Life at the Lodge.



More with less, stewardship, challenge by choice, living on the edge, generosity of spirit and happy warrior. 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: dining, house keeping, maintenance and outdoor programs.  Scroll down to find out more about the positions available

Most staff live on site and pay between $15 and $20 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

We offer a healthy and respectful work environment. Supervisors and managers are eager to support and help staff.


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


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 little known mountain paradise.


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.


For all positions (except OUTDOOR EDUCATION INSTRUCTORS)  please forward your resume, cover letter, specifying which position you are applying for, and dates of availability by early February, for best chance of employment in that calendar year to,

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

We accept resumes year-round but most of our hiring is done in February for various start dates (from late March to beginning July) and end dates (from late August to mid-November).

Manager, Instructional Staff (Chief Instructor)

Strathcona Park Lodge (SPL) is searching for an individual to join the SPL management team in the Program Department. There are two Chief Instructor positions and we are filling our one vacancy. 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. In this management role, you are self-motivated, flexible and creative. Our environment is dynamic, so a positive attitude towards change and the unexpected is crucial.

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
  • 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)
  • BC Class IV Driver’s Licence
  • 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 preferred

Reports to: Program Director

Terms & Conditions

  • Seasonal term from February 1st to November 30th. Full-time year-round employment is a possibility.
  • Successful completion of criminal record check and legal entitlement to work in Canada.
  • Living on-site is a requirement.

Closing date: January 9th, 2017

Apply by resume to:


Outdoor Education Instructors – now hiring for the 2017 Season (mid April until end of October)

SPL offers quality outdoor education and adventure experiences to people of all ages. In the spring and fall season we offer primarily adventure programs to schools, Grad 6 – 12, typically 5 days in length, with activities ranging from canoeing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and others. In the summer season we offer programs for youth, adults, families and international adventure tourism guests.

Are you an outdoor educator interested in working and living in a great community and at one of the oldest Outdoor Centres in Canada? Are you hardworking, self-motivated, organised and good with a high pace, quick changing work environment? Is the concept of experiential education not foreign to you and you love sharing your interest in environmental awareness, a healthy lifestyle and outdoor pursuits with others?

We are looking for independent and creative instructors that go out of their way to really connect with students and guests, sharing their passion for the outdoors with them as well as the Strathcona community in general.

We accept applicants on an ongoing basis.  Please send your resume and cover letter to:

Please check our employment page for any short notice instructor position postings.

Minimum requirements:

  • 40hr Wilderness First Aid (mandatory minimum, must be current for the duration of employment)
  • CPR C (mandatory minimum, must be current for the duration of employment)
  • clear criminal record check
  • legally entitled to work in Canada

Additional preferences:

  • 80hr Wilderness First Aid
  • ability to instruct in French
  • Class 4 Drivers license
  • teaching experience
  • extensive personal outdoor experience
  • full season commitment (April-October)