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Choose a career that offers significant work in an enriching, supportive environment. Become a part of an international organization with job flexibility and opportunities for growth. With more than 150 years of experience, we know that the mission is achieved one person at a time—carried out in the hearts and hands of each caring and competent employee.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's it like to work at the Y? 

A career at the Y is meaningful and fun, the best of both worlds. Find out what our employees have to say about their day and how they make their impact.

What benefits are available when working at the YMCA? 

The YMCA offers competitive benefits packages. From Family Memberships to Health Insurance, College Tuition Reimbursement, and a Retirement Fund, we aim for employees to enjoy happy and healthy lifestyles while maintaining a good work-life balance.

How do I apply for a job?

Visit our Career Center to see open jobs and employment applications. Use the search filters to find the position most suitable to your qualifications and interests. We encourage anyone to apply and practice preparation and persistence. Always highlight relevant skills, education, and work experiences when completing the employment application. 

I am interested in seasonal work. Where do I find those opportunities?

YMCA Camp Collins, our resident camp in Gresham, Oregon, begins hiring the summer camp staff in January or February. Visit the Camp Collins Career Center for employment applications and job postings. Other association seasonal opportunities, including but not limited to Day Camp Counselors, Lifeguards, and Enrichment Instructors, are posted on the general Career Center

What other ways can I apply?

If you are unable to fill out our online application, you can download our Employment Application or pick one up at any YMCA location. Submit the completed application to the location which interests you, email Human Resources, or fax 503 382-4895.

How do I find the status of my job application?

Our hiring managers make every effort to respond to applicants in a timely manner. We encourage you to follow up with the hiring manager directly per the contact information on the job posting. You may also email Human Resources.

Do I have to be Christian to work or volunteer at the Y?

No, we recruit, develop and maintain a diverse workforce in an environment of mutual support, encouragement, accountability, compassion, and forgiveness. Our culture, based on our Christian heritage, is welcoming and accessible to all. Our mission states that we are to practice the Christian principles of love, respect, honesty, responsibility, and service through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Our association is passionately committed to our purpose and mission.

Our commitment

  • Establish long-term relationships
  • Strive for excellence in all that we do
  • Lead by example and serve others
  • Develop people to their fullest potential
  • Incorporate YMCA Christian principles into our work
  • Thoroughly enjoy what we do

I'm having technical difficulties with my online application.

For online application troubles, please refer to our troubleshooting instructions or contact Human Resources, at 503 221-5343. 

Where are the local Ys?

Our association has three Healthy Living Centers in Beaverton and Sherwood, Oregon and Clark County, Washington. We also have about 40 after-school care sites and 16 Child Development Centers, and one overnight camps—YMCA Camp Collins in Gresham, Oregon. We also offer a variety of youth sports and enrichment programs throughout the Portland and Vancouver area.

Can I transfer to another position within the YMCA? 

We are excited to help you develop your career within the organization. Please complete our Internal PDF Application and follow the directions. If you are currently working at a Y outside of this association, we’re excited to meet you! Please review the open positions and complete an online application, noting your current Y location and position. 

Where is the volunteer application?

We are always looking for more volunteers. You can complete the Volunteer Application and submit to your desired Y location. Visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for more information. 

More Questions?

If you still have questions, ask us! We are happy to answer your questions.

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