Why work at the Y?

Great people

We look for inclusive people with a zest for life whose positive and vibrant approach inspires those around them. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome, especially people with life experience. We support the employment of disadvantaged and young people, and ensure that everyone can discover a career full of diversity at the Y.

With YMCA Victoria, you'll work with colleagues who have a shared passion for making a difference and transforming communities for the better. When you join us, you’ll become a valuable member of our team. We offer a range of benefits to improve your wellbeing and personal development.

Varied roles

We have more than 5,000 staff and volunteers who work at over 150 locations across Victoria. At the Y, there are opportunities for varied and interesting career paths in a range of areas including: action sports, camping and outdoor education, children's programs, community development, corporate shared services (including digital, finance, HR, IT and marketing), management, recreation and youth services.

Work/life balance

Working for us means you’ll enjoy great work/life balance, as well as a range of benefits that will help you improve your wellbeing and develop as an individual.

We offer generous parental leave entitlements, along with flexible working hours. These measures allow you to vary start and finish times to manage family commitments. Some programs offer employment based on the school calendar. This means you only work during the school term, allowing you to spend time with your family during school holidays.

We value and encourage the culturally diverse nature of our teams. We offer religious and cultural leave, allowing employees to observe cultural or religious days of significance. We also offer community services leave. This leave allows employees who are members of a volunteer organisation to be released from duties without loss of pay to participate in emergency support or community events.

Career development

The Y is dedicated to offering diverse careers with challenging, rewarding work and various opportunities to learn and grow. We have a strong commitment to investing in the training and development of our people. As an employee, you are encouraged to own your role and set new standards for success. With centres and services across Victoria, you can experience different areas of the Y to build a varied and worthwhile career.

Opportunities to help you grow include:

  • Secondment positions to other facilities
  • Special interest groups and projects
  • Both a local and regional approach to succession planning.

You will work in a vibrant and positive environment with colleagues who have a shared passion and will impart their knowledge and experiences on you.

We value our people and the contribution they make to the Y and the community, which is why we're passionate about developing capable people who can reach their full potential.

To discover a career full of diversity, check out our current job opportunities.


  • Personal support

    We work to build healthier, happier and better connected communities. For this reason, we provide our people access to a range of benefits that support them and their career.

    Employee Assistance Program

    This program proactively encourages staff and volunteers to seek counselling or advice before personal problems affect their wellbeing and work performance.

    YMCA Victoria Hardship Fund

    This fund is available to assist employees and volunteers who are experiencing severe, short-term financial hardship.

    To discover a career full of diversity, check out our current job opportunities.

  • Free access to the Y

    We practice what we preach

    You can maintain a healthy lifestyle with free access to Y-managed recreation facilities. Take a look at our recreation centres to find the nearest one to you. 

  • Training courses

    We value our people and providing training is one of the ways we show our commitment to their ongoing growth and career development. We provide training in the areas of leadership, professional development and occupational health and safety.

    Through our many partnerships, we have a large range of courses available to staff - from certificates to professional development and accredited courses. You'll be sure to find a course relevant to your career at the Y.

    If you'd like to become qualified in aquatics and/or first aid but aren't a Y employee, we encourage you to enrol through Lifesaving Victoria

  • Work experience

    We welcome work experience and work placement students. If you’re interested in a career in action sports, camping and outdoor education, children's programs, community development, corporate shared services (including digital, finance, HR, IT and marketing), management, recreation or youth services, we can assist you to discover a career full of diversity.

    Work experience and student placement opportunities vary between YMCA centres. Please contact your nearest YMCA to ask about work experience opportunities. 

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