Jobs

Work at Strathcona 

Are you looking for a place to live and work filled with fun, kind, compassionate, hardworking, adventure-seeking individuals like yourself? Join our team for 2022 and beyond, and experience our stellar community, beautiful scenery, and exciting adventure opportunities. The majority of seasonal positions run from early April to the end of October. 

Our Dream Team is:

  • Passionate about outdoor education and connection
  • Inspired by SPL’s mission and core values https://strathconaparklodge.com/our-story/values/
  • Diverse in skills, education, cultural backgrounds (BIPOC), genders,  LGBTQ2S+, and any other equity seeking groups
  • Able to thrive in an off grid, environmentally aware, road access wilderness lodge setting
  • Clean living in our drug and smoke free property
  • Fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The majority of our staff live on site in simple accommodation, and pay about $20/day for rent and food, a little less for more rustic accommodation and a little more for more amenities.

Please see below for Job positions/descriptions/dates/wage.  Scroll down to see the following positions:

  • Food & Beverage staff including Cooks, Kitchen helpers, Servers, Outtrip Meals Coordinator
  • Guest Services – Guest Services Agents, Housekeeping Supervisor, Housekeeping staff
  • Programs – Outdoor Education Instructors, Waterfront Attendant
  • Maintenance & Groundskeeping staff

To apply, please send a copy of your cover letter and resume to work@strathconaparklodge.com. If you would like more information, feel free to call at 250 286-3122, or email work@strathconaparklodge.com.

Please note: All job offers are contingent upon a valid work permit, proof of vaccination, passing a Vulnerable Sector Police Check and the successful completion of all required certifications.


Food & Beverage Positions

The Whale Room dining hall is the heart of our community where guests and staff join together at set meal times.   We cater to a wide variety of ages, groups, palettes, using a simple food philosophy – using whole, mostly local and seasonal ingredients to make sure that all our clientele are well fuelled for their adventures.   Whether it’s our youth outdoor education students, athletes at a training camp or other groups, individual guests and families, and our staff, the Food and Beverage department is there to make sure that everyone is provided with wholesome, delicious food in a welcoming environment. Training, learning opportunities, and flexible scheduling where possible to allow for adventures are all some of the  perks which make working in the department such a rewarding experience!  


Servers

Are you welcoming, and enjoy interacting with people of all ages?  Strathcona Servers are very busy during buffet style meal service, setting up and stocking the buffet, greeting and seating guests, providing beverage service, billing and cleaning up.   Between set meal times the Servers have a little more time to chat with drop in guests, set-up and clean-up and perhaps give a hand in the kitchen.  

Duties

  • Meet and greet guests
  • Learn about each day’s menu to provide accurate signage and info for different diets, ensuring that our guests with dietary restrictions are protected and safely enjoy their meal
  • Keep the buffet table stocked appropriately for the numbers and looking appetizing; maintain the hot drink station.
  • From time to time assist with food prep and beverage prep 
  • Provide excellent customer care including providing accurate info on activities and trails 
  • Support the Happy Warrior value by jumping into the dish pit or mopping floors if that is needed

Requirements

  • Serve It Right certification

Reports to: Managing Chef

Dates: Seasonal full time – April to October


Cook 

Do you like to make food with fresh local ingredients following the direction of the Chef?  The Cook has food prep experience and an interest in learning more.  With a variable menu and food prepared for large numbers, the cook moves quickly through prep lists to ensure that meals are ready and delicious for set meal times for our various client groups. 

Duties:

  • Provide consistent food preparation and presentation following daily menus, SPL food philosophy and hospitality standards, and direction from the Chef
  • Pitch in for the team – supporting the Servers stocking the buffet, maintaining cleanliness and hygiene throughout the kitchen and store rooms and refrigeration, unloading deliveries and rotating stock, minimizing waste

Requirements:

  • Food Safe Certification

Reports to: Managing Chef

Dates: Seasonal full time – April to October


Kitchen Helper (Steward)

Are you versatile and willing to assist the Chef or Cook with whatever is required?  Do you bring a positive energy to the team with a willingness to be flexible and learn?  Our stewards will mainly be a mix of dishwashing and food prep. Physical fitness is an asset.  There are learning opportunities to be had working with our Chefs.

