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Employees of the Y are a diverse community of people with a shared commitment to healthy living, personal development and social responsibility. Our employees share their talents through childcare, sports, fitness, aquatics, administration, community outreach, and more.

The Y’s comprehensive benefits package reflects the value we place on our employees. View current job openings and consider joining a great team!

Job Opportunities

General Function:

Under the direction of the Aquatics Director, the lifeguard is responsible for providing and maintaining a safe pool environment for all members and participants. This requires both proactive actions that will prevent accidents as well as appropriate reactive actions should an incident take place. 

Certification Requirements:

  • Minimum of YMCA Lifeguarding or American Red Cross Lifeguarding is required. 
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid required.
  • Current certifications must be maintained and are the responsibility of the staff member. Re-certifications will be offered periodically. 


Upon hire, lifeguards will receive a full orientation to the Wallingford YMCA Aquatics Facility. This shall include a full briefing on the Wallingford Family YMCA Emergency Action Plan, Bloodborne Pathogen policy, crisis policy, a tour of the facility to identify safety and first aid equipment and an orientation on water testing procedures. 


Lifeguard’s responsibilities are outlined in this job description and the Wallingford Family YMCA Aquatics Department Handbook. 

General Activities: 

  • Attend & participate in required meetings and training sessions. 
  • Responsible for keeping all required certifications current. 
  • Be able to demonstrate all certification skills at any time. 
  • Maintain a safe & clean pool environment through preventative measures and intervention as required. 
  • Act on all emergencies according to specified procedures. 
  • Know bodily fluids incident procedures. 
  • Follow and enforce rules for equipment use/storage, pool use, and opening/closing procedures. 
  • Communicate regularly with supervisor regarding incidents, equipment malfunctions, etc. 
  • Complete a monthly 300-yard swim. 
  • Respond to department updates appropriately and within the designated time frame. 
  • All other duties as assigned 


Safety is the responsibility of every employee of the YMCA. Each employee is charged with adhering to the YMCA’s Safety and Risk Management program as directed by the management. 

The Wallingford Family YMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All new hires go through a 90-day introductory period, during which time an employee can be terminated if they are not adapting to the department policies. The introductory period begins with the employee’s department orientation.


This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Swim Instructor at the Wallingford Family YMCA maintains a supportive, positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals and provides direct leadership, instruction and motivation for students in swim classes and for private lessons.


Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day.  We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


  1. Instructs swimming lessons in accordance with YMCA guidelines, having prepared lesson plans accordingly, and supports members and program participants in achieving their goals.
  2. Develops and maintains positive relationships with volunteers, members or program participants, and colleagues at all levels of the organization; helps participants and families connect with each other and the YMCA; and encourages parent or caregiver involvement.
  3. Conveys information on aquatics programs and schedules and as appropriate refers program participants and families to other programs.
  4. Maintains records as required (e.g., attendance, progress reports).
  5. Follows all YMCA policies, rules, regulations and procedures, including emergency and safety procedures. Completes incident and accident reports as necessary.
  6. Organizes and puts away needed class equipment. Reports damaged equipment.
  7. Trains and supervises class aides as assigned.


  • YMCA Swim Instructor certification, or equivalent.
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, and First Aid certifications required.
  • Must be able to demonstrate swim instructor skills in accordance with YMCA standards.
  • At least 16 years of age.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to instruct and observe participants in proper stroke techniques.
  • Ability to lift equipment, and to lift a small to average size child.


Safety is the responsibility of every employee of the Wallingford Family YMCA. Each employee is charged with adhering to the YMCA’s Safety and Risk Management program as directed by the management.


This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Interacts with new and existing members to help them in achieving their health and well-being goals. Creates a welcoming environment for all members.  Instructs individual member clients, provides excellent service to members in a safe, enjoyable, and positive environment that promotes member wellness and engagement in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.


  1. Must enjoy working with people. Positive attitude, high energy, pleasant personality a must.
  2. Strives to achieve monthly personal training sales goals as established Health and Wellness Director.
  3. Strong background in exercise design, performing fitness assessments and setting individualized fitness goals.
  4. General knowledge of nutrition in relation to exercise.
  5. Keep informed of latest trends and safety concerns in the health and fitness industry through reading professional publications and attending continuing education training programs.
  6. Maintains working knowledge of wellness and trends to provide effective information and support to members.
  7. Builds effective, authentic relationships with members; helps members and program participants connect with each other and the YMCA.  Stays current and promotes programs, services, and special events at the YMCA.
  8. Observes and adjusts approach to support all participants’ capabilities, physical conditions, health, and culture.
  9. Keeps accurate records of client’s personal training sessions.
  10. Follows departmental procedure when requesting time off for vacation, illness or emergency.  Arranges own coverage when planning to take time off.
  11. Must have the ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
  12. Follows YMCA policies and procedures; responds to emergency situations. 
  13. Attends all department staff meetings.


