Take a gap program in the mountains of Colorado! Multiple Gap Program options & dates available
Take a gap program in the mountains of Colorado! Multiple Gap Program options & dates available
Help young adults connect to the outdoors and have a meaningful work experience in Colorado!
Spend fall in the mountains surrounded by elk, moose, and aspens. Earn up to a $750 signing bonus!
Must apply online: Staff Housing Resident Assistant
Dates Needed: ASAP through Summer or up to 8 months
Position Summary: Staff Housing Resident Assistants will live in staff housing and work to ensure that all staff finds their living environment to be welcoming and enjoyable at the YMCA Estes Park Center. This includes creating relationships with staff while maintaining the cleanliness of shared living spaces, kitchens, and bathrooms and making sure that the supply and linen areas are organized and stocked at all times for the staff. Staff Housing Resident Assistants will be present on arrival days to welcome new team members and available to answer questions. You will lead fun and friendly competition among the housing buildings to create camaraderie and engagement. Staff Housing Resident Assistants will live in one of the staff housing buildings and be accessible to staff. They will will report to the Housing Facilities Manager.
Apply Here: Activities & Recreation Positions
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.
Craft Shop Instructors 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.
Adventure Activity Facilitators are 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.
Hikemasters are some of the most knowledgeable and experienced hires of the area. They have travelled miles of trails learning the terrain, the flora, the fauna, and the history of the Rocky Mountains to provide our guests with an unforgettable hiking experience.
Museum Guides 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.
Lifeguards - what vacation is complete without a pool! Lifeguards are our safeguards. They keep guests and staff safe by monitoring the pool and swimmers at all times, keeping the area safe from slips, trips, and falls, and keeping locker rooms clean and tidy. Head lifeguard positions also available.
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. Director, Inclusion, Specialty, and Nurse positions also available.
The Environmental Education Team (Estes Park Center) teaches Experiential Science-Based Programs to 5th-12th grade students from around the US. Instructors 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. Lead instructor positions also available.
The Outdoor Education Team (Snow Mountain Ranch - spring & fall) connects school children to the wonders of the outdoors. Teaching water ecology, forest ecology, pioneer life, orienteering, team building, climbing wall, challenge courses, day hikes and more, instructors are the link to our future generations appreciating and protecting our outdoors.
Nordic Staff (Snow Mountain Ranch - winter months) LOVE 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.
Apply Here: Building & Grounds Positions
With over 860 acres at the Estes Park Center and over 5000 acres at Snow Mountain Ranch, along with and hundreds of buildings, the Buildings and Grounds Staff at both centers are responsible for the maintenance, repair and replacement of all cabins, lodges, support facilities, equipment, utilities, landscaping and roads.
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.
Apply Here: Conference, Groups, Special Events Positions
From Family Reunions and Conference Groups, to Faith Based Groups and Government Groups, our Conference Departments at Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch help create unique and memorable events for all participants. 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. The Wedding Assistant helps couples with pre-wedding planning, manages weddings according to contracts, and attends to post-wedding evaluations.
Apply Online: Front Desk & Hospitality Positions
Serving over 200,000 guests a year at Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch, the Front Desk/Guest Registration Staff 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.
Apply Online: Human Resources Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities
Hiring over 2000 seasonal staff and volunteers a year for Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch, the Human Resources Department ensures YMCA of the Rockies' policies and systems function as intended and they take care of the needs of the staff throughout the employee's 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; and being a helpful and reliable resource to all staff.
Elevate Gap Program: Learn more and apply here.
Dates: July 31 - December 8, 2023.
Discover Gap Program: Learn more and apply here.
Dates: August 6, 2023 - January 31, 2024.
YMCA of the Rockies offers a quality gap program option for individuals looking to take time after high school before college, or looking for a break from college to gain work and life experience before jumping into academics or a career. We aim to develop the person to grow individually, explore their faith and establish their own values and beliefs.
Apply Here: Rocks and Ropes Facilitator Application
Preferred Dates: May 15th - August 18th, 2023 or until October 13, 2023 if interested in Outdoor Education.
Under the direction of the Adventure Director, the Rocks and Rope Facilitator will assist with facilitating climbing wall sessions, high and low ropes course elements, and facilitating our zip line program.
Apply Here: Grounds Supervisor and Equipment Operator Application Link
Job Description: The Grounds and Equipment Supervisor is responsible for overseeing seasonal crews, grounds and trails upkeep, snow removal, and fleet maintenance. 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 225,000 annually.
Apply Here: Dining Room Manager, Pine Room Application Link
Job Description: This position supports the work of the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center, which operates a mission-based family and group conference and retreat center, serving more than 150,000 annually. The Pine Room Manager is responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of the Pine Room. This includes the Front and Back of the House. Customer service, training, and supervising all staff. Other duties include dining room and restroom cleanliness, labeling of all food items, updating the daily menu board, and ensuring all food and drink line equipment is clean and functioning properly.
Apply Here: Delivery Manager Application Link
Job Description: Delivery Manager is responsible for all catering and refreshment deliveries. This includes customer service, training, and supervising relevant staff. Other duties include a relevant dining room and vehicle cleanliness, labeling of all food items, customer service, operating POS, and ensuring all delivery equipment is clean, organized, and functioning properly.
Apply Here: Catering Manager Application Link
Job Description: This position supports the work of the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center, which operates a mission-based family and group conference and retreat center, serving more than 150,000 annually. The Catering Manager is primarily responsible day to day operations of the catering depart that operates within the Food Service Dept.
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 Activity Facilitator Team 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 Program Desk Attendant Team provides quality customer service to our guests by effectively communicating activities around property, registering guests for activities and helping run activities when necessary.
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.
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.
Summer Internship Opportunities
Chapel Ministry Internship (Snow Mountain Ranch): 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.
Housekeeping Logistics Internship (Snow Mountain Ranch): The Housekeeping Logistics Intern is primarily responsible for timeliness in preparing and updating status of lodge rooms and cabins for guest occupancy. The Housekeeping Logistics Intern must effectively monitor daily productivity and timeliness of room status updates and communicate issues promptly to the Housekeeping Manager and/or Housekeeping Director.
Wedding & Special Events Internship (Snow Mountain Ranch): The Weddings & Special Events Intern works closely with the Weddings Coordinator and the Guest Services team to coordinate all weddings and special events during the Snow Mountain Ranch summer wedding season (May-October). The Intern will communicate available services to prospective clients, lean on-site tours, coordinate booking and delivery of services, and administer day-of-services to wedding and special events clients.
Day Camp Business Administration Internship (Estes Park Center - summer) Under the direction of the Youth Programs Director, the Day Camp Business Administration Intern is responsible for the registration of every child that comes through day camp throughout the summer and will support with billing and finances of the Day Camp program. Ideal candidates will have strong communication and computer skills.
Teen Outdoor Program Leader - Responsible for leading, coordinating, and supervising in-camp activities and out of camp trips (Adventure, Trekker and Leadership Training programs). These groups typically consist of 8-10 campers. Adventure programs may include backpacking, mountain biking, horsepacking, rafting or some combination. Trekker programs may include hiking, backpacking, climbing, or surfing. Minimum of 21 years of age and have a clean driving record. Experience teaching leadership skills in a wilderness setting preferred. Previous experience leading wilderness trips and/or student experience with NOLS, Outward Bound, or similar programs preferred.
$556/week, May 15th - August 12th.
Apply Here: Campground Host
Description: Ensure the satisfaction and safety of all campground guests.