Basin Harbor

View from the Main Lodge
Enjoy our 18-hole golf course!
It's not work when you love what you do!
Have a little fun every day!
Jane and Joel with our mascots, Piper and Rosie!
Playing while we work!
Our formal dining room crew
You're always part of a team at Basin Harbor!
Our al fresco dining, on our lakeside North Dock
Our fun Recreation Staff!
Basin Harbor's casual restaurant, the Red Mill
We love costumes at Basin Harbor!
Our 48-passenger cruise boat, the EScape
Our welcoming Front Desk staff!

The Perfect Summer Job Awaits...

Lake Champlain + The Green Mountains + The Adirondacks + 131 years of superb hospitality + 700 acres of lakefront property = The Perfect Summer Job.

On the shores of Lake Champlain, Vermont. 45 minutes from Burlington, VT...25 from Middlebury, VT....3.5 from Boston, MA and 5.5 from NYC.

About Basin Harbor


The Basin Harbor family combines a century old tradition of exceptional hospitality and the natural beauty of Lake Champlain with the talents of our team, to enliven the senses and create memorable experiences. Many of our guests have been visiting us for seasons for the very reason that we help to make memories with exceptional service and this beautiful landscape. Our staff are a big part of our success. 

Basin Harbor employs approximately 250 seasonal employees each year. We are proud to welcome back many of our seasonal employees again and again, proving that BH is indeed one the of the best summer jobs you could have.

Ideal Candidate

Your Role as an employee is an important one. You can contribute much to the success of Basin Harbor.

Whenever guest opportunities arise, we empower you to always make service decisions based on what the best outcome can be for our guests.

We encourage you to participate in the process by being creative and expressing ideas.

 We encourage you, when possible, to exceed the guest’s expectations. A positive “can do” attitude can make a good guest experience a great guest experience.

Room and Board

Basin Harbor supplies on and off-site housing for seasonal staff. We can accommodate up to approximately 130 employees in our housing units.

Employee housing is reserved for employees who live outside the local area as defined here.If you reside within thirty (30) miles of the resort you will not be eligible for housing. You also must be at least 18 years of age to live in any housing units. Our rooms range in size from singles to rooms housing four people.

Most of the accommodations are dorms, with some cottage style housing available on property. Basin Harbor offers male/female rooms as well as coed living arrangements. Motel style housing is located about 10 miles from Basin Harbor, is also available for staff that have transportation.

We have resident assistants for all our housing units. They are available to address your housing needs and enforce our Basin Harbor Housing Agreement. The resident assistant will also act as a liaison between employee and the Human Resource Department to ensure employee concerns are heard and acted on.

All employees are responsible for a $200 housing deposit of which will be refunded in full at the end of the season if rooms are found to be in satisfactory condition at final inspection. A fee of $85 per week to cover the expense of food will be deducted from the employee's paycheck. If an employee successfully fulfills their required commitment, $10.00 per week will be refunded at the end of the season.

Wireless Internet is available in the housing units as well as throughout the property. Pets are not allowed on property but there are select units off property where they may be allowed with HR approval. There is a non-refundable pet fee. 

Employee Perks

Please enjoy your summer fun at BHC, be safe and remember that when using recreational facilities, the guests must come first. While off duty, employees may enjoy the following amenities:

Complimentary Golf: No charge for greens fees. Tee times are subject to availability. Golf lessons and clinics are available for staff. Golf carts are ½ price for employees.

Waterfront: Swimming in our beautiful lake is of course a benefit to working at BH, however please exercise caution and be safe. Please restrict your swimming to daylight hours only. Rides on our tour boat, The Escape are available, however subject to availability. Kayaks and Canoes are available at no charge on a space available basis. Water-skiing is available at scheduled times, keep your eye open for posters. The pool is a restricted area for guests only.

Shopping: Employees receive a 20% discount on all items except food and some merchandise in the Golf Shop, Gift Shop and Harbor Store. Certain items in the shops are not subject to the staff discount.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum: No charge for admission.

Restaurants: 20% discount on employee meals at the Red Mill, Ardelia's, Ranger Room or Outdoor Dinners

Yoga & Massage: Fitness Classes such as Yoga and Pilates are offered to employees at no cost, but are subject to availability. Staff also receive 20% on massages. Our fully equipped fitness center is available for staff from noon- 10pm daily.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Getting to BHC:

By Plane: Burlington International, Vermont's largest commercial airport, is just 45 minutes from Basin Harbor. It is served by major and commuter airlines, with connections from most cities in the Northeast.

