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What's New With Echo In 2023!?

Updated: Jan 2

As you probably know, Echo is a socially and environmentally sustainable worker owned cooperative that is guided by our guests, our team, our community and the environment. So what's new in 2023 and how does it impact those guiding principles:

 

Ringing in 2023 with 23% Off

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Enjoy 23% off new gear and clothing at our Yosemite Basecamp Outfitter all January! Sales excludes used gear, clearance, guided adventures, hotel stays

and rentals.


 

Winter Hours Are Coming

Well, I guess, technically, Winter hours are already here! Don't worry, our Adventure Coordinators will be available 7 days a week during business hours, but our Yosemite Basecamp Outfitter at 11892 Ponderosa Lane in downtown Groveland is only open 5 days a week during the Winter Season. Although, we are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Bryant, the Director of Fly Fishing, will be in the shop some of those days. Call us or check Facebook for ad hoc hours.



 

Now Hiring

We are very excited to announce our Basecamp Manager Candidate position with the opportunity to apply for the General Manager Position! We'll be posting this on the world wide web on January 5th, but we want our local community to have first dibs. This is an incredible opportunity for professional, full time, year round employment in Groveland, CA on the doorstep of Yosemite National Park!


The Basecamp Manager Candidate begins with a 6 month training, or "Candidacy Period" working in all departments at the Echo Adventures Yosemite Basecamp including Retail and Information Desk, Rooms and Housekeeping, as well as Adventure Tour/ Rental Reservations and Logistics. This position will also train on all guided adventures for informational purposes as this position does not guide. The training period pays 18.00 an hour with an obligation to sit on the Employee Advisory Council which has mandatory, paid monthly meetings.


Once Candidacy Period is completed, this person will apply to join the cooperative and become a member (owner) within the company. Pay then increases to 22.00 an hour with dividends (profit sharing) and will include the following additional responsibilities:

  • Seat on the Board of Directors with obligation to attend mandatory, paid quarterly meetings.

  • Reports to General Manager and Board of Directors and work with them on hiring, marketing and budget decisions.

  • Working with guide supervisor to establish mutually beneficial relationship between departments.

  • Working within a set budget to coordinate purchasing and logistics between the different departments.

  • Helping staff maintain customer service targets with guided adventure, retail, rentals information and rooms.

  • National Park and National Forest permitting and reporting.

  • Cash and banking management

  • New employee hiring, onboarding, training and scheduling

  • Reservation Managment and Auditing

  • Employee and community relations including quarterly evaluations, monthly cookouts, parties, or community events.

  • MOD 3-4 nights per week



A successful candidate will also be mentored by the acting General Manager and CEO with the opportunity to transition into the General Manager position at any point after their initial 6 month Candidacy Period. This managing member position pay 26.00 an hour with dividends and passive income opportunities and the opportunity to stay at the existing Yosemite Basecamp or begin a new Basecamp in another region. The Managing Member General Manager Position requires the candidate to do the following:

  • Apply to become a managing member by creating a business plan for the Yosemite Basecamp or other Operation including budget, hiring, marketing and growth recommendations that respect the mutually beneficial goals for community, environment, team and guests!

  • Seat on the Board of Directors with obligation to attend mandatory, paid quarterly meetings.

  • Work within the Board of Directors to manage approved business plan including:

  • Manage basic accounting and financial data entry for the operation.

  • Manage all permits, certifications, licenses required to operate.

  • Manage Marketing for operation.

  • Hire and manage supervisors as well as all employees working in supervised departments.

  • Manage procurement and logistics.

  • Managing customer service targets.

  • Managing and developing partnerships.

  • Work with other managing members to establish relationships and hierarchy between projects.

  • Develop and manage any additional needs as determined by approved business plan.

