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Berkeley Echo Lake Camp Employment Page

We are now accepting applications for all positions at Echo Lake Camp for Summer 2019. Full information is listed below.  

Echo Lake Camp is located fifteen minutes from South Lake Tahoe atop a 7,400 foot ridge overlooking the Tahoe Basin. Camp programs include Family Camp, Youth Resident Camp, Counselors-In-Training (CIT), 50+ Camp, Pre-K Family Weekend, Teen Retreat, and private group rentals. A variety of Camp Staff positions are available for Summer 2018 with duties and responsibilities ranging from facilities maintenance, food service, and recreation programs, to office administration, lifeguards, and child care.  Please review the job descriptions below for additional information:   

Summer 2019 Echo Lake Camp Staff Job Descriptions (.pdf) <----Click here for a full description of available 2018 seasonal camp staff positions.    




Important Information for Summer 2019 Echo Lake Camp Staff Applicants:      


We are currently accepting applications for all positions at Camp. The first step to becoming a staff member is to complete the BELC Staff Application and  BELC Staff Application Supplemental Questionnaire These forms are required, and we must have an original signature on the Staff Application. We will be setting up first round interviews in late February and early March, 2018, and begin recommending applicants for hire in mid-March, 2018. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.
Our full summer season is June 9 through September 15, 2019. Most staff contracts will begin June 14 and conclude August 30, 2019. Staff unavailable for this full date range should note their availability on their staff supplemental questionnaire.  Please note that due to the needs of our Camp Program, applicants available for the full summer season (June 9-at least August 24) will be considered first for most positions.
Staff interested in working for only a portion of the Summer are welcome to apply, however, as stated above in the Dates of Commitment section, staff available for the full summer will be given priority in most circumstances.  Youth Camp only can apply for Youth Camp counselor opportunities.  Youth Camp Counselor Staff will attend Staff Training July 25-27, 2019, and work through August 23, 2019, or August 30, 2019.
All staff are required to attend a MANDATORY Staff Training. Staff working the full summer season will be required to attend training June 14-17, 2019.  Leadership staff will be required to attend a mandatory training the week of June 10-13, 2019. Youth Camp Counselors will be required to attend mandatory training July 25-27, 2019.
Opportunities for extended employment either before the start of the summer (May/June) or during the fall (September-October) are available for certain classifications.  Opening and Closing staff will assist with setup and shut-down of the camp facility, which will include cleaning, program area setup and take down, assistance with camp projects, and other duties as assigned.  Typically, staff will work opening or closing in addition to their regular position at camp, however, it is possible to work only during these time periods.  To express interest in opening/closing, please select those options on the staff supplemental questionnaire. 

 General Employment Requirements:

Background Check / Fingerprinting / Additional Documentation: California state law requires that all recreation employees and volunteers having direct contact, supervisory or disciplinary authority over minors be fingerprinted as a condition of employment. Candidates under serious consideration for hire will be referred for fingerprinting.  Candidates recommended for hire who will have cash handling responsibilities will be required to undergo additional background check requirements. A Social Security Card (original) is required.  Other documents may include a birth certificate, driver’s license/CA I.D., passport, etc. Completion of additional steps, including acknowledgement of City of Berkeley policy and procedures will be required.
Negative TB Test Result: Candidates under serious consideration must provide proof of a recent negative Tuberculosis test prior to employment.    
Identification: Federal law requires that prior to employment, applicants must furnish proof of identity and eligibility for employment in the United States. Proof may be furnished by various    
CPR/ First Aid/ AED certification: All Echo Lake Camp staff must be in possession of a current CPR/ First Aid/ AED certification from the American Heart Association or other nationally recognized certification provider prior to their designated start date.    
State of CA Food Handler’s Certification (Serv-Safe): All staff members with Food Handling responsibilities must possess a valid Safe Food Handler’s Certification, according to California state law.      
Minimum Age Requirement: The State of California requires any staff working as Camp Counselors be at least 18 years of age OR a high school graduate.  


(.pdf) This is a pdf format, if you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, please download from City's download site. If you are unable to access this information online, please participate by contacting us via email , telephone (510) 981-5150, or TDD (510) 981-6903. 

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