Basin Harbor

Dive into a job at Basin Harbor!
Another gorgeous sunset on Lake Champlain
Anyone for a game of soccer?
Basin Harbor's casual restaurant, the Red Mill
Come count the stars with us...
Coming in for a landing... on the lake or our grass airstrip!
Dinner lakeside
Fitness first at Basin Harbor
Get out there!
Have a little fun every day!
It's not work when you love what you do!
Jane and Joel with our mascots, Piper and Rosie!
No one sunset is alike at Basin Harbor

Experience the Adirondacks at Basin Harbor - The Perfect Summer Job Awaits!

Lake Champlain + The Green Mountains + The Adirondacks + 132 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 has housing for a limited number of staff. An employee must live at least 30 miles away from property or be in a key position to be considered for onsite 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.

Room and Board is $85.00/week and includes all meals. All staff that fulfill their term of work will be eligible for an end of season bonus of $10.00 for every week worked, contingent on housing unit being left in satisfactory condition.   

Smoking is not allowed in any of the employee housing. Housing is never guaranteed. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.

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 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 Basin Harbor:

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.

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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