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Food Service Worker - Camp Mather 2024 (Outside of San Francisco) - Rec & Parks (2604)

Recruitment: REF36516S

Published: January 08, 2024


Shawnda McBeth -

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Department: Recreation & Park Commission
Job class: 2604-Food Service Worker
Salary range: $55,692.00 - $71,032.00
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


Contact: For questions about this position or how to apply, please contact Shawnda McBeth at

Application Opening - Friday January 5, 2024
Application Deadline - Apply Immediately. This announcement may close at any time but not before Friday March 1, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Compensation - $26.7750/Hourly

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

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 immediate supervision, performs a wide variety of manual work involved in the storage, preparation and serving of food in an institutional kitchen or dining area; keeps kitchens, dining rooms and associated equipment in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition; and performs related duties as required. 

Examples of Essential Duties 

  • Sets up food counters and tables; prepares simple foods such as toast, cereal, sandwiches, salads and boiled eggs; prepares food for serving by cutting, slicing and dishing up portions for customers and patients, including special diet preparations; 
  • Washes, cleans and peels potatoes, shells peas and otherwise prepares food for cooking; 
  • Operates power tools and equipment used in the preparation of liquid and solid foods;  
  • Serves food to customers and patients in cafeterias, dining halls and hospital wards; 
  • Cleans dishes, utensils, storage spaces, equipment, containers, tables, floors and other areas when required; sterilizes food containers; 
  • Performs routine auxiliary tasks such as carrying supplies to and from storage rooms; controlling the use of meal cards and distributing linen supplies; and 
  • May assist in the preparation of special diet foods when required. 

Policies and Expectations of Staff

Employees are expected to follow the policies as described in the Camp Mather 2024 Workplace Policies and Expectations.docx.pdf - Google Drive . 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, potential wildfire smoke and will regularly encounter bugs and insects. 

Work Schedule: The work week is typically six (6) days, comprise of small shifts throughout the day. However, kitchen staff may be required to work an alternate work schedule consisting of 10 – 12 hour shifts with appropriate breaks (limited to 40 hours in a work week), during the high season to accommodate the needs of the department. Shifts may also include weekends and evenings. 

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.

Cell Phone & Internet: Camp Mather has VERY limited cellular and Internet/Wi-Fi services available on its grounds.

Kitchen staff will be working with various cleaning chemicals as part of the position requirements. 

Available Work Assignments: Camp Mather operates in three phases. Applicants are available to apply for any or all camp phases, however, hiring priority for this position is given to those who can work the Early Crew, High Season AND Wrap-up Crew, in part or in full. 

  • April 13 to May 17 (Early Crew)
  • May 18 to August 16 (High Season)
  • August 17 to September 22 (Wrap-up Crew)

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.

How to qualify


Experience: Possession of six (6) months of food handling experience in the food service industry as a food service worker, kitchen helper, waiter, busboy, or similar position. 

Education: Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent. 

Substitution: Completion of twelve (12) semester units or equivalent credits in Food Service, Culinary Arts, Dietetics and/or Nutrition can substitute for the experience as described above. 

NOTE: Selected candidates will be required to obtain a ServSafe certificate or California Food Handler Card prior to appointment. 

Verification of Experience and Education

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application and/or appointment in this class.  Refer to the following links for information on acceptable forms of verification:

Verification Guidelines:     
Education Verification:

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

What else should I know?

Contact: For questions about this position or how to apply, please contact Shawnda McBeth at

Steps to Apply:

  1. Carefully review the information presented in this job announcement and the Camp Mather 2024 Workplace Policies and Expectations.docx.pdf - Google Drive 
  2. 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.
  3. Complete the required supplemental questionnaire found here: . 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.

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.

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

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

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1 and Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. 

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.

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


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.