California: Camp Mendocino seeks Garden Director

7 Mar
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco – Camp Garden Director (Camp Mendocino)

Camp Mendocino is a residential summer camp located in Northern California. All Camp Employees are expected to live, sleep and work at Camp 5 nights out of every week.

Camp Mendocino is owned and operated by Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco which is dedicated to providing children and teens with safe, fun places to learn and grow, with professional staff who offer support and guidance, serving as caring mentors and role models. One aspect of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco’s programs is our Mendocino Summer Sleep-away Camp. Camp Mendocino is a nationally recognized program where counselors work with children of all backgrounds to help them gain the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. We are a residential summer camp serving kids from the Bay Area and Northern California. Camp is located 160 miles north of San Francisco and spread over 2,000 acres in the breathtaking Jackson State forest. It takes approximately three hours to reach camp from the city. We provide transportation between San Francisco and Camp at the start and end of the summer.  

We offer numerous programs such as nature, digital photography, mountain biking, archery, arts & crafts, high ropes, climbing wall, overnight camping, and boating.

Camp Mendocino Staff provide a creative, stimulating and supportive outdoor experience in a safe and nurturing environment for youth ages 8-15. Many of the campers who attend Camp Mendocino come from some of the most challenging neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area. Counselors build the self-esteem and confidence of young people by teaching them new skills, strengthening old ones and by providing opportunities for exploration and growth.

The following staff characteristics are the most important for success at Camp Mendocino: high energy, a strong work ethic, teamwork, flexibility, patience, strong values, and a passion for serving youth!

In order to be considered for this position you must include a RESUME and COVER LETTER with SALARY REQUIREMENTS


The Garden Director is responsible for the garden program at Camp Mendocino.  This includes adapting lesson plans, teaching youth ages 8-15, and supervising teens in the day to day operation and maintenance of an interactive teaching garden.  In addition to teaching garden classes, the Garden Director also serves as a Camp Counselor and participates in all Camp activities, such as camp fires and talent shows.


  • Experience working with youth in a garden setting
  • Gardening experience, including planting, cultivation, harvesting and maintenance of an organic raised bed garden and small greenhouse


    • Experience working with underserved youth
  • Previous experience working with youth in an overnight camp setting


  • Teach engaging one hour garden classes to 10-20 campers at a time (4 to 6 classes per day)
  • Address disruptive behavior and implement BGCSF’s positive discipline approach
  • Increase knowledge of food cycle, interest in growing fresh fruits and vegetables, and willingness to try new fruits and vegetables
  • Collaborate with Environmental Directors to integrate nutrition and garden education Camp-wide
  • Connect garden program to the dining hall by coordinating tastings, leading daily meal discussions with small groups of campers, and working with youth to promote vegetables of the day at meal time
  • Maintain garden, greenhouse and equipment

Background Check Requirements:

  • Ability to pass a live scan background check with the DOJ/FBI in order to work with youth
  • Ability to pass an education verification check

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Include salary requirements with your resume and cover letter.  Applicants who do not include a salary range will not be considered.

To apply please send / fax a resume and cover letter to:

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco

Human Resources Department


Fax: 415-445-5463


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