Employment at Oakland Feather River Camp
OFRC has a place for
NOW HIRING 2023 SEASONAL STAFF!
OUR TEAM MAKES AN IMPACT EVERY DAY
Since 1924, the staff at Oakland Feather River camp have been providing a one-of-a-kind rustic camping experience with the mission of connecting youth and families to nature. A position at OFRC isn’t just any job. At Camp, you get to see the product of your hard work every single day. Whether you’re a Summer Camp veteran, or you’ve never set foot in the woods, you may find your place at OFRC. We are a unique program, at a unique facility. We firmly believe that the best way for an employee to be successful is for them to know exactly what they’re signing up for. See what it’s really like below!
Working in service of our campers is one of the most gratifying experiences there is, but we know that there are other things to consider, too. With competitive wages and an outdoor setting unlike any other, there is nothing like a summer working at OFRC. Click below to review frequently asked questions and all of the need-to-know information about the OFRC experience and to begin the application process.
Oakland Feather River Camp is an equal opportunity employer. We believe an inclusive and diverse workforce is invaluable. OFRC encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, and veterans are all strongly encouraged to apply.
As recent studies have shown, women and people of color are less likely to apply for a position unless they match every described function in a job posting. The OFRC team is most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and we understand that candidate may be someone who comes from a less traditional background. If that is you, we encourage you to fill out our interest form and tell us about yourself.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We know you probably have a lot of questions about working at Oakland Feather River Camp. Below, you will find brief answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. For more information, please visit our full, in depth FAQ.
Oakland Feather River camp is located in the Plumas National Forest, nestled along the beautiful Spanish Creek, approximately 4 hours north of the San Francisco Bay Area and 2 and a half hours from Sacramento. We are a ten minute drive from the nearest town (Quincy, CA) and a 90 minute drive from the two nearest cities (Chico, CA and Reno, NV). Quincy is a small but charming mountain town with most everything you might need during the summer. There is a Safeway grocery store, a Rite Aid pharmacy, a Health Food co-op store, a small hardware store, a movie theater, several restaurants and bars, a public library, and many independent storefronts. While OFRC strives to be a microcosm of Oakland, we are also proud to be members of the Quincy community!
We require that our on-site staff be fully vaccinated and undergo regular testing. In addition, in order to provide a safe experience for our campers and staff as well as uninterrupted operations throughout the summer, OFRC strongly recommends all campers be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. These requirements are subject to change at any time to ensure the health and safety of our campers and staff, and we will provide timely updates to registered campers if any changes are made to our safety plans for Summer 2023.
All summer staff live in rustic platform tents or rustic cabins with a regular twin-sized camp cot, a small table and chair, and a wooden shelving unit. Each staff tent/cabin is equipped with one electrical outlet or a portable power block and battery or solar-powered lighting. We’ll share a packing list prior to your arrival, but you should plan for linens or a warm sleeping bag and pillow. It is often quite cold in the early mornings at the start of the camp season. Our tents/cabins do not have plumbing, but there are bathhouses with private, stalled toilets and showers throughout camp. (PS – The showers in our main bathhouse have small windows that look over the river. If you haven’t showered while watching a bald eagle dive into the Spanish Creek, you haven’t lived!)
We provide meals for staff at no additional cost when the kitchen is in operation. And we are proud to have a track record of accommodating almost all dietary restrictions. Occasionally between programs we will close the kitchen for short periods. During this time, staff members are able to use a small kitchen typically reserved for campers with special dietary needs. Because we share our woodland home with lots of critters, we do not allow staff or campers to keep food in their housing accommodations. Staff members may keep food in the staff lounge which is equipped with a cupboard and a full-sized fridge and freezer.
OFRC has a small laundry unit with three washers and four dryers onsite. Staff members do their own laundry, but there is no cost. We also provide complimentary laundry detergent and dryer sheets for staff members. You’re welcome to bring your own laundry detergent if you like a specific brand.
Time off varies slightly by department and position.
Daily: For program staff, the day consists of morning activities, afternoon swimming, and evening programming. Most program staff members will have at least an hour of free time during the day to relax and regroup. Unlike a traditional youth camp, we do not provide 24 hour overnight care for our campers, so that once the evening programs are done, staff are generally free to relax and unwind. Program staff alternate a nighttime rotation to be “on point.” The on-point staff member stays at the heart of camp after formal activities have ended, as families are settling down for the evening to be available in case a camper has a need that cannot wait until morning. Support staff on an hourly schedule (Food Service Staff, Building and Grounds, Housekeeping, and Office Staff) are free outside of their scheduled shifts (typically 6-8 hours).
Weekly: Each staff member receives at least one 24 hour period off each week. The start and end time of each staff member’s day off is determined by their department. Support staff on an hourly schedule begin time off when their last shift ends. For program staff, time off generally begins when your duties are finished for the day. Staff members should return to site and check in with the designated person by the designated time the following day. Additionally, all staff members are given a “break night” on the changeover day between sessions.
Staff are generally not allowed to be on their phones while on duty, and it is recommended to keep your phone in a secure location. Wifi is available for staff, however is not as strong as you may have at home, so streaming and video calls can be imperfect. Staff can also access stronger wifi at the local library for free, one of Quincy’s cafes or coffee shops, or rent out a spot at a local coworking space, The Quincy Collective. Because of our physical location, there is spotty cell service onsite, however wifi is available to summer staff. There are a few key walkable areas where staff and campers are sometimes able to get a few bars of service.
Many of our staff members arrive by car. The nearest airport is Reno-Tahoe National Airport (RNO). There is also an Amtrak Station and a Greyhound Station in Truckee, CA. We are only able to assist with ground transportation from these two sites, with prior arrangement. International staff will have their travel coordinated on a case-by-case basis. Summer Staff are responsible for providing their own transportation during time off. Many staff members coordinate ride sharing during time off.
All employment candidates will undergo a thorough screening process, including an interview, reference checks, and a background check. Our background check, completed by a third party organization, includes a Social Security Identity trace, National and County Criminal History search, and a search of the National Sex Offender Registry. A history with the criminal justice system does not automatically disqualify you from employment at OFRC, however any results on a background check will be handled per our background screening policy. Convictions for violent crimes, crimes against children, sexual assault, or distribution of drugs will automatically disqualify an applicant for employment.