Lodge at Stehekin
Remote setting in the Cascade Mountains
Stehekin is a remote community in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, which is part of the North Cascades National Park Complex. In this beautiful mountain setting the elements of your job will include both hard work and fun. If you have a ready smile, love the outdoors, are willing to work hard and enjoy working with people, this may be the place for you.
Located at the head of Lake Chelan, the North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin is the perfect place for guests to enjoy themselves, whether they wish to be active in the great outdoors, or just sit and relax, taking in the fantastic views.
The North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin is looking for a handful of well-rounded, hard working, outdoor professional people to work with us in the remote Cascade Mountains of Washington. Our Lodge has 28 lodging units including rooms with kitchens and a large Lake House which can accommodate up to twelve guests. Across from our General store full-service restaurant serves hearty meals, both with sweeping views of the mountains.
With a full service restaurant that changes between leisurely breakfast and lunch into a fine dining dinner experience, guests enjoy our homemade meals and a full complement of fine wines. Many guests relax out on the deck afterwards to enjoy the sunset. The onsite General Store can accommodate many of our visitor's needs with limited groceries, souvenirs, ice, beer, wine, camping and fishing equipment. Many folks enjoy renting our watercraft equipment or transportation equipment to tour the valley on their own schedule. Our kiosk is an outdoor office where staff can greet guests for check in, activity booking and giving out overall information about our unique valley.
- Bus Drivers
- Kiosk staff/office
- Line Cooks
- Prep Cooks
- Store Manager
- Store Clerks
- Maintenance Staff
Our Ideal Candidate
.... would be an employee who loves the outdoors!! We are as remote as they get and opportunities to call home or go to town are limited. Most of our staff members spend their time off hiking the mountains or enjoying the spectacular scenery by being outside. With lots of summer sunshine and miles of trails one can be busy most all summer exploring or partaking in our many outdoor activities. The valley also has the bakery and ranch for meals out when one does not feel like cooking. Our ideal employee is one who is responsible and can work alone or in a group. Staff should have excellent customer service, every position here deals with the public and one should have a friendly attitude and ready smile. Some of our positions require physical work as we receive freight and keep the rooms and grounds clean. We love employees who are flexible in their job duties, there is always a list of extra projects and staff who are willing to be cross-trained can make their jobs more diverse.
Room and Board
Another quality that is unique to the resort is that some of our cabins are located in the historical district, meaning they are very old and protected from change. They do not afford lots of today’s luxuries either, but are comfortable and convenient enough to walk to work.
Most of our cabins easily sleep 2-3 but we have a few larger houses that can accommodate up to 6 so employees should plan on sharing a bedroom or a cabin. Private housing is hard to come by and pets are not allowed. Housing is provided for $40/week which includes all utilities.
All positions are given paychecks every two weeks based on the number of hours they put in. Staff members are cross-trained between departments and many enjoy this change in their routine. All employees are given discounts at the restaurant. Housing is provided for minimal rent and many employees enjoy two days off a week to go enjoy the beauty of the park. Employees also enjoy free rides on our shuttle bus which makes a round trip of the valley four times a day and is ideal to get up to the hiking trails past High Bridge.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Getting here is half the fun…Stehekin is not accessible by road. To get here, you will have to take a passenger boat from the city of Chelan, and travel 55 miles up Lake Chelan to our out-of-the-way community. The nearest major airport is Seattle (3 hours away from Chelan), but you can also get flights into Wenatchee, which is only 45 minutes from Chelan. There are also bus options to Chelan.
Despite not being accessible by car from the outside world, Stehekin does have around 15 miles of its own road. This is a blacktop road for 4.5 miles, and gravel and dirt the rest of its length. You are encouraged to bring a mountain bike with you. The trails are closed to biking, but the Stehekin Valley Road is perfect to ride on and a mountain bike will give you your own mobility. It is also possible to ship in a vehicle on the barge for a cost of around $125 each way. Sometimes it's cheaper to ship a vehicle in than it is to pay parking at the other end.
The North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin is situated right in the heart of the Cascade Mountain Range, and outdoor activities are a step away for our employees. We encourage all of our staff to take advantage of the activities as we all field inquiries from the public. As the snow melts off the peaks, our river becomes a torrent of activity and the rafting is at its best! Travel by horseback into the wilderness to see Coon Lake and a glimpse of our backcountry hiking. McGregor is a challenge to climb, and with so many other trails, there are always new and adventurous places to go.
If you are an avid fisherman, we have streams, rivers and the lake to catch a variety of fish. Kayak out on the lake with a guide over to see ancient pictographs, or bicycle up valley but don’t forget to stop by our world famous bakery. We are truly unique in the sense that there is no road that leads into the valley, and all of our transportation is done by boat or float plane. We do not have telephones, television, or a lot of everyday luxuries at our fingertips.