True North Hostelling Banff AB Short Order Cook

True North Hostelling Association
Banff, AB
$17.88 an hour
True North Hostelling Association
Banff, AB
$17.88 an hour
Banff, AB
Full job description
Join our team and enjoy a summer bonus – from May 19, 2024, to October 19, 2024, employees will receive an extra dollar ($1.00) per hour for every hour worked during this period.


Banff is a world-class destination, it’s on every backpacker’s bucket list, both for the unspoiled wilderness and outdoor opportunities the National Park has to offer. The town is internationally renowned for being a great place to work, live and party with young travel driven people from all over the world and there’s no better place to do this than at our hostel.

We’re a team of avid travellers who’ve chosen to work in this place, and this hostel, because we want to be immersed in a culture of other like-minded people who believe in respecting each other, learning about other people’s cultures, making meaningful connections, and getting the best out of their Canadian experience.

There’s room for growth and discovery! Many of our leaders started out on the front lines, and we’re eager to promote from within and provide opportunities to try out different roles. Looking to stay in Canada permanently? We can help! Ask us about our Manager In Training (MIT) program!

Our staff accommodation has everything you need and is extremely affordable, one of the cheapest in town, fully furnished with all utilities included. We have a fleet of mountain bikes and all the camping equipment you need to get out and explore even more. You’ll have access to our staff vehicle to access remote trailheads and you’ll get to stay for free at any of our 13 properties in the Canadian Rockies. A trip to Jasper, a getaway in Kananaskis, a city trip to Calgary, we’ve got you and your friends covered, all the way to Whistler B.C.

What's in it for you ?

Summer Bonus! You will be eligible to receive one dollar per hour for every hour worked between May 19 – October 19, 2024. We'll provide all the details during your interview.

Get the best value on staff accommodation: $6.50 per day for a shared room in one of our seven on-site staff apartments. Shortest commute to work guaranteed. FKT to work is currently at 4.6 seconds!

Constant events to join in on with other guests and staff, such as karaoke, pub crawls, BBQs, campfires, learn-to-rock-climb days, spikeball tournaments, yoga classes, ... or borrow one of the mountain bikes, canoes, inflatable kayak or camping gear and head out with your teammates for your own adventure!

Chance to win a Sunshine Village ski pass for the 2023-2024 season during our summer HI-MAZING RACE.

All units are fully furnished, have access to WIFI, and include all utilities/cable TV, PS4 or Xbox360 provided!

Free stay at other HI properties (13 other hostels in the Banff/Jasper/Yoho area alone!) and 50% for your friends and family.

40% off any meals in our restaurant, and great deals in our bar: “The Storm Cellar”.

Free Hosteling International Memberships.

Free FAM trips.

Meet like-minded travellers everyday and become their local guide.

A laid-back atmosphere where the uniform’s a T-shirt and the motto is to have fun.

What you will be doing as a Line Cook

Our Line Cooks work the back-of-house and the front-of-house in our fast casual restaurant. So, you’ll not only be preparing and cooking meals in a timely, standardized, and professional manner, but will also be directly serving our customers, handling payments, and sharing your knowledge of Banff to our curious guests.

If you love working in a restaurant environment and can handle high volume workloads, this could be the job for you.

There is no front-of-house payout, the tips you earn through your great customer service are the tips you get to take home. At most, you will be sharing tips with your co-worker when there is two of you on. Regardless, your Sunday-Funday fund will grow quickly!

All F&B agents get trained on the bar and will have the opportunity to pick up bar shifts for some great fun and extra tips.

You’ll also be able to enjoy the fact that you are part of a not-for-profit organization that embraces sustainable tourism.

What we look for

You’ll need some previous cooking experience; we’ll train you up to be a great line cook in time, but some previous commercial kitchen experience is required.

You’ll need to bring your positive energy and humour to work every day, because as well as working with teammates you’ll also be dealing with our guests directly – you're the face of the hostel!

You’ll need to be able to handle some stressful times with a smile when it’s busy and be interested in learning more. Our team learns how to be line cooks, servers, bartenders and handles large catering for a significant part of the year – and you’ll be involved in all of these if you stay with us long enough!Having some front-of-house and extensive back-of-house experience will make you a great candidate.

For this position we are looking for one candidate to start as soon as possible but also for two more candidates to start in April.

Join our community

If everything you read above got you excited, you'll be a great fit for our team. Whether you're on a working holiday and this will be a short stop on a longer trip, or you're looking to stay connected to the hostel lifestyle by working among travellers, HI Banff is the right place for you.

Our team is made up of people from all over the world who are bound by our shared desire to discover new places, meet new people, and keep living the traveling life. You recognize that what draws you to Banff is what draws our guests here, and you're committed to working with a team of like-minded people to create a unique experience for everyone that comes through our doors.

Wondering what working for us would look like? Check out @hibanff on Instagram for a sneak peek and visit for more info.

Background Checks

As part of our standard hiring procedure, successful candidates will be subject to comprehensive background checks. These checks may include employment verification, reference checks, educational qualifications verification, and criminal record checks where applicable.

About HI

We love travelling. To us, travel isn’t just about going to places, it’s also about meeting people, discovering cultures, eating new food and most of all, learning how people do things differently than we do back home.

We believe that through hostelling, we become more conscious of the world around us; and we can even make the world a better place. Our mission is to build a community of conscious travellers who share a greater understanding of people, places and cultures through our network of hostels and people.

Working at HI BANFF Alpine Centre

Popular in Canada's National Parks

Banff is a town located within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, known for its stunning mountain scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities. If you're considering working in Banff, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Banff, Alberta's Tourism Employment Industry

Banff heavily relies on tourism, and many job opportunities are linked to the hospitality and service sectors. Hotels, restaurants, shops, and outdoor activity providers often hire seasonal staff, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Banff Alberta's Seasonal Employment

Many positions in Banff are seasonal, with higher demand during the summer and winter months when tourists visit for outdoor activities, skiing, and sightseeing.

Banff National Park's Employmment Accommodations

The town is relatively small, and housing can be competitive. It's a good idea to secure accommodation before arriving, especially during peak seasons.

Canadian Work Permits

If you're not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may need a work permit to legally work in Banff. Ensure you have the necessary documentation before seeking employment.

Banff, Alberta's Outdoor Lifestyle

Banff is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. If you enjoy activities such as hiking, skiing, or mountain biking, you'll find plenty of opportunities to indulge in your favorite pastimes.

Jobs in the Community of Banff, Alberta

The town has a close-knit community, and living in Banff offers a unique experience. If you enjoy a small-town atmosphere and connecting with like-minded individuals, it can be a rewarding place to live and work.

Transportation in and Around Banff, Alberta

Banff is well-connected by road, and public transportation options are available. However, having a vehicle might be convenient, especially if you plan to explore the surrounding areas.

Before making any decisions, research specific Banff job opportunities, seasonal Tourism trends, and accommodation options. The lifestyle and activities that Banff offers are terrific, but considering all employment and lifestyle changes will ensure it aligns with your job preferences and interests.