YMCA of the Rockies Internship
YMCA of the Rockies
1 Mission - 2 Locations
Snow Mountain Ranch: Winter Park, CO
5000+ to play, make new and life-long friendships
Estes Park Center: Estes Park, CO
Bordered on 3 sides by Rocky Mountain National Park
OUR MISSION AND CULTURE: 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.
GENERAL YMCA OF THE ROCKIES REQUIREMENTS:
- 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 demonstrates excellent customer service skills; for example, friendly, personable, helpful, patient, and professional.
- Support the YMCA of the Rockies safety program. Promote safe work environment for guests, members, and staff.
- Must meet acceptable criminal background check standards.
Our internship opportunities are available year round with flexible start and end dates based on season.
Food & Beverage
Eager to learn about Food & Beverage operations, menu strategy, health & safety protocols, and cooking skills? Culinary Interns work side-by-side our experienced chefs, as well as peers from all over the world, learning the skills to position themselves for a career in the food & beverage industry. The mentoring opportunities and scenic atmosphere make YMCA of the Rockies the best place for those with a culinary passion and thirst for adventure. This internship is also open to those taking gap years or those in the workforce. Start your journey with us and see whats possible with a job at YMCA of the Rockies!
The Housekeeping Departments ensure our guests stay is clean and tidy. Staff clean cabins, lodge rooms, and yurts (Snow Mountain Ranch), meeting top standards to keep guests coming back year after year. Staff also clean all public lodging areas, assist with laundry duties, stock supply closets, as well as serve guests in Linen Exchange and monitor cleanliness of Guest Laundry. Interns learn the housekeeping logistics of operating a large resort.
Interns in all other positions assist in Housekeeping and Food Service duties as needed.
Buildings & Grounds Maintenance
The Building Maintenance Department is responsible for the upkeep of all YMCA of the Rockies buildings Staff repair minor problems on grounds in public areas and private cabin and lodge accommodations, including changing light bulbs, installing screens, and unclogging toilets. They climb ladders, scaffolding and work on roofs; shovel snow from walks, porches, stairs and roofs (primarily October to April); operate a variety of hand and power tools; assist year-round employees, learning from them on projects; pick up trash on assigned route and dispose of properly.
The Grounds Maintenance Department cares for the upkeep, beautification and improvement of the YMCA grounds. They operate and maintain underground sprinkler systems, plant and care for flowers, trees, shrubs and grass, and assist in daily trash pick up and removal.
Internships may be in Buildings or Grounds or both.
Activities & Recreation
Internships in Activities and Recreation can take many forms and can be developed to meet the internship requirements of the participant. Below are the various areas around which internships can be designed.
The Family Program Teams lead the charge on FUN! They guide guests in a variety of activities and sports; they teach archery, outdoor nature activities, and science experiments; they staff the mini-golf clubhouses, the roller rinks, and the Program desks. The teams share information about our Programs, our Association, Rocky Mountain National Park, and surrounding areas.
The Craft Shop Teams excel at creativity. They teach a variety of crafts to guests and staff, including ceramics, leather crafts, glass fusion, wood burning, tie-dye, jewelry, and more.
The Adventure Activity Team is an experienced and trained group of staff who facilitate a low ropes course, instruct on a zip line (Snow Mountain Ranch), work on mountain bikes, and teach rock climbing.
Museum Teams keep the history of YMCA of the Rockies alive through tours of our museum and historic spots. Knowledgeable in the foundation of YMCA of the Rockies, they are a resource to guests and staff wanting to connect to our past.
Day Camp Counselors (Estes Park Center - summer) provide character building and life-enriching experiences for today's youth through traditional camp activities. Serving children ages 5-17, counselors lead games, hikes, exploration and much more.
The Environmental Education Team (Estes Park Center) teaches Experiential Science-Based Programs to 5th-12th grade students from around the US. Teachers get the opportunity to build relationships with their group of students over their 3-day program, in which instructors teach four three-hour science classes, two recreational activities, and two evening programs. Come make a difference and teach our youth about how to care for our environment.
The Outdoor Education Team (Snow Mountain Ranch) connects school children to the wonders of the outdoors through various multiple hour classes teaching water ecology, forest ecology, pioneer life, orienteering, survival and more. Opportunities to lead team building, climbing wall, archery, challenge courses, ziplines provide instructors more opportunities to encourage students in the outdoors. Our Outdoor Education Instructors are the link to our future generations appreciating, engaging with and protecting our outdoors.
Nordic Team (Snow Mountain Ranch - winter months) LOVES the snow! They rent and sell ski equipment, issue trail passes, ensure a clean and safe Nordic center facility, assist with race days, and answer questions about our award winning 100 kilometers of groomed ski trails. Nordic Groomers keep our ski trails open and in pristine condition. They operate chain saws, snowmobiles and other Nordic grooming equipment.
Front Desk/Guest Registration
Guest Registration Internships provide those interested in hospitality management a valuable experience as they gain skills in a fast-paced hotel environment. They often provide the first face-to-face impression of YMCA of the Rockies to our guests and ensure they are given accurate and in-depth information about their accommodations and activities.
Our Human Resources Team ensures YMCA of the Rockies policies and systems function as intended and they take care of the needs of the staff throughout the employees life cycle with the YMCA. The Hiring Team screens applicants, conducts interviews, assists in hiring seasonal staff by initiating reference checks, background checks, and onboarding materials. The Staff Housing and Experience Teams ensure a welcoming, supportive, and staff-centric environment by providing clean and safe housing for staff; planning and leading staff activities; being a helpful and reliable resource to all staff. Internships are developed to fulfill your internship requirements.
Conferences & Groups
The Conference Team ensures our groups and family reunions have all they need for a successful meeting or retreat. Office staff assist group leaders with coordination of conferences, special events, weddings, family reunions and banquets. Event Staff provide all the physical pieces needed for the group by setting up event spaces and audio visual equipment, delivering refreshments and other requested equipment and supplies. Event staff also maintain public restrooms and lobbies. Internships are developed to fulfill your internship requirements.
Summer Internship Opportunities
Accounting Assistant Internship (Estes Park Center): The Accounting Assistant assists in performing the functions related to processing, payment and record keeping of the Associations Accounts Payable. This position supports the work of the YMCA of the Rockies, which operates a mission-based family and group conference and retreat center, serving more than 175,000 annually.
Chapel Ministry Internship: The Chapel Ministry team leads the YMCA in providing the spiritual atmosphere that enhances our guests and staffs experience. They provide worship services, hymn sings, prayer walks, Bible Studies and other Christian Education programs, as well as just being a listening ear to anyone in need.
Philanthropy Internship: The Philanthropy Intern provides support for all areas of the Philanthropy department, including planning and working events, implementing recognition and stewardship efforts, data entry, donor visits, communicating with members and camp families via email and social media. The intern also helps run donor events including open houses, golf outings and cabin donor picnics, and staff giving programs.