Stanford Sierra Conference Center: Resort, Hospitality, Food & Guest Service Job Opportunities in Lake Tahoe.

The enthusiastic Stanford Sierra team comes from all walks of life—college students, professionals between jobs, travelers & people taking time off.

Stanford Sierra Conference Center provides full-service lodging and meeting facilities for conferences, business retreats, weddings, and social events for groups of 20 to 200 people. Many of the conference guests return year after year for four-star meals, comfortable lodging, a beautiful location, and—above all—their professional, efficient and friendly staff!

The lakefront property includes guest cabins, staff cabins, the main lodge, several docks, a fleet of boats and volleyball, basketball, and horseshoe courts. Stanford Sierra's facility is very versatile: a conference center operates during the spring and fall and a family camp for Stanford Alumni is offered during the summer months. The dining room can accommodate a fancy wedding reception dinner as well as a rowdy group of 50 families. The Fountain sells everything from beer and wine to milkshakes and candy. The conference rooms in the main lodge houses groups of business men and women in the spring and fall, whereas this area functions as an indoor playpen for younger children during the summer months.

What You'll Be Doing

Fountain Staff

Every spring and fall, Stanford Sierra Conference Center forms a tight-knit community in their beautiful mountain environment. Staff Members will have the opportunity to work and play hard, make new friends and help guests enjoy their stay. Visit detailed job descriptions and the Conference Center Staff site so you can learn about pretty much the best job ever!

Spring & Fall Job Openings | 3-Season Job Openings

Spring & Fall Job Openings

General All Purpose StaffGeneral All Purpose Staff
Duties include housekeeping, dining room food service (including setting tables, serving guests plate and buffet-style meals, bussing tables, washing dishes, and providing excellent customer service to guests), and general cleaning of the facility. Staff may also be assigned to do airport shuttling, boat checkout, running errands, groundskeeping, selling sundries, and a variety of special assignments. The job requires a professional demeanor and a commitment to excellent service. Shifts are spread throughout the day, and schedules change daily to accommodate the needs of each conference. All Purpose staff work 30-40 hours per week, and comprise the majority of seasonal employees.

Grounds Crew StaffHousekeeping/Grounds Crew Leaders
Duties include daily cabin service, lodge maintenance, and complete cabin turn over between conferences. Crew leaders coordinate and provide guidance and direction to fellow staff members during housekeeping shifts, assist with general facility and grounds maintenance, and conduct daily trash and recycling collection. Applicants should be physically fit and able to work on their feet for long periods of time, lift and carry supplies, and work quickly and efficiently. The job requires professional guest service skills, ability to work in small teams, initiative, and detail-oriented work habits. Approximately 30 hours per week are housekeeping/grounds work and 5-10 hours per week are filled with general All Purpose shifts.

Kitchen Staff
Duties include food preparation, buffet and salad bar set-up, inventory rotations, and kitchen sanitation. Dinner is either plated by Kitchen staff or served buffet-style. Prior culinary experience is helpful but not mandatory. The schedule is normally split into two shifts per day. Kitchen staff will work 30-40 hours per week.

Dining Room StaffAssistant Dining Room Managers
Responsible for the appearance and smooth operation of the dining room in the absence of the Dining Room Manager by providing guidance and direction to Dining Room Servers and All Purpose staff during set-up, service, and clean-up. Other duties include typical dining room functions, such as table set-up, serving guests, and bussing tables. Dining room or restaurant experience is very desirable as are leadership skills. The job requires a professional demeanor and a commitment to excellent service. Approximately 30 hours per week is spent in the Dining Room and 5-10 hours per week is directed toward All Purpose shifts.

Nightwatch Relief
Works three days of All Purpose shifts and conducts Nightwatch duties two nights a week from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Night responsibilities include upholding the quiet hours policy, cleaning the Lodge, setting meetings rooms, making security walks around Camp, and responding to any guest needs at night. The job is labor-intensive, solitary and involves frequent lifting. Ability to work with minimal supervision, diplomacy with guests and staff and attention to detail are essential. The Nightwatch Relief works 30-40 hours per week.

Front Desk StaffOffice Assistants
Perform general clerical and front desk duties in and around the Front Office, assists regular Office staff with guest relations, and helps to monitor Camp operations and troubleshoot any issues that arise in the evening hours. Must have decision-making abilities, communication skills, and a professional demeanor. Good computer skills and public relations experience are essential; knowledge of audio-visual equipment is a plus. Individual spends approximately 30 hours per week in the Office and 5-10 hours per week doing general All Purpose shifts.

