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Berkeley Echo Lake Camp Employment Page

We are now accepting applications for all positions at Echo Lake Camp for Summer 2021.   

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), adult camp sessions, and private group rentals. A variety of Camp Staff positions are available with duties and responsibilities ranging from Youth Camp Counselor, facilities maintenance, food service, and recreation program staff, to office administration, lifeguards, medical staff, and child care. For more information about Echo Lake Camp, visit our web page, here: Berkeley Echo Lake Camp website.      

For more information about these classifications and the particular roles and responsibilities associated with each, click here:

Important Information for Summer 2021 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  (Required), and return it to either camps@cityofberkeley.info or dpompey@cityoffberkeley.infoThis is required, and we must have an original signature on the Staff Application. We will be setting up first round interviews in early March, and we will begin recommending applicants for hire mid-March. While we encourage applicants to submit their materials early for priority consideration, we hire based upon program need and applications will be accepted until positions are filled.  

We have a variety of program needs, and therefore, each staff contract will reflect unique dates of commitment.  Depending on your role and responsibilities, you may be required to work during one or all of the below program periods: 

  • Opening Season - June 1-June 5, 2021
  • Staff Training: June 6-13, 2021
  • Family Camp Season: June 14-July 3, 2021
  • Youth Camp Program: July 5-August 14, 2021
  • Adult Camp Programs: August 16-August 20, 2021
  • End of Season Weekend rental: August 20-August 23, 2021
  • Closing Season: August 23-September 6, 2021

Employees at Echo Lake Camp may commit to working the entire summer season, or a partial summer.  While we prioritize candidates with excellent availability, we encourage ALL applicants to apply. We make hiring decisions based upon applicant merits and program needs.

  • FULL SUMMER COMMITMENTMost staff requesting a full summer commitment and desiring to live on-site during our Family Camp and Youth Camp programs must commit to starting work no later than June 6 and ending their time at camp no earlier than August 14, however, we may give priority to staff who identify longer dates of availability. 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 6-at least August 14) will be considered first for most positions.
  • YOUTH CAMP SEASON: This year, we will hire nearly 20 staff as Cabin Counselors and Youth Camp Support staff for our Youth Sleepaway Camp program. Staff interested in these positions will be required to attend pre-season training (dates TBD), and commit to the entirety of the Youth Camp program season, July 5-August 14, 2021.  
  • PARTIAL SUMMER COMMITMENTWe welcome staff applications from individuals who are only available for a portion of the summer. For example, staff who are available for only the opening or closing season, or staff who can work the majority of a season but have a scheduled gap in availability due to school or an internship. That being said, we typically give priority to staff who are available for the entirety of a program season, and e hire based upon program need. 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.  
    All staff are required to attend one or more of our MANDATORY Staff Training sessions, depending on your dates of commitment. Staff working the full summer season will be required to attend training June 6-13, 2021.  All Youth Camp Counselors will be required to attend mandatory training July 17-20, 2020
    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: Echo Lake Camp Staff must be age 16 or older. 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 recreation@cityofberkeley.info , telephone (510) 981-5150, or TDD (510) 981-6903. 

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