Help Make a Difference

Strengthen Communities & Change Lives with a Career at the Y

Working at the Y gives you the opportunity to strengthen communities and change lives, including your own. No matter what role you take on at the Y, you’ll show up each day with the satisfaction of knowing your contributions are helping to empower young people, improve health and well-being, and inspire action in your community. Working side by side with diverse leaders with different backgrounds, perspectives and strengths, you’ll discover new ways to connect with your community, find your purpose and fuel your passion every day!

We Invest in You

We work relentlessly to strengthen communities, starting with you. The Y sees all staff as Cause-Drive Leaders and, to help you reach your full potential, offers coaching, career pathing and training through a comprehensive leadership development and certification system.

To reward employees for their dedication to strengthening communities, the Y helps ensure a secure and comfortable retirement through The YMCA Retirement Fund (YRF).  In addition to providing retirement benefits, the YMCA Retirement Fund is committed to results-driven, high quality financial services and education.

Opportunities for All Strengths

We value diverse perspectives and experiences and encourage our staff to serve in positions that allow their individual skills and talents to shine. At the Y, you’ll find opportunities to strengthen community while growing a career in the following fields:

Academic Enrichment

Adult Education

Arts & Humanities



Child Care

Child Welfare & Intervention

Community Development

Environmental Education

Family Support




Global Services

Human Resources

Marketing & Communications

Management & Administration

Public Policy



Youth Leadership

Join Us

If you want more than just a job—if you’re looking to discover a sense of purpose and opportunities to contribute to the greater good—then the Y is the place for you. Join us!

Job Opportunities


The SAGE Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the day to day operations of the Wallingford Family YMCA’s School Age Growth & Enrichment program.  Responsibilities include assisting in program development and implementation, staffing each site and ordering supplies, while working in cooperation with others to supervise and direct staff and volunteers. The Coordinator will also ensure that each program is conducted in accordance with the purposes and policies of the YMCA and meet State of Connecticut licensing requirements.


2-4 years related experience preferred; current State of CT Childcare Certifications; Bachelor’s Degree required, Elementary Education preferred; STEM/STEAM program experience preferred; Supervisory experience is required; knowledge of State of CT Childcare licensing requirements; CPR/First Aid/AED/Med. Admin. Certified.

Contact Emily Walter for more information.

The Head Teacher is responsible for coordination, planning, development, and implemention of all activities related to a particular school site, and supervises assistant teachers for that site. The Head Teacher promotes feelings of mutual respect, acceptance, and appreciation among youth and adults while ensuring quality care by creating a safe environment that helps all youth feel welcome & respected.


  • Must be at least 20 years of age
  • Possess a minimum of 12 credits in Early Childhood or Elementary Education or have obtained a CDA in School Age Childcare.
  • Must have a minimum of two years supervised experience working with this school age children.
  • Must have the ability and desire to work with children.
  • Must meet all State of Connecticut licensing requirements (negative TB test, good health report, First Aid / CPR certification).

Contact Emily Walter for more information.

Playing at SAGE

The Assistant Teacher will assist the Head Teacher in carrying out the daily activities for the School Age Growth & Enrichment program (SAGE), including snack preparation, organization of physical activities, organization of arts & crafts projects and more!. This individual will promote feelings of mutual respect, acceptance, and appreciation among youth and adults while creating a safe environment that helps all youth feel welcome and respected.


  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must have experience working with children ages 5-10
  • Must meet all State of Connecticut licensing requirements (negative TB test, good health report, First Aid / CPR certification)
  • Must have the ability and desire to work with children

Contact Emily Walter for more information.

Under the direction and supervision of the appropriate lead teacher, the assistant teacher will be responsible for assisting with the planning, development and implementation of all classroom activities.  The assistant teacher will have specific assignments that provide for the children’s social, physical, and mental growth and will also work in any support role necessary for the operation of the child care program.


  • Ability to work well with children
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Ability to participate in all activities, i.e. games, sports, and other child appropriate activities
  • Cooperate with teachers and directors
  • Evidence of sufficient maturity and judgment to handle crisis situations.
  • Documentation of physical examination and TB test.
  • Compliance with requirements mandatory for state license within 14 days of hire.
  • Attend staff development regularly as mandated by State of CT and the Wallingford Family YMCA.
  • Current Infant/Child CPR and First Aid Certification required at all times. CT Child Care Certification recommended.

Contact Emily Walter for more information.

The Youth Gymnastics Instructor will supervise & instruct the youth gymnastics program while focusing on the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The ideal candidate will be at least 16 years of age, will have experience working with children ages 3-10, will have knowledge of gymnastics, and will be passionate about working with youth.