Duties:

  • Food prep
  • Washing dishes 
  • Lifting heavy food bins
  • Unpacking food orders
  • General kitchen cleaning

Reports to: Managing Chef

Dates: Seasonal full time – April to October


Outtrip Meals Coordinator 

Are you systems oriented, motivated working independently and part of a team?  The Outtrip Meals Coordinator is responsible for overseeing that all our COLTies, school groups and guests who head out on trip are well fed, and that all allergy and dietary requirements are strictly adhered to.  There can be as many as 20 groups going out simultaneously for multiple days.  Being organized is essential.  It’s helpful to have personal/professional knowledge and experience about different kinds of outtrips and their nutritional demands.  

Duties:

  • Working with our outtrip recipes and menus, pack food for all expeditions and off site trips, while minimizing food and packaging waste.
  • Plan and provide food order requirements to Managing Chef
  • Create nutritious menus for all expeditions
  • Bake trail snacks and dehydrate fresh food in large quantities
  • Train instructors on how to prepare those menus in the field
  • Ability to easily give, receive and implement feedback 
  • Meticulous care in working with dietary requirements and allergies. 

Requirements:

  • Food Safe Certification

Reports to: Managing Chef

Dates: Seasonal full time – April to October


Guest Services Positions

Guest Services staff ensure that our guests are welcome and comfortable on site and in their accommodations.   For our clients, the first point of contact may be the Guest Service Agent or it may be walking into the restful space maintained by the Housekeeping team.  Do you like to connect with newcomers and returning guests, help them dream about and plan their Strathcona experiences and book their (return) stay?  Or do you like to move about our wilderness property going from cabin to chalet to public space working with a team?  Guest Services takes care of our guests.


Guest Services Agent

The Guest Services Agent has the important responsibility of being the front line interface with our guests. Competencies required include strong communication skills, teamwork, problem solving skills, maturity, accountability, dependability 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 dream, plan, book and share and re-book 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, Experiences, etc.)
  • Takes guest reservations, computes charges, collect and post payment
  • Following Opening and Closing procedures including daily cashouts
  • Observes and reports any security issues to management
  • Adheres to all Covid-19 policies and procedures

Preferences:

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

Reports to: Guest Services Manager 

Dates: April to October, Seasonal full time, various start and end dates


Housekeeping Supervisor 

Are you super organized, do you make work fun, and do you like to be physically active throughout the day?  The successful candidate will assist the Housekeeping Manager in being responsible for the day-to-day activity of the department. They will assist the Housekeeping Manager in providing direction for the housekeeping staff, and help in doing inspections and delegating work, and keep the  team on schedule to meet timelines. 

Duties:

  • Help the manager in delegating tasks and inspecting accommodations prior to guest arrival
  • Adhere to cleaning procedures and standards including Covid-19 procedures set by the Housekeeping Manager
  • Coach, mentor and motivate housekeeping staff, while working alongside them
  • Keep an eye on stewardship, doing more with less

Requirements:

  • Ability to take direction, as well as the ability to delegate to other team members
  • Strong communication skills and attention to detail

Reports to: Housekeeping Manager

Dates:  March to 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.  

Duties:

  • Clean and sanitize to the standards set by the Housekeeping Manager
  • Work independently or part of a team cleaning public spaces, guest rooms and cabins
  • Washing and folding laundry, sorting, stain removal
  • Adhere to all Covid-19 procedures, as instructed by the Housekeeping Manager
  • Focus on teamwork, and a strong attention to detail

Requirements:

  • Be physically fit, to meet the demands of the job on our varied, hilly terrain and physically flexible (making beds in tight spaces)
  • Be courteous, trustworthy and helpful to our varied clientele 

Reports to: Housekeeping Manager 

Dates: April to October – Seasonal full time, various start and end dates


Programs Positions

 

Outdoor Education Instructor 

SPL offers quality outdoor education and adventure experiences to people of all ages.   Our instructors are generalists who are competent at instructing a range of outdoor pursuits. We are looking for accomplished outdoor educators with extensive technical and facilitation skills, and the passion and compassion to inspire our clients.

