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Charlie Wants Your Fall Conference Season Application!

by stanfordsierra

07 24, 2014 | Posted in Employment, Staff members | 0 comments

Next Thursday, July 31 is the last day we will accept applications for employment during the fall conference season. The season begins Sunday, September 7 and ends on Friday, November 14. Applications are available on our website. We are hiring all purpose staff, so job responsibilities include cleaning cabins, serving meals, setting meeting rooms, staffing the boat dock. etc.

Setting meeting rooms is a common shift for all purpose staff

Setting meeting rooms is a common shift for all purpose staff

Charlie Powers is our conference staff director who hires and supervises the staff.
Charlie meeting with a staff member

Charlie meeting with a staff member

Charlie has an interesting work history at Stanford Sierra. He started in the kitchen in 2005 and worked year-round through the spring of 2008. Charlie then returned to the East Coast and worked in his family's insurance business. Charlie missed the weather, snow and hiking in the Lake Tahoe area, so he returned to the Stanford Sierra kitchen in the spring of 2011. It was a fortuitous move as Charlie met Alissa, his bride-to-be. The next year Charlie was hired to be the conference staff director. During his tenure, Charlie has done an excellent job of hiring friendly, hardworking staff for each conference season.

Dee, one of our hardworking, friendly & well-dressed staff, prepping for a social hour in the Old Lodge

Starting with the application, Charlie is looking for applicants who present themselves well including a complete, accurate and grammatically correct application. If the application meets Charlie's scrutiny, he invites the applicant to a Skype interview. Again, Charlie is looking for applicants who present themselves well including appropriate dress for a job interview, clear and concise answers to interview questions and a friendly, outgoing demeanor. Conference season staff work hard, but enjoy many unique benefits during their two-month stint at Fallen Leaf Lake. Staff members share lakefront cabins on Fallen Leaf Lake, enjoy delicious meals prepared by Chef Dave and his staff and enjoy excellent recreation including paddle boarding and kayaking Fallen Leaf Lake, hiking in Desolation Wilderness plus friendly staff competitions including volleyball and soccer.
A group of staff paddling Fallen Leaf Lake

A group of staff paddling Fallen Leaf Lake

Our spring and fall conference seasons fits well with other resort season jobs that tend to run summer and winter. If you are hardworking and love the outdoors, submit your application!      

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Last Chance to be a Spring 2014 Staff Member!

by stanfordsierra

02 24, 2014 | Posted in Employment | 0 comments

Do you have a positive attitude, good work ethic, are interested in helping people and love the outdoors? Then we have a job for you! This is the final week to submit an application to work during our spring conference season which begins April 13 and ends June 13. We are hiring all-purpose staff, which means no two days will be alike. You could be setting a room for a meeting, serving dinner, cleaning toilets, leading a hike, or all of these in one day!

Setting meeting rooms is a common shift for all purpose staff

Setting meeting rooms is a common shift for all purpose staff

We hire about 40 staff to work the two-month spring season. Our staff live onsite in cabins and all meals are provided.
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Staff cabins along 'rustic row'

All-purpose staff normally work from 30 to 40+ hours per week, depending on how busy the conference schedule is. Then your time is free to spend as you like. You might have a morning shift, then free time in the afternoon, then work again in the evening. We have a boat dock onsite with kayaks, peddle boats, stand up paddle boards and sailboats, so many staff get out on the boats during free time or just relax on the dock.
A staff member relaxing on the boat dock

A staff member relaxing on the boat dock

It's fun to see the staff's variety of backgrounds and hometowns. We'll tend to get groups from the same state, Texas and Ohio one year, New Hampshire and Florida the next year. Living, working and playing together the staff bond as a community and many make lifetime friendships.
Soccer games on the tennis courts were popular with the fall '13 staff

Soccer games on the tennis courts were popular with the fall '13 staff

Our spring events range from a silent retreat to scientific meetings to family getaways for members of the Stanford community. We encourage our staff to work hard, but have fun! For a full description of seasonal work at Stanford Sierra Conference Center, see our 'Seasonal Assignments Description' .
Laine, Halie & Jenny sport their best 80s garb on a Hobart shift

Costumes encouraged for washing dishes aka "Hobart" shifts

After working a season, many of our staff return for a second or third season. We will hire again in the summer for our fall conference season which runs from early September to early November. Charlie Powers, conference staff director, conducts phone interviews with each applicant. Charlie is looking for applicants who present themselves well both on their application and over the phone. Charlie looks for consistent education or employment history and a clear direction.
A couple of our spring 2013 staff returning from a hike

A couple of our spring 2013 staff returning from a hike

You can complete the application online, but do it soon, the deadline is March 1! For questions or more information, you can contact Charlie Powers, conference staff director, at 530-541-1244 or cpowers@stanford.edu.  

