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The Lodge is a rewarding and fun place to work for those that love adventure and nature.

Our season runs from March until November and we do most of our hiring in January and February. Annually we hire employees throughout operations: food and beverage, housekeeping, maintenance and outdoor programs.  Scroll down to find out more about the positions available.

Most staff live on site and pay between $16 and $21 per day for living expenses. Our food is wonderful – from scratch, using many local ingredients; our staff accommodation simple and rustic.

Working at Strathcona Park Lodge

Working at SPL is best suited to those who enjoy living where they work, eating healthy food, have a keen interest in outdoor recreation and adventure activities, a desire to explore and take advantage of the multitude of opportunities that are possible here and who also value a nature based philosophy and stewardship of the environment. This is a drug free and non-smoking property. If this sounds like a place you would thrive in, please consider joining our dynamic and fun team – the work environment is incredible, the community is welcoming – the Lodge is a special place that has created many a lifelong connection.

Why work at Strathcona

Strathcona Park Lodge is the real thing – an off the grid, environmentally sustainable community of wilderness enthusiasts who love to share adventures with other staff and guests from around the planet.  We offer a healthy and respectful work environment. We work to exemplify our core values of Stewardship, doing More with Less, Challenge by Choice, Living on the Edge, Happy Warrior and Generosity of Spirit.

Community

On its own in the wilderness, Lodge staff create their own community of people who play and work together. Many lifelong friendships and more than a few marriages have resulted from working at Strathcona.

Location

This is a multi-sport Mecca in a beautiful location. Within a 40 minute drive are excellent whitewater paddling opportunities, sport climbing, hiking trails, canoe circuits, sea kayaking destinations and mountain biking areas. The Lodge itself has excellent swimming in the summer, hiking and running trails year-round and food and accommodation in a mountain paradise.   Being “off the grid” means we have limited electricity from our own

Reputation

Strathcona has a solid reputation throughout the tourism and guiding industry in British Columbia and Canada. Fancy a sea kayak guide career? Almost every company in B.C. has hired a Strathcona Park Lodge instructor at some point. Our alumni can be found in influential positions across the outdoor industry.

How to Apply

For all positions except the Outdoor Education Instructor please submit your cover letter and resume to work@strathconaparklodge.comFor the Outdoor Instructor positions please submit your cover letter and resume to chiefinstructor@strathconaparklodge.com.

If you are a foreign worker, you MUST have work permit status already obtained to be considered.


MANAGEMENT TEAM

Our Management Team consists of our President, Executive Director and Directors, COLT and Program Managers, Instructional Staff Managers, Food & Beverage Manager, Housekeeping Manager and Maintenance Manager, a fine, committed and fun-loving group of twelve.  The Management Team is invested in  SPL Community and Core Values, demonstrates integrity and is inspired by what we achieve together with our staff.

We have openings for the following Management Team positions:

Co-Program Manager

The Co-Program Manager works closely with the other Co-Program Manager (PM) in the organization, administration and delivery of our educational programs.  The majority of the groups are returning clients, often for decades, with high expectations and high satisfaction.

Managing logistics is the most significant part of your time.  You are details oriented and can both organize ahead of schedule  and respond on point.  You represent SPL professionally in your many interactions with our clients and collaborate well with colleagues in the Program Department.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Correspond with clients to address and meet programming needs
  • Create activity, equipment and transport schedules
  • Liaise with the Food & Beverage Manager and Housekeeping Manager to provide accurate meal and accommodation information
  • Chair meetings and conduct briefings and debriefs with clients and instructional staff
  • Take a role in delivering staff training as required
  • Act as ‘point person’ or program day manager as part of the program team to ensure daily office coverage is maintained throughout the season
  • Resolve conflict between clients and instructors as required
  • Program development in collaboration with Program colleagues
  • Risk assessment and prevention
  • Assist, drive, instruct and provide support as required

Required Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal professional communication
  • Good computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Documents
  • Class 4 licence and clean driver’s abstract required
  • First Aid certification required (80 hours WFA or OFA3 preferred)
  • French language skills an asset

Reports to: Program Director

Terms & Conditions

  • Seasonal term from February to November. Full-time year-round employment is a possibility.
  • Successful completion of criminal record check and legal entitlement to work in Canada.

