Careers at BGCSCC

Whether you love playing basketball, have a passion for the arts, or simply enjoy helping others, there’s a role for you at the Club. By joining our team, you can make lifelong memories, earn money doing what you love, and make a difference for youth in our community. We are currently hiring for the following positions:

– Lifeguard / Swim Instructor
– Youth Development Specialist

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Youth Development Specialist

Supervisor: Clubhouse Director
Status: Part Time & Seasonal Positions
Location: Live Oak Clubhouse
Salary: $16 – $20 / hour
Benefits: 24 hours of paid sick leave per year; access to free afterschool and out-of-school programs for your children.

Job Overview

Responsible for overseeing the delivery of a broad range of programs within a designated Clubhouse, such as Education, Social Recreation, Creative Arts, and Physical Education. Plan, develop, oversee implementation and supervise programs and program staff.

Key Responsibilities

Prepare Youth for Success

Plan and oversee the administration of designated Clubhouse programs and activities that support Youth Development outcomes:
Create an environment that facilitates the achievement of Youth Development Outcomes.
● Ensure that members are encouraged to participate in a variety of program areas/activities and receive instruction and constructive feedback to develop skills in program areas.
● Demonstrate leadership to assure conduct, safety and development of members.

Program Implementation

Establish and maintain Clubhouse program goals and settings that insure the health and safety of members. Ensure that site staff understand and effectively communicate standards or program; that they ensure program areas are safe, well ventilated and well lit; and that Club equipment is maintained in good working condition.
Ensure the evaluation of Club programs on a continual basis and ensures programs/activities respond to member needs and address their gender and cultural diversity.
Control Clubhouse program and activity expenditures within approved budget.


Allocate and monitor work assigned to program volunteers and part time staff, providing ongoing feedback and regular appraisal. Identify and support training and development opportunities for assigned volunteers and staff.
Oversee proper record keeping and reporting including activities and events conducted breakdowns of daily participation figures (COMET database), notable achievements and any problems/issues.

Marketing and Public Relations

Increase visibility of Club programs via posting of daily schedule, announcements of upcoming events and the dissemination of timely information for the development of advertising and promotion through mailings, flyers and media releases.

Additional Responsibilities

May oversee special programs and/or events (i.e. Keystone, Youth of the Year awards, etc) and/or participate in the implementation of other unit activities as necessary.
May consult with parents concerning member and branch issues.
May handle deposits and banking transactions.

Knowledge and Qualifications

A minimum of one year work experience in a Boys & Girls Club or similar organization planning and supervising activities based on the developmental needs of young people.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
Group leadership skills, including an understanding of group dynamics.
Demonstrated organizational, staff and project management abilities.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old.


If this position sounds like a fit, we want to hear from you! Please email your cover letter and resume to

Lifeguard / Swim Instructor

Supervisor: Clubhouse Director
Status: Part Time
Location: Downtown Santa Cruz Clubhouse
Salary: $17.00 – $19.50 / hour
Benefits: 24 hours of paid sick leave per year; access to free afterschool and out-of-school programs for your children.

Job Overview

The pool is an indoor pool located at the Boys & Girls Downtown Clubhouse. The candidate will ensure the safety of all swimmers and assist in classes and other activities conducted in the swimming pool. Supervise life guards in absence of Swim Program Supervisor. Implement directives of the Swim Program Supervisor to ensure an effective and fun Swim Program is being run. Cover swim program as needed.

Key Responsibilities

● Enforce all pool rules.
● Ensure that boys and girls shower and are clean before swimming.
● Assist with swimming classes and tests.
● Help organize games and special events in the pool.
● Lead Swim Instructor is in charge of the pool when Swim Program Supervisor is out of pool area.
● Observe all safety precautions at all times
● Inspect or assign staff to inspect and keep the shower/restrooms clean of clothes and towel.
● Help maintain the pool and swimmers’ records.
● Assist in other areas of the club when the pool is closed due to weather or other issues. (Appropriate shoes and attire required.)
● Participate in Staff Meetings.
● Assist in keeping members aware of the swimming schedule.
● Work assigned hours to maximize pool use; including afternoon and some weekend hours
● The pool is located at the Downtown Clubhouse.
● Other duties may be assigned to meet the needs of the Boys & Girls Club.

Experience and Skills

Must be a current Certified Lifeguard with current First Aid and CPR certificates; must have and maintain a Certified Lifeguard with current First Aid and CPR certification. Minimum experience 

● At least 2 years of experience as an instructor or lifeguard;
● Must demonstrate safety as the highest priority;
● Must have ability to teach children ranging in age from 6-18 years old;
● Must be able to command control of classes; must be able to organize swim class schedules;
● Must be a team player;
● Must be able to assist in training new swimming teachers and lifeguards;
● Must be able to teach front stroke, back stroke, breast stroke, butterfly and treading water;
● Must be able to communicate well with staff, students and parents;
● Must be able to fill out various skill report forms associated with BGCSCC
● Must be able to work closely with the Swim Program Supervisor in building a world-class Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County swimming program.
● Must be able to manage the entire Swim Program in the absence of the Swim Program Supervisor;
● Must be a good role-model for other staff members and the students;
● Must embrace the Boys & Girls Club motto: “Great Futures Start Here”

Physical and Mental Requirements:

Position requires a high energy level, and ability to perform aquatic tasks and promote the Boys and Girls Club Aquatic Program and activities. Strong interpersonal abilities are needed. Ability to get along with diverse personalities, displaying tact, maturity, flexibility, good reasoning abilities and sound judgment. Physical requirements include sight, hearing, and standing for long periods of time. Skills essential for successful communications include speaking and writing. Position requirements include: 

● Walking or standing the pool deck or floor and in the Club as needed
● Good verbal and written communication. (Leading classes, directing swimmers, enforcing rules and guiding staff).
● Hearing – The pool is an indoor pool and is a loud environment
● Observe and monitor swimmers to maintain the safety of all swimmers and non-swimmers.
● Standing – required to stand for sustained periods of time while monitoring children and leading lessons
● Sitting – occasionally required to sit for up to 2 hours
● Bending – occasionally required to bend (picking items up off of the floor).
● Pushing & pulling – required to push & pull (items, assisting swimmers, sweeping pool deck as needed, etc.)
● Lifting – occasionally required to lift/move items up to 50 pounds.
● Skills essential for successful communication include speaking and writing.
● Workers will be subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions.

To Apply:

If this position sounds like a fit, we want to hear from you! Please email your cover letter and resume to