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Job Opening: Lodge Chef
Term: beginning of May through late October, 2019
Employer: Great Bear Lodge
Location: near Port Hardy, North Vancouver Island, BC
Housing: room and board are provided at the lodge, transportation (see below)

Great Bear Lodge is seeking a highly motivated candidate to work as the Lodge Chef at our ecotourism lodge on the central coast of British Columbia. We host people from around the world to see the grizzly bears of the Great Bear Rainforest. The lodge is small, accommodating 16 guests, thus providing a very personal experience.

Job Description: As Lodge Chef, you will have the primary responsibility for preparing meals for the guests and staff. The quality of food at Great Bear Lodge is characterized as ‘wilderness gourmet’ and is an essential part of the experience. This position offers the unique opportunity to work in the area of ecotourism while living in a spectacular wilderness setting.

Your duties as Lodge Chef include:

  • Preparing and serving delicious and well-presented lunches, snacks and dinners for 16 guests.

  • Preparing nutritious lunches for 8-10 staff.

  • Kitchen clean-up and management of food storage areas.

  • Ordering food and supplies and maintaining inventory.

  • Fostering a harmonious and productive team atmosphere.

  • We are a small team and occasionally you will be called upon to assist with other tasks that are outside of your job description.

Minimum Position requirements:

  1. Ability to work cheerfully and independently in a remote lodge for long periods of time, working and living very closely with other staff members and guests.

  2. Professional restaurant experience or other experience cooking for large groups of people with a range of dietary preferences and restrictions, and diverse nationalities.

  3. Strong interpersonal skills.

  4. Experience in inventory control and food ordering.

  5. FOODSAFE certification, or other certification for food handling.

  6. Basic computer skills.

  7. Clean professional appearance.

  8. Driven to provide excellent customer service and exceed customer expectations on a daily basis.

Successful Candidates will:

  1. Be self-starters with a strong work ethic.
  2. Be independent and respectful of other staff work obligations and personal space.
  3. Savor life in a remote wilderness setting with limited access to communication or traditional social life.
  4. Enjoy working in a kitchen environment that is open to guests.


Great Bear Nature Tours ( has been providing quality wildlife viewing experiences with a strong emphasis on natural history interpretation and minimum ecological impact since 1999. We are fortunate to live and work in a beautiful ecosystem and our goal is to share this special place with guests from all over the world in a sustainable manner. The wildlife call this place home, we are merely guests in their valley.


  • Period of employment will run from the beginning of May through late-October.

  • Average work schedule is 18 days working at the lodge, 6 days off in town, although we are open to other schedules. Room and board are provided at the lodge, as is transportation between Port Hardy and the lodge. There is a staff apartment for use when in Port Hardy.

  • Work days are 8-10 hours long on average.

  • Port Hardy is the nearest town, and is small by most standards. It is 6 hours by car from Victoria and 8 hours by car and ferry from Vancouver.

  • At the lodge, you will have a room in the staff bunkhouse. The bunkhouse is limited in terms of amenities, but is comfortable.

  • We work in a rainforest. It can rain daily for two weeks. It can also be sunny for two weeks.

  • You will be living and working on a small floating facility, which feels like living and working on a large boat.

  • Communication options include limited internet access, and use of the satellite telephone.

Application Procedure:

Please email a cover letter and resume with 3 references. At least 2 of them should be work related and all must have both e-mail addresses and contact phone numbers. Email materials to the attention of Marg Leehane at . All emails will be acknowledged and selected applicants will be contacted by email and phone for interviews by phone or in person.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 10 2019    ID: 50226