FAQ Page for Lair Staff Applicants

We recommend that you read this FAQ page thoroughly before submitting your application. If at any point you have questions, please contact Lair Operations Manager Josh Dobson at 510.900.8257 or email josh.dobson@alumni.berkeley.edu.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Whether you are applying to be a first-year staffer or have worked a previous summer, each application has two parts. You must submit both parts by the deadline for your application to be considered complete.

Part 1 is via HelloSign, which collects your personal information and signature.

Part 2 is via Google Form, which includes open ended, free response questions.

Your application is not complete until both sections are submitted. In each part, your progress is not saved, so be prepared to complete each part in one sitting. The Google Form questions are listed on each landing page for New and Veteran applicants, and we recommend that you pre-type your responses, and then copy and paste in to the application when you’re ready to submit it.

NEW STAFF APPLICANTS - Optional video submission
In addition to parts 1 and 2 of the Lair application, new staff applicants may also submit a video. If you choose to make a video, you must include the YouTube link in Part 2 of your application on the Google Form. The video is meant to be a fun opportunity for you to give us a sense of your personality. Videos are to be no longer than three minutes in length. You can theme it however you like. If you search “lair application video” on YouTube, you will find tons of examples: people making fake short movies, to people sitting at their desk telling us why they’d make a good staffer. For privacy reasons, we recommend that you post the video as unlisted, and then include the URL in Part 2 of your application. This is optional.
NEW STAFF APPLICANTS - Optional Letter of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation for new staff applicants are encouraged. Reference letters should be written by a current or former employer, an RA, or past/present Lair staffer. Please do not have a family member write a reference letter. Reference letters are to be filled out and submitted via this Google Form.
DEADLINES FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 5:00 PM PST - Out of state/Bay Area students who want an in-person interview should submit their application by this date. Specifically those who will be near Berkeley during their winter break, who wouldn’t otherwise be available.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 5:00 PM PST - Priority Consideration Deadline - Any application submitted by this deadline will get priority consideration and first choice of interview dates.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 5:00 PM PST - Final Application Deadline - All applications received before February 5 will be given full consideration.

INTERVIEWS - NEW STAFF APPLICANTS

Applicants who attend school out of the area, but who will be near the Bay Area for winter break, must apply by December 18 to be granted an in-person interview. Exact interview dates TBD. All other long-distance interviews will take place via Skype.

All other interviews will take place during January and February at Alumni House in Berkeley, CA. Out of state applicants that are unable to attend an in-person interview may still be granted an interview via Skype.

Note: Creativity is an essential element of working at the Lair of the Golden Bear. If we grant you an interview, we will ask you to showcase your talents or skills in a two minute presentation/ Show and Tell. You may present an object(s), give a performance, tell a story, demonstrate a skill, or surprise us with something totally different. Whatever you choose to showcase, remember to relax and have fun. If you have any questions about this portion of the interview, don’t hesitate to ask ahead of time!

INTERVIEWS - VETERAN STAFF APPLICANTS

As a veteran staff member, there is no guarantee that you will be hired back just because you worked during a previous summer. Our goal is to fill our staff with the best available talent, regardless of seniority. Due to the anticipated high number of applicants, we are not going to be able to grant interviews to everyone. For those of you who we know well and who make it clear on their application why you are a good fit for any of the positions you listed, we will likely skip the interview and place you in a position where we think you would best help the team. For those of you who are less clear or thorough with your application answers, or for those who we are less certain about where you would best fit on the team, we will likely schedule an in-person, phone, or Skype interview.

ELIGIBILITY
In order to be eligible to staff at the Lair, one must be enrolled in a two or four year college or have graduated from college in May 2019 or later. You don’t need to have any previous Cal or Lair knowledge or association to work at the Lair.
DATES AT CAMP

All staffers are required to work the full 2020 summer season. Veteran staffers on the semester school system are required to arrive at camp by 4pm on Wednesday, May 27. First-year staffers on the semester system are required to arrive by 4pm on Friday, May 29. All quarter school students are required to arrive no later than Saturday, June 13. ALL semester students must work through Sunday, August 23, and ALL quarter students must work through Sunday, September 13.

If you have any conflicts with these dates, you MUST note them in the section provided on the application.

CAMP LOCATION
The Lair of the Bear is located 150 miles east of Berkeley, and 30 miles east of Sonora, in the central Sierra Nevada town of Pinecrest, CA (elevation 5,600 feet). The Lair consists of three camps: Camp Gold, which opened in 1949, Camp Blue, which opened in 1957, and Camp Oski, which opened in 2000. The camps are located just one half-mile from one another and are connected by footpaths and service roads.
APPLICANT POOL AND SALARIES
In 2020, we expect to hire approximately one out of every four applicants. Starting staff salary for the summer is $1,129.44 per month plus room and board. Staffers can expect to take home between approximately $2,500 and $4,330 depending on the job and length of their work for the summer. This applies for student employees, camp counselors, and program counselors only.
WORK SCHEDULE AND TIME OFF
Once assigned a position, your schedule will mostly revolve around that. All staff provide coverage in other areas of camp and there are many all-staff events. Staffers receive a designated full day-and-a-half off each week.
LIVING CONDITIONS
Typically two to four staffers live together in a semi-enclosed tent-cabin in the staff area. In general, staff cabins are sparse and allow very little privacy. The climate can be cold and conditions are dusty. You will be exposed to the natural conditions of the area. Three meals per day are served family-style in the Dining Hall at each camp. The staff uses community men’s and women’s restrooms in the staff area.
CERTIFICATIONS

ALL staffers must be certified in CPR, First Aid, and AED for the entire summer. This is a prerequisite and condition of employment, and you must be certified prior to your arrival at camp.

ALL staffers must be ServSafe Food Handler certified in for the entire summer. This is a prerequisite and condition of employment, and you must be certified prior to your arrival at camp.

For lifeguard applicants, a lifeguard certified certification is required as a prerequisite and condition of employment, and you must be certified prior to your arrival at camp.

For age group applicants, you must be lifeguard certified prior to reporting for duty. Classes in your area may be limited, we recommend that you plan ahead.

BACKGROUND CHECKS
All staffers are required to complete and pass a driving record check and FBI/DOJ fingerprint criminal background check. As a veteran staffer, your fingerprints remain on file with the University of California Police Department. You must complete a new Authorization and Release form each year that you work for CAA so we can run a driving record check.
STAFF HANDBOOK
Guidelines and policies of the Lair of the Golden Bear are explained for hired staffers in the Staff Handbook. Violation of any policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
CAMP PREFERENCES
If you have a preference to work at one of the three camps, we will take that into consideration. However, the needs of each camp will determine where you may be hired. Due to the limited number of available positions and the talents needed at each camp, we are unable to make any commitments at the time of application or interview. In part two of the application (Google Form), you will be given the option to list your camp preference.
JOB POSITIONS
The Lair is broken up into three camps. Camp Gold, Camp Blue, and Camp Oski. Each camp has its own staff with different people occupying many various job positions. Please view the job descriptions page for more details.

Thank you and good luck with your application. If you have any further questions, please contact Operations Manager Josh Dobson at 510.900.8257 or josh.dobson@alumni.berkeley.edu

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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.

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