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.
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.
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 all positions except the Outdoor Education Instructor please submit your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. For the Outdoor Instructor positions please submit your cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Outdoor Education Instructors
Hiring of Instructors for the Spring/Summer 2017 season now complete. Those interested in applying for September/October 2017 should submit their applications by June 20, 2017.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check our employment page for any short notice instructor position postings.
- 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
- 80hr Wilderness First Aid
- ability to instruct in French
- Class 4 Drivers license
- teaching experience
- extensive personal outdoor experience
- full season commitment (April-October)
Contract Dates: September-October 2017
Closing date: June 20, 2017
The Waterfront Attendant supervises the use of all boats on SPL’s busy lakefront. Our waterfront has more than 100 self propelled crafts of various sizes and for various purposes – canoes, kayaks and SUPs designed for lakes, rivers and the ocean. The Waterfront Attendant helps clients fit their PFD, fit the right boat for them and helps ensure they have a a fun and safe time on the water.
- Daily waterfront safety inspection.
- Meet and greet clients, filling out the paperwork on rentals, and getting them set in their boat.
- Carrying boats, and/or helping clients carry boats up and back from the water’s edge.
- Providing basic paddling and safety instruction.
- Friendly, courteous and professional communication.
- Bailing, cleaning boats; cleaning wood and other debris from the waterfront.
- Light and stoke the sauna fire.
- Making sure that all renters and boats have returned safely.
- Operating a motorboat for occasional rescue of paddlers.
- Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross and/or NLS
- Canadian Coast Guard Pleasure Craft Operator Card
- Knowing how to rig and sail a sailboat
Reports to: Chief Instructor
Contract dates: June 30 – Sept. 1
FOOD & BEVERAGE POSITIONS
Front of House Supervisor
The Front of House Supervisor (FHS) supports the SPL food philosophy and assists clients in navigating our food options while inspiring a customer service focused team. The FHS can wrangle a hundred exuberant school children in the Whale Room while spotting the elderly couple that wandered in and needs to be ushered to a quieter spot to enjoy the view. The FHS works efficiently under pressure and as part of a team, and has ethics and integrity. We are particularly interested in someone with the skills to be a Server for the summer and transition to Front House Supervisor for fall 2017 and hopefully 2018.
- Training, scheduling and supervising a small crew of Servers and Bartenders for the Whale Room, Myrna’s, the Barn, the Beach and the High Bracer Lounge
- Collaborating and team building with the Back of House staff
- Keen communication skills
- Working alongside Servers, covering shifts
- Ensuring Opening, Task lists, Closing and Cash-out procedures are in place and followed.
- Maintaining a clean, tidy and welcoming workplace
- Ordering and maintaining inventory of beverages
- Participating in the coordination of events
- Requires Serve It Right Certification
Reports to: Food Services Manager.
Job Posting Closing Date: June 30, 2017
Seasonal full time, August – November 2017, March – November 2018
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.
Job Posting Closing Date: June 15, 2017
Reports to the Front House Supervisor. Seasonal full time, June – October
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.
Job Posting Closing Date: June 15, 2017
Reports to Kitchen Manager. Seasonal full time, June – October
For more information or to apply please email email@example.com or call 250 286-3122.
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.
Job Posting Closing Date: June 15, 2017
Reports to Housekeeping Manager. Seasonal full time, June – October.