YMCA of Barry County

Employment

Learn, Grow & Thrive with a Job at the Y

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. In more than 10,000 communities nationwide, Y staff members of all ages and from diverse backgrounds and life experiences enjoy the personal satisfaction that comes from nurturing the potential of youth and teens, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing support to our neighbors.

Make a Difference

Click APPLY on any of the jobs below to complete the YMCA application. Make a difference in YOUR LIFE and our community. If you are unsure about how to complete the staff application, please call 269-945-4574.

Employment Opportunities

TEENS MUST CREATE THEIR OWN ACCOUNT WITH A UNIQUE EMAIL IN OUR STAFF/VOLUNTEER PORTAL. PARENTS CANNOT LOGIN UNDER THEIR ACCOUNT.

Additionally, adults, please DO NOT change your information as the household adult to your child’s name/information.

Y Time Lead Preschool Teacher

Fun, energetic, caring individuals for child care positions. Preschool age 2.5-5 years old, located at the Hastings Nazarene Church. Program hours: 6:30 am-6:00 pm, Wage is negatable.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Build strong relationships with families and children. Follow all procedures, policies, and licensing standards. Provide a classroom environment that encourages participation of all children. Plan parent conferences to discuss children’s developmental progress. Create and carry out weekly plans and implement an age-appropriate curriculum that nurtures and stimulates all domains of each child’s development.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 1-2 years’ teaching experience is a plus
  • Possess an Associate degree in early childhood education or child development; or a Child Development Associate credential w/18+ hours of college credit; or a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, child development or a child related field
  • Completion of: Required trainings, such as Child Abuse Prevention and others; CPR; First Aid; AED; Bloodborne Pathogens; complete a TB test and a drug test.
  • Fulfillment of state-specific hiring standards, pass the criminal history background and fingerprinting process and completion of YMCA program specific certifications.
  • Questions please contact Shay at: shay@ymcaofbarrycounty.org
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Y Time Preschool Staff

Fun, energetic, caring individuals for child care positions.

Preschool age 2.5-5 years old, located at the Hastings Nazarene Church.

Position Requirements:

  • At least 1 year of experience in child care or related field
  • Must be 17-18 to apply
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Willing to have background check and finger printing
  • Starting wage $12 an hour

Contact Shay Payne via email: Email Me

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Y Time Before and After School Staff

Fun, energetic, caring individuals for child care positions.

Two locations: Y Time is a school age program located at the Hastings Nazarene Church. This program offers before and after school.

  • After school shift is 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • Before school shift begins is 6:15 am-8:30 am

Position Requirements:

  • At least 1 year of experience in child care or related field
  • Must be 17-18 to apply
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Willing to have background check and finger printing
  • Starting wage $12 an hour

Contact Shay Payne via email: Email Me

Apply
Position Filled

Y On The Fly (YOTF) Staff

Y on the Fly, (YOTF) is a mobile YMCA that provides programming experiences directly to our neighborhoods in Barry County. The YOTF program operates year-round and is known for FOOD, FUN, and FITNESS. 

Essential Functions:

  • Display leadership
  • Participate in a variety of fun games and physical activities
  • Maintain a safe playing environment
  • Communicate effectively
  • Be positive, energetic, and enthusiastic
  • Monitor and address challenging behaviors

Program Details:

  • Year Round: Monday – Thursday, 3:30pm-6:30pm
  • MUST be 16 years or older
  • Contact Gina at: gina@ymcaofbarrycounty.org
Position Filled

Summer Playground Staff

Come OUTSIDE and play with us!

CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) is an evidence-based program that promotes physical activity and healthy food choices, teaching youth healthy habits that last a lifetime. 

Essential Functions:

  • Display leadership
  • Participate in a variety of fun games and physical activities
  • Maintain a safe playing environment
  • Communicate effectively
  • Be positive, energetic, and enthusiastic
  • Monitor and address challenging behaviors

Program Details:

  • Monday – Friday, 8:30am-1:00pm
  • Fish Hatchery Park
  • 7 weeks in the summer
  • MUST be 16 years or older
  • Flexible schedule
  • Contact Gina at: gina@ymcaofbarrycounty.org
Position Filled

Camp Kitchen Staff-General

Under the leadership of the Lead Kitchen Staff, responsible for all food production and kitchen management. You, along with a small staff, will cover all aspects of food prep, food service, and cleaning. Culinary school students are encouraged to apply.

Position Filled

Camp Rotating Staff

 Ages 16-17

Rotating staff will consist of 16 & 17 year olds who have completed a minimum of their junior year of high school and/or completed our Counselor in Training program. Rotating staff will have the opportunity to choose two out of four job responsibilities which include: assisting in the kitchen, covering cabins while senior counselors are taking their time off, teaching programmed activities, and being a co-counselor.

