehicles and equipment with standard transmission and pull start
  • Groom Nordic ski trails, operate snowmobiles, shovel snow, and perform basic equipment maintenance.
  • Create and maintain new or existing multi-purpose trails.  This will include working with hand and power tools including chainsaws, and heavy equipment in potentially remote areas for long periods of time.
  • Will require working early morning, late nights, overnight, holidays, and/or weekends
  • Troubleshoot, diagnose, repair, and maintain heavy equipment and vehicles.
  • Able to work independently and be self-directed.
  • Perform and record daily safety and maintenance checks.
  • Maintain and service all equipment following manufactures recommendations.
  • Able to spend long hours working on and operating equipment.
  • A high level of attention to detail and ability to thoroughly complete each job task. 
  • Must possess a valid, USA state issued driver’s license, an acceptable driving record, and comply with YMCA driving rules to be approved to operate YMCA vehicles.
  • Must meet acceptable criminal background check standards.


  • Must have 3-5 years' experience operating snow cats, four wheelers, side by sides, mini excavators, skid steers, and mowers
  • Minimum of two years’ experience operating heavy equipment.
  • Excellent knowledge of cross-country skiing, including events and race courses
  • Knowledge of Nordic ski equipment.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification or ability to obtain.
  • A high level of attention to detail and ability to thoroughly complete each job task.
  • Willing and able to be on-call at least one night each week if living on-grounds.
  • Promote a cooperative, positive and problem-solving atmosphere at all times.
  • Communicate with coworkers and supervisor to ensure a quality product and timely completion of products.
  • Assist in the Auto Shop as needed to maintain and repair the vehicle fleet and small power equipment.
  • Assist the Buildings & Grounds Department as needed to ensure quality services for guests and staff.
  • Plan and prioritize projects and work time for efficiency
  • Good interpersonal and leadership skills, and teaching/training skills
  • Work alongside, train, and supervise seasonal/volunteer B&G staff
  • Proven experience with ground maintenance operations in a commercial resort setting.


  • 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.
  • Attend required abuse risk management training and report suspicious or inappropriate behaviors and policy violations.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism is required.
  • 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. 

  • Ability to independently work from ladders and scaffolding, on roofs, in crawl spaces and attics.
  • Ability to work while standing all day, with frequent bending and working with arms extended overhead. 
  • Occasional heavy lifting and ability to carry objects up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in varied weather conditions.
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.


  • Health, dental, and life insurance
  • Generous PTO/Vacation
  • Participation in YMCA Retirement Fund (an additional 12% contribution by YMCA after 2 years employment)
  • Employer owned rental housing may be available nearby - Contact Human Resources for more information
  • YMCA of the Rockies membership
  • Discounted childcare, summer day camp, and summer overnight camp
  • Discounted nights at YMCA of the Rockies lodges for friends & family
  • Ski and golf passes to nearby resorts & courses
  • Free or discounted gear rentals for outdoor adventures
  • View all YMCA of the Rockies employee perks by visiting here




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