The staff of Strathcona Park 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 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 $12 and $15 per day for expenses. Our food is wonderful – from scratch, using many local ingredients; our staff accommodation simple and rustic.

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.

How to apply

For Outdoor Instructor  positions please apply on-line following the instructions noted below.  For all other positions 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).


We are looking to fill the following positions for the upcoming 2015 fall season:


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


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


Strathcona Servers are welcoming and serve our various clients in the Whale Room where we serve predominantly groups and staff, in Myrna’s where we mainly serve smaller parties of 1-12, or the Barn or High Bracer for events or banquets. Servers are adept at encouraging healthy eating and discussing the day’s adventures with guests and have Serve It Right certification.


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.

Outdoor Education Instructors –

Applicants interested in applying for Outdoor Instructor position should fill out the Outdoor Education Instructor application.

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)

For questions regarding the application process, you can reach our Chief Instructors at

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.

Please send your cover letter and resume stating your position you are applying for and dates of availability to