Stanford Sierra Conference Center forms a tight-knit community in our picturesque mountain environment. We look for good workers, but also good people – reliable, interesting individuals who respect themselves and others and can handle the responsibilities of living and working in a small diverse community. Our staff comes from all walks of life – college students, professionals between jobs, experienced workers in the service industry, travelers, or people taking time off. The most successful staff members are team members who are compatible with the service industry, hard working, enthusiastic, appreciative of our beautiful natural setting, and take pride in a job well done.

We are now accepting online applications for our Spring 2020 Conference Season.

General Overview

Stanford Sierra Camp and Conference Center

A full-service conference center/alumni family camp located near the entrance of Desolation Wilderness at Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Stanford Sierra Camp is owned and operated by Stanford Alumni Association -Sierra Programs, LLC. The property can house up to 300 guests and 75 staff, and offers a full range of recreational activities, meeting facilities, and food services.

Stanford Alumni Association – Sierra Programs

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) associated with Stanford University and consists of the Stanford Sierra Camp and Conference Center at Fallen Leaf Lake. The LLC works with the University division of Alumni Association to provide a variety of services for alumni and for the wider Stanford community.

Stanford Alumni Association – Sierra Programs

An equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Working at SSCC

Your typical day at Stanford Sierra Conference Center is far from typical. Throughout the day you will generally have a variety of shifts based on the needs of the current conference. At 9:00 am you could be making the rounds on house keeping, 11:30am might have you serving up a delicious lunch and then at 4:00pm you might be helping serve up refreshments in the Old Lodge during a social hour. Each day’s schedule is unique. All Purpose Staffers (and that’s everyone, regardless of assignment) keep the place running by doing shifts that include Housekeeping, Meal Service, The Wonderful World of Hobart, watching over the boat dock, Campfires, Social Hours, Wine Service, and Special Projects (anything else that needs to get done). A list of our Specialty Shifts, which you will sign up for after arriving at camp, can be found here.

Housekeeping is a big part of our conference season. We provide daily room cleaning while the conference participants are in their meetings and when they leave, we have to prepare the rooms for the next occupants. Everybody will have the opportunity to be part of our housekeeping crew at some point. Housekeeping is a necessity and it can be a great time to get to know your other staff members, or, while cleaning solo, throw the iPod on and listen to some tunes; just make sure you can still hear if someone calls you on the radio.

Stanford Sierra Conference Center prides itself on our food. Serving in the dining room is a great way to interact with our guests. Depending on the conference, we serve meals

While serving in the dining room, dress standards are an important part of the dining experience, i.e. a collared shirt and nice pair of hemmed pants, shorts, or skirt. Closed-toed shoes are mandatory in the dining room and kitchen. During fancier conferences, there are times when more formal dress is required; on these occasions you will be informed by our Dining Room Manager as to the appropriate dress. Often times more formal dress is Black and White: a white button down shirt (ironed), black slacks, and appropriate footwear, so come prepared.

And then there’s Hobart! Hobart is doing the dishes, though it can be a lot more than that because the staffers assigned to a Hobart shift have fun with it. They dress in crazy outfits, they pick the music and they work as a team to bust out some dishes; this is many staffers’ favorite shift.

Work at SSCC is not just another job. We have a unique culture that blends work, nature, and community living all in the same environment. You will come to find that your daily shifts are just a small part to your experience as a whole working and living here at Stanford Sierra Conference Center.

Staff Housing

Staff are housed in rustic cabins, many of which were among the first guest cabins for Fallen Leaf Lodge. Although foundations for some of the cabins were first laid in 1907, they have gone through many remodels, upgrades and rebuilds over the past one hundred years. Rustic Row, located right through the middle of the property, houses a majority of the employees while providing an excellent view of the lake. You will most likely be sharing your cabin with either 1 or 2 other staff as roommates (depending on the size of the cabin). Some of the cabins have a shared bathroom and for others, there is a short walk to the facilities. Laundry facilities are located in the Main Lodge and are free for our staff.

View of the lake from Rustic Row.


While you are at work at SSCC all meals will be provided for you. Staff eat the same meals that our guests eat and we offer vegetarian or vegan meals for those who might need them. Staff have access to the food storage area and the staff fridge for leftovers day and night.

Things to Do

SSCC is located near South Lake Tahoe in California nestled between Fallen Leaf Lake and Desolation Wilderness. This amazing setting provides the background for many outdoor activities including early morning kayak trips, hiking of various difficulty levels, or just sitting on the dock getting a tan. Our boat dock includes row boats, kayaks, sailboats, stand up paddle boards and peddle boats available for staff use during daylight hours.

Staff Lounge

Employees have internet access, a phone and a place to relax. This is where you will receive any mail that was sent to you or find postings about what might be going on throughout camp. This is a staff only environment available 24 hours a day.