Working at HI Banff

The mountains are calling.

Banff is one of the few places throughout the world where you will experience living in a community within a national park. We’re a team of avid travellers who’ve chosen to stop and enjoy Banff for a while, so by joining our team you'll have no shortage of great like-minded friends to live, work and explore the Rockies with. We strive for the perfect balance between chill workdays with a backpacker vibe and relaxed days off with the freedom to stay in all 13 of our national parks hostels for free, plus a mountain bike fleet and camping gear to use whenever you'd like. Not to mention, our steeply subsidized staff accommodation is one of the best housing offers in town, and you'll be able to access a ski pass through payroll deductions. Did you hear that? That's the sound of the mountains calling.

Meet your managers

Rémi Lambeau, General Manager

Remi started with HI in Belgium in 2018 and moved to Canada shortly after to lead the HI Banff Alpine Centre team and to oversee the wilderness hostels in Banff National Park. When not at work, Remi enjoys climbing, biking, skiing and playing baseball.

Zinzan Hancox, Assistant Manager

Zinzan - "Zinny" for his mates - is from the Cotswolds in the UK and has been working at HI Banff for almost two years now. "A one week ski holiday turned into some of the best times of my life and I'm excited to spend even more times in the mountains!" he says.

Living Here
Our Stories

Staff Accommodation

We offer the most affordable staff accommodation in Banff! Our staff accommodations are a shared living space, fully furnished and equipped with all the necessities you will need including free wifi. We have great views of the mountains and so many fun adventures are minutes from your doorstep, plus all kinds of communal perks like staff dinners, camping trips and more. Staff get to use our fleet of mountain bikes and camping gear, plus you'll get a free bus pass to head into town when you'd like. We bet this will be your shortest commute to a job you will ever have!

Cost: $6.50/day in a shared room

  • Fully furnished
  • The best staff accommodation in town—great quality and price!
  • Free laundry
  • Free wifi
  • Free bus pass
  • Regular fam tours
  • Staff mountain bikes and camping gear
  • Staff camping trips, excursions, wilderness trips and more
  • Free stays at HI Canada hostels

Live your best life

in Banff

Banff is the largest community with Banff National Park, so it's got all the amenities and services you need (groceries, shopping, restaurants, healthcare, etc.) but a wild side to it, too. You're guaranteed to spot wildlife when you live in Banff, and part of every staff orientation includes learning how to be respectful when you encounter them. There are hiking and biking trails right out the hostel doors, and easy access to the town's attractions including gondola rides, hot springs, rafting, sightseeing and more. Read more about what to do in Banff and Lake Louise.


There are tons of trails to explore all around Banff, from the iconic strolls around the Hoodoos (just out our door), Sulphur Mountain and Lake Minnewanka to the lesser-known routes that you'll only discover once you've been here for a bit (we'll be sure to share our favourites when you arrive).


Sunshine Village is just a 20-minute drive from the hostel and offers the longest non-glacial ski season in the whole country. You'll also find plenty of good skiing at Mount Norquay and Lake Louise Ski Resort, not too far away. Plus, staff can purchase a season's pass through payroll deductions.


The town of Banff is almost as famous as the park it calls home! While it's a small town, it's got major international appeal and offers everything you need to settle into life in the mountains including grocery stores, healthcare services, recreation programs, public transit and tons more.


Banff is just beyond the southern end of the world-famous Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic drives in the world. There's a ton to explore along the 3.5ish-hour drive to Jasper, including HI's wilderness hostels, which staff can stay at for free.

Hear it From Our Staff

"Working at HI has many perks—you will meet great people including the staff as well as travellers. Every morning the sun will rise over beautiful Rundle Mountain, and it will be another great day in Banff!"
- Julien, MIT Housekeeping

"This hostel has let me be more than just ‘Front Desk Agent.’ I get to be friend, leader, host and even artist. All with one of the most majestic backdrops I could ever dream up!”
- James, Front Desk Agent, Friend, Leader, Host, Artist

"Hostelling International is such an awesome company to work for if you enjoy travelling. All the staff here have adventurous souls and are here for the same reason—to enjoy the mountains, create memories and meet cool people."
- Terina, Housekeeping Supervisor