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
For positions in Dining, Front Desk, Housekeeping and the Kitchen, please forward your resume, cover letter (specifying which position you are applying for) and dates of availability by early February, for the best chances of employment in that calendar year, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 for various start dates (from late March to beginning July) and end dates (from late August to mid-November).
HEAD CHEF – Now accepting applications for the 2015 season
The Head Chef oversees all operations of the kitchen from menu design to food sourcing and inventory control as well as supervising and participating in the production and presentation of food to maintain the best quality food possible. This is done with our food philosophy in mind; using whole and mostly local and seasonal foods and with consideration of various client groups: school children, celebration groups, foodies, international guests, people who require gluten free and other special diets.
The Head Chef supervises the staff of the kitchen, participates in the training and development of staff . The Head Chef manages the kitchen in compliance with all health and safety regulations by ensuring adherence to sanitary and safe food handling guidelines at all times. The Head Chef also determines menu changes, controls the purchase of equipment and ingredients as necessary, and handles special menu requests.
OUTDOOR EDUCATION INSTRUCTORS – Now accepting applications for the 2015 season
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 2015 season. To find out what its like to work at Strathcona Park Lodge throughout the different seasons as an outdoor instructor click HERE.