The Y is in critical need of staff to ensure that we are able to offer the level of programming needed and expected by our membership. Please help us by sharing our job postings on social media, recommending the Y to folks seeking employment, and considering if you yourself have the capacity to serve on our team in some way. Whether you're a high school/college student, active senior, stay-at-home parent, part-time employee, or any other person seeking meaningful opportunities to serve your community - the Y has an opportunity for you. 

Summer Camp Counselor (IMMEDIATE NEED)Seeking 1 temporary, seasonal employee to work August 2nd - September 3rd. Salary is $682.50 per week. May have some shifts in Child Watch rooms on-site if camp enrollment is not full. Staff must have reliable transportation as the position works at both the main YMCA campus as well as at the YMCA Outdoor Education Center. Potential to be hired on for Child Watch or School Age Child Care at the end of the camp season. Must be at least 18.

Child Care Staff
Hiring for multiple positions to work in our Child Watch rooms serving ages 6 weeks to 9 years old. Flexible shifts, weekday and weekend hours.

Group Fitness Instructors
Hiring for multiple positions to bring new/innovative group fitness classes to the YMCA. Priority consideration for instructors with certifications and who have the ability to teach an assortment of classes. We do not have a need for any Zumba instructors at this time, but are open to considering any other potential class offerings for youth, adults, or seniors.

Lifeguards (CRITICAL NEED)Hiring multiple positions. Flexible schedules days, evenings, and/or weekends. The YMCA will cover the cost of certification or recertification for individuals who are able to pass the training prerequisites and commit to working at least two shifts a week at the YMCA. Must be at least 16.

Personal TrainersHiring multiple positions. Flexible schedules days, evenings, and/or weekends.

School Age Child Care Counselors - All SitesHiring multiple positions. Positions available at Groton Elementary (Before and After School), Cassavant Elementary (Before and After School), On-Site at the YMCA (After School Only).

School Age Child Care Site Supervisor - Cassavant ElementaryHiring 1 employee. Must be available afternoons and early evenings. Reliable transportation required.

School Age Child Care Site Supervisor - On-SiteHiring 1 employee. Must be available afternoons and early evenings. Reliable transportation required.

Swim Instructors (CRITICAL NEED)Hiring multiple positions. Flexible schedules days, evenings, and/or weekends. Training available for qualified candidates. Must be at least 15.

Wellness CoachesHiring multiple positions. Flexible schedules days, evenings, and/or weekends.

For complete job descriptions for any of these positions and to complete an application please visit You are also welcome to apply through Indeed.

The YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

We believe that marginalized people in society — including people of color, people from working class backgrounds, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ people in our communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

We're so sorry to all of our youth members who weren't able to register for August Swim lessons. We recognize that it's been competitive and frustrating. At this point in time we do not have the staff to add any more classes or private lessons to the schedule and Covid precautions are keeping us from adding too many kids to each class. We are working hard to hire and train adequate staffing for the fall so that we can offer a robust swim lesson program again. 


An important message from our Aquatics Director, Alyson:
Please note that we are only offering swim lessons for the first two weeks of August due to a significant staff shortage, compounded by all of our college students leaving to go back to school the third week of August. Most years this is a typical aquatic staff transition period; however, there is nothing typical about the current times.
I would like to be transparent and tell you all upfront that September swim lessons are very much up in the air right now. Our ability to offer swim lessons hinges on our ability to hire more lifeguards and swim instructors, and quickly. As you may have heard on the news, the COVID shutdowns last year have caused a nationwide shortage of lifeguards. We've been fortunate to have almost enough lifeguards at our Y up to this point, but we are about to hit a critical point where we don't have anywhere near enough.
What can you do to help? If you know anyone who is certified as a lifeguard or qualified to teach swim lessons, please encourage them to reach out to me ( or to apply through our website ( If you have any interest in becoming a lifeguard or swim instructor, please reach out to me about training opportunities. Please note that working for the Y, even part time, will earn you a free individual Y membership (or significant discount off of your family membership) as well as discounts on YMCA programming for your household.
Thanks for your patience and understanding as we navigate the rough water ahead (no pun intended). As always, I'm here to answer questions.
Alyson Murphy
Aquatics Director

We are pleased to welcome Michael Aiken and Gunnar Madison to our leadership team here at the YMCA.

