Employees who refer people to work for the Darien YMCA will receive $100 per referral after the new hire completes their first 30 days of employment!

All employment opportunities with the Darien YMCA will be posted here.

How to Apply 

Visit the YMCA Front Desk or  obtain an application here online.

  1. Please indicate position for which you are applying.
  2. Mail or fax completed application and resume, as applicable, to Membership Dept. at Darien YMCA, 2420 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820
  3. The Darien YMCA is an equal opportunity employer.

Drop off or mail your application to:

Darien YMCA
2420 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820

Note that if other instructions are provided in the job posting, please follow those instructions.

The Darien YMCA is an equal opportunity employer.

To download an application for employment please click here.  (Summer Camp Staff have a separate application. See Summer Camp Employment)

Current Employment Opportunities:


Abilis: Project Search- Lead Instructor


Under the direction of the Program Manager of Project Search and in accordance with established policies and procedures of Abilis and Project SEARCH, the Instructor will help develop and coordinate the Project SEARCH program and provide instruction for interns at the Darien YMCA.  Instructor delivers the employability skills curriculum and works with each intern’s team at the Darien YMCA to reach the goal of competitive employment.  The Instructor also directs the skills trainers who are the employees at the Darien YMCA who are accepting interns.

You will be an employee of Abilis working at the "Project Search" program site located at the Darien YMCA.


1. Help with recruitment of appropriate young adults with disabilities for Project SEARCH program.

2. If Applicable, attend IEP or IP meetings.

3. Connect students to appropriate community resources.

4. Help Identify internship sites within the host business that build a repertoire of marketable skills that lead to competitive, integrated employment.

5. Ensure that internships include measurable skills' gain that is assessed according to productivity, quality, and safety benchmarks.

6. Facilitate regular Employment Planning Meetings with interns, families, and agency personnel to determine career interests, specific job preferences, skills, thereby designing an individualized approach to job development.

7. If applicable, identify and problem solve solutions for challenges that interfere with completion of Project SEARCH and gaining and maintaining employment.

8. Use universal design concepts to design and implement accommodations and adaptations needed at the internship sites.

9. If applicable, use Project SEARCH’s VocFit and other assessment tools to evaluate intern progress, communicate with the team, and identify additional skill/task development.

10. Together with skills trainers at Darien YMCA, assess intern progress frequently, communicate that progress regularly to the intern’s team and make instructional and training adjustments, providing interventions for interns who are not making progress.

11. Together with Abilis’ Competitive Employment staff, develop resumes/portfolios for each intern that document measurable skills’ gain, internship experiences, any certifications gained, recommendations, etc.

12. Learn the Project SEARCH employability skills curriculum and deliver it to interns.

13. Reinforce the curriculum in the internships so interns develop skills, knowledge and work habits leading to successful employment.

14. Continuously update the Project SEARCH Member Portal to maintain records of staff changes, interns’ experiences and employment outcomes including jobs gained, wages, hours worked per week, benefits taken, etc.

15. Actively participate in Project SEARCH Steering Committee and onsite team meetings.

16. Coordinate and schedule onsite skills trainers at the Darien YMCA to meet the support needs of the interns.

17. Work with the business liaison, onsite team, and Abilis’ Competitive Employment staff to secure competitive, integrated employment at the host business or in the community.

18. Ability to embrace various forms of technology in order to make communication and curriculum more effective.

19. Possess a valid driver’s license that allows a person to be insured as designated by Abilis’ vehicle insurance carrier.

20. If necessary, ability to operate agency vehicles in a safe manner.


1. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.

2. A minimum of two years successful, recent, and relevant experience as an instructor for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

3. Demonstrated ability to employ a variety of instructional strategies that connect the curriculum to the learner.

4. Willingness to become knowledgeable of current best practices in the field of transition and supported employment.

5. Experience in differentiating lessons and settings to meet the needs of interns and their varied learning styles.

6. Effective interpersonal communication skills that promote relationship-building with interns, families, host business staff, Project SEARCH team members, and other community agencies.

7. Organizational ability, self-directedness, and initiative when given a variety of responsibilities and assigned tasks.

8. Ability to make decisions and problem-solve within a team of service providers.

Full Job Description


Send resume to the attention of Monica Smyth, Program Manager Project Search, Abilis, 1150 Summer St. Stamford, CT 06905 or send via email Monica at smyth@abilis.us.


After School Instructor

Pay: From $13/hour


Under the supervision of the Director of Youth Development, the After School Instructor supervises a class room of Kindergarten - 5th graders, while leading activities in a safe and enjoyable environment.


