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Brantford, Ontario
Type of Position:
Part Time
Job Level:
$14.00/hour (Please note there will be a $1/hour premium for all hours worked Monday to Friday between 5:00AM and 3:00PM and there will be a $1/hour premium for hours worked instructing swim lessons Monday to Friday between 4:00PM and 8:00PM)
Placement Date:

Laurier Brantford YMCA
100 Water Street
Brantford, Ontario
N3T 2E8

Why Work for the YMCA?

As a charitable organization, the YMCA values the contributions of its diverse teams.   We recognize the importance of providing meaningful opportunities that allow employees to grow and thrive.   At the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford, in addition to fair wages, we offer a complimentary general membership with additional options for family participation.    A comprehensive benefits program is also available to employees including a competitive and robust pension program.   YMCA Employees enjoy a generous vacation entitlement that increases with seniority, as well as other paid entitlements. All employees have access to an Employee Assistance Program which provides confidential counseling and referral services as well as preventative education. Additionally, the YMCA understands the holistic needs of its employees is equally important and attempts to support these goals by offering a variety of staff discounts on the programs and services that support good health and strong families.   We look forward to welcoming you to the YMCA.

Organizational Overview:

As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in Canada, the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide solutions. By nurturing the potential of children, youth and adults, the YMCA connects people to life-building opportunities, to each other and enhances their quality of life. We foster social responsibility and healthy living. The YMCA works collectively with community partners that share the YMCA’s determination in strengthening the foundations of community for all people

This position requires a commitment to the mission and values of both Wilfrid Laurier University and the YMCA.  It requires a commitment to the YMCA mission and core values of: Responsibility, Caring, Honesty and Respect, as well as, a commitment to building developmental assets in children and adults.  Wilfrid Laurier University is devoted to excellence in learning, research, scholarship and creativity.  It fulfills its mission by advancing knowledge, supporting and enhancing high-quality undergraduate, graduate and professional education, and emphasizing co-curricular development of the whole student.

All offers of employment will be subject to the provision that the successful incumbent provides the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford with a current and satisfactory Police Records Check.   Positions responsible for the direct supervision of children and/or vulnerable persons will be required, in addition to a Police Records Check, to provide a Vulnerable Sector Screening Report at the time of hire.

Nature & Scope:

The Laurier Brantford YMCA is seeking part-time lifeguards/instructors to work a variety of shifts.  Hours of work will be based on the needs of the branch.  Aquatic team members are responsible for the delivery of customer service excellence through member satisfaction and safety during recreational swims as well as instruction of both individual and group swimming lessons. 

Advancement of pay rate is dependent on working a minimum of six months (per position if more than one position is held within the Laurier Brantford YMCA or the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford) consecutively or a minimum of 130 hours and the ability to perform the job at a satisfactory level.  Successful candidates must also demonstrate ongoing professional development, involvement in branch specific activities, attend staff meetings/trainings and achieve an assessment of "meeting expectations" on each annual performance review in order to satisfy eligibility for Association approved merit increases.

  • Primary responsibility is coverage of Lifeguard shifts and instruction of YMCA Swim Lessons to a variety of age groups
  • Experience in the usage of pool chemicals and cleaning supplies for water and deck equipment maintenance;
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to members and participants by ensuring that health and safety regulations and Laurier Brantford YMCA policies and procedures are upheld;
  • Teach, guard and coach a variety of aquatic programs;
  • Maintain all relevant and required records;
  • Develop lesson plans and administer progressive evaluations;
  • Work with staff and volunteers assigned to aquatic area;
  • Maintain and upgrade as required current qualifications and certifications;
  • Attend scheduled training events;
  • Standard First Aid & CPR C
  • National Lifeguard Service Certification
  • Lifesaving Society, Red Cross and/or YMCA Swim Instructor Certification
  • WHMIS & AED is an asset
  • Current police records check with vulnerable sector search (issued within the past 6 months) is a condition of employment

Deliberately identifies and creates opportunities to enhance each and every individual’s Laurier Brantford YMCA experience.

Does the right thing at the right time without being asked.

Forward Thinking
Thinks beyond the current situation to anticipate changes that may affect the future of the organization.

Commitment to Organization Vision and Values
Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision, strategic outcomes and values of the YMCA and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Health and Safety
Acknowledges and understands how to manage and educate others of risk and harm reduction.


Internal YMCA Applicants:

The Laurier Brantford YMCA encourages employees within the Association, as well as those employed within the Canadian YMCA/YMCA-YWCA Federation and Wilfrid Laurier University to submit their application. 

Please note that in so doing, the Laurier Brantford YMCA reserves the right to contact the applicable YMCA or YMCA-YWCA for purposes of seeking an employment reference throughout the recruitment process.

Please ensure that prior to submitting your application that you have disclosed to your current supervisor, your intention to submit your application. By submitting your application, you understand and agree to allow the Laurier Brantford YMCA to contact your current Association.



The Laurier Brantford YMCA is committed to creating an inclusive environment that accommodates all individuals, including those with disabilities. We support the goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Acts (AODA) and have established policies, procedures and practices which adhere to the accessibility standards set out in the AODA. Should you require any accommodation throughout the recruitment process please do not hesitate contacting our Human Resources Department.

The Laurier Brantford YMCA is an equal opportunity employer.


If you are interested in this position, please submit your letter of application and resume to the attention of:

Alex Geisel
Aquatics Supervisor


We thank all applicants; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

Application Deadline