Work at the Lair of the Bear

Photo credit: Angela Lang, Christopher J. Holmes, Michael Kawano, Nancy Rubin

You will develop friendships that will last forever. You will become part of a very long and rich Lair staff tradition. You will enter a unique family that will make an indelible mark on the rest of your life.

We’re looking for creative, team-oriented individuals who will take their job responsibilities seriously and who will breathe life into our summer season in an exceptional way. Successful staffers are friendly, approachable, reliable, flexible, honest, positive, and spirited, among many other things. Additionally, our staff members are role models to our camp kids and provide outstanding customer service to our camping guests each and every day of the summer.

If you love the outdoors and are excited about networking with Cal families and making lifelong friendships with fellow students, then you will love this job.

Applications for summer 2020 will be available in November 2019

Lair Staff Positions

You will have the opportunity to apply for specific positions at the Lair. For more information, please see our job descriptions page


Please read our Staff Application Fact Sheet, which addresses some of the most common questions and requirements regarding employment opportunities with the Lair of the Golden Bear.

COME AND MEET THE STAFF: Still not convinced this is how you should spend your summer? There will be a few Lair informational meetings on the Cal campus during the fall and spring semesters. At the meetings, we will provide details about the Lair staff experience and give you an opportunity to meet other prospective staffers and ask current veteran staff and camp administrators about their experiences. These events are open to ANY college students – so tell your friends and we’ll see you there! Please join the Work the Lair 2019 group, or give a like to the Work the Lair pages on Facebook for updates on these meetings.

Follow Work the Lair and join Work the Lair 2019 on Facebook, and Work the Lair on Instagram, for up to date information.

If you have any other questions, please call Josh Dobson at 510.900.8257 or email

Pinecrest Chalet

The Pinecrest Chalet, also owned and operated by the Cal Alumni Association, and less than a mile away from the Lair of the Bear, is also hiring for summer 2019. Please visit for more information. Call 209.965.3276 or email with questions, or to apply.