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A Fall Season of Firsts

by The Aviator

09 27, 2013 | Posted in Employment, Recreation | 0 comments

The view from the boat dock at 6:30am.

The view from the boat dock at 6:30am.

  I have never considered myself a morning person, and yet one of the great mysteries of Fallen Leaf Lake is its ability to transform you. I now wake with the first light through the window - no alarm necessary.   The morning of September 12th was still and cool—the light over the Sierra Nevada a deep indigo pink. At 6:30 I was out on the water for my first boat dock shift, bundled up and ready to watch the sun rise. The first group to arrive at Stanford Sierra Camp for our fall season was sponsored by Patagonia. I found the group to be altogether an adventurous bunch; so I was not surprised to see a few of them heading to the lake with the first light. The water was so still it was a perfect map of the sky and the mountains.
Majestic Mt Tallac reflected in Fallen Leaf Lake

Majestic Mt Tallac reflected in Fallen Leaf Lake

Kayaking through water that glassy is dizzying—it is difficult to distinguish up from down when your paddle skims the ridge of Cathedral Peak as it parts through the water. Although I envied their early morning journeys, I was perfectly content to sit on the dock and observe.
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Water Like Glass

I heard one of the guests say that it was her first time in a kayak. In the little time I’ve spent here, I’ve decided that this haven on Fallen Leaf Lake is a place for firsts. Among my fellow fall staff members I have seen New Englanders who never hiked before head out in the early morning hours to new destinations, often several miles away.   I never mountain biked before, and after my early morning boat dock shift a coworker lent me his bike. Together, we rode to Lily Lake, not far from camp, but with the altitude your lungs and esophagus burn as you exert yourself in the thin air. As I pedaled up the hill, the air still cool and tender, I felt the temperature of my chest rise as I struggled to find enough oxygen. Jake, a competitive mountain biker, was patient with me, and only poked a little fun.
Jake can ride his bike on trails some of us would have trouble hiking!

Jake can ride his bike on trails some of us would have trouble hiking!

  Not only is this a place for firsts, it is also a place where people welcome opportunities to teach. Already, Jonathan, who works on camp maintenance, is helping me build a desk for my cabin. The staff here have an infinite amount of patience and a genuine, palpable desire to help us improve and grow.  
Jonathan

Jonathan : )

  Here at Fallen Leaf, I don't go a day without learning something new or seeking out more information. Morgan, head of housekeeping, is an expert when it comes to astronomy. He took a group of us for an astro-cruise on one of the clearest nights I have ever seen.  
Morgan with Shirley and Carrie

Morgan with Shirley and Carrie

As we floated out on the pontoon boat, I swear I could see the curve of the earth. I felt the fishbowl effect of the world. The Big Dipper was lying on its back on Cathedral Mountain. Morgan took out his laser pointer and showed us everything from Polaris to the Summer Triangle, with a regular parade of shooting stars as the backdrop. Morgan's passion for astronomy is not only tangible—he shares his excitement with every new staffer who wants to learn more about astronomy.  
Sunset - before we head out on our stargazing cruise

Sunset - before we head out on our stargazing cruise

I am excited for this season of firsts—for sunrises over the lake, the nightly mountain chill that rides into camp as the sun sets, and morning hikes when the air is still so cold and fresh it burns a little as you breathe.  

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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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Now Accepting Applications for Spring Conference Season

by stanfordsierra

02 07, 2012 | Posted in Employment | 0 comments

If you are interested in a seasonal job, we are now accepting applications for our spring conference season.  The spring crew will report for work on Friday, April 14 for just about two months.  We hire mostly all purpose staff who perform a variety of jobs including cleaning cabins, setting rooms for meetings, serving meals and preparing and staffing coffee breaks.

Setting meeting rooms is a common shift for all purpose staff

Depending on snowfall over the next couple of months, spring work can also include shoveling snow, carrying firewood, equipment or furniture and once the weather starts to warm, working on the boat dock!