  • Leadership and guidance of after school participants.
  • Develop an understanding of each child and help him/her grow and adjust within the YMCA environment.
  • Implement and carry out the philosophy of the Darien YMCA.
  • Relate positively with all parents; relate to Parents Manual as needed.
  • Be enthusiastic and encourage child involvement.
  • Take daily attendance and record participants pick-up.
  • Know where all participants are and what they are doing at all times.
  • Plan daily activities.
  • Maintain the safety of the participants at all times.
  • Repress personal problems, theories, prejudices and emotional relationships that may affect the welfare of children, until such a time that you can meet privately with the Director.
  • Attend all Staff Trainings.
  • Participate in staff meetings constructively, cooperatively and professionally.
  • Set up and clean up assigned areas.
  • Assist in all special events.
  • Report disciplinary problems and first aid emergency to Director.


1. Must be at least 16 years old.
2. Must have ability to relate with children
3. Must have prior experience in working in an organized youth program or teaching environment.
4. Must have ability to assist or lead activities such as: sports, games, crafts and assist with homework.
5. Must have ability to relate well to one’s peers and supervisors in a working environment.

Suzanne Richards at (203) 655-8228 ext. 1331, srichards@darien-ymca.org.

Apply Online

Click here to download the employment application.

Gymnastics Class/Pre-School Instructor (Part-Time)

Pay range

Varies/Depending on qualifications and experience

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Gymnastics Coordinator, the position requires a knowledgeable, positive, encouraging, and safe experience for children, while they learn individual and group skills.

Essential Functions

  • Coach with the highest quality and safety as possible while adhering to all YMCA and USA Gymnastics policies
  • Must have knowledge and understanding of all recreational programs offered as well as the overall program structure of the Darien YMCA Gymnastics Program
  • Maintain a clean, organized, and safe gymnastics facility
  • Interact with a positive attitude with program participants, parents, and staff
  • Participate in Staff meetings and trainings
  • Ability to perform all physical aspects of the position: spotting and moving/setting up equipment
  • Be committed


  • Comprehensive understanding of basic gymnastics fundamentals, concepts, practice organization, excellent communication skills, and positive team-building motivational skills
  • Prior gymnastics knowledge and experience
  • Certifications: CPR/First-Aid/AED, Child Abuse Prevention, Safe Sport, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification (We are willing to provide training and all training must be completed within the first 90 days of employment)
  • All prospects are subject to a background check and other training deemed mandatory by the Darien YMCA

Apply Online


Apply by Email hr@darien-ymca.org 

Gymnastics House Team Coach (Full-Time)

Pay range

Varies/Depending on qualifications and experience

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Gymnastics Coordinator, the House team coach will carry on the essential responsibilities of Coaching and overseeing the highest quality and safety possible, while adhering to both YMCA and USAG policies.

  1. Responsible for helping to plan and coordinate house team practices.
  2. Instructs assigned classes, pre-team and house team. Attends house team competitions.
  3. Properly train each athlete, taking into account each athlete’s limitations/and or Potential.
  4. Serve as a positive role model to gymnasts, parents, officials, and staff by following all rules, and demonstrating superior sportsmanship.
  5. Ability to work independently, manage, and supervise groups of children.
  6. Build effective relationships with participants and their parents.
  7. Effectively communicate with parents and return emails and phone calls in a timely fashion.
  8. Always inform the Gymnastics Coordinator of a child’s injuries, sicknesses, gym policy infractions, and/or relevant news in order that the Gymnastics Coordinator can contact the Parent’s in a timely manner.
  9. Follow YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse, prevention and emergencies.
  10. Be available to meet parents on request. Meetings should include the Gymnastics Coordinator.
  11. Responsible for and monitor team equipment to ensure the safety of all athletes.
  12. Continue to uphold the tradition and success of the Darien Y Gymnastics Program, by maintaining the highest quality and standards possible.
  13. Train and build Pre-team in order to ensure the Travel and House Team continues to have strong and capable athletes representing the program.
  14. Participate and assist all Coaching Staff in conducting training clinics with class staff and other coaches.
  15. Perform other duties as assigned.


  1. Strong gymnastic background competing and/or coaching at a competitive level.
  2. Minimum of 2 years coaching experience required
  3. Comprehensive understanding of gymnastics fundamentals, concepts, and progressions.
  4. Positive teaching methodology leading to the creation of a motivating, healthy, and positive training environment.
  5. Certifications: CPR, AED, Basic First Aid. CDC Concussion Prevention Training. Safe Sport.
  6. Ability to follow and respect the leadership and instructions of Gymnastics Coordinator and to work well and a cooperative manner with co-workers.

Apply by submitting resume and cover letter via email to: hr@darien-ymca.org

Lifeguard Position

Early morning (5:00 - 9:00 am), midday (12noon - 3:00 pm), afternoon (3:00 - 6:00 pm), or evening (6:00 - 9:45 pm).
Amy D'Andrea at (203) 655-8228 ext. 1307

Apply for Early Bird Lifeguard 


Apply Online for other lifeguard positions
Click here to download the employment application.

Membership Service Representative (Part-Time) Position

Actively seeking a membership desk OPENER available to work 5:15 – 9:00 am.

Pay range: $13.00-$16.00/hr
Job Duration: Year-Round
Position available weekdays and weekends with potential to pick up additional hours.

