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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 $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

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 little known mountain paradise.

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.com.    For the Outdoor Instructor positions please submit your cover letter and resume to chiefinstructor@strathconaparklodge.com.


PROGRAMS POSITIONS

 Apply by resume to: work@strathconaparklodge.com

Outdoor Education Instructors – now hiring for the 2017 Season (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, Grade 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 paced quick changing work environment? Have you worked in experiential education and do you have a love for 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.  For Outdoor Educator positions please send your resume and cover letter to:  chiefinstructor@strathconaparklodge.com.

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)

OFFICE/ADMIN POSITIONS

 Guest Services Clerk

The Guest Services Clerk has the important responsibility of being the front line interface with all SPL customers. Competencies required include strong communication skills, a focus on teamwork, strong problem-solving skills, maturity, accountability, dependability, ethics and integrity.

Duties

  • Welcome guests and visitors with a smile and engage in conversation.
  • Present a positive and professional image of SPL to all.
  • Help guests and potential guests plan their adventure with accurate information on SPL and the region.  Respond to telephone, e-mail, and in-person inquiries from guests, clients, other parties.  Where appropriate, sell the services and products of SPL; sign  up new participants for SPL programs (WYLD, COLT, Road Scholar etc.)
  • Accurately and efficiently check guests in and out.
  • Takes guest reservations, computes charges, collect and post payment.
  • Following Opening and Closing procedures including end of day audits.
  • Maintain a clean and tidy front desk, store and office area.
  • Observes and reports any security issues to management.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Preferences

  • Fluency in an additional language
  • Experience in the tourism industry with applicable diploma, certificate or degree
  • Financial literacy
  • Willingness to work afternoon/evening shift

Reports To:  Guest Services Director

Job Posting Closing Date:  February 17, 2017

Seasonal full time, various start dates


FOOD & BEVERAGE POSITIONS

 Server

SPL Servers are welcoming, engaging clients of all ages with a smile and conversation.  Servers spend most of their days in the Whale Room where we serve predominantly groups and staff.   In Myrna’s we mainly serve mainly smaller parties of 1-12.  The Barn is used for events and the High Bracer service is mainly of beverages.  Servers are adept at encouraging healthy eating, minimizing waste, and discussing the day’s adventures with guests.  Servers are physically capable of safely carrying large food and beverage vessels and have Serve It Right certification.  Servers stay motivated when working independently and play well as part of the team.  

Reports to:  Front House Supervisor.  

Seasonal full time, various start dates.

Chef

Reports to the Food Services Manager.  Seasonal full time, March to November 2017

Cook

The Cook must be comfortable with buffet style food preparation for large numbers, made with fresh ingredients for meals at set times for our various client groups.

  • Provide consistent food preparation and presentation following SPL food philosophy and hospitality standards, and direction from the Chef and Kitchen Manager
  • Strong, effective and polite communication with all staff and clients.
  • Ensure cleanliness and hygiene is maintained in the various kitchen areas including refrigerators and store rooms and that food products are rotated to ensure high standards of freshness.
  • Food Safe Certification

Prep Cook

Steward/Dishwasher

The Kitchen Steward is versatile and willing to assist the Chef or Cook with whatever is required – lifting heavy food bins, unpacking food orders, washing dishes, prepping food and general kitchen cleaning. Much of the work is dishwashing.


HOUSEKEEPING POSITIONS

Housekeeping Supervisor

The Housekeeping Supervisor (HS) is responsible for the HK team on the Housekeeping Manager’s time off.  The HS works alongside the Housekeepers building rapport and teamwork.  Like the Housekeepers, the HS has a keen eye for detail and likes to make things meticulously clean in an environment where guests regularly get wet and muddy from their outdoor play. Housekeepers work independently and as part of a team, making sure that our guest accommodation and public spaces are clean, sanitized, orderly and comfortable. This is a physically demanding job due to the nature of the property.

  • physically capable and fit
  • experienced team builder
  • organized, systematic and efficient
  • trains others and role models best practices
  • is honest and ethical
  • able to follow and provide instructions
  • stays motivated with repetitive work.

Reports to:  Housekeeping Manager  

Job Posting Closing Date:  February 23, 2017

Seasonal full time, March – November

Housekeeper

The Housekeepers need a keen eye for detail and like to make things meticulously clean in an environment where guests regularly get wet and muddy from their outdoor play. Housekeepers work independently and as part of a team, making sure that our guest accommodation and public spaces are clean, sanitized, orderly and comfortable. This is a physically demanding job due to the nature of the property.


MAINTENANCE & GROUNDS POSITIONS

Maintenance Supervisor

SPL is ‘off the grid’ and has its own hydro plant, alternative energy supplies, generator, small logging & milling operations and septic systems. As the Maintenance Supervisor, you will oversee the repair, replacement and upkeep of these systems and the physical plant.

The successful candidate, responsible for the day-to-day activity and output of the department, will direct, motivate and coach the maintenance staff. As a key member of both the SPL and the Maintenance team, the Supervisor will have an important communications role, as well as directly contributing as a service provider / skilled tradesperson for the department.  Maintenance plays a major role at SPL in numerous ways, and helps provide for the safety and comfort of guests and staff. The position requires a positive and upbeat attitude with a drive to deliver outstanding customer service.  In this hands-on role, working alongside the maintenance staff, and performing the same or similar tasks, will be necessary. This position may require shift work during the summer season, primarily in the afternoon/evening.  The position will report to and work closely with the SPL President.  

Job Duties:

  • Oversee the repair, replacement and upkeep of the systems and the physical plant.
  • Supervise the Maintenance staff, providing coaching and mentoring as required
  • Be skilled in various building trades (electrical, plumbing, construction, septic, water, painting etc.) and/or have a ticket in one of them
  • Act as a general contractor, supervisor or worker as required
  • Be a self-starter and organizer, able to accept direction and supervise others
  • Develop, communicate and manage department’s work schedules
  • Address and/or report any security issues to management

Required Skills:

  • Possess a relevant trades ticket or certification
  • Be able to perform shift work (day/evening) as required
  • Problem-solving, communication, multi-tasking and team building
  • Able to respond quickly and effectively in a dynamic environment
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Accountability, dependability and attention to detail
  • Be respective of staff and guest privacy requirements
  • Class V Driver’s License is required
  • Experience in the tourism industry is an asset
  • First Aid certification is an asset

Job Posting Closing Date:  February 23, 2017

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