North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin
Be one of the privileged few!
Stehekin is a remote community at the head of Lake Chelan, in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, part of the North Cascades National Park Complex in Washington state. In an age of easy access to nearly everywhere in the United States and ever-present cell phones, Stehekin remains an anomaly, a slice of life left over from when things were simpler.
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. Each summer season we look for a handful of well-rounded, outdoor professional people to work with us in the remote Cascade mountains.
The North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin is the perfect place for guests to be active in the great outdoors or just relax and take in the fantastic views. We offer 28 lodging units including rooms with kitchens and a large Lake House. With sweeping views of the mountains, our restaurant provides a casual breakfast and lunch, before changing into a fine dining dinner experience.
Our General Store accommodates many visitor needs with limited groceries, souvenirs, ice, beer, wine, camping and fishing equipment. Many people enjoy renting our watercraft equipment or transportation equipment to tour the valley on their own schedule. At our outdoor kiosk employees greet guests, check them into lodging, book activities, and provide information about this unique valley.
Each summer season we hire approximately 30 great employees to serve our guests. Positions include:
- Bus Driver
- Kiosk staff/office
- Line Cook
- Prep Cook
- Store Manager
- Store Clerk
Our Ideal Candidate
.... is friendly, quick to smile, responsible, hard-working, possesses a flexible attitude, is in love with the outdoors, and embraces our remote location!! Stehekin is very remote and disconnected by modern standards; opportunities to call home or go to town are limited. Most of our staff members spend their time off hiking in the mountains or enjoying the spectacular scenery by being outside. With lots of summer sunshine, miles of trails, and of course Lake Chelan, one can be busy all summer exploring or partaking in many outdoor activities.
As a small lodge with only about 30 employees, everyone is expected to pitch in and be willing to help with nearly everything. And of course, our small size means everyone interacts with guests, so keep that smile and helpful nature ready! Some of our positions require physical work as we receive freight and keep the rooms and grounds clean.
Room and Board
Some of our cabins, including employee housing, are located in the historic district, meaning they are old and protected from change. While they do not provide modern luxuries, they are comfortable and within walking distance to work. Each cabin includes a kitchen.
Most cabins sleep 2-3 but a few accommodate up to 6 so employees. Please plan on sharing a bedroom or a cabin. Private housing is rare. Pets are not allowed.
Employees are charged $40/week which includes all utilities. We do not provide an Employee Dining Room; employees are responsible for cooking their own meals. Besides our restaurant, the nearby ranch and bakery are other great options for the times you don’t feel like cooking.
As a small lodge, all staff members are cross-trained between departments and many enjoy the change in routine and the extra experience. All employees receive a discount at the restaurant. 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 access more distant trails.
And of course, the biggest perk of all is our incredible natural surroundings! Employees spend a season in a place that most visitors experience for just a couple of days.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Getting here is half the fun! A truly remote community, Stehekin is not accessible by road. Your journey to Stehekin will end via lake ferry or floatplane from the town of Chelan, 55 miles away. The nearest major airport is Seattle (3 hours from Chelan), but you can also get flights into Wenatchee, 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 road is blacktop for only 4.5 miles, the rest is gravel and dirt.
Have a mountain bike? Bring it! While the trails are closed to biking, the Stehekin Valley Road is perfect for riding and a mountain bike will give you more 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.
Because North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin is in the heart of the Cascade mountain range, outdoor activities are literally at our doorstep, and we encourage everyone to take full advantage of that. The options are varied and amazing – explore the one road by bike, kayak or canoe on the lake, raft a whitewater river, fish the rivers or lake, travel by horseback into the wilderness to see Coon Lake, visit ancient petroglyphs, climb challenging Mt. McGregor, or hike numerous backcountry trails. Of course, just sitting outside and soaking in the beauty is always a good plan.
We are truly unique in the sense that there is no road that leads into the valley. We do not have telephones, television, or a lot of everyday luxuries at our fingertips. And for us privileged few, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
How to Apply
Click here to download a document with more detailed information about housing, uniforms, park life, etc.
You can apply online following the link below.