Camp Manager - Echo Lake

  • Berkeley
  • South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA
  • Oct 29, 2018
Full time Communication - Public Outreach Management Outdoor Recreation - Guides- Trails - Wilderness

Job Description

The Position

The City of Berkeley is accepting applications for a career, benefited, full-time Camp Manager. The incumbent will be responsible for the management of Berkeley's Echo Lake Camp, located near South Lake Tahoe, CA. This position will entail working from the Berkeley Recreation Division offices in Berkeley during the months of approximately October through May, and living on site (where meals & lodging are provided in full) at Echo Lake Camp during the months of approximately June through September.  The incumbent will be responsible for the year round management of Echo Lake Camp including facility operations; program management; staff recruitment, selection, training, and supervision; full-service commercial kitchen and dining hall operations; program administration, cash handling, and record keeping; and customer service.

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About Echo Lake Camp
Since 1922, The City of Berkeley has managed Echo Lake Camp, providing outdoor recreation and education opportunities for thousands of campers of all ages. Echo Lake Camp is located in a beautiful High Sierra environment (7,400 foot elevation) overlooking the Lake Tahoe Basin.  The Lake Tahoe Basin is world-renowned for hiking, kayaking, canoeing, rock-climbing, cycling, skiing, and more.   

Just 15 minutes from South Lake Tahoe, the Camp provides a unique outdoor environment to offer Family Camp, Youth Resident Camp, private group rentals, and special City of Berkeley programs. 
Echo Lake Camp's summer season runs from June through September, and provides Family Camp (all ages), Youth Resident Camp (age 7-14), Counselor-In-Training programs (age 15-16), Adult Camps (age 50+), Pre-K Family Weekends, Teen Retreats, and private group rentals. More than 2,200 campers attend the facility annually, and the camp averages 120 campers on-site each night. Recreation programming includes special events, sports, games, camp activities, theme days, arts & crafts, music, adult socials, swimming, canoeing, archery, environmental education, child-care, and much more.

Required Qualifications

Equivalent to graduation from a college or university with major course work in recreation, physical education, business or public administration or a closely related field; and either:

I. Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in recreation or camp programs, which has included at least two (2) years at a supervisory level. Additional recreation or camp experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to two (2) years of the education requirement.


II. One year experience (or equivalent summer sessions) in a residence recreational summer camp at a level equivalent to the City's Camp Staff Supervisor.

Must be able to travel to various locations within the City of Berkeley and to the camps to meet the program needs and to fulfill the job responsibilities. When driving on City business, the incumbent is required to maintain a valid California driver's license as well as a satisfactory driving record.

CPR and first aid certification required at start of the summer season. Ability to get class 1 or 2 water treatment and sewage treatment certifications may be required.

California Public Resources Code Section 5164 prohibits the hiring of a person for employment at a park or recreational facility in a position having supervisory or disciplinary authority over any minor if the person has been convicted of certain criminal offenses. California Education Code Section 10911.5 requires that all public recreation program employers must fingerprint all persons having direct contact with a minor. The City does not hire persons who have been convicted of felony drug, sexual assault or physical assault crimes.

Knowledge and Abilities

Note: The level and scope of the knowledge and abilities listed below are related to job duties as defined under Class Characteristics.

Knowledge of:

  1. Principles and practices of camp recreation program planning, development and implementation; including American Camping Association standards;
  2. Principles and methods of camp planning and design, recreational programs, maintenance and camp operations, and environmental conservation and ecology;
  3. Techniques of supervision including planning, assigning and monitoring work and of evaluation of assigned staff;
  4. Administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program development and implementation;
  5. Theories, principles, techniques and equipment used in camp facilities and maintenance and operations;
  6. Applicable laws and regulations; codes, ordinances, and guidelines pertaining to the work;
  7. Computer applications and software used to track camp usage with standard desktop applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, camp-tracking databases, and related software programs and systems; and
  8. Safe work methods and safety regulations pertaining to the work.

Ability to:

  1. Plan, organize, assign, direct, review, and evaluate the work of assigned staff;
  2. Select, motivate, and evaluate staff and provide for their training and professional development;
  3. Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and internal controls;
  4. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work;
  5. Communicate courteously and effectively with other camp staff members and relate well with campers in all age groups and the public;
  6. Identify camp recreational and operational needs and recommend alternatives or enhancements;
  7. Exercise sound independent judgment within general established guidelines;
  8. Prepare clear, concise and complete reports and other written correspondence; and
  9. Represent the City effectively in meetings with community groups, businesses, and the public.

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$69,241.33 - $84,158.67 Annually