YMCA of the Rockies

Hike on property
Staff Members Playing Volleyball on Admin Field
Outdoor basketball courts on property
Cabin on Property
Estes Park Center
Program and Recreation Staff
Mountain Center for Programs and Recreation
Walking trails on property
Snow Mountain Ranch Reservoir
Snow Mountain Ranch deer
Estes Park Center
Amazing views for employees at YMCA of the Rockies
Snow Mountain Ranch hammocks
Indoor rock climbing
Snowshoeing at Snow Mountain Ranch
Winter Hiking in RMNP
YMCA Staff Members
Horseback Riding at Snow Mountain Ranch
Seasonal Staff

Experience the magic of living in the Rocky Mountains where work is more than just a job. It's an experience of a lifetime! Join us for a season (or two) of adventure. Apply today!

YMCA of the Rockies operates two family resorts, residential camps for kids, and conference centers located on both sides of Rocky Mountain National Park. We offer 2 to 8 month work agreements for short-term and seasonal positions. We also offer volunteer opportunities, gap year programs, and year-round careers. Hiring now and for every season across all departments.

Our two centers are located on both the eastern and western slope of the Continental Divide. Estes Park Center lives on the eastern slope and is only an hour from Boulder and 1.5 hours from Denver. Snow Mountain Ranch (Also known as The Ranch) is located on the western side and resides in a more remote area known as the Fraser Valley.

Jobs in the Spotlight

Food Service Staff

YMCA of the Rockies

Estes Park, Colorado and Granby, Colorado

The Mountains Are Calling! Enjoy a great work-life balance next to Rocky Mountain National Park!


Event Staff

YMCA of the Rockies

Estes Park, Colorado and Granby, Colorado

Work at the largest camp/conference center in the world next to Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park!



YMCA of the Rockies

Estes Park, Colorado and Granby, Colorado

Work, live, and explore! All inclusive living experience next to Rocky Mountain National Park.


Spend your summer working outdoors in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado! (Summer Job or Internship)


About YMCA of the Rockies

Our Mission Statement:
YMCA of the Rockies puts Christian principles into practice through programs, staff, and facilities in an environment that builds healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. We will accomplish this by serving conferences of a religious, educational, or recreational nature, providing unifying experiences for families, offering character building and life-enriching experiences for today's youth, and serving our staff with leadership opportunities and productive work experiences.

Our Two Centers & Residential Camp:
YMCA of the Rockies operates two globally-known conference & family centers that serve more than 250,000 guests annually. Our centers are located on both sides of the continental divide, with YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center being on the eastern slope, and Snow Mountain Ranch being on the western slope. 

Estes Park Center has over 860 acres of mountain terrain for outdoor recreation and relaxation, while Snow Mountain Ranch sits on over 5,100 acres. In the winter, Snow Mountain Ranch is home to one of the largest Nordic ski areas in the country - with over 100 km of trails!

Camp Chief Ouray, established in 1908, has grown to be a premiere overnight camping option for youth from all over the United States and the World. We are committed to developing five core values in everything we do: Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith. CCO is a part of the YMCA of the Rockies, located at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, CO (elevation of 8,750 feet).

COVID-19 Safety Plan:

Your safety matters to us. Here at YMCA of the Rockies, we are taking all the necessary precautions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff. Some include:

  • Virtual interviews
  • Enhanced safety precautions within employee housing
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all YMCA of the Rockies employees

The Employee Experience

It’s not just a job; It’s an experience!

YMCA of the Rockies strives to offer an unforgettable staff experience. Live the dream of working and living next to Rocky Mountain National Park, make lifelong friends, wake up to unparalleled views of the mountains and an abundance of wildlife all without breaking the bank.  

But don't just take it from us, CoolWorks celebrity, Tim Ward, listed YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center as his number one spot to work for seasonal employment! Watch Tim's video here:  My Top 3 Seasonal Jobs by Tim Ward

Priceless perks - moments money can't buy:

  • Proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park
    • Located only a few miles from the park, both centers offer 360-views of the Rocky Mountains!
  • Lifelong Friendships
    • Our experienced year-round staff and hundreds of seasonal employees offer great networking opportunities and friendships.
  • Meeting People from All Around the World
    • We host students from over 25 different countries and celebrate each other's heritage through engaging cultural events.
  • Experience New Types of Adventure
    • Interested in a new type of outdoor adventure, but don't have the resources? Our location and facilities are here to help.
  • Safe Space to Grow Professionally and Personally
    •  YMCA of the Rockies is FOR ALL.  We welcome and support all staff who are looking to grow and expand their horizons.
  • Wildlife Viewing
    • Our proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park means we have a lot of wildlife in our backyard! This includes elk, moose, deer, and bear.
  • Serve the YMCA Mission
    • The work you do here matters! Join us - we could use someone like you. 