Three Season Job Openings
from mid-April to mid-November

Kitchen StaffBreakfast/Lunch Cook
Normally a 3-season assignment, the Breakfast/Lunch Cook is a lead cook responsible for producing all breakfast items and assisting with lunch preparation. Works under general direction from the Executive Chef and other chefs in the kitchen. Follows established recipes and basic cooking techniques, including recipe scaling for quantity. Maintains required standards of quality in food preparation and presentation. Observes established procedures and guidelines for food handling and storage. May provide guidance and direction to other kitchen seasonal staff.

Fountain Assistant
Typically works a 3-season assignment with the Fountain Manager while running the Camp store. Responsibilities include assisting the Fountain Manager with maintaining store inventory, helping to enhance the appearance of the Fountain, and training, motivating, and supporting staff. In addition, the Assistant will interact positively with guests when selling sundries, beverages and hosting social hours, while creating a standard of excellent service for All Purpose staff to follow. Approximately 5 hours per week are filled with general All Purpose shifts.

Head of Housekeeping Assistant
Normally a 3-season assignment, the assistant helps the Head of Housekeeping in keeping the guest cabins and main Lodge spotless. Responsibilities include responding to guest requests, motivating and providing guidance and direction for a staff of up to 15, and prepping and organizing supplies. This assignment assumes some duties of the Head of Housekeeping in that person's absence. Approximately 5 hours per week are filled with general All Purpose shifts.

Jenny on an early spring hike into Desolation Wilderness.

It's not all work and no play for conference staff. Jenni S. packed her bags and boots from Boston, MA and traveled cross-country to the mountains of California for a season with Stanford Sierra. Read more about her experience working at Stanford Sierra »


Stanford Sierra Conference Center & Lake TahoeThe Conference Center is located just five miles from South Lake Tahoe on the shores of Fallen Leaf Lake, a gorgeous Sierra lake with a breathtaking mountain backdrop.

Behind the resort is Desolation Wilderness, a national wilderness area with some of the best hiking and scenery in the Sierras. The solitude of nature will certainly be right outside your back door.

If you want more of an urban experience, head into South Lake Tahoe where you can bike or walk along paths that run next to Lake Tahoe. There are also fantastic festivals, events and 15 ski areas within a half hour.

Time Commitment

On the move to the next job.

The workload varies each day according to the size and needs of each conference; however, staff are scheduled for 30 to 40 hours per week, with shifts spread throughout the day (normally with two days off per week). All Purpose work is physically demanding and requires the physical ability to perform a variety of indoor and outdoor job duties that involve walking on varied terrain to various areas of the facility, as well as bending, stooping, reaching, lifting and carrying 25 to 50 pounds of equipment and supplies.

2018 Season Commitment
Spring: April 12th to June 14th (there are also some specialty jobs for spring and 3-season positions available)
Fall: early September to mid-November

Opportunities for extended employment and increased responsibility may become available during your work term.

Perks & Benefits

A few staff members on an afternoon hike.

Wages start at $10.50/hour, plus room, board and a discretionary end-of-season bonus. Staff members are housed in rustic lake view cabins (some have roommates and a shared bathroom/shower area). The food is delicious, healthful and plentiful, with vegetarian and vegan options available (you will eat what the guests do—everything from salmon and prime rib to burgers and the salad bar). And if you have a sweet tooth, watch out! Their fabulous pastry chef concocts desserts and other goodies for each meal. Perks also include full use of the facilities, including boating, sailing, water-skiing, tennis, volleyball, basketball and miles upon miles of hiking trails.

Learn more about living at SSCC »

The Essentials

Happy Workers!

Self-motivated, hardworking, and reliable people who have an excellent sense of professionalism, a warm personality, and a high level of maturity will thrive at Stanford Sierra. Applicants also must be able to handle the responsibilities of living and working in a diverse community.

The staff comes from all walks of life—college students, professionals between jobs, experienced workers in the service industry, travelers, or people taking time off.

Your First Move & Connections

That's Matty Hayes — the one who be interviewing you!

To begin your working journey with Stanford Sierra, visit the Conference Center Staff site, then fill out the online application. Phone interviews and hiring will occur during the week following the application deadline.

Upcoming 2018 Application Deadlines
Spring Season: March 1st (applications accepted beginning on Feb. 1st)
Fall Season: August 1st (applications accepted beginning on July 1st)

Matty Hayes
Staff Director
Stanford Sierra Conference Center
P.O. Box 10618
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158-3618
(530) 541-1244
(530) 541-2212 fax

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