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Needed: Volunteer Housekeeper
Type: volunteer position with accom., food, more (see below)
Organization: Great Bear Lodge
Location: Port Hardy, North Vancouver Island, BC (room & board provided)

Great Bear Nature Tours is seeking a highly motivated candidate to volunteer as a Housekeeper 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 accommodates a maximum of 16 guests, thus providing a very personal experience.

Description: Come and experience the beauty and wonder of the Great Bear Rainforest! We will transport you by floatplane to our remote lodge, where you will live full-time for the duration of your stay. Enjoy the unique experience of living in a floating cabin while you host guests in a remote, uninhabited river valley. Get the opportunity to join some of our tours to go looking for bears, eagles, seals, otters and other amazing wildlife. As Volunteer Housekeeper, you will spend six hours a day working on housekeeping tasks and helping to host the guests in exchange for accommodation, food and wildlife viewing opportunities! This position offers a unique opportunity to work in customer service in ecotourism while living in a spectacular wilderness setting.

Your duties include:

  • Housekeeping tasks for the guest lodge. Those tasks may include changing rooms following guests departure, washing dishes, vacuuming floors, sweeping docks, cleaning windows, washing floors, etc.

  • Acting as a welcoming host to the guests when they take breaks from wildlife viewing by greeting them and providing warm drinks/snacks.

  • Assisting the Lodge Chef in beverage and meal service and clean-up.

We are a small team and occasionally you may be called upon to assist with other tasks that are outside of this job description. You will be required to wear a uniform and will be an integral part of the guest service team, not just a helper.

Minimum Position requirements:

  1. Strong interpersonal skills, clean professional appearance

  2. Ability to work cheerfully and independently in a remote lodge, working and living very closely with other staff members and guests.

  3. Savor life in a remote wilderness setting with limited access to communication or traditional social life.


Our season runs from the beginning of May through until the end of October. The length of your stay will be 3-4 weeks. We will have more than one Volunteer Housekeeper during the course of the season.

  • Work schedule is 6 hours a day, 6 days a week. This is not a paid position, however accommodation and food are provided at the lodge, as is transportation between Port Hardy and the lodge. You will also have regular wildlife-viewing opportunities.

  • Port Hardy is the nearest town, which 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 be sharing 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 being on a large boat.

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


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.

Application Procedure:

Please send an email expressing your interest in this position, and include 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 Jennie at:
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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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GoodWork ID: 38758       Date posted to Mar 6 2017