Love What You Do.

Join us in creating hope and opportunity in the lives of youth today. As an employee of YSS, you’ll be part of one of Iowa’s largest youth-serving organizations and a passionate team that believes in putting kids first. You can play a vital role in helping youth find their voice, make healthy choices, and turn hopelessness into hope.

You can help youth stand strong.


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Current Positions With Sign-on Bonus

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YSS is proud to offer competitive employee benefits, including:

  • Health insurance
  • Voluntary dental insurance
  • Voluntary vision insurance
  • Life insurance and long-term disability coverage
  • Professional liability insurance coverage
  • Flexible spending account/health savings account
  • Supplemental compensation award
  • Free membership to the Athletic Club of Ames
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees
  • Flu shots
  • Employer-paid communicable disease check and employment physical
  • Mental health support
  • Four weeks of paid time off (PTO)
  • Volunteer time off
  • Paid holiday leave
  • Birthday holiday
  • Military leave
  • Bereavement leave
  • Many of our positions offer a variety of shifts or hours
  • In-service and out-of-agency conferences and workshops
  • Mandatory Reporter training
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Medication Manager certification
  • LGBTQ+ Safe Zone training
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • And many more

YSS is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness qualified employer. Learn More

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Application Process

+ View open positions.

+ Click on a job position for more details.

+ To apply, click the “APPLY NOW” link within the job posting.

+ Complete the online application and upload your resume.

+ You will also be asked to provide information—including your social security number, date of birth, and driver’s license number—to conduct background checks on criminal convictions, child abuse, dependent adult abuse, sex offender, and motor vehicle records. We take great care to protect your personal information and only use it to conduct the appropriate background checks.

+ You will receive a confirmation email following successful completion of your application.

+ If your application is selected for further consideration, you will receive an email or phone call from a YSS hiring manager to schedule an interview.

If you have questions regarding your application, contact the YSS Recruitment Team at

Please note: YSS is a nicotine free workplace.