Human Resources – Office FocusINTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies

This Exchange visitor program is designed for a citizen of a foreign country. The Intern and Trainee program offers the opportunity to add an international experience in your field of study or expertise.

Phase 1 – Introduction


The participant will be introduced and oriented to Snow Mountain Ranch and the International Training Program, which is a YMCA of the Rockies program designed for J1 visa participants. This program will focus on Human Resources.


The participant will participate in Snow Mountain Ranch Orientation and the International Training Program Orientation. The participant will take a tour of the facilities and staff housing and will be introduced to the HR computer software and receive training in confidentiality

Phase 2 - Human Resources Assistant Introduction


To learn the functions of the Human Resources Assistant


Under the supervision and direction of the Human Resources Coordinator, the participant will learn the following: screen applicants and check references through the application tracking system and process background checks. Schedule interviews and provide any other assistance necessary to the hiring function with the Human Resources Director and Department Managers. Provide excellent customer service to those staff members or applicants coming to the office or inquiring by phone. Maintain personnel file accuracy and confidentiality. Communicate with employment applicants to Snow Mountain Ranch. Communicate with new hires to Snow Mountain Ranch and securing work agreements and new hire documents. Maintain accurate statistics for hiring purposes.

Phase 3 – International Programs


The participant will be learning the function of International Programs at Snow Mountain Ranch from recruitment and hiring to planning cultural events. The participant will also learn about safety polices at Snow Mountain Ranch.

  • The participant will be introduced to hiring International employees, immigration law and international programs by shadowing the International Staff and Volunteer Coordinator.
  • The participant will learn to send New Hire Paperwork to incoming international staff and assist with pre-arrival communication.
  • The participant will learn to present the International Work/Travel Orientation to incoming international staff, shadow the International Programs Director during an interview, and assist International Staff to apply for Social Security and follow up with issues regarding that process.
  • The participant will welcome incoming international staff and ensure accurate documentation collection.
  • The participant will attend a department director's meeting to plan and implement an International Fair to help share the cultures of the diverse employees at Snow Mountain Ranch.

Phase 4 – Human Resources – Advanced


The goal will be for the participant to learn about more advanced Human Resources functions including year round employee hiring procedures, payroll, recruiting strategies, budget and staff interpretation, and benefits administration.


Under the direction and supervision of the Human Resources Office Administrator, the participant will learn how to process payroll legally and efficiently. Through training from the HR Office Administrator, the participant will learn about the following benefits: retirement, health and dental insurance, and life insurance. The participant will receive one on one training from the HR Director on interpreting the budget and determining staffing amounts. The participant will also speak with the Recruitment Specialist one on one to learn about the YMCA of the Rockies Recruitment strategy. The participant will receive one on one training from the HR Office Administrator on Workman's Compensation, FMLA, COBRA, and interviewing strategies.

Additional Phase Remarks

The participant will receive classes during the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons as part of their training program. The classes will cover a variety of topics. The leadership of the YMCA of the Rockies will hold classes on the operations of a hospitality business, the financial processes of a non-profit, how both Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch operate, basic notions on philanthropy and the importance of donations for the YMCA of the Rockies. There will also be speakers talking about professional skills necessary in the participant’s future career such as Conflict Management, Diversity, Marketing, Public Speaking, Creating and Using High Performing Teams and Maintaining Healthy Relationships in the Workplace (topics are subject to change). The participant will also learn about personal skills that are key in becoming independent such as how to Budget, Resume Writing and Interview Skills. The participant will have to do 2 presentations, one in a local school about their home country and culture, and one in front of YMCA of the Rockies supervisors and coworkers about the YMCA in their home country.


The phases, topic of the offered classes and dates might change.