Boat dock staff ensure guests have a safe and fun experience on the water

The seasonal staff work hard, then are rewarded with free time in one of the most beautiful spots in the world for outdoor fun - hiking, boating, cycling and even frisbee golf!  Staff live on site, so have an incredibly short commute and all meals are provided by our executive chef Dave Dennis and his staff, not a bad gig for a couple of months!

We believe in having fun at work

For more information on working a conference season at Sierra Camp, visit our conference staff site.  Applications are available online and are due March 9.

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The Cute Critters of Fallen Leaf Lake

by stanfordsierra

05 24, 2011 | Posted in Employment, Location, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We're running a weekly staff photo contest for the spring.  Last week, Brandon Eldred submitted the winning photo plus a few other great shots of Fallen Leaf Lake and some wildlife in the area.  The cute factor helped determine the winning shot.  This little white rabbit let Brandon get pretty close.

Cute, furry resident at the Point cabins

Fallen Leaf Lake out our front door provides incredible scenery and a home to assorted waterfowl.  A mallard couple are regulars here in the spring.  (I don't know if it's the same couple each year. I do know, Make Way for Ducklings was a favorite book of mine and my son Oscar when he was a toddler.)

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard

More unusual, Brandon got this great photo of a pair of megansers hanging out at the boat dock.  Female megansers are a common site on Lake Tahoe.  It's very entertaining to see a mom and her gaggle of ducklings with their mohawk-looking hairstyles bobbing along then all disappearing under the water and popping back up yards away.

Mr. & Mrs. Meganser

We're hoping for a large batch of Meganser ducklings to show up soon! Squirrels are a common site pretty much year round.  Once weather is warm and we're leaving the sliding glass doors to the lodge open, the squirrels make their way inside.  I've found them in my office, but most often, they go for the dining room.  Guests are surprised to see the squirrels inside, but staff become quite adept at corralling the squirrels back outside.

Western Gray Squirrel

Thanks to Brandon for sharing these excellent photos of some of our local furry friends!

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Thanks Antja – You Will Be Missed!

by stanfordsierra

03 14, 2011 | Posted in Employment, Uncategorized | 0 comments

For the past 10 years Antja Thompson was an integral part of Stanford Sierra Conference Center as the associate director.  Antja's key responsibilities were with our summer family camp for Stanford alumni.  During her tenure, Antja interviewed over 1,200 Stanford students, hired a new summer staff director each year, and helped the summer program run smoothly.  In addition to summer, Antja was responsible for orienting and training our conference staff.  Over the years, between spring, summer and fall, Antja trained 32 seasons worth of staff.

Antja arriving at her send off party

We will miss Antja's unfailing enthusiasm and high spirits. In addition to excelling at her work,  Antja is a talented musician and during impromptu performances and the summer music hour, she entertained countless guests with her fiddle playing and amazing singing voice.

Antja practicing music with a guest on the Old Lodge deck

Antja was active in the day-to-day operations during all seasons and would jump in to help whenever needed.  She is knowledgeable about the area and regularly led nature walks for interested groups.

Antja leading a nature walk

Antja is staying within the Stanford community and will move to Palo Alto to work on campus with Stanford Athletics in the Outdoor Education Program as the leadership and training coordinator.  (Sounds like the perfect position to organize a student, staff or alumni trip to Fallen Leaf Lake!)  Thank you Antja for your hard work and dedication and good luck in your new role.  We look forward to seeing you on campus and here at Camp.

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Accepting Applications for the Spring Conference Season

by stanfordsierra

01 14, 2011 | Posted in Employment, Uncategorized | 0 comments

From now until 9am, March 1, we are accepting applications for our spring conference season which runs from April 18 to June 17.  We hire  about 40 applicants for all-purpose staff to work and live on-site for the two month season.   There are also some specialty jobs for spring and three season positions which run from spring through fall.  You can see a list of available jobs on Backdoorjobs. Conference staff director, Brian McClintock, is looking for applicants who have a passion for customer service and helping people, who aren't afraid to work hard, who want to be part of a team and have fun on the job.  During many tasks, staff are interacting with guests  while providing meals, lodging, meeting space and recreation.

Serving dinner

Work days can be long when groups schedule activities from early in the morning until late at night.  Staff might have a break in the middle of the day when they can then hike, take out a boat from our boat dock, relax or do some yoga.

