News relating to Camp Mather throughout the year.
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
UPDATE: HIRING COMPLETE
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 7 days a week and has a staff of 7. 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.
Store Clerk Duties: customer service; cashiering, money handling, record keeping; merchandise ordering, receiving, stocking, displaying, inventorying; making soda fountain products, bagging ice, 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 will be 5.5 days a week. Staff meetings and training sessions are mandatory.
Compensation: $15/hr.; overtime (1.5) after 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. Paychecks arrive on the 15th and the last day of the month. Sick pay after 90 days and FREE room and board.
Housing is a private room with a bed and a dresser; bath houses with toilets, sinks, and showers are a short walk away.
Other Benefits: Store Clerks receive a store discount, free laundry, a great work environment and access to all camp amenities during their time off. A nurse/doctor is on site 24/7. Camp has a pool, lake, sports courts/fields, ropes course, recreation/nature/arts programs, and a horse concession.
Work Season: May 12 through September 15. HS/College academic schedules may be accommodated. Please do not plan vacations during the season.
APPLY NOW: Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2019 close of business.
You may be invited to an initial Skype interview. Follow-up interviews may be conducted. Please check your email account once a week after you apply for updates on your status.
Minimum Requirements: This job is an entry level job and will include training in all aspects of the work required. Prior retail/customer service knowledge is desirable. Age 18+ and CA Food Handler’s Card. Must be able to handle money, give correct change, and possess simple math skills. Must be able to arrive on time, follow the store policies as well as the camp policies.
Store Clerks must be adept at team work, communication, follow-through, multi-tasking, learning new procedures, customer service, and attention to detail. Store clerks must be friendly, kind, helpful, hard-working, mature and honest.
This job requires store clerks to stand, lift and carry products up to 25 pounds, communicate clearly, work indoors and outdoors, walk up stairs, use a cash register and handle money, read/listen and follow instructions, and give good customer service to young children as well as adults.
Store clerks will be required to: wear a clean uniform and a name badge, come to work on time ready to work, be courteous to all staff and customers, learn about all products for customer service purposes, perform all tasks to the best of their ability, stay alert and respond to customer needs or any problems at the store, work with a cooperative/supportive team spirit, and work safely.
Required Certification: CA Food Handlers Card, must have prior to arrival at the job site.
Preferred experience: cashier, customer service, retail, soda fountain or related work. Volunteer and life experience are valued.
Staff must provide own transportation to get to and from the camp.
NO pets, over-night visitors, weapons, illegal drugs, skateboards, or fireworks. Housing and meals are for staff only. All policies of the Camp and Store must be followed.
How to Apply:
DUE DATE: March 15, 2019
Application Form is a PDF. You may print the form out, complete by hand and attach a scan of the form to your email.
The Friends of Camp Mather is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Please direct questions to Claudia Reinhart at firstname.lastname@example.org
A new book, Our Paradise – Berkeley's Fabulous Family Camps, by Mara Melandry is now available tracing the history of Berkeley's three municipal family camps since their establishment in the 1920's.
Author's note: "I have discovered what inspired city leaders to pursue such a program, the early adjustments of the camps, the impact of work events such as the Great Depression, World War II and the 1960s on them."
The book is available directly from the author and on Amazon. See PDF for details if you wish to order direct from the author.
The following is a status update for Camp Mather and the Ferguson Fire, dated July 31, 2018 from the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department website:
Due to poor air quality conditions, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department is closing Camp Mather for the remainder of the week for the health and safety of our campers and staff. We expect to re-open the camp Sunday, Aug. 5, conditions permitting.
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