Strathcona Park Lodge is always looking for employees that exemplify our core values: more with less, stewardship, challenge by choice, living on the edge, generosity of spirit and happy warrior. 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 February. Annually we hire employees throughout operations: house keeping, food and beverage, maintenance, front desk and instructors. Scroll down to find out more about the positions available.
Most staff live on site and pay between $12 and $15 per day for expenses. Our food is wonderful – from scratch, using many local ingredients; our staff accommodation simple and rustic.
Why work at Strathcona
We offer a healthy and respectful work environment. Supervisors and managers are eager to support and help staff.
On its own in the wilderness, Lodge staff create their own community of like minded individuals 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
Please forward your resume, cover letter (specifying which position you are applying for) and dates of availability by mid February, for the best chances of employment in that calendar year, to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax 250 286-6010. For Outdoor Instructor positions please apply on-line following the instructions noted below. If you are a foreign worker, you MUST have work permit status already obtained to be considered.
We accept resumes year-round but most of our hiring is done in February and early March for various start dates (from late March to beginning July) and end dates (from late August to mid-November).
OUTDOOR EDUCATION INSTRUCTORS - NOW HIRING FOR 2014
Outdoor education is a rewarding field that requires creative, inspiring individuals with an outdoor background keen to share their passion with others. We offer quality outdoor education and adventure experiences to people of all ages. In the spring and fall seasons we offer primarily school programs, typically 5 days in length, and in the summer season we offer programs for youth, adults, families and international adventure tourism guests.
Activities include: canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, high ropes courses, zip lines, interpretive walks, hiking, minimal impact camping, environmental education, backpacking, mountaineering, canoe tripping, sea kayaking, whitewater canoeing and kayaking.
Strathcona offers staff a great community to live and work in. We have high expectations of our instructors; as positive role models for guests and staff alike, we expect a high level of maturity, self-motivation, organizational skills and professionalism. We look for independent, hardworking 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.
Preference is given to applicants available for the full season, April to October.
- 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
- canoe instructor certification
- sea kayak guide certification
- swift water rescue technician certification
- lifeguarding certification
- ability to instruct in French
- Class 4 Drivers license
- outdoor education training
- certificate, diploma or degree
- teaching experience
- extensive personal outdoor experience
To apply for an Instructor position, please fill out the online instructor application form. BEFORE submitting your application be sure to attach your cover letter, indicating your motivation for applying to work as an outdoor educator, and resume to the online application where indicated. For questions regarding your application, you can reach our Chief Instructors at email@example.com.
Spring, summer and fall season applications for outdoor instructors are accepted on an ongoing basis. Apply NOW for the 2014 season. To find out what its like to work at Strathcona Park Lodge throughout the different seasons as an outdoor instructor click HERE.
COOKS - NOW HIRING FOR 2014
We are accepting applications for full-time Cooks to join our kitchen team for the 2014 season. Food services for the organization are centred in a main kitchen facility with a changing focus according to the varying client groups.
As Cook you will prepare meals for large group buffets (e.g. school groups) and a la carte, as line cook, when designated, either with senior chefs or taking lead responsibility on a shift. In most cases a team approach is taken, which includes some work in food preparation, dishwashing and clean-up.
Job Skills and Requirements:
- Be able to give and take direction, as required, and work as part of a team
- Have Food Safe certification, banquet and a la carte line experience (all required)
- Have baking experience (preferred)
- Be knowledgeable about different diet requirements (preferred) and/or willing to learn
KITCHEN STEWARDS - NOW HIRING FOR 2014
We are accepting applications for full-time Kitchen Stewards to join our kitchen team for the 2014 season. Food services for the organization are centred in a main kitchen facility with a changing focus according to the varying client groups.
Job Skills and Requirements:
- Dish washing and general kitchen cleaning
- Assisting with food preparation
- Food Safe certification (required)
- Work as part of a team
SERVERS - NOW HIRING FOR 2014
We are accepting applications for full-time Servers to join our dining team for the 2014 season. Dining services for the organization are centred in a main dining room with a la carte service in summer months and banquet facility service on an intermittent basis throughout the season.
As dining service staff you will provide different types of service (buffet, a la carte, bar, special events/weddings) in our various on site venues. You will work well as part of a team, encourage healthy eating, and enjoy discussing the day’s adventures with guests.
Job Skills and Requirements:
- Enjoy the energy of school groups and adventure tourism guests
- Have a ready smile and be welcoming and personable with all guests
- Have serving experience (required)
- Have Serving It Right certification (required)
- Be able to assist from time to time with other related duties in the kitchen and clean-up
HOUSEKEEPERS - NOW HIRING FOR 2014
We are accepting applications for full-time Housekeepers to join our housekeeping team for the 2014 season. Housekeeping services for the organization are centred in a new on-site housekeeping facility.
As Housekeeper you will ensure that our guest accommodation and public spaces are clean, sanitized, orderly and comfortable, resulting in satisfying surroundings for employees, guests and the public. You will work well as part of a team and also independently.
Job Skills and Requirements:
- Be adaptable, given the wide range of accommodations on-site
- Be courteous and helpful to our varied clientele (school groups, international tourists, adventurers)
- Be physically fit, to meet the demands of the job on our varied, hilly terrain and physically flexible (making beds in tight spaces
Working at Strathcona Park Lodge 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 our environment. 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.
To apply for kitchen, dining or housekeeping positions, please submit a cover letter and resume, indicating which position you are applying for, to firstname.lastname@example.org.