Life at the Lodge.



Working at Strathcona Park Lodge

If you enjoy simple-living and outdoor recreation, consider joining our team. As an off-the-grid wilderness lodge, we pride ourselves in being environmentally sustainable and in providing a work environment that fosters adventure, community, and life-long connections. We offer a healthy, drug-free and respectful community made up of wilderness enthusiasts from around the globe. Our staff embody our core values which we call the “Strathcona Circle”: Stewardship, More with Less, Challenge by Choice, Living on the Edge, Happy Warrior and Generosity of Spirit.

Most staff live on-site and pay between $16 and $21 per day for living expenses. Some commute from the nearby communities (40 km away) of Campbell River or Gold River. Staff eat in the same dining room as our guests. Our food is healthy, wholesome and delicious; staff accommodation simple and rustic. Our season runs from March to November.

To be considered as a foreign worker, we require you to have a work permit status obtained prior to your application.


Situated on the edge of Upper Campbell Lake, just minutes from the entrance to Strathcona Provincial Park, the Lodge offers a multi-sport mecca. Whitewater paddling, sport climbing, hiking trails, canoe circuits, sea kayaking destinations and mountain biking areas are all easily accessible from our location. The Lodge itself offers excellent swimming in the summer, hiking and running trails year-round, and boasts stunning views down the Elk River Delta.


Strathcona has a solid reputation throughout the tourism and guiding industry in British Columbia and Canada. Almost every guide company in BC has hired a Strathcona Park Lodge instructor at some point. Our alumni can be found in influential positions throughout the outdoor industry.

Housekeeping Positions


At world renowned Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre located in the centre of Vancouver Island on beautiful Upper Campbell Lake, our housekeepers work independently and as part of a team. Housekeepers have a keen eye for detail and make sure that our guest accommodation and public spaces are meticulously clean, sanitized, orderly and comfortable in an environment where guests regularly get wet and muddy from their outdoor play. This job is  physically demanding owing in part to the nature of the property itself (hills and stairs).

Drivers license and clean driving abstract is an asset.

Staff accommodation available.

Seasonal full time. Various start and end dates.

Please send your resume and cover letter to: work@strathconaparklodge.com.

Job Posting Closing Date: January 31, 2020

Program Positions

Outdoor Education Instructor

SPL offers quality outdoor education and adventure experiences to people of all abilities and ages. Our instructors are generalists who are competent at instructing our wide range of outdoor pursuits. In the spring and fall season we primarily offer adventure programs that typically run five days in length, with activities that range from canoeing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, to out-tripping and others, to school students in Grades 6 – 12. In the summer season we offer programs for youth, adults, families and international adventure tourism guests. 

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 high level of trust. The instructor has ample opportunity to facilitate the learning progression in order to achieve group goals and personal growth, particularly with our student groups. We are looking for instructors who are knowledgeable, fun and approachable, and who possess strong leadership qualities. 

Minimum requirements:

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

Additional preferences:

  • Wilderness First Aid (80hr)
  • Ability to instruct in French
  • Class 4 licence and clean driver’s abstract
  • Teaching experience
  • Extensive personal outdoor experience

Seasonal opportunities. Various start and end dates. 

Please send your resume and cover letter to: chiefinstructor@strathconaparklodge.com

Waterfront Attendant:

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 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 on occasion.
  • Occasional rescue of paddlers.


  • Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross and/or NLS
  • Canadian Coast Guard Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  • Class 4 licence and clean driver’s abstract 

Reports to:  Chief Instructor

Contract dates:  June 28 – Sept. 1, 2020

Please send your resume and cover letter to: chiefinstructor@strathconaparklodge.com

Food & Beverage Positions


The Kitchen Steward is primarily responsible for dishwashing, yet versatile and willing to assist the Chef or Cook with whatever is required: lifting heavy food bins, unpacking food orders, general kitchen cleaning and food prep.

Requirements: Food Safe Certification

Seasonal full and part time opportunities: Various start and end dates.

Please send your resume and cover letter to:  work@strathconaparklodge.com

Job Posting Closing Date: January 31, 2020


Servers at world renowned Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre located in the centre of Vancouver Island on beautiful Upper Campbell Lake, are exceptionally observant and can wrangle one hundred exuberant school children in the Whale Room, but can still spot a guest amidst the crowd. Servers are welcoming and knowledgeable about SPL schedules and activities and are willing and able to respond to guest inquiries about SPL and the region.

Servers are often required to assist at special events such as weddings.

The Dining Room staff maintain a clean work environment, are adept at calculating guest bills and end of day cashout, work well independently and as part of the dining and kitchen crew.

Servers work under the direction of the Dining Room Manager.

Requirements: Serving It Right and must be 19 years of age or older

Seasonal full time opportunities: Various start and end dates.

Please send your resume and cover letter to:  work@strathconaparklodge.com

Job Posting Closing Date: January 31, 2020


At world renowned Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre located in the centre of Vancouver Island on beautiful Upper Campbell Lake, the Cook must be comfortable with food preparation for large numbers, at set times for buffet style meals for our various client groups and must enjoy working with fresh ingredients.


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

Requirements: Food Safe Certification

Seasonal full time opportunities. Various start and end dates.

Please send your resume and cover letter to:  work@strathconaparklodge.com

Job Posting Closing Date: January 31, 2020


  • We are looking for a full time baker to join the positive and supportive culture in the SPL kitchen. Our food philosophy includes fresh, local and sustainable farm to table practices whenever possible.
  • Responsible for all production baking from the SPL kitchen including: breakfast baking, granola, desserts and breads
  • Responsible for all baking that supports the out trip food program ie: calorically dense and nutritious granola bars and trail cookies from our SPL recipe book
  • Perfect fit for an early riser willing to work a flexible schedule with hours often beginning at 5am and ending at 1pm 5 days/week from late march through October.
  • Willingness to be flexible in supporting the needs of the rest of the kitchen team

Job Posting Closing Date: January 31, 2020

Outtrip Meals Coordinator: 

The Outtrip Meals Coordinator is responsible for overseeing that all our school groups and guests who head out on trip are well fed. We seek a highly motivated, systems oriented individual to carry out the following duties:

  • Knowledge and experience of different kinds of outtrips and their nutritional demands. Ie: differentiating menus for portaging canoe trips, alpine trips, basecamp based expeditions. 
  • Pack food for all expeditions/off site trips
  • Create nutritious menus for all expeditions
  • Train instructors on how to prepare those menus in the field
  • Ability to easily give, receive and implement feedback during instructor debriefs and meetings with programs staff
  • Meticulous care in working with anaphylactic allergens and managing ingredients to avoid the possibility of cross contaminations or error. Ie: omitting common allergens from certain menus and tracking allergy information for participants on all trips. 
  • Reports to the Chef

Job Posting Closing Date: January 31

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. 


  • 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.


  • Fluency in an additional language
  • Experience in the tourism industry with applicable diploma, certificate or degree
  • Financial literacy
  • Willingness to work afternoon/evening shift
  • Experience with social media/marketing
  • Experience with Event Planning and execution

Reports To:  Guest Services Director

Seasonal full time, various start and end dates

Please send your resume and cover letter to:  work@strathconaparklodge.com

JobJob Posting Closing Date: January 31, 2020