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 the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you.


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  • Icon: piggy bank $300 Employee Referral Bonuses
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Sign-On Bonuses

The Gateway Region YMCA is offering the following sign-on bonuses for these positions:

  • Lifeguards and Swim Instructors $200
  • Y Club Before and After School Enrichment Program $300-$500 depending on position and shifts worked
  • YMCA of the Ozarks Trout Lodge and Camp Lakewood Cooks, Dishwashers and Servers $500
  • Properties $1,000
  • Early Childhood Education Centers (ECEC) $2,500 with a 4-year degree and 9 credit hours in Elementary/Secondary/Early Childhood Education, $1,500 as a Child Development Associate (CDA), $1,000 with 12 credit hours in Elementary/Secondary/Early Childhood Education, $500 FT Teacher, some child care experience required.
  • Day Camp and Camp Lakewood Counselors $100 with a $200 retention bonus after they have worked at least 9 weeks of summer.

New hires are eligible for bonuses as well as employees who have not worked for the Association for at least one year. Sign-on bonuses are paid after 90 days of continuous employment with the exception of the camp bonuses as detailed above. ECEC sign-on bonuses are paid half upon hire and the remaining half after 90 days.

Bonuses are pre-tax.


Employee Referral Bonuses

During your employment, for every full- or part-time new hire that you refer, you can earn a $300 bonus.

Current Y employees can refer candidates for positions at any time during their employment.  To receive your referral bonus, first make sure that the person you are referring includes your name on their application under the section "If you were referred by a current Gateway Region YMCA Employee, please enter their name".  Next, notify your supervisor that you have referred someone that has been hired by the Y. Your supervisor will complete the Referral Bonus form for you, letting HR know your name and the name of the person that you referred. Once the person you have referred has reached 30 days of active employment we will process your bonus and pay it out on the next available paycheck.

Bonuses are pre-tax.


Investing in YOU

The YMCA believes that a world-class organization driven to strengthen community requires highly trained employees. The Y provides many training and development opportunities for staff to gain the knowledge and skills they need to develop as leaders both inside and outside of the Y.

What we stand for as a community organization

The Y is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose and each other.

Working locally, we focus on empowering young people, improving health and well-being, and inspiring action in and across communities. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, we ensure that we all have access to the opportunities, relationships and resources necessary to learn, grow and thrive.

Employment Benefits - More than the Basics

When you feel well, you do well—both professionally and personally! Eligible team members at the Y have access to a comprehensive benefits package. We support benefit programs with a generous contribution to each team member’s benefit elections each month.

-Health insurance for you and your spouse/partner and dependents
-Dental, disability, vision and life insurance
-Participation in the Y Retirement Plan after two years, plus 12% contribution from the Gateway Region YMCA 
-403(b) savings account available for all staff
-Free Y membership at all 25 branch locations
-Free nationwide membership with access to over 2,500 YMCA locations across the country.
-Discounts on programs, summer camps, YMCA of the Ozarks - Camp Lakewood & Trout Lodge
-For those eligible, paid time off and paid sick time

Leadership & Career Development

We believe in the power of human potential and are committed to the professional growth and development of our team. Together, we support progress by focusing on learning, career coaching and continuous improvement.
This helps our team members reach their professional goals and feel valued. We also provide Employee Resource Groups, which provide a space for people to network, mentor one another, participate in personal and professional development and more—all while building meaningful connections.

-Robust Leadership Development and Certification program for all stages of a career  rooted in the Y-USA’s Cause Driven Leadership® Competency Model
-The 70/20/10 Model for learning through work experience by creating opportunities for on-the-job skill development, career coaching, mentorship, training and self-study. 
-Immediate access to tools, resources, subject matter experts and mentors and from over 10,000 communities with YMCAs across the country (called the Y Movement) to help you reach your potential in your role or program. 

Training and Certifications

Are you looking to further expand your knowledge? Whether it be for a career in aquatics, child care, or your own personal growth, find a YMCA Training or Certification course that's right for you at one of our branches. Basic First Aid, Lifeguard Certification, Basic Life Support, and more are all currently being offered.

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Find Your Passion

Search through positions in aquatics, housekeeping, membership or child care. Full and part-time positions available.

Why Work for the Y?

We employ more than 4,000 frontline staff and 350 full-time staff, and the benefits extend well beyond the basic. The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side-by-side to strengthen communities. We practice inclusion by valuing the diversity of all people in the communities we serve.

The Gateway Region YMCA provides equal opportunity in employment to all team members and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activities in a local commission, disability, age, or other legally protected status.

Diversity, Inclusion & Global Engagement

The Gateway Region YMCA creates opportunity for persons of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to achieve their potential. We aspire to be the center of collaboration within our communities by inspiring and promoting diversity, inclusion and global efforts for all.