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YMCA of Greater Boston Child Watch Staff in West Roxbury, Massachusetts

Job Description

This position is primarily responsible for representing the YMCA personally, professionally and in a manner in accordance with the mission and goals of the YMCA. Appropriate activities should be providing for growth in skills, self-awareness, group relations, and character development. By conducting him/herself in a caring, responsible, honest, and respectful manner, this position is a role model for children and adults.

Provide care to children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years, who are members and guests of the YMCA. Shifts are no longer than 5 hours long. During this time, Child Watch Team Member will watch children while parents engage in Healthy Living activities at the YMCA. They will play with and facilitate activities for children, and supervise them while they play.


  • Keeps safety of children as first priority. Emphasizes personal safety and emotional well-being with the children and parents.

  • Never leave the children unattended.

  • Provide a fun, safe, and stimulating atmosphere for the children.

  • Develop and foster a “family club” atmosphere by participating with members in an enthusiastic, courteous, and friendly manner.

  • By personal example, helps to interpret the quality of the YMCA values to children, staff, and parents. Must be a positive role model.

  • Learn all emergency procedures and familiarize yourself with the first aid equipment.

  • Keep room clean of food and small objects which may be deemed a choking hazard.

  • Inspect room each morning and evening for possible hazards, clean room prior to closing each day.

  • Attend all staff meetings.


Previous experience working with children in a babysitting, child care or school setting.

Ability to communicate effectively with adults and children alike.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit (at times on the floor with children) and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Ability to work weekdays, weeknights & weekends with flexibility