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 simple 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 opportunities that are possible here and who also value 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 mountain paradise. Being “off the grid” means we have limited electricity from our own hydro project.
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.
If you are a foreign worker, you MUST have work permit status already obtained to be considered.
Please send your resume and cover letter including the position you are applying for to firstname.lastname@example.org. We accept applications for staff positions and hire on an ongoing basis. We currently have the following openings:
The Housekeeping Supervisor is the person in charge in the absence of the Housekeeping Manager. The Supervisor is organized, systematic and efficient, staying motivated and keeping others working efficiently even though the work is repetitive. Experience team-building is an asset.
Seasonal – March to November
Housekeepers have a keen eye for detail and like to keep things meticulously clean in an environment where guests regularly get wet and muddy from their outdoor play. Housekeeping staff work independently and as part of a team. These are physically demanding jobs due to the nature of the job and the property.
Seasonal – various start dates April – October
MAINTENANCE & GROUNDS POSITIONS
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, sometimes in the afternoon/evening. The position will report to and work closely with the SPL President.
- 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
- 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 respectful 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
Closing Date: March 21, 2018
The Groundskeepers have a big property to keep tidy with raking, weeding, watering, mowing, trimming and planting. Most of the plants are indigenous with some annuals and perennials, fruit trees, hanging baskets and herb gardens. This is a physically demanding job. A driver’s licence is mandatory and knowledge of and experience working with local plants preferred.
Seasonal full-time April to Thanksgiving
FOOD & BEVERAGE POSITIONS
Food and food service are key components of the Strathcona experience. The Sous Chef will be an important hands-on supervisor, responsible for F&B in the absence of the Head Chef. Under the leadership of the Head Chef, the majority of the food is prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients for buffet-style meals served at set times. The kitchen crew works as a team in a collaborative environment to prepare and provide food that is wholesome, sustainable for the planet and delicious. Experience with producing great food in volume including meat-free options and baking are assets.
Seasonal – April – November
Out-Trip Food Coordinator
The OTF Coordinator organizes and packs the food for the many SPL out-trips and therefore needs to be extremely systematic and organized. The trips may be for one to ten days and as many as twenty-four groups of twelve can be out during the same week. You need to be able to do the math! The OTF Coordinator gets plenty of support from the Programs and Kitchen staff and reports to the Food & Beverage Manager.
Seasonal – April to October
SPL Servers 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 Dining Staff work well independently and as part of the kitchen crew. They are welcoming, are adept at discussing the day’s adventures with guests, encourage healthy eating and maintain a clean work environment.
Servers – various start dates April – October
Guest Services Clerks
Guest Services Clerks are the front line interface with all SPL customers. Our Guest Services Clerks have warm interpersonal skills, enthusiasm about outdoor pursuits, strong communication skills, work well independently and as part of a team, show good judgement problem-solving skills, maturity, accountability, dependability, ethics and integrity. Helping clients shape their stay and hearing about guest experiences first hand is especially rewarding.
- Fluency in an additional language
- Experience in the tourism industry with an applicable diploma, certificate or degree
- Financial literacy
- Willingness to work afternoon/evening shift
- Experience with social media/marketing
- Experience with Event Planning and execution
Seasonal full time, various start dates
Please send your resume and cover letter including the position you are applying for to email@example.com.
Outdoor Education Instructors
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, out-tripping and others. In the summer season we offer programs for youth, adults, families and international adventure tourism guests. Our instructors are generalists who are competent at instructing our range of outdoor pursuits.
What really sets our instructors apart is how they interact with our guests. At SPL, instructors usually stay with the same group of clients for their entire stay, facilitating and sharing all the activities. This builds a stronger relationship promoting a higher level of trust and bond. Particularly with our student groups, the instructor has ample opportunity to facilitate the learning progression in order to achieve group goals and personal growth.
- 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 licence and clean driver’s abstract (strong preference)
- teaching experience
- extensive personal outdoor experience
- full season commitment (April-October)
Closing Date: February 5, 2018
Please send your resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org