By Train: Penn Station in NYC to either Port Henry, NY or Essex Junction, Vermont. The trip will take about 8 to 10 hours. For more information on schedules and fares, visit

By Bus: From Port Authority to the Burlington Airport stop. There are three trips per day at an approximate cost of $59. The trip takes approximately 8 hours.

By Car: For more detailed directions from Boston, Hartford, Montreal, New York and Burlington International Airport, click here.

For Fun

While staying with us at Basin Harbor, we encourage you to take advantage of the numerous recreational opportunities available. During your time off, you can try your hand at a round of golf or engage in some of the many lake activities.

The local area has so much to take advantage of. The best breweries, cheese makers and vineyards are within driving distance. The Shelburne Museum is approx. 30 min. north on the way to beautiful Burlington, VT.

Our Jobs

Thanks for your interest in Basin Harbor Resort & Boat Club. Here are the departments we hire for each year:

  • Administration
  • Culinary
  • Dining Services
  • Grounds / Maintenance
  • Lodging Services
  • Programming / Recreation
  • Retail

For a full list of open positions with job descriptions, please click here.


Assistant Harbormaster

Basin Harbor Club
This position requires a well rounded individual who can fulfill the job requirements and be able to provide back-up and assistance for the Harbormaster. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in boating, including the operation of different types of boats, sailing, waterskiing, tubing, wakeboarding and other water sports. The candidate must hold a State of Vermont (or equivalent) Safe Boating Certificate and be able to demonstrate the ability to handle boats of different types and sizes.
Food & Beverage


Food & Beverage

Banquet Commis/Assistant Line Cook

Food & Beverage

Banquet Manager

Food & Beverage

Line Cook

Basin Harbor Club
The food program at Basin Harbor is exceptional and we are proud of our reputation for providing a diverse menu of offerings. The role of a line cook is to prepare a variety of culinary delights for our guests and owners. Guest satisfaction in our restaurant revolves around the food appearance, the high quality of the food and the overall dining experience that you are an invaluable part of. Responsibilities and Duties: Includes the following. Other duties may be assigned. Maintains a neat appearance and a professional manner. Line Cooks must have advanced knowledge of kitchen equipment, including knife handling Responsible for maintaining a clean cooking and working area. They must be able to read and call all incoming tickets Maintain a neat professional appearance and manner. Understands and knows the daily schedule of culinary activities. Assists in maintaining a safe working environment for all. Read, comprehend and abide by all rules and regulations set forth in the BHC Foodservice Employee Manual and the BHC Employee Handbook Must be able to work a flexible schedule, work well under pressure, and meet multiple & sometimes competing deadlines. Set up, clean and maintains station while practicing exceptional safety, sanitation and organizational skills according to the Executive Chef’s guidelines. Ensure that all foods are properly stored, rotated, labeled and dated in accordance with accepted food handling procedures determined by the Vermont Department of Health. Assist with biweekly and monthly inventory. Properly sear and grill items to proper temperatures. Blanch or par cook vegetables to proper doneness. Ability to cook “ON THE FLY” with no hesitation. Report safety concerns or mechanical problems with any equipment to the Chef for prompt attention Follow recipes, portion controls, and presentation specifications as set by the Executive Chef. Assist with the cleaning, sanitation, and organization of the kitchen, walk-in coolers and all storage areas Ensure the consistent quality of finished food items served to Basin Harbor Guests Demonstrate teamwork and respect to co-workers at all times Perform additional duties and responsibilities as requested by the Executive Chef or Executive Sous Chef. Essential Qualifications and Competencies: High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have a minimum of 2 years of experience in a full-service, quality driven, volume restaurant Must have prior culinary experience in hotels or resorts Understanding and knowledge of food safety, sanitation and food handling procedures. Excel in starch cookery. Basic knowledge of stock and sauce making. Must have problem solving abilities, be self-motivated and organized Strong verbal communication skills Even temperament and highly respectful of others and others abilities. Must be philosophically aligned with the culinary vision and philosophy of the Basin Harbor Club Degree in culinary arts or related field highly desired. High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. Serve Safe certified or able to be certified Must be able to adapt to changes in a fast paced, dynamic, and sometimes intense work environment. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Ability to perform physical activities that include climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing and repetitive motions. Ability to perform medium work (defined as exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects) While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands, talk, and hear. U.S. citizenship or a valid U.S. work permit is an absolute requirement. Must be willing and able to pass a background check.

How to Apply

Please complete our on-line application.  We’re so glad that you have considered joining our team this season.

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