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Camp Assistant- Camp Mather (outside of San Francisco) - Rec & Parks (3264)

Recruitment: REF19720U

Published: March 10, 2023


Ian Talley -

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Department: Recreation & Park Commission
Job class: 3264-Camp Assistant
Salary range: $44,122.00 - $44,122.00
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


Contact: For questions about this position or how to apply, please contact Ian Talley at
Application Opening: 12/06/2022
Application Deadline: Apply Immediately. This announcement may close at any time but not before February 17, 2023 @ 4:30 pm
Salary: $19.04/hr.
Appointment Type: This position is a temporary exempt, as-needed appointment. This position is seasonal and will not result in an eligible list for a permanent civil service position. Employees serve at the will of the Appointing Officer.


NOTE A: Applicants must complete the supplemental questionnaire found in the Additional Information section of this job announcement in addition to applying. Only applicants who submit both an application AND supplemental questionnaire will be considered for participation in the department's selection process.

NOTE B: This position doesn’t work with camp guests. This position works primarily in the kitchen/dining area (serves food, buses tables, washes dishes, etc.)

Amid a dynamic and ever-evolving urban landscape, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department stewards one of the premier urban park systems in America.  San Francisco recently became the first city in the United States for which 100% of its residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park.  Considered by San Franciscans to be one of the City’s most popular and effective public agencies, our department manages and maintains more than 225 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces in San Francisco, including two outside of city limits: Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. Our 4,100- acre system includes 25 recreation centers, 9 swimming pools, 5 golf courses and numerous athletic facilities, including sports courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and gymnasiums. Included in the department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the Palace of Fine Arts, and TPC Harding Park golf course.

More than 2,000 talented individuals are part of our team, from gardeners, foresters, and recreation leaders to park rangers, custodians, electricians, painters and more. Our core mission, as it has been throughout our history, is to provide opportunities for San Francisco residents and visitors alike to gather, play, learn, relax, and enjoy nature in the city.

About Camp Mather

Each summer, RPD operates Camp Mather, a rustic family campground located near Yosemite National Park, approximately 3 hours east of San Francisco. Each week, about 500 campers enjoy a week-long stay at Camp Mather; enjoying a full range of recreation activities such as a supervised swimming pool and a lake for water activities, supervised recreation programs, hiking, and evening campfire entertainment. Guests stay in cabins, and enjoy 3 delicious meals each day, served cafeteria style with a full salad bar and excellent service.


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Role description

Under supervision, Camp Assistants work with other camp staff to ensure guests experience a sense of community and enjoy a wonderful vacation. This position requires a high level of physical effort as well as strong customer-service skills.


Examples of Essential Duties

  • Works steam tables, serves food, buses tables, washes and stacks dishes, and cleans flatware;
  • Cleans cabins and other camp facilities, including sweeping and mopping floors, washing windows and scrubbing washrooms;
  • Cleans the campgrounds;
  • Participates in the staff talent show and staff versus guest athletic activities;
  • Unloads and loads trucks, and moves furniture and supplies; and
  • Helps the Chef, Assistant Cooks, and Food Service Workers as needed.


Policies and Expectations of Staff
Employees are expected to follow the policies as described in the 2023 Camp Mather Pre-Hire Policies. Failure to follow these policies may result in termination.


 Working Conditions at Camp Mather

  • Housing and Meals: during employment, FREE meals and housing is provided to camp employees. Camp staff live in shared housing with other camp staff.
  • Nature of work includes working both indoors and outdoors, exposure to sun, snow, rain, high/low temperatures, insects, and potential wildfire smoke.
  • Work Schedule: The workweek is six (6) days, comprising of small shifts throughout the day. Shifts includes weekends and evenings.  Overtime may be required.
  • Work Location: Camp Mather is located in the High Sierra near Yosemite National Park about 3 hours east of San Francisco.
  • Transportation: Camp Mather employees are responsible for securing their own transportation to and from Camp Mather. Parking is available for personal vehicles. Public transportation and Rideshare Apps (Uber/Lyft) are limited and is not a reliable source because of our remote location.
  • Cell Phone & Internet: Camp Mather has VERY limited cellular and Internet/Wi-Fi services available on its grounds.


Available Work Assignments: Camp Mather operates in three phases. Applicants are available to apply for any or all camp phases, however, hiring priority is given to those who can work the main high season AND either early crew or wrap-up crew, in part or in full.

  • April 15 to May 19 (Early Crew)
  • May 20 to August 18 (High Season)
  • August 19 to September 24 (Wrap-Up Crew)

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicant must be age 18 or older at the time of hire;
  • Possess a High School diploma or equivalent, at the time of hire;
  • Ability to work with and live around coworkers and guests, of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal form;
  • Good physical condition and ability to lift up to 50 pounds;
  • Ability to maintain a neat and clean appearance at all times;
  • Ability to provide great customer service to guests in a friendly and helpful manner; and
  • For kitchen staff: ServSafe certificate or California Food Handler Card.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • ServSafe Certificate or California Food Handler Card;
  • CPR-FPR certification;
  • AED certification;
  • First Aid certification;
  • Lifeguard certification;
  • Citizen or Neighborhood Emergency Response Team Training.


Verification of Education and Experience:
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. More information can be found at: Information About the Hiring Process | Department of Human Resources (


Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

What else should I know?

Steps to Apply:

  1. Carefully review the information presented in this job announcement and the 2023 Camp Mather Pre-Hire Polices document:
  2. Complete the required supplemental questionnaire: The purpose of this questionnaire is to gather job specific information. Only applications with a submitted supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed for consideration in the department's selection process.
  3. Complete your application with as much detail as possible in the experience section. Please be sure to include all relevant training and experience in your application. It is essential that you provide complete information. A resume will not substitute for a completed application. If you write "see resume" on your application, your application may be rejected.

Selection Process: The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to the minimum qualifications and response to the Supplemental Questionnaire. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.

Race and Social Equity Statement
We believe that parks and open space in San Francisco provides the opportunity to model equitable access for all.  With this belief, San Francisco became the first city in the United States for which 100% of its residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park. The Recreation and Park Department’s goal is to close the gaps and improve equity and access to quality parks and open space, and recreation activities for historically marginalized communities.  

We envision a department that proactively infuses racial and social equity in its internal operations.  With a multi-disciplinary team of talented individuals - gardeners, recreation leaders, park rangers, custodians, craft shop personnel, park and recreation managers and more, the department is committed to doing its part to provide equitable access to parks and programs for all the communities we serve to enjoy, as well as foster a work environment where our differences are celebrated, and everyone has what they need to thrive regardless of their race, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or country of origin.


Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco

Public Resources Code 5164
Candidates for positions with the Recreation & Parks Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.