Position Filled

Y Community Builders Program

Teens strengthen communities by connecting with children. Teens have the opportunity to work in the following programs: B. Bus Mobile Library (summer), Summer Playground (summer), Y on the Fly (year-round), and Recreation/Sports (year-round).

Essential Functions:

  • Display leadership
  • Participate in a variety of fun games and physical activities
  • Maintain a safe playing environment
  • Communicate effectively
  • Be positive, energetic, and enthusiastic
  • Monitor and address challenging behaviors
  • Establish connections
  • Program planning

Program Details:

  • Year-round; hours vary
  • 15 – 16 year olds
  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid position
  • Contact Gina at: gina@ymcaofbarrycounty.org
Position Filled

B. Bus Mobile Library Staff

B. Bus Mobile Library’s goal is to reach students throughout Barry County, providing access to summer reading and active learning. The B. Bus will visit neighborhoods so participants can check out books, listen to stories and engage in activities.

Essential Functions:

  • Engage youth, in an inviting manner that encourages reading throughout the summer months.
  • Connect youth and their families with resources that encourage reading.
  • Circulate B. Bus materials using a computer and specialized library software.
  • Register patrons, and keep patron data and records of circulation current utilizing the provided software system.
  • Communicate effectively
  • Be positive, energetic, and enthusiastic

Program Details:

  • Summer ONLY
  • Monday – Friday, 8:30-4:30pm, 9 weeks
  • MUST be 16 years or older
  • Flexible schedule
  • Contact Gina at: gina@ymcaofbarrycounty.org
Position Filled

Camp Health Service Coordinator

Must be 18+ years of age

This individual is responsible for the health and well-being of campers and staff throughout the summer. Review camper health forms and screen campers on arrival and departure and inform staff as needed. Communicate allergies with kitchen staff. Maintain health center inventory, keep first aid kits fully stocked, and log all treatments counselors perform.

Position Filled

Camp Waterfront Coordinator

Must be 18+ years of age

This individual is responsible for the safety and well being of participants at the waterfront. They will be responsible for ensuring that the waterfront is staffed with the appropriate numbers of lifeguards and other layers of supervision for various waterfront activities. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, overseeing the swimmer board, all watercraft, and swim times, driving the boats, keeping the waterfront, watercraft, and boathouse clean and organized, and covering the pontoon boat.

Position Filled

Camp Support Specialist

Must be 16+ years of age

This individual will be assisting in the various daily needs of camp. They will be regularly switching roles and responsibilities, as told by the Leadership Team. Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to laundry, assist with maintenance and cleaning, assist in the kitchen, help set up activities, organize and sort t-shirts, fill in for other staff’s scheduled time off, or time off for emergencies.

Position Filled

Camp Senior Counselor

Must be 18+ years of age

This individual will be assigned to live in a cabin for the entirety of the summer and will be directly responsible for a group of up to 10 campers every week. Senior counselors responsibilities include, but are not limited to, reviewing and organizing their campers’ paperwork, cabin cleanup, mentorship, communicating concerns with kitchen and health center staff, work with the senior counselor of their opposite gendered cabin to create “camp magic”, hold a minimum of one certification for a program area, and creating a welcoming and adventurous environment that emphasizes the core values and adds to the culture of camp.

Position Filled

Camp Program Specialist

Must be 18+ years of age

This individual is responsible for teaching and leading a variety of specialized camp activities including archery, arts & crafts, high ropes challenge course, climbing wall, boating, and lifeguarding.

Under 18 Work Permits REQUIRED

Youth Employment Standards Act (YESA)

Public Act 90 of 1978, the Youth Employment Standards Act (YESA), as amended, defines a minor as someone who is less than 18 years of age, including but not limited to employees, volunteers, independent contractors and performing artists.

Minors under 18 years of age must obtain a work permit or a written agreement or contract entered into between the employer and the governing school district, public school academy, or nonpublic school before starting work. Work permits can be obtained from the state of Michigan school issuing officer (the chief administrator of a school district, intermediate school district, etc.) the minor attends or the school district where the minor will be employed. If the minor changes jobs, a new work permit is required for the new employer. A work permit may be revoked for poor academic performance. A work permit is required even if the minor is home/cyber/virtual/online schooled, does not attend school, or out-of-state resident.

Work permits are no longer available for bulk purchase from Michigan Center for Career & Technical Education; work permits are available for printing or download below. Note: the printing on colored paper has been repealed, work permits must be printed, front and back, to be valid.  

When both federal and state laws apply the more stringent standard must be observed.