We have a Staff Experience Team here just for YOU and to help make the most out of your time at YMCA of the Rockies! 

Your Staff Experience Team offers individual support to you as well as

  • On sight activities of interest that you help determine
  • Weekly Ski trips
  • Hikemaster lead hikes (At Estes Park Center)
  • Trips into town
  • Trips out of town
  • Events - concerts, dinner theaters, seasonal activities, overnight trips

As a staff member of YMCA of the Rockies you will have access to all of our facilities, free gear rentals, free or discounted tickets to local attractions, discounts at local merchants, and the ability to sign up for free passes for skiing. 

Room and Board

The average cost of housing alone in Estes Park Colorado or Grand County Colorado is $1500.00 per month, plus utilities.

YMCA of the Rockies seasonal employees live on-grounds and receive Housing and Meals for $800.00 per month including all utilities and unmatched extras!

Here is what you get:

  • Housing in dormitory style rooms
  • Free utilities (electric, heat, water)
  • Free internet
  • Free laundry
  • Free cleaning supplies and vacuums.
  • Housing lobbies feature
    • Refrigerators, microwaves, & Keurig’s
    • large screen TV’s
    • cable
  • 3 buffet style meals daily
    • Our Food Service team is known to offer unique and additional menu options ranging from International dishes to Cookout’s hosted on our dining room patio.
    • Options for those with dietary restrictions are available. 
  • Access to free ski passes.
  • Access to free climbing passes.
  • Free access to all on property activities offered to guests.
  • Discounted $25.00 room nights at Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch (for you or your family)
  • And don’t forget the ever-present opportunity to meet new friends.

If seasonal staff elect to live off-grounds, they will be in charge of finding their own housing.

We have a strict policy for no alcohol or drugs on property; in addition, no drug use is tolerated (including marijuana) during your employment with us whether on- or off-duty. 


Employee Perks


  • Proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder, and Fort Collins
  • Appreciation Fund for employees who complete their work agreement
  • Cleaning materials for your dormitory
  • Discounted nights in our lodges
  • YMCA of the Rockies Guest Membership while you're employed
  • Access to all YMCA of the Rockies facilities


  • Proximity to Grand Lake, Lake Granby, Winter Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Appreciation Fund for employees who complete their work agreement
  • Corporate ski passes to Winter Park Resort, Steamboat Springs, Copper Mountain, and Ski Granby Ranch. (View all benefits of the Grand Pass here)
  • Free gear rentals and access to all our Nordic trails - over 5,000 acres!
  • Cleaning materials for your dormitory
  • Discounted nights in our lodges
  • YMCA of the Rockies family membership access while you’re employed
  • Access to all YMCA of the Rockies facilities

Getting Here and Getting Around

Estes Park Center is located 65 miles northwest of Denver and sits at an elevation of 8,010 feet. The Center is just outside the quaint town of Estes Park, where there is fine shopping and entertainment. We are within walking distance to the spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park, so bring your hiking boots and camera!

Snow Mountain Ranch is located approximately 90 miles west of Denver and is located between Winter Park Resort, Grand Lake, and Rocky Mountain National Park. While Estes Park Center sits on 800 acres of land, Snow Mountain Ranch sits on over 5,000 acres! Moose are popular visitors throughout the year. 

Flying into Denver International Airport (DIA) is the best option for those traveling by air. Direct shuttles to YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center are available from the airport. For Snow Mountain Ranch, there are a few options for those without a car. An Amtrak service from Union Station in Denver to Fraser, CO and Granby, CO, is available. There is also the Winter Park Express between January – March, and the Greyhound Bus is available in Winter Park, CO. YMCA staff will pick you up from the Amtrak station, Winter Park Express, and Greyhound Station upon request. Lastly, there is an airport shuttle service between the airport to Snow Mountain Ranch through Home James Shuttle (800)-359-7536. The service will be available after November 19, 2020.