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Camp Mendocino

  • Po Box 1790, Fort Bragg, CA
  • https://www.campmendocino.org/

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Camp Lifeguard

Who are we:

  • We are not just any summer camp; we’re something more
  • We provide a safe space for our campers from challenging neighborhoods in San Francisco
  • We promote and value diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging within a strong staff community
  • We influence & inspire our campers to help them become more successful & proactive adults
  • We foster an environment that allows our staff to thrive and grow as professionals, no matter their chosen field
  • We’re a ton of fun!
  Who are you:
  • You are a role model who will always put our youth first
  • You have an unparalleled sense of integrity, emotional intelligence, & commitment to quality work
  • You believe in the power of working and playing in nature
  • You thrive while working collaboratively
  • You are willing to learn, grow, & get better
  • You value creativity, professionalism, empathy, & patience


min experience

salary range

$10 - $15 / hour

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview

Position Purpose

The Camp Lifeguards oversee all waterfront activities, including water safety, and swim tests. The lifeguard team plans and implements waterfront programming to engage campers and foster character development and promote healthy lifestyles in coordination with the Program Managers. Provide oversight during activity times and as needed.


Key Responsibilities

  • Provide a safe environment for all staff and youth while at the waterfront
  • Ensures life jackets are worn at all required times
  • Ensure safety of all campers, including setting clear safety expectations, observing and engaging campers while in their care, assessing the appropriateness of camper behaviors, following emergency procedures and all COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Adhere to all safety rules and protocol
  • Administer swim tests for all campers 
  • Supervise counselors assisting at the waterfront
  • Maintain all waterfront equipment
  • Foster character development consistent with BGCSF philosophy
  • Run activities with youth including but not limited to: wellness activities, team building, outdoor education, hiking, and overnight camping 
  • Other duties as specified by direct supervisor
  • Swimming lessons are not part of this job



  • Temporary/Seasonal Summer position.
  • Applicants should be available June 10 – August 7, 2024 to work & live on-site at our Camp location in Northern California (Mendocino County). 
  • Staff members work 40-56 hours/week depending on position with two days off per week. Days off vary per session. 



  • Lodging is provided for all staff on site. Lifeguards will sleep on bunk beds in open-air cabins while supervising youth overnight.



Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. 


 If you’re excited about this opportunity, but your experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyways and attach a cover letter explaining why it would be a good fit. You may just be the right candidate! 




Special Benefits


  • Onsite lodging is provided for all staff.
  • Three cooked meals per day are provided onsite, including on days off (gluten-free, vegan, & vegetarian options).
  • Free onsite laundry.
  • Employee Assistance Program: in-person counseling + 24/7 confidential mental health support.
  • Sick Time.
  • Onsite workout facilities. 
  • Free Wifi access in the staff lounge. 
  • Free 1-year membership to the American Camp Association.


The wage range for this role takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and BGCSF needs.  At BGCSF,  our decisions are based on other factors and dependent on circumstances for each position.  Depending on the need and requirement of the position,  an individual could be hired at or near the entry level, mid - level or top of the range for their role and compensation.   As such, a reasonable estimate for this temporary summer position from June 10 - August 7, 2024, is $4,308.48.

Minimum Requirements

Required Skills

  • Current Red Cross Lifeguarding certification or equivalent
  • Over the age of 21 by start of employment
  • Experience supervising youth as a lifeguard
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with coworkers and campers
  • Ability to handle difficult or stressful situations in a professional manner
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision


Preferred Skills

  • Experience working with youth in an overnight camp setting
  • Experience working with youth from disadvantaged circumstances


By the end of the summer, an incredible Camp Lifeguard will:

  • Help build a safe & positive environment
  • Create opportunities for fun & belonging for all campers 
  • Establish supportive relationships with campers and adult staff
  • Encourage a sense of belonging, usefulness, influence, confidence in campers


Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift 50lbs.
  • Must be able to walk on uneven terrain for at least 3 miles
  • Must be able to be stand for 8 hours (with breaks)
  • Must be able to work in temperatures ranging from 30° to 100°

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