Live and Work in the Wilderness

Work at the HI Wilderness Hostels

Chop wood, carry water, light campfires, get paid!

OK, maybe you won’t get rich – but if you’re looking for a true Canadian Wilderness experience, this job is for you.

Hostelling International is looking to fill the position of Relief Wilderness Hostel Manager for the 2023 Summer/Fall season. This person travels between several of the Banff Wilderness hostels, small 20-30 bed hostels located off the beaten path in Banff National Park, covering the days off of the regular managers at each facility.

These hostels are what we call “rustic”. Either they have no electricity or running water, or just no telephone or internet. For what they lack in modern facilities and connectivity, they more than make up for in other ways; waking up to the peaceful quiet of the Wilderness, being able to count the millions of stars so far away from the city, or simply being surrounded by the vastness and indescribable beauty of rugged mountains, hanging glaciers and 400-metre tall waterfalls.

As relief manager you would spend your evenings welcoming guests into the facility, answering questions about local flora, fauna, history and hikes/activities they might be interested in. Then you would get to enjoy the company of these backcountry enthusiasts and international backpackers around a communal campfire. In the morning, it's saying goodbye to them, doing a bit of housekeeping then it's time to go exploring, hiking, biking, climbing or any other activities that you might enjoy in the surrounding mighty Rocky Mountains. There is never a dull day in the wilderness. On your off-weeks, you can go further afield to explore the beauty of the Canadian West. While working with us, you can stay at any of our 12 hostels in the Parks for free... or any of our hostels elsewhere in Canada, for that matter!

If you have your own transportation, think you’d like to be a host to our guests staying in these little backcountry cabins, please apply today!

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.

Cécile Levasseur, General Manager

Cécile is originally from France and has lived in Canada for approximately four and a half years. During her spare time, she is a fan of anime, cheese and good wine. Before moving to Canada, she travelled intensively all over the world (Asia, South America, etc..) where she discovered her interest in hostelling and decided to start her career with us. She chose to live in Alberta due to her love of horses. She now manages HI Jasper and the wilderness properties of the Jasper National Park.

Living Here
Our Stories

Live your best life

in the Canadian Wilderness

Banff National Park is a vast protected area located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, in the province of Alberta. It is the oldest national park in Canada and attracts millions of visitors every year. The park features stunning mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, and rivers, making it an eldorado for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. The park is also home to a diverse range of wildlife, including grizzly bears, elk, and wolves. You'll be working in the heart of the park, in the remote wilderness where we operate our hostels.

HI Castle Mountain

Explore Johnston Canyon and the Silverton Falls while caring for the HI Castle Mountain hostel.

HI Kananaskis

Enjoy the untouched beauty of the K-Country when you're based at the HI Kananaskis hostel.

HI Mosquito Creek

Cycle the Icefields Parkway or canoe Bow Lake and Hector Lake, in the backyard of the HI Mosquito Creek hostel.

HI Rampart Creek

Explore the Icefields Parkway and the infamous Weeping Wall while staying at the HI Rampart Creek hostel.

HI Hilda Creek

Hike the Parker Ridge trail just outside HI Hilda Creek, our most remote and rustic hostel.

HI Maligne Canyon

Live surrounded by boreal wildlife and the beauty of the Maligne Canyon at our HI Maligne Canyon hostel.

HI Mount Edith Cavell

Live in the heart of Caribou territory at our highest altitude hostel, HI Mount Edith Cavell.

HI Athabasca Falls

Hike the pristine forests bursting with wildlife surrounding the waterfalls just across HI Athabasca Falls.

HI Beauty Creek

Kayak the Sunwapta river and stargaze every night while caring for HI Beauty Creek.

Staff Accommodation

Wilderness Hostel Managers and Relief Managers have access to on-site staff accommodation at each property. They consist of small wood cabins, separate from the hostel guests, with all the necessities required to be living there for a few weeks.

  • Fully furnished
  • Surrounded by National Parks
  • Bikes for your use
  • Free wifi

Hear it From Our Staff

Wondering what lifestyle this job can bring you? Get insights from our interviews with Wilderness Managers, including some who have dedicated over a decade to managing a wilderness hostel.

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