Luna on the boat dock during the fall '10 season

Staff work hard and have fun on the job.   Read a detailed description of our ideal candidate on Coolworks. Mike Nyman worked his first season at Stanford Sierra in the fall of 2008.  He has returned for each conference season since.

Mike Nyman

He says there are a few reasons he continues to return.  First is the location.  Mike has traveled extensively, and ranks the shores of Fallen Leaf Lake high on his list of most beautiful places.  Mike finds it easy to get outside and enjoy the amazing natural setting, sailing on the lake, hiking into Desolation Wilderness, playing horseshoes or just reading a book on the dock.  The timing of the spring and fall seasons also works well for Mike and others who want to travel in the winter and summer.  Mike likes to spend his summers in his hometown of Chicago.  Many staff travel with friends made at Stanford Sierra or move into South Lake Tahoe together to work the busy winter or summer.  Each season we have about half returning staff and half new, which I think is a good testament that this is a great place to work!  So if you're a hardworking, friendly, fun-loving, outdoor enthusiast, send us an application!

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Would you Move to California to Live in a Cabin in the Woods?

by stanfordsierra

11 19, 2010 | Posted in Employment, Recreation | 0 comments

Brittany Smith did.  After listening to friend and fellow Buckeye Kim Grabo's urgings for two years, Brittany packed up her things in North Olstead, Ohio and headed West!

Arrival day in Lake Tahoe - not bad!

Hired as an "all-purpose staff", Brittany's job duties included the basics you would expect at a conference center; washing dishes, housekeeping, serving meals, plus some unique shifts like boatster cruises.  Boatster is our 22-person pontoon boat.  Groups can rent boatster with a driver for an hour cruise for $100.  Brittany was trained and scheduled for boatster cruises which quickly became her favorite shift.

Captain Brittany

Brittany loved the younger guests on the cruises yelling, "Faster, faster!"  and when fellow staffer, Luna rode along to share the history of Fallen Leaf's formation by glaciers.

A young, unruly boatster rider

When she wasn't working, Brittany spent her time kayaking, disc golfing and taking photos.  You can see a selection of Brittany's photos on our Facebook page. Brittany is staying in Tahoe for the winter and working in the daycare at Heavenly mountain resort, then she plans to return to Fallen Leaf Lake for our spring conference season. Visit our career opportunities page for information on working at our conference center this spring.  Brittany's advice for prospective staff, "Pack warm clothes, especially for evenings.  Yes, it's California, but we're in the mountains!"

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It’s Not All Work and No Play for Spring Conference Staff

by stanfordsierra

06 12, 2010 | Posted in Employment | 1 comments

Jenny Banville saw the posting to be all-purpose staff for our spring conference season on a short-term adventure job site.  Jenny submitted an application and was a shoe-in for the job with her customer service and summer camp experience coupled with her friendliness and positive attitude.  She packed up her gear and hiking boots and headed west from Boston, MA to the mountains of California!

Jenny on an early spring hike into Desolation Wilderness

After a few days of orientation, Jenny jumped into work and realized the breadth of duties involved in "all purpose".  Washing dishes after meals (commonly referred to as a "Hobart" shift) quickly became one of Jenny's favorites.  On a Hobart shift, the staff working together often collaborate on costumes.  Jenny likes the fun and creativity of working in costume, plus the fast pace and challenge of turning piles of dirty dishes, pots and pans into a clean, organized kitchen with everything in its proper place.

Laine, Halie & Jenny sport their best 80s garb for Hobart

From washing dishes one day to crawdad fishing the next.  Jenny put her seven summers as a camp counselor to use during a few conferences who brought families along for kids' programming.  Jenny lead the kids for crawdad fishing, crafts, nature walks and even wrapping Jenny in tape. Crawdad fishing from the floating dockMutiny in the kids' groups! During free time, Jenny gets out on the hiking trails with friends and uses the paddle boards and kayaks at our boat dock on Fallen Leaf Lake.  Jenny is passionate about photography and some of her favorite spots in the area are the upper falls and Kiva beach.

Jenny discovered this squirrel (probably eating a stolen cookie)

Jenny is considering returning for the fall conference season as about half of each conference season's staff normally do.  But the real world is calling with an offer from a charter school to head up their marketing and public relations right in her hometown of Salem, MA.  With her passion for work, friendly attitude and ever present smile, we hope to see Jenny back in the fall!

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