Who should apply for this position!? Well, anyone! Echo Adventures is a Certified B Corp and a worker owned cooperative, so we are absolutely obsessed with having a work force that mirrors the diversity of the visitors that stop in Groveland on their way into Yosemite National Park. Seriously, regardless of age, race, religion (or lack thereof) ethnicity, gender (or lack thereof), education level, opinions, culture, experience, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, abilities, or whatever, we look forward to working with you and learning from you!


The ideal candidate would be someone that is obsessed with Yosemite and helping make it accessible to all visitors, we can help you learn the rest. Already have management experience!? Awesome, bring it and we'll look forward to learning a thing or two!


CLICK HERE to apply!


 

How Many Dolla Dolla Bills Does It Take to Build A Trail?


A lot! And Groveland Trailheads has been working hard to raise that money y'all! They received a $20,000 matching grant from Sonora Area Foundation to build the 1.8 mile Gumball trail loop! Even if you have heard of the incredible work Groveland Trailheads is doing in Groveland, you may not be aware that they are working towards a series of adaptive trails has well as focusing on the cultural and historical significance of the land surrounding the trail system, landing Groveland's future mountain bike project in a league of it own. You can make a donation anytime you shop at Echo's Basecamp Outfitter through March or you can donate directly to their paypal account - info@grovelandtrailheads.org.


 

The Pivot to Small Group Adventures in Yosemite National Park!

We read the news and we know our economy is heating up, so we have re-tooled all of our adventures to make them more accessible for, well, everyone! How? By making them less expensive!


Our fly fishing adventures are still private and we still offer private charter options for almost every adventure, but we have opened them as small group adventures for anyone over 8 years old. Our trips also have dedicated pickup locations to help reduce our environmental footprint and make pick up a breeze! This new set up has allowed us to offer new trips like:

BIG TREES HIKE & RIVERSIDE COOKOUT


Experience the famed Yosemite Valley her stunning waterfalls, iconic landmarks and historic places on this incredible group tour and hike!


Get up close and personal with the largest tree species on Earth during this incredible 2.5-mile round trip hike along an historic stagecoach coach road! We'll hike in the shadows of 1000-year-old Giant Sequoias, walk through a tunnel tree and crawl through a fallen giant while learning the history and ecology of this incredible species! After our hiking adventure we'll head to a relaxing riverside beach for swimming and a BBQ picnic!


YOSEMITE VALLEY DISCOVERY HIKE


Experience the famed Yosemite Valley her stunning waterfalls, iconic landmarks and historic places on this incredible group tour and hike!


Meet your guide at the Echo Adventures Yosemite Basecamp for an unforgettable walk through Yosemite Valley in the heart of Yosemite National Park! Experience the famed Yosemite Valley her stunning waterfalls, iconic landmarks and historic places on this incredible group tour and hike! We'll see Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, The Cascades, Half Dome, Royal Arches, the Merced River, El Capitan & Tunnel View on this incredible day!


HIGH COUNTRY HIKE & SWIM


Experience the beauty and grandeur of subalpine lakes and rivers, high mountain meadows, snow-capped peaks and the unique flora and fauna in Yosemite's High Country.


Experience the beauty and grandeur of subalpine lakes and rivers, high mountain meadows, snow-capped peaks and the unique flora and fauna in Yosemite's High Country as we travel along Tioga road. We'll stop along the way for unbelievable vistas, before stopping at Tenaya Lake, Yosemite's largest subalpine lake, for a 3 mile naturalist hike followed by swimming and picnicking on the sandy shores!


 

New Year, New Dog

Last but not least, meet Nova! Echo's first foster pup of 2023 is a 7ish year old Boston Terrier/Pit mix. This sausage roll is around 50ish lbs, but actively trying to get back to a healthy 35lbs or so. She loves cuddles after dinner, sleeping in, going for slow walks, and playing with other dogs! Pictures do not do this little hippopotamus justice, so please schedule some time to play with her!



 

With that, we'll wish you the happiest New Year and leave you with the 2023 one word mantra's of our teammates:


#Gratitude #Adventure #Content #Thrive #Discipline


What are you dedicating 2023 to!?



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