3286 Recreation Coordinator (Near Yosemite Valley)

Recruitment #TEX-3286-103938



Appointment Type
This recruitment is for a Temporary Exempt (TEX), as-needed appointment. This position is exempt from the Civil Service examination process pursuant to the San Francisco Charter Section 10.104 and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer. This position is seasonal and will not result in a permanent appointment.

About Us
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) provides opportunities for San Francisco residents and guests alike to gather, play, learn, relax and enjoy nature. We maintain more than 220 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces in the City, including two outside of city limits: Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierra. A vacation getaway for generations of families, as well as for first-time guests, Camp Mather remains RPD's inclusive, rustic, off-the-grid destination for recreation and relaxation.

About Camp Mather
Each summer, RPD operates Camp Mather, a rustic family campground located near Yosemite National Park, approximately 3 hours east of San Francisco. Each week, about 500 campers enjoy a week-long stay at Camp Mather; enjoying a full range of recreation activities such as a supervised swimming pool and a lake for water activities, supervised recreation programs, hiking, and evening campfire entertainment. Guests stay in cabins, and enjoy 3 delicious meals each day, served cafeteria style with a full salad bar and excellent service.

Learn more about Camp Mather on YouTube: https://youtu.be/2S_JZ4kKr5I 


This position is seasonal from late March through early September 2020. The basic workweek is five (5) days full-time and requires Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (day and/or evening) shifts.   Overtime may be required. Room and board are provided at Camp Mather and housing will either be a private room with shared bathroom or shared housing with a bathroom. Meals are included; family and pets are not permitted. Previous paid or volunteer experience with the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department does not guarantee employment.

Code of Conduct
Our employees represent the City and County of San Francisco, the Recreation and Park Department and Camp Mather. Therefore, all employees are expected to work in a manner which fulfills our goal to provide a safe, clean, friendly and fun camp environment for guests. Employees are expected to follow rules and policies, including observing camp quiet hours and keeping living areas clean and neat. Employees must wear a bicycle helmet at all times when riding a bicycle on camp property. While in public on camp property, employees may neither consume alcohol nor appear to be under the influence of alcohol. Every employee functions as an emergency worker and may be required to work beyond assigned hours. Applicants must be willing to perform other duties as assigned. No employee is allowed to accept tips or gratuities of any kind from guests of or visitors to Camp Mather.

Working Conditions at Camp Mather

  • Housing and Meals: During employment, FREE meals and housing is provided to camp employees. Camp staff live in shared housing with other camp staff.
  • Nature of work includes working both indoors and outdoors, exposure to sun and high temperatures, and will regularly encounter bugs and insects.
  • Work Schedule: Work schedule to be determined.  Shifts includes weekends and evenings. Overtime may be required.
  • Work Location: Camp Mather is located in the High Sierra near Yosemite National Park about 3 hours east of San Francisco.
  • Transportation: Camp Mather employees are responsible for securing their own transportation to and from Camp Mather. Parking is available for personal vehicles.


Camp Office Manager:  The broad duties of the Camp Office Manager are to assist the Camp Mather Manager in providing a safe, clean, well-functioning camp for the enjoyment of the 500 weekly guests, on-site concessionaires, 70+ staff, and day-use visitors. The Office Manager has specific duties as well as additional duties as assigned by the Camp Mather Manager. The Camp Office will be the “Go To” place in case of emergencies.  Under supervision of the Camp Mather Manager, the Office Manager:

