Youth Development - Child Watch Staff

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.


$12.25 - $12.50/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