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Work and Volunteer at the YMCA

The YMCA offers meaningful work, volunteer and co-op opportunities where you will find a fun, supportive work environment, opportunities to develop your skills and to be a part of something bigger.

At the YMCA we are on a mission to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and our community.  Our staff care deeply about our community and the work we do with our members. 

If you have strong personal values, care about people and want to make a difference, the YMCA is the place for you. If you are unsure about your qualifications, please ask us!  We can provide training or take previous work experience into account. 

Application Form

To apply for employment or a volunteer position at our YMCA, please complete our application form and it to your resume.


Paid Opportunities

Summer Day Camp Junior Leaders, Owen Sound (Deadline: May 25)

Learn about the benefits of working for YMCA Child Care (hiring ongoing)

Full Time Senior Lifeguards & Swim Instructors (ongoing)

Part Time Lifeguards & Swim Instructors (ongoing)

Please attach a completed application form (see link above) with your resume and cover letter for all positions.

Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you're a student, recently retired, or somewhere in between, the volunteering possibilities are almost endless because of the breadth and scope of our programming. If you want to:

  • Give back to your community
  • Gain valuable experience
  • Meet people who share your interests
  • Enhance your leadership skills, or
  • Share your knowledge and life lessons with members of your community

... we invite you to join us as a volunteer. We can't wait to welcome you to our team.

Volunteer opportunities are ongoing in certain program areas. To learn more about opportunities in a particular department, please see below:

Volunteer Applications

If you are interested in volunteering at our YMCA please complete the application form (see link near top of page) and submit it to our Membership Services department.  Applications may be emailed to Alison at or dropped off at Membership Services.  She will connect your application with the YMCA Staff Supervisor responsible for your area of interest, and you will be contacted by that person to discuss their current volunteer opportunities. 

Student Volunteers

Are you a high school student looking for a fun place to complete your 40 hours?  Volunteer with us!  High school students are welcomed in any of the roles above at our YMCA.  Apply today using the same method listed above under 'Volunteer Applications' and indicate that you are a student. Training is provided and counts towards your volunteer hours.  While you give back to the community you'll pick up lots of transferable skills that will help you in the coming years. Plus, we are happy to give references, and a volunteer position could definitely lead to paid work at our YMCA! 

Co-op Placements

We have opportunities in all departments at our Health, Fitness & Aquatics facility for high school and college co-op placements.  Placements may also be available with our Community & Employment Services or Child Care departments.  You are guaranteed to leave with solid, hands-on experience that will help you in whatever you choose to take on next.  

Interested?  Please connect with the person who co-ordinates co-op placements at your school and have them contact Alison Moran at or 519.376.0484 x221.