Summer Hostel assistant needed in Whistler, BC



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    We are now accepting applications for our 2016 volunteer position. I am looking for long term volunteers who can commit to staying for 2 - 6 months. I do not accept volunteers over the Winter months, only between May - Oct.
    You don't need any experience and I will teach you all you need to know and how to do all the cleaning tasks. For volunteers who are responsible, independent, have great time management skills and organization this opportunity would be like a holiday and a cheap way to spend time in Whistler.
    *** Preference is given to those with Social Media, Marketing and Online & Web skills

    I own a lodge and it's opened year round. I live next door and self manage the property. The lodge has 8 rooms, a sauna, spa, 2 kitchens, large living room with TV, an air stream van, and backyard.

    Whistler is a MUST DO for anyone traveling Canada. I have kayaks and bikes for you to use, a park and lake near-by. Whistler is a laid back town with many biking and walking trails. As a adventurous town there are many festivals and sporting events for you to enjoy and have your true Canadian Experience.

    All nationalities are welcome in Whistler and we have many International guests stay at the lodge. My family speaks Canadian English and Japanese.

    My name is Geoff. I have a wife and 3 children, whom both live in our Whistler and Vancouver property, at different times of the year.

    I have lots of house pets, if you love dogs your welcome to walk two of mine.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    True Laid back West Coast Canadian Culture.
    Chance to learn to cook and try lots of Western and traditional Canadian dishes.
    Learn the Canadian accents, slangs and social culture
    Live in the mountains and view unbelievable scenery
    Meet people from all over the world plus the locals
    Chance to see wildlife - especially bears....

  • Help


    *** Not everyone will suit this opportunity so please consider the job role more than the location offered.

    During Summer and Fall 2016; Ideally I would like volunteers who can stay a minimum of 3 months during Summer and Fall (between May - November). This gives me enough time to train you and for you to be comfortable with all duties and plenty of time to enjoy Whistler. During the summer the sun is up until about 2100, so there is plenty of time after work to enjoy it!

    Hours worked average out to be 4 hours per day, 6 days per week. Though it all depends on the number of guests in house and checkouts for that day. Weekdays you could have everything done in 1-2 hours. Weekends are generally are busiest times with a fully booked out hostel.

    Days off are very flexible as I live next door. Generally I let you know the night before what the following day looks like and what needs to be done giving you time to book activities and plan you day.

    Our Volunteers main work is Cleaning: cleaning guest rooms, the lodge, household chores, tidying and organizing spaces, and providing Customer Service to our guests.

    There are also maintenance jobs, yard work, gardening, cooking, front desk tasks, social media activities and house-sitting that could be undertaken by the right person, if they so wish. There are also 2 puppies that you can walk.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Japanese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will live in my basement apartment. There is a washroom, fully equipped kitchen, lounge and Laundry room. Your room is a Private twin size room with with a window, heater, lots of chest drawers to use and a closet. I have a bunk bed in there - there is enough space and comfort for 2 volunteers.

    A daily breakfast is included with all the coffee, tea and orange juice you want. You will be provided Lunch and Dinner on days that you work. Alpine Cafe and Supermarket is located at the end of the street and cater delicious food for locals and travelers. Plus Whistler is known for its amazing international cuisine options.

    Sometimes we have groups check in who ask for help with the makings of their dinner, usually a large BBQ night on the deck. When this happens all volunteers are asked and welcome to join in, eat and enjoy the food together with our guests.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Whistler is a beautiful and adventurous town year round. During the Summer locals and tourists enjoy downhill mountain biking, whitewater rafting, ATV'ing, bunjy jumping, ziptreking and hiking. Whilst during the Winter, whistler is famous for it's ski hills and all snow activities.

    The bus ride is outside my doorstep and for $2.50 will take you to the village, alternatively it is a 45 minute walk along the 'Valley Trail'. When I'm driving into town or to Function Junction your welcome to a lift. I also have a cruiser bike for you to use. I also many kayaks your welcome to use and can drop you off and pick you up after your adventure. I take Berkley to Rainbow dog park and your welcome to join.

    Cafe and Supermarket is on the corner, and a fitness center/ skating rink is a 5 minute walk away.

    ***I don't mind if you are a smoker, as long as you only smoke outside and clean up after yourself.
    *** As Whistler is known for a party town I prefer volunteers who are very mature, responsible and over 25 years old. My lodge is NOT a party Hostel.
    *** Please be patience with responses as it is a very busy time of year. I'm a very busy man with a family, business and many responsibilities.
    *** For a quicker response and a better chance of volunteering here, please write the dates you are available in the subject line of your application letter.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    maximum 4-5 hours, 5 days a week

The space van. A cool place to hang out in and around.
Plenty of kayaks for your use and a cruiser to cruise round on.
The ski room.
Front office. There are opportunities for you to learn how to take bookings, bookwork and checking guests in if you would like to learn.
The living room has a fireplace, HDMI TV with over 200 Channels; you can watch Canadian and international news, sports and movies. There are loads of books and games to enjoy. Two fully equipped kitchens. Breakfast is served here every morning between 8 and 10am.
The jacuzzi you're welcome to enjoy.
The spa room you're welcome to enjoy.
Relax a meadow park. Next door is meadow park fitness center and skating rink. Its a beautiful park to sun bake, read a book and hang out in. Only a 5 minute walk from the hostel's front door.
View from the village looking up the downhill mountain biking trails.
Ziptrekking is a popular tourist attraction here. This is Shaz (lodge volunteer) and her friend trying it out!
There are many hiking and biking trails throughout whistler. The valley trail takes you north to south. Starting from meadow park, which is a 5 minute walk from the hostel's door, its takes 30-45 minutes to walk to the village. A lot faster if you ride the cruiser..
Whistler is famous from the 2010 Olympic games. The rings are on display in the village and the Olympic village is a 15 minute bus ride south from there.
Meadow park
In the Summer whistler turns into a biking town. This is Shaz (lodge volunteer) and her friends trying downhill mountain biking for the very first time.
These are my puppies. Pumpkin is the white lasa apso cross terrier. She is a princess who loves cuddles. Ozzie is the black toy poodle. He is very independent, adventurous and the guard dog here.
This is the view from the peak of whistler mountain
On top of Whistler mountain via the gondola there are many hiking trails. This is Pika and Matthew traverse trail. Famous for its ice walls leading up to the peak of whistler mountain.
This is Berkeley. Loves to play tog of war and follows me around everywhere..
Across the hwy is green lake. Only a ten minute walk along this trail.
Whistler is a MUST DO for all tourists, canadians, international guests and workaway volunteers! Its a beautiful place ;)
The Lodge in the Summer time.
The sauna you're welcome to enjoy.

Host ref number: 233187386636