High school and college students who are looking for a way to earn money between the spring and fall semesters of school may find that YMCA summer jobs are a great option.
About the YMCA
The YMCA is one of the largest nonprofit organizations operating in the United States. The organization is dedicated to building strong children and communities through family partnerships. There are more than 2,600 YMCA facilities throughout the country, with each location providing a variety of activities and services designed to help individuals and children develop intellectually, spiritually, and physically.
About YMCA Summer Jobs
While no two YMCA facilities are exactly the same, there are similarities among the types of programs offered at the various locations. Typically, there are more programs offered during the summer months to meet the needs of childcare and activity needs for families when school is out of session. Because of this, the YMCA is a great place for people who are looking for ways to earn income during the summer to look for work.
YMCA Summer Camp Jobs
The YMCA operates summertime residential and day camps in almost every state in the U.S. The organization runs approximately 2000 day camps at facilities throughout the country and sponsors more than 260 residential camp programs at various locations. In some cases, the residential programs are located near the sponsoring facility, but are often located in different cities or states.
If you are interested in working with one of the YMCA's summer camp programs, contact the YMCA in your area. You can also search for open positions on the Camp Vacancies page on the organization's website (though not all positions will be posted there). If you want to see all open positions, regardless of title or location, simply leave all of the fields blank and click the search button. You can also narrow your search by several criteria, including:
- Camp name
- Job description
- Job title
- Type (day or residential)
- Posting date
Once you search for jobs, you will see a listing of all open positions that meet your specified criteria. To learn more about any job or to find out how to apply, click on the "Detail" link beside the position that interests you. You'll be provided with a job description, information about the necessary qualifications, instructions for submitting an application and other specifics about the position.
Other YMCA Summer Employment Opportunities
In addition to hiring employees for camp positions during the summer months, YMCA facilities may also add workers for several other types of jobs, including child care worker, lifeguard, administrative, and other types of positions. Each site handles its own staffing, so you'll need to apply directly with the location(s) where you are interested in working.
You can find contact information for every facility by visiting the Find Your Y page on the YMCA website. Simply enter a zip code for the area where you want to work and you will be provided with information for all of the nearby locations. The results page will show you a map with each location marked and provide you with the physical address, telephone number, and website for each site, as well as its approximate distance from the zip code that you entered.
While some locations may publish summer jobs online, that is not always the case. Even if some opportunities are published on the website, the list may not be complete. It's probably in your best interest to call the sites where you are interested in working directly. Request to speak to the person responsible for hiring summer workers. Ask the hiring manager how to apply for YMCA summer jobs that are, or may become, available and follow the instructions provided exactly.
Working with the YMCA
YMCA summer jobs can be fun as well as financially and personally rewarding. If you're looking for a way to earn money while school is out of session and you like the idea of playing a role in providing enrichment opportunities for children and families, it's certainly a good idea to apply for a position with a YMCA facility or summer camp program.