Work at Strathcona 

We’re looking forward to welcoming some new staff for the upcoming season.  Like everywhere in 2021 with COVID-19, things are a little different here, with a shorter season and less work with educational groups for the spring.  What hasn’t changed – it is a wonderful place to live and work because of our community, and because of our access to stellar wilderness.  

Our Dream Team is:

  • Passionate about outdoor education and connection
  • Inspired by SPL’s mission and core values
  • Diverse in skills, education, cultural backgrounds, genders,  LGBTQ2S+, and any other equity seeking groups
  • Filled with fun, kind, compassionate, hard working, adventure seeking individuals
  • Able to thrive in an off grid, environmentally aware, road access wilderness lodge setting
  • Clean living in our drug and smoke free property

The majority of our staff live on site in simple accommodation, and pay about $20/day for food and rent, 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, and Servers
  • Out trip Meals Coordinator
  • Guest Services – Housekeeping staff
  • Programs – Outdoor Education Instructors
  • Maintenance & Groundskeeping staffFor more information or to apply with cover letter and resume please email or call 250 286-3122.

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

Food & Beverage Positions


Strathcona Servers are a welcoming and integral part of the experience of our clients while at the lodge.  


  • Serve our various clients in the Whale Room & Myrna’s where we mainly serve smaller parties, or the Barn or High Bracer for events or banquets. 
  • Take orders, serve plated food and drinks 
  • Encourage healthy eating and discuss the day’s adventures with guests 
  • Have Serve It Right certification. 
  • Support the Happy Warrior value by jumping into the dish pit or mopping floors if that is needed.  
  • Stay busy and engaged even during slower times. 

Reports to: Front House Supervisor.  

Dates: Seasonal full time – June – October


The Cook must be comfortable with food preparation for large numbers, made with fresh ingredients for meals at set times for our various client groups.  Meals may be buffet style, plated or for outdoor service.


  • Provide consistent food preparation and presentation following SPL food philosophy and hospitality standards, and direction from the Chef 
  • 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 and that food products are rotated to ensure high standards of freshness.
  • Food Safe Certification

Reports to: Food & Beverage Manager (Head Chef)

Dates: Seasonal full time – June to October

Kitchen Helper

This person is versatile and willing to assist the Chef or Cook with whatever is required, bringing a positive energy into the team and a willingness to be flexible and learn. 


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

Reports to: Food & Beverage Manager (Head Chef)

Dates: Seasonal full time – June to October

Outtrip Meals Coordinator 

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


  • Knowledge and experience of different kinds of outtrips and their nutritional demands. Ie: differentiating menus for portaging canoe trips, alpine trips, basecamp based expeditions or picnic lunches. 
  • Plan and provide food order requirements to chef 
  • Pack food for all expeditions/off site trips as well as packed or picnic lunches
  • 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: Food & Beverage Manager (Head Chef)

Dates: Seasonal full time – June to October

Guest Services Positions


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.


  • 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
  • Laundry, sorting, stain removal, folding


  • 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: Late June- 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.

Summer programs:  WYLD Expeditions for teens, Experiences, including Family Camps, Family Expeditions, and Adventure Unlimited, Custom private guided programs, and Specialized groups.  &

Fall programs: School based, week long adventure programs.  Grades 7-12 

Activities we offer- High ropes, zip line, tree climb, rock climbing, flatwater canoeing, white water canoeing, sea kayaking, white water kayaking, Hiking, Mtn biking, Nature interpretation, team building.

Waterfront support: each instructor will help to run the boat rentals throughout the summer (canoes, kayaks, SUPs)

Room for creativity:  We like to recognize that 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.  


  • 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
  • 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 outdoor experience

Reports to: Chief Instructor 

Dates:  Seasonal full time – late June – October

Wage: $136-$160 per diem- Determined by education, certifications, and experience

Maintenance Positions

Maintenance Supervisor

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, primarily 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

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 


  • the preferred candidate would live on site
  • Experience in the tourism industry 
  • First Aid certification 

Reports to: SPL President

Dates: Full time, ongoing

Wage: dependent on relevant skills, ticket(s) and experience

Maintenance Helper

The Maintenance Helper supports both the Maintenance Supervisor and the Groundskeeper with daily facility tasks.


  • 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.  Most of the plants are indigenous with some annuals and perennials, fruit trees, hanging baskets and herb gardens. 
  • Splitting and delivering firewood 
  • Other related cleanliness and maintenance tasks


  • Class 5 Driver’s License
  • Physically capable 

Reports to: Maintenance supervisor 

Dates: June-September


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