As STEM Instructor, you are responsible for planning and executing recreational or arts activities and providing overall supervision to participants. Specifically, you will prepare and provide age-appropriate fine or performing arts, arts and crafts, team building, nature or sports instruction for participants in scheduled session programs.


  • Ensure the health, safety and well-being of participants in the program by providing appropriate supervision at all times.
  • Plan and implement meaningful programs and special events that are structured, age-appropriate, fun, exciting, challenging, and based in the areas of fine or performing arts, arts and crafts, team building, nature or sports.
  • Teach participants the fundamentals of fine or performing arts, arts and crafts, team building, ropes course or sports; including activities that build their level of skill and confidence.
  • Support the planning and implementation of all structured programs, including but not limited to learning initiatives, tournaments, projects, and culminating performances.
  • Work cooperatively with all program staff.
  • Promote an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment that embraces the diversity of all participants.
  • Create and maintain a strength-based, youth-focused atmosphere that is consistent and sensitive to the needs of participants with learning, emotional, or behavioral differences.
  • Maintain accurate program documentation (attendance, sign in/out forms, behavior reports, incident reports, and accident reports, as appropriate).
  • Understand and communicate the YMCA’s Core Values and the goals of the YMCA program to staff, participants, and care givers.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with parents and guardians through regular communication about their child’s strengths and areas of growth.
  • Attend all required trainings. Actively participate in training sessions, designated meetings, online trainings, and special events.
  • Adhere to all Department of Health and YMCA of Long Island standards, expectations and regulations.
  • Ensure program, staff and patrons maintain hygiene habits/practices in accordance with CDC guidelines.



  • Inclusion
  • Emotional Maturity
  • Communication and Influence
  • Functional Expertise
  • Critical Thinking and Decision Making
  • Ability to Plan Ahead



  • Associates Degree or 9 educational credits in Elementary Education, Science, Art or a related field; Bachelor’s Degree preferred OR experience in given area.
  • Minimum one year of experience working with youth, specifically in area of specialty.
  • Formal certification in area of specialty preferred.
  • Knowledge of youth development stages.
  • Experience implementing programs in area of specialty.
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.



  1. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will or may be required to: climb stairs, bend, stoop, kneel, twist, reach with hands, sit, stand for an extended period of time, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, have finger dexterity, grasp, perform repetitive motions, talk, hear and have visual acuity.
  3. The work is performed both indoors and out, and may require travel to various locations.
  4. Plan, lead and participate in a variety of physical activities.


how to apply:

Email your resume and cover letter to darryl.smith@ymcali.org


Salary Range:

Minimum: $15.00 p/h to Maximum: $33.75 p/h


Newly hired employees will be paid between $15.00 p/h and $16.88 p/h depending on level of qualifications.



  1. Signing Bonus
  2. Free membership to any YMCA of Long Island Branch
  3. YMCA program discounts
  4. Sick leave
  5. Referral Program (earn up to $200 for each)

The YMCA of Long Island is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are an open and inclusive organization, welcoming a diverse workforce free of discrimination based on protected class status, including race, religion/creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation or belief, military or veteran status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital or family status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record or criminal conviction history, or any other impermissible basis.