  • Coordinates all the Mather camper reservations (including checkin and checkout) and on-site payments through ActiveNet (our registration system); resolves issues with the Camp Mather desk in San Francisco; conducts and reconciles all banking deposits and accounts for the Camp Accounts in Groveland.
  • Ensures all accommodations and the overall camp areas are cleaned and presentable for the weekly turnover of camp on Saturday for the Sunday afternoon check-in of campers.
  • Manages all accounting systems including timesheets and payroll for all the 70 camp employees; inputs all data into the City’s emerge system; reconciles all overtime and payroll issues with RPD Payroll.
  • Manages the front office operations and supervises assigned staff; maintains and coordinates all the employees’ schedules during the entire Camp season; coordinates housing details based on Camp policies; performs all purchasing and work orders input/tracking; investigates various complaints and outstanding issues during the Camp season; ensures that all office and camp operations priorities are met; maintains records and develops reports concerning new or ongoing programs and program effectiveness; prepares statistical reports as required.
  • Conducts informational meetings with staff, and volunteers concerning policies, procedures, rules, regulations, safety awareness, and emergency protocols related to their specific assigned activities and overall responsibilities at Camp Mather. Trains and supervises Camp Office Staff; health and safety, supplies, emergency response, and customer service.
  • Develops and conducts surveys of the guests regarding recreation programs and facility use and customer service; compiles data, creates a report, and recommends new programs/protocols or revisions to existing programs/protocols based on survey results.
  • Is a member of Camp Senior Staff; acts as the staff coordinator and on-site facilitator for emergencies, complaints, other incidences, health/safety issues, etc.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Camp Program Manager: Under supervision of the Camp Mather Manager, the Camp Program Manager:

  • Coordinates, oversees, and provides staff supervision of recreation activities, events, services, and operations of the Camp Mather Recreation Program. Responsibilities include development, implementation, problem solving, evaluation, and public relations.
  • Recommends and assists in the implementation of goals and objectives; establishes schedules and methods of providing assigned recreation program services; supervises designated staff and implements policies and procedures.
  • Monitors program and staff performance; recommends and implements modifications to programs and procedures.
  • Promotes programs and activities. Creates activity schedules for guests.
  • Maintains records, reports, and documentation concerning new or ongoing programs. Records and inspects recreation equipment inventory. Recommends need for supplies and purchase of recreation equipment.
  • Conducts informational meetings with staff, volunteers, policies, procedures, rules and regulations, safety concerns, and other relevant topics for subordinate staff.
  • Work with the Camp Mather Manager and Assistant Manager to plan and provide recreation experiences for camp guests and staff.
  • Interacts with subordinate staff that work at the challenge course and other staff at Camp Mather including Camp Assistants, Recreation Leaders, and Lifeguards.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

We have tentatively targeted the week of March 9, 2020 for interviews and tentatively mid-late April as the effective date.  We will provide more specific information (final date/time) to individuals if invited to advance in this competitive process.

Week of 3/9/20: Oral Interviews

Mid-Late April: Tentative start work date - training in San Francisco

5/15/20: Arrival at camp.  Saturday, Sunday and Monday are mandatory workdays - the two off days will be scheduled during the remainder of the week.

9/18/20: Conclusion of camp assignment 

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university


4000 hours of experience leading recreational activities, performing recreational support services, and/or facility monitoring (experience as a security guard is not qualifying as facility monitoring).

License and Certification:
Valid California Driver's License (which will be entered into the DMV Pool system)

Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the required degree on a year for year basis. Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units equal to 2000 hours.

Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Recreation, Recreation Administration, Business Management, Physical Education/Kinesiology, Performing Arts, or Visual Arts may substitute for 2000 hours of experience as described above.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Camp experience in a management capacity;
  • Excellent customer service skills;
  • Ability to perform a variety of physical tasks;
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certified;
  • Serve Safe Certified (If not Serve Safe certified, a Food Handler’s Card must be obtained); and
  • Knowledge of Active Net or other similar recreation programming/registration on-line system

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement (TEX-3283-103938) 
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.  Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores. 

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Eugenia Paw, by telephone at (415) 831-6824, or by email at Eugenia.Paw@sfgov.org.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.

Qualifying education must be verified by copy of diploma or transcripts showing coursework completed. Information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456.

Verification of qualifying hours worked must be on the employer’s letterhead, show the applicant’s name, dates of employment including hours worked, job title(s), duties performed for each position, and must be signed by the employer. Qualifying experience may be verified by performance evaluations showing duties performed. City and County employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will only be allowed if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules.

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the oral/performance process.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Reasonable Accommodation Request:
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements of a job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

General Information Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Terms of the Announcement:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted.  Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned.  The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Additional Information: General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures may be found online at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20.  

Issued: 2/14/20
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID #: 103938
REC/EP/(415) 831-6824


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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