Job Description
The Member Service Representative is responsible for top quality member service at the Y’s member check-in desk with a complete knowledge of the YMCA mission, programs, and operations. Present a positive and welcoming attitude to everyone who comes to the Y for services, thereby creating good public relations and fostering the Y's role as a true community center. Ensure that all areas of the Y facilities are fully staffed and ready to receive members upon opening. Check members into the Y.

Job Requirements
18 yrs+. Customer service experience preferred. Excellent phone and computer skills necessary. The ability to work well and effectively communicate with a diverse population in a wide variety of situations is required, along with confidentiality and excellent organizational skills. Must be punctual and reliable.

Resumes Immediately Accepted.

Apply Online or

Lee Malloy Stendardi at (203) 655-8228 ext. 1304, lmalloy-stendardi@darien-ymca.org.

Fax (203) 656-2267, Attn: Lee Malloy Stendardi

Click here to download the employment application.

Special Needs Support Staff for Youth Programs

General Function of Support Staff for Children with Special Needs:
Under the supervision of the Director of Youth Development and Special Needs Programs, Special Needs Support Staff will support children with special needs throughout the day in either a preschool or after school care setting.

1. Must be at least 18 years old.
2. Required: Applicants MUST have experience working with children with special needs.
3. Shifts may consist of 1:00 - 6:30 PM and/or 3:00 - 6:30 PM
3. Must have ability to provide individual instruction and assistance as needed to enable the child to successfully participate in all activities.
4. Must have ability to relate well to one’s peers and supervisors in a working environment.

Principle Activities:
1. Personally supervise your assigned participant from arrival to departure each camp day.
2. Develop an understanding of each participant and help him/her grow and adjust within the environment.
3. Implement and carry out the philosophy of the Darien YMCA.
4. Relate positively with all parents; relate to Parents Manual as needed.
5. Be enthusiastic and encourage participant involvement.
6. Maintain the safety of the participant at all times.
7. Attend all Staff Trainings.
8. Participate in staff meetings constructively, cooperatively and professionally.
9. Report disciplinary problems and first aid emergency to Director.

Apply Online

Suzanne Richards at (203) 655-8228 ext. 1331, srichards@darien-ymca.org.

Swim Instructor

Morning (9:30 - 11:00 am), early afternoon (1:00 - 2:30 pm), late afternoon (3:30-5:45 pm), as well as Saturday morning (9:00 am - 1:00 pm).
Prior experience preferred, but will train person(s) with camping, youth sports, or babysitting background, who are able to work effectively with preschool and school-age children.
Amy D’Andrea at (203) 655-8228 ext. 1307

Apply online or

Click here to download the employment application.

Wellness Center Associate- Part Time

Location: Darien, CT


Under the direction of the Director of Training and Exercise, the Wellness Center associate will be part of the support staff that is responsible for meeting the needs of the membership. This is to be accomplished by maintaining an organized, safe, clean facility, and answering any questions regarding fitness programs, classes, personal training, and equipment.


  1. Always maintain a professional attitude during your employment at the Darien YMCA.
  2. Arrive on time and ready to work for your shift.
  3. Greet every member cheerfully, acknowledge and interact with every member during your shift.
  4. Assist participants while they are using the facility and circulate among the members every 10-15 minutes.
  5. Perform basic Equipment orientations and answer questions within your scope of practice.
  6. Maintain a neat and clean Wellness Center by performing all outlined cleaning duties and addressing any areas that need immediate attention.
  7. Notify proper personnel of any problems that arise.
  8. Do not work out during your shift.
  9. Do not leave the facility unattended during your shift with the exceptions of cleaning, or number tallying tasks and using the men’s or women’s room.
  10. Cooperate with fellow staff members to build a team atmosphere. For example: being available to substitute when possible, conveying pertinent information to your supervisor, and doing your part to maintaining the cleanliness of the facility.
  11. Obtain your own substitute in the event you cannot make your shift (you will be allotted 2 unexcused absences for emergencies, where your supervisor will secure a substitute for you).
  12. Incorporate the YMCA mission, values, cause and culture into all aspects of the position, to ensure highest level of customer service is provided to Y community and members.


  1. Strong communication, customer service and problem-solving skills.
  2. Must have good human relation skills to facilitate positive relationships with members and other staff.
  3. Must possess skills and knowledge or have the capability and the willingness to learn the skills necessary to answer questions regarding fitness programs and classes and demonstrate equipment in the Wellness Center and Training Center.
  4. Some administrative duties required but will train.
  5. Must be 18+ years of age.
  6. Must be certified in First Aid/Adult CPR/ AED by start date and maintain that certification for the duration of employment.


  • The demands of this job do require a person to occasionally lift weights (45 lb. plates), dumbbells off the floor, push/pull benches into place, kneel or crouch while cleaning equipment, and be physically active.
  • The position also requires the moving/setting up of spin bikes on occasion.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Gene DeNota at (203) 655-8228 ext. 1359, gdenota@darien-ymca.org.

Apply Online

Click here to download the employment application.