Spring & Fall programs: Week long adventure programs for Grades 7-12 

Summer programs:  From day programs to multi-day adventures in the mountains, ocean, rivers and lakes with a range of ages and client groups.

Room for creativity:  Each instructor comes with their own unique passions, whether it be promoting mindfulness and connection to self and nature, nature interpretation, to teaching about climate change and the importance of carbon. We encourage instructors to bring these passions into their programming where possible around SPL curriculums.

Qualities:  hard working, ability to work with all ages, flexible and understanding towards change, ability to work independently as well as within a team environment, ability to handle multiple responsibilities while maintaining awareness around risk management, ability to serve both roles as an outdoor educator and/or private guide.

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 (Highly recommended)
  • Other hard skill based certifications (Sea kayak guide, Rope skills, SRT, etc) 
  • Ability to instruct in French
  • Class 4 licence and clean driver’s abstract
  • Teaching experience
  • Extensive personal and/or professional outdoor experience

Reports to: Manager of Instructional Staff

Dates:  Seasonal full time – April – October (New staff start either April or late August) 

Wage: $140-$164 per diem- Determined by education, certifications, and experience

For more information or to apply to any of the above positions please email work@strathconaparklodge.com or call 250 286-3122.


Waterfront Attendant

SPL offers rentals of canoes, kayaks, and Stand Up Paddleboards to guests and drop ins throughout the summer months. We have over 100 crafts and are located on a beautiful lake front property. The waterfront attendants are in charge of providing quality guest services as well as maintaining a safe, clean, and organized environment in and around the waterfront area. This position provides staff a chance to have some client interaction, as well as being able to spend time outside during the summer days

Duties:

  • Providing guests with lessons and pairing with appropriate water craft so they are safe on the water
  • Completing appropriate rental paperwork 
  • Keeping a clean and organized Waterfront office and beachfront
  • Fixing and maintaining boats 
  • Communicating with co-waterfront attendant 

Qualities & Certifications:

  • Boaters license (beneficial but not required)
  • Lifeguard (beneficial but not required)
  • Skills and knowledge with sea kayaks, canoes, and SUP’s
  • Organized and self motivated 
  • Solid guest service skills

Reports to: Chief Instructors

Dates: Full time seasonal – July to August. Part time June, September & October


Maintenance 

SPL is an ‘off the grid’ facility and has its own hydro plant, alternative energy supplies, generator, small logging & milling operations and septic systems. The maintenance crew are a crucial part of the running of SPL, making sure our property is beautiful and safe for our guests, as well as making sure all of our systems are running smoothly. 


Maintenance Supervisor

Are you skilled in or have a working knowledge of a variety of building trades?  The Maintenance Supervisor is responsible for scheduling and organizing the tasks from minor repairs and maintenance to upkeep various systems of the physical plant.  As a key member of the SPL team, the Maintenance Supervisor will have an important communications role, as well as directly contributing as a service provider/skilled tradesperson for the department. In this hands-on role, working alongside the maintenance staff, and performing the same or similar tasks, will be necessary. The position will report to and work closely with the SPL President.   

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 
  • Experience in the tourism industry is an asset
  • First Aid certification is an asset

Reports to: SPL President

Dates: Full time, ongoing



Maintenance Helper

Are you physically fit and able to follow direction and work independently? The Maintenance Helper supports both the Maintenance Supervisor and the Groundskeeper with daily facility tasks.

Duties:

  • Organization of garbage, compost, and recycling.
  • Weeding, watering, mowing and tending the outdoor space – a big property to keep tidy with raking, weeding, watering, mowing, and trimming. 
  • Splitting and delivering firewood.
  • Other related cleanliness and maintenance tasks.

Requirements:

  • Class 5 Driver’s License

Reports to: Maintenance Supervisor 

Dates: April-September



To apply, please send a copy of your cover letter and resume to work@strathconaparklodge.com. If you would like more information, feel free to call at 250 286-3122, or email work@strathconaparklodge.com.

Please note: All job offers are contingent upon a valid work permit, proof of vaccination, passing a Vulnerable Sector Police Check and the successful completion of all required certifications.