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At the Y, we are so much more! Whether you’re passionate about youth development, wellness, or aquatics or want to keep our facilities in great shape, we have a way for you to make a difference in your community through the work you do.

Would you like to make a difference every day at work?

Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively affects the lives of the people in your community. Working at the Y, you’ll discover more than a job—you’ll enjoy a career with a future and the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you. At our sites all across the greater Richmond area, Y staff members are transforming lives by nurturing the potential of youth and teens, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and providing support to our neighbors. At the Y, you will:

  • Take part in meaningful work in a supportive environment
  • Strengthen your skills in leadership and communications
  • Grow your career in a strong organization that promotes from within
  • Learn and develop new abilities through extensive training opportunities
  • Meet new and diverse people in a fun, fast-paced environment

Job Departments


We serve our members through programs such as swim lessons, Learn to Swim, swim team and water fitness. Positions include Aquatics Directors, Lifeguards, Swim Instructors, Water Fitness Instructors, Swim Coaches and more. We provide training and certifications for interested candidates with strong swim skills. 


Did you know one of our past CEOs started as a summer camp counselor?  Lots of impressive careers have started in camp, and it’s easy to see why.  What other job can provide fun, camaraderie and leadership development all summer long?

Child Watch

Our Child Watch staff give kids a fun and safe place to play while their parents/caregivers are using our facilities.  Child Watch jobs offer flexible schedules and a fun work environment. 


Our facilities staff keep our branches and grounds up and running for our staff and members. If you love to work with your hands, a facilities position might be for you!

Member Services

Our Member Services staff are the hub of our branches, greeting members and providing resources and information to guide them on their Y journey! 


From soccer, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse and flag football to dance and cheer, our sports staff love to teach participants about sportsmanship and teamwork. Positions include Sports Director, Program Specialist, Referee and more.


Our CDL Bus Driver positions offer competitive pay, flexible, local routes and year-round schedules.

Wellness & Community Health

Our wellness and community health staff are passionate about health and fitness and love to help others achieve their goals. Positions include Wellness Director, Wellness Coach, Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor and more.

Youth & Teen

Our youth development staff help kids grow and develop in after school programs, teen programs and more!

Employee Benefits

Full Time Benefits

  • Competitive medical, dental, vision & prescription coverage, with Flex Spending & HSA Options
  • YMCA Retirement Fund: 12% employer-paid retirement contribution (once vested)
  • Generous paid time off
  • Pretax program for health, dental, vision and child care (DCAP)
  • Excellent training, development and career opportunities
  • Free family metro Y membership with access to YMCA activities, classes and programs
  • Free programs, including school-age child care and camp (excludes outside contracted programs and one-on-one offerings)
  • Employee appreciation activities, including events, socials and optional wellness activities
  • Life & long-term disability; Employee Assistance Program
  • Optional COBRA, short-term disability, pet insurance & legal resources program

Part Time Benefits

  • Free individual metro Y membership with access to YMCA activities, classes and programs
  • Additional family metro Y membership (after one year of service and 1,000 hours worked) plus 20% discount on Y programs
  • YMCA Retirement Fund: May be eligible for 12% employer-paid retirement contribution (once vested)
  • Paid time off (after one year of service and 1,000 hours worked)
  • Employee appreciation activities, including events, socials and optional wellness activities
  • Excellent training, development & career opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Program

View Current Opportunities

Current Employees may use our Employee Self-Service.