Discover Gap Program
YMCA of the Rockies

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Find your niche! Discover your strengths and take a Gap Program in the mountains.

Located in the gateway town to Rocky Mountain National Park and near Winter Park Resort.

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Discover Gap Program

YMCA of the Rockies
Granby, Colorado
$14.42 - $14.42 / hour
No experience required
Start Date:
Starts in 3 months. (Feb 26, 2024)

Program Dates: February 26 - June 24, 2024

Participants who successfully complete our program will be eligible to stay on as YMCA employees for up to 2 additional months or apply for available full-time positions.

Program Cost: Free. 

The Program: The Discover Gap Program at YMCA of the Rockies provides young adults with a variety of experiences designed to learn the non-profit hospitality industry while gaining essential life skills. The key components of this program are work experience in hospitality (rotating through departments at YMCA of the Rockies), team building with other participants and staff from around the world, and life lessons not necessarily taught in higher education. This is a great program to try out a variety of fields, find your niche, and then be supported in growing on the path that you choose while at YMCA of the Rockies. 

Highlights of the Discover Gap Program: This program is FREE! In addition to no program fee or application fee, Discover participants earn money throughout the program as they’ll be working in a seasonal position at our resort & conference center next to Rocky Mountain National Park. They will earn an hourly wage and automatically opt-into the Rocky Mountain Living Package which includes room & board, access to all YMCA of the Rockies facilities, ski and golf passes, gear rentals for outdoor adventures, employee programming including staff trips, discounted nights at YMCA of the Rockies lodges for family & friends, and transportation around Winter Park, CO and the surrounding areas. These living costs will be automatically deducted from paychecks, which means participants do not need to worry about paying utilities and rent on-time each month. The work week is 32-36 hours and remaining hours are for activities and training opportunities. A customizable work experience is available to all Discover Participants, as well as travel assistance to the program. Discover offers workshops and trainings around resume building, team building, and opportunities for mountain adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park and Winter Park Resort. Participants that successfully complete our program will be eligible to stay on as YMCA employees for up to 2 additional months or can apply for available year-round positions.

Who should apply for Discover? Those who recently graduated from high school (or have their GED), and those who haven’t graduated high school but are between the ages of 18- 21 years old.

Gap Program Structure:

  • Paid seasonal employment ($14.41/hour), 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
  • Biweekly “Discover Days” designed to enhance life skills, increase workforce preparedness and explore the local and surrounding areas
  • Participation in Financial Peace University's nine-lesson course
  • Environmental sustainability workshops
  • Recreational opportunities (both scheduled and informal) on our 5,200 acres of open space and surrounding public lands
  • Time to explore Rocky Mountain National Park and other local attractions
  • Service opportunities
  • Small-group workshops and training sessions
  • Opportunities to continue working at Snow Mountain Ranch, in the same or a different department.

How to Apply

Click Apply Now! Learn more about the Gap Programs at YMCA of the Rockies on our Career Site,

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