  1. Required certifications: CPR, AED, First Aid, OSHA and national certification (ACSM, ACE, NETA, AFAA, NASM, WITS, ISSA) in personal training or YMCA Foundations of Group Exercise certification.
  2. At least one year of experience in personal training preferred.

The Wallingford Family YMCA is seeking part time teachers for our Child Care programs. Teachers must be EXPERIENCED and must enjoy working with children. Teachers are responsible for assisting with the planning, development, and implementation of all classroom and program activities. Teachers are also responsible for contributing to the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth of the children.
We have morning hour availability for our School Age Program.

We are looking for Assistant Teachers at The Learning Community (TLC) located on the Choate Rosemary Hall Campus. TLC serves children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K. The center is open7am – 6pmand is open year round. We also have a need for Head and Assistant Teachers for our School Age Growth & Enrichment (SAGE) and ELMS programs. SAGE is based out of all 8 Elementary Schools in town servicing children ages 4-12 year olds. SAGE hours are6:45-9amand3-6pmschool year and follows Wallingford Public School Calendar. ELMS, our middle school program is offered just in the afternoon and is located at our Teen House,55 S Elm St Wallingford.

Requirements for Head Teachers: CT Head Teacher Certificate or CDL or extensive classes in education.
Requirements for Assistant Teachers: classes in Early Education or Education and/or experience working with children including all volunteer roles. Teachers for the Infant through Pre-K program at TLC must be willing to change diapers and assist with potty training.

Fingerprint and background check will be required prior to start date and required every 5 years.

Health statement and negative TB test required prior to start date.

Understanding Health Statement updated every 2 years with no lapse through length of employment.

CT Childcare CPR/AED First Aid required as per the CT Office of Early Childhood and must be maintained at all times through length of employment.

COVER LETTER AND RESUME, listing qualifications is necessary to be considered for an interview. Please include 3 references we can contact/or submit letters of recommendation.

Students in Early childhood education are encouraged to apply. We will work with your school schedule.

With a scheduled week our employees receive a free membership to both of our locations. We have 2 pools and a variety of fitness classes offered at no cost. For those working 20 sceduled hours or more we offer a free family membership.

Contact Emily Walter, Director of Childcare Services for further information see our website ( Leadership Team) http://www.wallingfordymca.org/

General Function:

Under the direction of the Member Services Coordinator, the Member Services Associate will provide excellent customer service to YMCA members. They will be well versed and educated on all facets of YMCA programs and services and will be able to articulate this information to new and existing members. The Member Services Associate, working as part of the Membership Team, will deliver professional customer service and relationship building skills to create a welcoming environment at the YMCA. They will follow the practices of Living Our Cause and will exhibit the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in all aspects of their work with the YMCA. The Member Services Associate will have solid communication, computer and customer service skills. Accuracy is of the utmost importance.

Candidate Requirements/Qualification

  1. Must be 18 years of age.
  2. Customer service background
  3. Computer literacy
  4. Certification in First Aid, CPR and AED are required within 90 days of hire

Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Deliver exceptional service by listening and responding to member and guest needs and resolving conflict or concerns effectively and professionally.
  2. Strive to know every member by name and maintain a positive, ongoing relationship with all members, guests, staff, and community partners.
  3. Record sales receipts, program transactions, and memberships in a timely, accurate manner. Handle financial transactions, including cash, with accuracy.
  4. Maintain timely, relevant knowledge of all YMCA programs and services in order to accurately inform customers of the services available.
  5. Check in and greet members and guests accurately and efficiently. 
  6. Answer telephone in a professional, courteous manner.
  7. Work with team members to encourage the use of YMCA services, programs, and membership opportunities.
  8. Support and contribute to a safe, clean environment for staff and customers.
  9. Uphold YMCA policies and procedures in a respectful, positive manner. 
  10. Assume other responsibilities as deemed appropriate by supervisor. 

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Office/recreational environment. Intermittent sitting, standing, walking are required. 
  2. Hours will include evening and weekend work.

Safety is the responsibility of every employee of the YMCA.  Each employee is charged with adhering to the YMCA’s Safety and Risk Management Program as directed by the management.  

We are an equal opportunity employer.