Michael Aiken - Facilities Director

Michael started his career as an industrial electrician and electrical inspector for 18 years before taking the helm as the Director of Facilities of the Cincinnatus Central School District where he served for 15 years. He has extensive experience navigating capital projects, facilities management and planning, alternative energy solutions, and maintaining building health and safety. Michael has already put his skills to work throughout the YMCA, methodically and efficiently addressing maintenance needs in order to provide a safe and attractive facility for our members and guests. He can reached at

Gunnar Madison - Health and Wellness Director

Gunnar is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor's in Biology and a Minor in Nutrition and Health/Health Policy. He has a rich and diverse background in community and public health, recreation, and programming and looks forward to creating programming opportunities that meet the needs of our membership. Outside of the Y, he is an avid hiker, kayaker, cook, and local explorer of the Finger Lakes region. Gunnar is very invested in making sure that everyone has a positive Y experience along with our dedicated fitness team. He looks forward to meeting our members so please stop and introduce yourself when you see him out and about or stop by his office on the 2nd floor anytime. You are also welcome to email any questions, concerns, or comments to him at
In anticipation of a return to a regular school schedule this fall, the YMCA will be offering school age child care (SACC) on-site at the YMCA, at Groton Elementary, and Cassavant Elementary.

Registration opens Wednesday, August 4th. 
Please direct all program questions to Rachael Jackson, Senior Youth Development Director, at

All programs will run in 10 week sessions and families will be required to commit to a full session with no early withdrawals. All programs run 5 days per week, there are no partial week or select day options. Payments will be processed weekly by automatic bank draft on the first day of program each week. Pricing is based on a full week. Partial service weeks will be prorated accordingly.

Program Sessions
Session 1: September 6 - November 12 (Enrollment opens 8/4)
Session 2: November 15 - January 28 (Enrollment opens 10/11)
Session 3: January 31 - April 15 (Enrollment opens 12/27)
Session 4: April 18 - June 24 (Enrollment opens 3/14)

Program Options and Pricing
On-Site SACC (at the Y, serving Lansing and Ithaca City School Districts)
- YMCA On-Site School Age Child Care (Grades K-6)
After School: Members - $130/wk 
(On-Site participants must be a youth or family member)

Groton Off-Site SACC (serving Groton School District)
- Groton Pre-K & Kindergarten Child Care
Before School: Non-Members - $30/wk   Members - $20/wk
After School: Non-Members - $120/wk  Members - $110/wk
- Groton School Age Child Care (Grades 1-6)
Before School: Non-Members - $30/wk   Members - $20/wk
After School: Non-Members - $120/wk  Members - $110/wk

Cassavant Off-Site SACC (serving Dryden School District)
- Cassavant School Age Child Care (Grades K-6)
Before School: Non-Members - $30/wk   Members - $20/wk
After School: Non-Members - $120/wk  Members - $110/wk

Full-Day Care
In addition to before and after school programming, full-day care will be offered on-site at the YMCA when schools are on a scheduled break. This option is available to children age 5 (and in Kindergarten) through age 12 from 8:00AM-5:30PM on the following dates:

October 2021: 11th, 22nd (Enrollment opens 9/1)
November 2021: 11th, 24th (Enrollment opens 10/1)

December 2021: 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st (Enrollment opens 11/1)
January 2022: 17th (Enrollment opens 12/1)
February 2022: 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th (Enrollment opens 1/1)

March 2022: 18th (Enrollment opens 2/1)
April 2022: 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th (Enrollment opens 3/1)
May 2022: 30th (Enrollment opens 4/1)

June 2022: 20th (Enrollment opens 5/1)

SACC Participant - $30/day   
Member (Non-SACC) - $35/day
Non-Member - $75/day   

If you need financial assistance for SACC, please be sure to contact Tompkins County DSS as soon as possible at 607-274-5612 or you may be eligible for a CARES scholarship through the Child Development Council at 607-273-0259.
As we see a local spike in COVID19 cases, please help us protect our Y members and guests by:
- Getting yourself vaccinated against COVID19 if eligible.
- Wearing your mask at all times if unvaccinated (this includes in the locker rooms). We also fully support any vaccinated members who wish to continue wearing a mask.
- Directly addressing fellow members who are not following health and safety policies or immediately seeking an employee to address the issue.
- Sanitizing any equipment before and after using it.
- Maintaining distance from other members whenever possible.
- Frequently washing your hands and/or using hand sanitizer.
- Staying home if you feel ill in any way.

Don't forget that the Y is once again open full days with NO midday closure. That means that you can get that lunch hour workout back into your afternoon schedule between noon and 2:00! This is also a great time for folks who want a bit more personal space in the workout areas and locker rooms. 
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