YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

About YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

There are lots of places to work, but few opportunities to do work that really matters. The Y is one of those rare places.

When you join our team, you don’t just get a job – you’ll embark on an exciting path of career development. Not only will you have the chance to help children, youth and adults of all ages reach their potential, you’ll be making a huge difference in your community as well.
No matter what role you seek, you can make a valuable contribution and help transform the lives of others. If you’re the kind of person that puts people first, leads by example and holds our values of being caring, respectful and responsible, you’re a lot like us and we’d like to meet you.

Simply put, a career at the Y is a career with a purpose. Inspired? Join us.


Guiding Principles describe our behaviors to support our organization’s work throughout its life in all circumstances, irrespective of changes in goals, strategies, and leadership. Our Guiding Principles are as follows: We CULTIVATE-We grow staff and volunteer leaders who will be stewards of the Y mission, resources, and opportunities. We OWN-We think long-term and act on behalf of the organization, beyond our own team. We WELCOME-We are inclusive of all people and all communities. We SERVE-We provide timely and excellent service to members, volunteers, community, and each other. We LEARN-We are never done learning and always seek to improve. We are curious about new possibilities and act to explore them. We UNITE-We work together to achieve big goals and speak as one voice. We RESPECT-We treat others with kindness and speak positively about other people in all situations. We PLAY-We celebrate, appreciate, and have fun!


Healthy Living Intern

June 2019 - July 2019 Grand Rapids, MI
“I loved teaching cooking classes and observing how to run a teaching kitchen. Lesson planning was really fun and it was easy to collaborate with our lead instructor and the other teachers. Being invited to work with community nutrition outreach was truly life-changing. I got to connect with a diverse group of vulnerable populations in the Grand Rapids community. Marrying nutrition, social justice, and Spanish was the perfect use of my interests and skills. ”


May 2019 Grandville, MI
“The community of other life guards was really great, and the management staff were super helpful in navigating time off and new hire trainings. ”
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