Viewing posts from: July 2013

Now Hiring for the Fall 2013 Conference Season

by stanfordsierra

07 17, 2013 | Posted in Employment | 0 comments

Applications are available online for our fall 2013 conference season. The season is two months beginning in early September and ending in early November.

Fall at Fallen Leaf Lake

Fall at Fallen Leaf Lake

During our fall conference season we provide lodging, meals, meeting space and recreation for visiting groups. We hire "All-purpose staff" to work the different aspects of each group's visit. As an all-purpose staff member, a workday might start with a  breakfast shift in the dining room, then cleaning guest rooms and cabins during housekeeping and then working a boat dock shift in the afternoon.
Working a boat dock shift

Working a boat dock shift

All-purpose staff live onsite in shared cabins.
A couple of the staff cabins

A couple of the staff cabins

The staff work hard as a team when on shift and have fun together during free time. Staff members can take out kayaks and stand up paddle boards from the boat dock and hike the trails from right out the door of their cabin.  
A couple of our spring 2013 staff returning from a hike

A couple of our spring 2013 staff returning from a hike

We hire about 40 all-purpose staff for the conference season and usually have a mix of return and new employees. Visit our website to learn more about what we do at our Lake Tahoe conference center. And, if you are hard-working and love the outdoors, fill out an application!

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Who Knew Trail Maintenance Could be Fun?

by stanfordsierra

07 08, 2013 | Posted in Event planning, Meeting, Recreation | 0 comments

Last summer, based on a guest's suggestion, we partnered with the US Forest Service and started a trail maintenance program.  Bruce Campodonico, our head of maintenance and an avid hiker, coordinated the details with the USFS, attended a two-day trail building class sponsored by the Tahoe Rim Trail Association , then we were ready to get to work!

Bruce Campdonico, our camera-shy head of trail maintenance

Bruce Campdonico, our camera-shy head of trail maintenance

  Each week about five guests volunteered to join our staff members for a three-hour work shift on the popular and nearby Cathedral Trail.
The Cathedral Trailhead

The Cathedral trail head

Volunteers are required to wear long sleeves, pants and a hard hat to stay safe on the trail. The focus of the work last year and so far this year is clearing the brush along the trail.
Cutting away the encroaching shrubs

Cutting away the encroaching shrubs

With weekly shifts in the summer, the hike to the work spot is longer each time. I joined a work crew last week.
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Beautiful view of Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe from the Cathedral trail

There were nine of us on my work crew, once we reached a spot on the trail where it was tough to get through the encroaching shrubs, we got our last-minute instructions from Bruce and got to work! We spread out so everyone had space to work safely. You have to trim back the bushes on the uphill side of the trail, then throw your cuttings in hard-to-see areas so hikers don't see a trail of dead branches as they are hiking through the area. Bruce said through mid summer work will focus on trimming back the shrubs to clear the narrow spots in the trail. Then the crews will get into rock and tread work. The tread is where the existing trail is. Over the years, some sections of trail have been pushed downhill, so the goal is to cut back the encroaching bushes, then the Forest Service will come in and regrade the trail to prevent erosion. I had just met my fellow crew members and the hike and the work offered a nice opportunity to chat and get to know each other better.
Working together on the trail

Working together on the trail

The trail crew

The trail crew

For your next offsite, if are looking for a team-building activity that gets you outside in a beautiful setting, provides a service to the community and builds camaraderie, visit our Lake Tahoe conference center and join us for trail maintenance!

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Kayaking Fallen Leaf Lake

by stanfordsierra

07 01, 2013 | Posted in Recreation | 0 comments

During your stay at our California conference center, plan to take out a kayak from our boat dock to enjoy the beauty of Fallen Leaf Lake. Check the weather forecast before your departure to pack accordingly. For your kayak excursion we recommend comfortable clothing that gives you freedom of movement for your arms and water-resistant bottoms as you may get wet. Depending on temps, you can kayak barefoot or with water shoes or a pair of sneakers you don't mind getting wet.

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A hat, water-resistant outer layers and athletic shoes make a good paddling outfit!

Bring sunscreen if clear weather is in the forecast, at altitude and with the reflection off the water, the sun is more intense. At the boat dock, our staff will set you up with a life jacket, paddle and boat, and if you need them, a few paddling tips.
Boat dock staff ensure guests have a safe and fun experience on the water

A boat dock staff member giving some kayaking tips

Often, the best time to kayak is early morning when the lake is calm. Each group sets the schedule for boat dock hours, so if you're attending an event, be sure to reach out to your coordinator and ask for morning boat dock hours. Temperatures are cooler in the morning, so plan to dress warmer.
Calm morning on Fallen Leaf Lake

Calm morning on Fallen Leaf Lake

Most groups schedule free time in the afternoon, which can be an excellent paddling time with sunshine and warmer temps.
An afternoon paddle on Fallen Leaf Lake

An afternoon paddle on Fallen Leaf Lake

For some kayaking tips and an overview of paddling on Fallen Leaf Lake, watch our video. Kayaking Fallen Leaf Lake If you have never kayaked before, plan to try it on your visit to our California conference center. Kayaking is an easy sport to pick up and the kayaks are very stable. See you on the water!

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