News relating to Camp Mather throughout the year.
SF Rec and Park has shared the unfortunate news that Camp Mather will remain closed for the summer of 2021, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. While we are sad to imagine a second straight summer without Mather, we understand that the current circumstances would make it impossible to properly ensure the safety of guests and staff. So while it was surely a difficult decision, it was clearly the right one.
We now look forward even more to the day that we can safely return to Mather, to enjoy a swim in Birch Lake and share a meal with family and friends in the Jack Spring Dining Hall. Though we've never been accused of taking Mather for granted, it's safe to say we will appreciate it more the next time we visit.
You can read more details on this summer's closure in this article from the SF Chronicle.
Hello Campers, we hope you are all doing well and staying safe during this holiday season.
Like many of you, we missed Mather quite a bit during this past year. While we wait to learn when Mather will be able to open again, we thought it might be nice to share some Mather memories with everyone.
FoCM volunteer Kirk Fetzer has created a slideshow called "Camp Mather in Seasons". Images of Mather in the wintertime are set against photos of summer memories. While Mather "sleeps" for the winter, we all look forward to the day that we can return to create new memories. Thanks to Kirk for creating this, and to everyone who shared photos with him.
The video can be watched here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlL8CRbxxJY
We also wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of a treasured Mather volunteer, and founding member of our Naturalist program, Matthew Cory. He generously shared his time and knowledge with Campers for many summers, and was a beloved member of the Mather community. He will be missed. You can learn more about his life here: https://www.fernwood.com/matthew-cory.
Please enjoy your holiday season, and we look forward to a time when we can all be together in person again
UPDATE: HIRING FOR THIS POSITION IS NO LONGER OPEN, AS CAMP MATHER IS CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER DUE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS.
However, we will reopen this position once we learn that Camp can open once again.
Camp Mather General Store is operated by the Friends of Camp Mather, a 501 C 3 non-profit. Its mission is to support the programs and the environment of Camp Mather; all profits go back into camp. The store is open seven days a week and has a staff of seven.
The Camp Mather General Store stocks items the guests and staff may need, and to meet the needs of the tourists staying nearby or passing through on their way to Hetch Hetchy. The General Store has a large deck, and an active soda fountain featuring ice cream cones, milkshakes, floats, etc.
Camp Mather is owned and operated by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. The camp staff provide the meals, programs, and maintenance of the camp facilities. The camp hosts approximately 500 guests each week; they arrive on Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning. The store is located within the camp and the camp is located at the intersection of Evergreen Road and Hetch Hetchy Road, a one-hour drive to Yosemite Valley. https://sfrecpark.org/destination/camp-mather
Store Clerk Duties include customer service, cashiering, record keeping, inventory tasks from ordering to display, soda fountain tasks, cleaning including janitorial, store opening/closing, and other duties as assigned while maintaining a safe work environment.
Work Shifts: Store Clerk positions are seasonal non-exempt full time (30-40 hrs. a week). The shifts may be up to 6 days a week, day, night, holidays, weekends.
Compensation: $15.60/hr. Paychecks arrive on the 15th and the last day of the month. FREE room and board. Housing is a private room with a bed and a dresser; bath houses are a short walk away. Other Benefits: Store Clerks receive a store discount, free laundry, and access to all camp amenities during their time off.
Work Season: May 12 through mid-September. HS/College academic schedules may be accommodated. Please do not plan vacations during the season.
Minimum Requirements: This job is an entry level job and will include training in all aspects of the work required. Minimum age: 18. Prior retail/customer service knowledge is desirable.
This job requires store clerks to stand, lift and carry products up to 30 pounds while navigating stairs and ramps, communicate clearly, work indoors and outdoors, use a cash register/handle money, read/listen and follow instructions, and deliver good customer service to young children as well as adults. This is a live-in work job and all employees are expected to adhere to all camp rules in addition to the store policies.
Required Certification: CA Food Handlers Card from Servsafe.com, must have prior to arrival at the job site.
Staff must provide own transportation to get to and from the camp. Housing and meals are for staff only. NO pets, over-night visitors, weapons, illegal drugs, skateboards, or fireworks.
APPLY NOW: Applications will be accepted until March 17, 2020.
Download our Application Form here
Interviews will be conducted March 27 (see the application form to request a time slot for the interview)
Email your cover letter, resume and the Application Form to: Claudia Reinhart at firstname.lastname@example.org and to the Friends of Camp Mather at email@example.com
The application is a PDF. Please print the form, complete and attach a scan of the form to your email.
Please direct questions to Claudia Reinhart at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Friends of Camp Mather is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Camp Dates from Set up/Training through Close for season: May 12 to September 15 ish
Application Deadline: MARCH 17, 2020 Via email: email@example.com
400-acre Ackerson Meadow, part of Yosemite National Park at of 2016, is in the Mather neighborhood and is being returned to natural conditions though a project addressing invasive plants, dried-out wetlands and even installing and monitoring restoration structures modeled on beaver dams. Interesting stuff!
Wetland restoration on this scale is unusual, and will be studied and learned from for years to come.
Check out the post on Yosemite Conservancy website