Contact Eric Skinner for more information.

Dolphins Swim Team practicing skills

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. Upon hire, lifeguards will receive a full orientation to the Wallingford YMCA Aquatics Facility.


  • 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. 

Contact Megan O’Connor for more information.

Meg O'Connor

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. This individual instructs swimming lessons in accordance with YMCA guidelines, having prepared lesson plans accordingly, and supports members and program participants in achieving their goals.


  • 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.

Contact Megan O’Connor

Under the direction of the Aquatics Director and the Head Coach, the Swim Team Assistant Coach is responsible for organizing and conducting practices, motivating and energizing swimmers, and for developing proper stroke technique and swim skills for members of the Wallingford Dolphins Swim Team. This program is conducted in accordance with the missions and policies of the Wallingford Family YMCA Dolphins, Wallingford Family YMCA, the YMCA of the USA, and USA Swimming. 


  • A minimum of American Red Cross Coach’s Safety Training and CPR with First Aid is required within 6 months of hire (YMCA or American Red Cross Lifeguarding preferred). 
  • 1-3 years competitive coaching experience is recommended, and at least 4 years of competitive swimming experience is preferred. 
  • YMCA Principles & Practices of Swimming and Diving is preferred (required within 3 months of hire). 
  • USA Coaching certification is preferred (required within 3 months of hire). 
  • Candidates must demonstrate knowledge and ability to communicate recognized principles and practices of coaching age group swimmers. 
  • Candidates must also exhibit exemplary communication skills and the four YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect & responsibility. 
  • Team Unify experience preferred.
  • College degree preferred. 


  • Share a love of swimming and working with young people, with the expertise and disposition to enhance competitiveness of WFYD’s growing program.
  • Demonstrate an enthusiastic attitude toward the team & provide a positive learning environment for all.
  • Be focused on the task at hand & be present during practices, meets, & WFYD events as required, representing the Wallingford Family YMCA.
  • Help maintain a record keeping system of attendance, swimmer progression, and be able to prepare meet entries for swimmers in assigned group.
  • Maintain positive communication and rapport with swimmers and swim team families.
  • Candidates should be able to provide relevant examples of teaching quality technique as well as have a record of producing well-rounded swimmers. Must keep up to date with techniques and training practices.
  • Encourage participation through YMCA swim lesson programs as well as other YMCA youth programs in collaboration with the Aquatics Department. 
  • Be willing to obtain/maintain YMCA and USA Coaching Certifications. 
  • Report any facility problems to management following the work order procedure.
  • Conduct oneself in accordance to the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. 
  • Dress appropriately at all WFYD practices, events, and meets. 
  • All other duties as assigned.
  • Part time work requires evening and weekend hours.This position is seasonal, 5+ hours per week, not to exceed 40 hours per week. 

Contact Sally Darrow for more information.

The Wallingford Family YMCA is seeking an individual to instruct its Fit to Go Program during the school year.  Fit to Go is a grant-based program designed to teach youth how to lead healthier lives by being more physically active and by eating more healthfully. The coach will be responsible for teaching about proper nutrition, developing workout plans, organizing active games, managing attendance, communicating with parents and helping with events. Candidate should have previous experience working with youth, be able form positive relationships with students and parents, as well as promote healthier, more active lifestyles. Previous experience with exercise and/or sports activities is preferred but not required,  CPR/AED and First Aid required. Part-time position, school year hours are Monday -Thursday 2:45-5:15pm.

Contact Colleen Villano for more information.

The Wallingford Family YMCA is hiring part time personal trainers. WORKOUT WHERE YOU WORK – free adult membership with a scheduled shift! Personal trainers interact with new and existing members to help them in achieving their health and well-being goals. Personal trainers instruct individual member clients, provide excellent service to members in a safe, enjoyable and positive environment.

Trainers will promote member wellness and engagement in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. National certification in personal training required. Minimum one year of training experience preferred.

Contact Colleen Villano for more information.

The Fitness Center Attendant interacts with new and existing members to help them in achieving their health and well-being goals. This individual creates a welcoming environment for all members, coaches members in support of their desired behavior change, regularly checks on members’ progress in meeting personal and program goals, and maintains & cleans the fitness center. 


  • CPR, First Aid, AED and OSHA certifications within 90 days of hire date.
  • Previous experience with diverse populations preferred.

Contact Colleen Villano for more information.

The Member Services Associate will provide excellent customer service to YMCA members and guests, creating a welcoming environment to all. This individual will be well-informed about all YMCA programs and services and will be able to share this information to new and existing members. The Member Services Associate must have solid communication, computer & customer service skills, with great attention to detail.


  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

Contact Heather Savoyski for more information.