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Lifeguard - Camp Mather 2024 (outside of San Francisco) (3208 TEX As-Needed)

Recruitment: RTF0117825-01123767

Published: January 18, 2024


Eugenia Paw -
Katherine Dere -

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Department: Recreation & Park Commission
Job class: 3208-Pool Lifeguard
Pay range: $24.9875/hr - $24.9875/hr
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Part-time


Date Opened:January 18, 2024 
Filing Deadline: File Immediately and before February 29, 2024 for the best opportunity of an assignment. 
Compensation:$24.9875/hour + Room and Board 
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. 

This position does not have any City health or retirement benefits since it is temporary in nature.

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

From dawn to dusk, help the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department at Camp Mather create memories that last families a lifetime and throughout the generations! 

The Aquatics Division of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department needs experienced Lifeguards to lead exciting outdoor aquatic activities at Camp Mather located in the High Sierras near Yosemite National Park.  Camp Mather operates for fourteen weeks from mid-May through mid-September, serving approximately 500 guests a week.  

In a setting unparalleled in the West, you can work, live and explore one of the Bay Area’s premier family camp.  Crystal clear lakes, surging streams and quiet mountain forests surround Camp Mather and offer unlimited recreation to visitors. Help us create an enriching, safe, fun-filled outdoor aquatic environment at our swimming pool, natural Birch Lake and Lake Lawn. 

Information about Camp Mather: 

If you are interested in a temporary as-needed appointment/position as a Lifeguard in San Francisco, please see Lifeguard - San Francisco Pools (3208 TEX As-Needed) | City and County of San Francisco (

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. 

Role description

As a lifeguard, you will be responsible for guarding the swimming pool, guarding the Birch Lake waterfront, roving the Lake Lawn, instructing guests how to use canoes and stand up paddle boards and of course first aid and lifesaving.  You will also be required to perform in the weekly Staff Talent Show and camp orientation campfire.  You will work six days a week, 6.5 hours per day, and shifts may be broken up.  Please note that everyone, regardless of job title, will be expected to contribute in all areas of the camp when necessary. 

Essential Duties: 

  1. Patrol and monitor pool activities, facility patrons and swimmers to prevent accidents; identify people in distress or those in danger. 
  2. Conduct rescue operations; perform lifesaving techniques; assist swimmers in distress and rescue swimmers in danger; pull drowning victims out of the water; call for emergency assistance; perform first aid resuscitation measures when necessary. 
  3. Communicate with facility patrons; caution swimmers regarding unsafe practices and safety hazards; enforce pool rules and regulations; maintain order in and around the pool. 
  4. Maintain aquatic facility by inspecting and observing the pool area, change rooms and deck for safety and cleanliness; preform general pool facility maintenance duties including cleaning and disinfecting pool, change rooms and deck; may take and record water quality samples in the absence of a supervisor.  Prepare the facility for various aquatic events; handle and store equipment and materials when not in use. 
  5. Collect revenue and fees for facility use and participation in facility activities and events; greet and check in facility guests. 
  6. Provide customer service; share general information regarding facility operations, programs and schedules. 
  7. Prepare incident and accident reports as necessary. 
  8. At Camp Mather, perform additional duties scheduled for at least two to three times a week which will include but not limited to kitchen duties (serving meals, cleaning after diners, stocking and performing industrial style kitchen cleanup, etc.), light janitorial cleanup, recreational activities, etc.  
  9. Other related duties as assigned.  

Policies and Expectations of Staff 
Employees are expected to follow the policies as described in the 2024 Camp Mather Pre-Hire Policies. Failure to follow these policies may result in termination. 
WorkConditions 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 and high temperatures, and will regularly encounter insects. 

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 4 hours east (approximately 180 miles) away from 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) is 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. 

Tentative Schedule
May 19, 2024: Staff move in week
May 23 - 24, 2024: Possible Waterfront Training
June 2, 2024: Camp starts
September 3, 2024: Camp ends

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications: 

Applicant must be age 18 or older at the time of hire due to the dorm living arrangements.  

Two hundred (200) hours of experience as a paid or volunteer lifeguard or lifeguard trainee. 

License and Certification: 
Current possession and maintenance of the following certifications or the equivalent of: 

  1. Lifeguarding issued by the American Red Cross or equivalent certified issuing agency; 
  2. CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer issued by the American Red Cross or equivalent certified issuing agency; 
  3. Oxygen Administration for the Professional Rescuer issued by the American Red Cross or equivalent certified issuing agency; and 
  4. Title 22 - First Aid for Public Safety Personnel issued by the American Red Cross or equivalent certified issuing agency. 


  1. All employees must keep current his/her valid Lifeguard Training, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer / Automated External Defibrillator (CPRFPR/AED) and First Aid certifications throughout his/her length of employment.  Failure to demonstrate/show proof of current/valid certification may result in termination of employment. 
  2. New hires must possess the following certifications issued by the American Red Cross and maintain validity of these certificates throughout length of employment: First Aid for Public Safety Personnel in accordance with Title 22 requirements; AND Oxygen Administration.  Failure to maintain valid certifications throughout length of employment may result in termination of employment. 

Desirable Qualifications: 

  • Waterfront Certificate issued by Red Cross or equivalent agency 
  • Possession of a valid California (Class C) driver's license (Copy of a driver's license and/or DMV history record must be submitted upon verification request) 
  • ServSafe Certificate or California Food Handler Card 
  • AED certification 
  • Citizen or Neighborhood Emergency Response Team Training 
  • 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 

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.  

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 2024 Camp Mather Pre-Hire Policies document. 
  2. Complete the required Lifeguard Mather 2024 Supplemental Questionnaire. The purpose of this questionnaire is to gather job specific information. Only applicants who submit both an application AND supplemental questionnaire will be allowed to participate 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.
  4. Attach current certifications and written verification of qualifying experience with application or via email to as soon as possible.
  5. If selected to continue in this process, be prepared to participate in a selection/performance test.  See Remote Performance Testing section.  

Selection Process: The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. 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.

*Remote Aquatics Testing Available*
If you are selected to participate in a performance test, and you live outside the immediate Bay Area, you may make arrangements to take the test at a pool in your area with another qualified Lifeguard. Written procedures and waiver forms will be provided.  

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

Conviction History - Further information 

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying 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.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Contact: If you have any questions regarding this position or application process, please contact Eugenia Paw/Human Resources at or Dianna Fry/Aquatics at  

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.