Closing date: January 5th, 2018

Apply by resume to: work@strathconaparklodge.com

Co-Manager, Instructional Staff (Chief Instructor)

The Chief Instructor plays an important role coordinating and mentoring instructional staff to ensure quality program delivery and to create exceptional guest experiences.

You are a dedicated outdoor educator and believe in the value of experiential education. Our environment is dynamic, so a positive attitude towards change and the unexpected is crucial.  You are self-motivated, flexible and creative and work well both collaborating with your colleagues and inspiring instructors.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, select and hire instructional staff
  • Supervise instructional staff; providing feedback, coaching and mentoring
  • Schedule instructional staff in collaboration with co-Chief Instructor, School Program Manager (SPM) and Program Director (PD)
  • Design and deliver instructor training for SPL programs
  • Conduct meetings with instructors and clients
  • Represent instructional staff in management meetings and on community issues
  • Develop educational program curriculum for the range of SPL clients
  • Maintain safety standards for all SPL programs; risk assessment and prevention
  • Field work, including instructing, guiding, training and mentoring
  • Other related duties as required

Required Skills:

  • Current 80+ hour Wilderness First Aid certificate
  • CPR C (mandatory minimum, must be current for the duration of employment)
  • Class 4 licence and clean driver’s abstract required
  • Certification or diploma/degree in outdoor activities
  • Outdoor education and/or teaching experience
  • Excellent communication skills and proficiency with computers
  • Problem solving, multi-tasking, team building, ethics
  • Fluency in French is an asset

Reports to: Program Director

Terms & Conditions

  • Seasonal employment from February to November.
  • Successful completion of criminal record check and legal entitlement to work in Canada.
  • Living on-site is required.

Closing date: January 5th, 2018

Apply by resume to: work@strathconaparklodge.com

Food & Beverage Manager (Head Chef)

The kitchen is the heart of our community where guests and staff eat the same excellent quality of food often at common tables.   The Head Chef is inspired to lead the kitchen and dining crew in providing food that is wholesome, sustainable for the planet and delicious.  This is done with our food philosophy in mind; using whole and mostly local and seasonal foods and with consideration of various clients groups:  school children, celebration groups, foodies, international guests, staff, people who require special diets.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all operations of the kitchen and dining, from menu to food sourcing, inventory control, budget control, food production, presentation and service
  • Preparing 3 buffet-style meals that are accessible and delicious for our various client groups
  • Consult with clients and prepare celebration meals
  • Knowledge of food sensitivities and ability to cater to a variety of diets from our nut free kitchen
  • Role modelling good food practices, mentoring and developing skills in junior staff
  • Managing kitchen staff and Front of House Supervisor and Out-trip Food Coordinator
  • Maintaining a clean and healthy work environment
  • Collaborating with other managers regarding food needs of various client groups.

Required Skills:

  • Food Safe Certification
  • Red Seal Chef preferred
  • Kitchen Management experience preferred
  • Class 5 Driver’s Licence and clean driver’s abstract

Reports to: Guest Services Director

Terms & Conditions

  • Seasonal employment from February to November.
  • Successful completion of criminal record check and legal entitlement to work in Canada.

Closing date: January 5th, 2018

Apply by resume to: work@strathconaparklodge.com

Housekeeping Manager

The Housekeeping Manager has exacting standards, and can teach those standards to others while building a sense of team and purpose among staff.  You are physically fit, organized, systematic, efficient and unflappable.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Train, motivate and role model good housekeeping practices
  • Organize self and others for efficient time management
  • Plan and schedule based on bookings; planning daily work schedules
  • Team oriented and able to work independently
  • Inspecting others’ work
  • Monitoring inventories.  Purchasing supplies as required.

Required Skills:

  • Class 5 driver’s licence and clean driver’s abstract
  • Computer skills
  • Housekeeping experience

Reports to: Guest Services Director

Terms & Conditions

  • Seasonal employment from February to November.
  • Successful completion of criminal record check and legal entitlement to work in Canada.

Closing date: January 5th, 2018

Apply by resume to: work@strathconaparklodge.com

For more information or to apply please email work@strathconaparklodge.com or call 250 286-3122.

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