Youth Development - Child Watch Staff

Copple Family
Lincoln, NE

Child Watch is so much more than child care and babysitting.  It’s about fostering achievement, relationships and belonging.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Planning and supervising the activities of children ages 6 months to adolescents.
  • Interacting with children in an energizing, fun and safe manner.
  • Communicating with parents/guardians to discuss achievements and concerns.


Our Child Watch team members are enthusiastic about their work because they are positively impacting children every day.  Plus, they also enjoy:

  • A fun and engaging work environment where friendships are made
  • Flexible schedules
  • Room to grow
  • Free Y membership at all YMCA of Lincoln locations for qualified staff
  • Future employers respect the Y – build your resume


We offer both staff and lead/supervisory roles.  Applicants will be considered for all roles and opportunities will be further discussed during the interview process.


$12.75 - $13.00/hour depending on role


Variety of flexible schedules available.



"All my life I knew that I wanted to work with kids. My family is full of educators, but I couldn’t see myself in a classroom. I started working part-time at the Copple Family YMCA in 2019.  I fell in love with the work I got to do, and saw the beautiful impact that Youth, Teen & Family staff have on families.  With mentoring from my supervisor I was promoted to a Youth, Teen ad Family Program Director and am I grateful that I now get to wake up every day and do this as my full-time job." - Makenzie


"As a Shift Leader, I gained valuable experience that helped me become more confident working with children and families.  This was incredibly helpful when I stared my student teaching in elementary education.  I was confident in the classroom and was able to communicate effectively during parent-teacher conferences." - Emmalie


"As a high school student, I wasn't sure about what career path I wanted to pursue in college.  But after working in Child Watch at the Y, I found my calling in youth education and have been loving every minute of it." - Liz


"I first wanted my job at the Y because YAY, free childcare. But now I have gained mom friends, work friends, member friends and acquaintances  I run into new, old and current members all around town.  My kids have gained friends both within their school and outside their school. Working at the Y is the best thing I've done for myself and my family." - Amanda