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Chinatown YMCA
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Aquatics Coordinator
Salary range: 
$15.00 to $22.00 DOE on branch

Careers with a Cause

The YMCA of San Francisco was named as one of the Bay Area's Best Places to Work by its employees as well as one of the Healthiest Employers.   Join our team and make a lasting impact every day in communities across San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties.  Every day, our staff—of all ages and from diverse backgrounds and life experiences—are transforming lives through YMCA programs for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. When you work for the Y, you’ll be supported with training, mentoring and career development opportunities. Plus, we offer great benefits to help you grow stronger in spirit, mind and body, even as you’re helping others.

About the Job

YMCA of San Francisco interviews and hires aquatic staff year-round. Lifeguards at the Y are responsible for the maintenance of a safe aquatic environment and first response in an aquatic emergency. An ideal candidate demonstrates the Y’s core values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility in all dealings with members, guests, volunteers and fellow staff.

Time Commitment: Part-Time or Full-Time
Compensation: $15 - to $22.00/hour*
Locations with Lifeguard positions: Chinatown, Embarcadero, Marin, Presidio, Stonestown, Peninsula
*Will vary based on location. For location information, please visit

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Minimum 16 years of age.
  2. Current YMCA approved CPR/First Aid certification.*
  3. Lifeguard certification*.
  4. Ability to maintain certification level of physical and mental readiness.
    *Non-YMCA Lifeguard certification must be crossed over to YMCA Lifeguard within 90 days of employment, or at first available training. We will provide training for certification!


For Chinatown, please apply here:

For Embarcadero, please apply here

For Marin, please send cover letter and resume to: Leon Truong at 

For Presidio, please apply here

For Stonestown, please apply here:

For Peninsula, please apply here:

All employees working with the YMCA are considered to have supervisory or disciplinary action relationship over minors.  Job offers are conditional and contingent upon background clearance. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and CA Fair Chance Act, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Everything you need to know about us

We offer the following benefits:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive health benefits - medical and dental plans for full time employees
  • Retirement benefits – 12% employer contribution after completion of eligibility requirements
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees
  • Commuter Benefits via pre-tax payroll deductions
  • Flexible Spending Account – Medical and Dependent Care on a pre-tax basis  
  • Use of YMCA of San Francisco Fitness facilities
  • Paid time off benefits for part time and full time employees upon completion of eligibility requirements
  • Training and staff development for all employees