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Posted November 18th, 2009 - 6:18 pm by from North Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Heya everyone!

Just thought that I would put this out there that maybe I'm not the only one who hasn't posted job ops on here because I'm not too sure what people are looking for.

If you are looking for specific work (industry/job type), maybe you can post that on here.

I've worked in the tourism and service industries here for quite some time so those are typically my area of experience.

One thing that I will share is that if you like the outdoors, and you don't mind the cold, and you are looking for short term work (from now until April), then try applying for a job at the local ski hills (Cypress, Grouse, Seymour). They usually do a big hiring session in October but it is quite likely that they are still hiring at this time. The pay isn't always the best but there are some great perks if you are into the skiing industry.

There's my little input on this grey day. :)

Posted November 19th, 2009 - 5:39 am by from Mexico City, Mexico (Permalink)
Hi Christiane,

thanks for your input/sunshine

I'm tourist guide, leading people in Mexico en Guatemala and I'm here now looking for a job as tourist guide. Can you give me more information, web pages or e-mails of travel agencies ? I have no experience in the skiing industry, but something may come out :-)

Best regards,

Posted November 19th, 2009 - 7:00 pm by from North Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Heya Denis,

Tour season is low right now but I can imagine that they might be getting ready for the upcoming Olympics.
In the summer there are lots of companies operating out of Vancouver so the spring will be a busy season.

Here are some companies that I can think of to get you started:
Vancouver Trolley
Landsea Tours
Big Bus Vancouver
Canadian Outback Adventures (http://www.canadianoutback.com/employment.php)
Rocky Mountaineer

Also, a good spot to look is craigslist.org, they sometimes have openings posted there.

Good luck searching!

Posted November 22nd, 2009 - 11:25 pm by from Mexico City, Mexico (Permalink)
Hey Christiane,

thanks for your information. Indeed the season is low now, but who knows :-). And then if so during spring, good thing to do is now send my resumes to many agencies.

Thanks for the links, will send my resume there. Craiglist also trying.

We stay in touch !

Posted January 8th, 2010 - 12:01 pm from Cologne, Germany
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Posted January 10th, 2010 - 7:50 am by from North Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Heya Nina,

Tips on the local ski areas (Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour):
If you are looking for winter jobs then it is best to be here around September/October to attend the job fairs (big recruiting sessions with in-person interviews) for each mountain. I don't know the exact dates as they vary for each place; I would suggest contacting them at the start of September to find out when they will be held.
Also, the seasons tend to start around late November so be sure to either have a temp job lined up between the job fair and your start date, or to have enough cash resources to carry yourself through to the start of the season. Typically, if you work at a mountain then you also get a season's pass (as long as you stay employed with them) so that's a pretty wicked deal.
In terms of the local mountains, Cypress and Grouse are pretty easy to get to with a charter bus taking you up to Cypress and public transit taking you to the base of Grouse. Also, Grouse is a year-round mountain with various other activities taking place during the non-ski months.
There are websites for all of the mountains so definitely look them up as they can give you some insight on how function. The jobs don't typically pay all that well but it is a fun place to work for a bit.
Another place to think about is Whistler/Blackcomb which is about an hour and a half by car. Jobs are pretty easy to come by in the town and the mountains themselves employ lots of people. The only tricky thing is finding accommodation. It's best to arrive in the fall (september/october) to find a spot to live for the winter season.
As for retail jobs, there are so many in both the Vancouver area as well as in Whistler. There are quite a few big sports stores as well as small independent stores. Sports range anywhere from skiing/snowboarding to wakeboarding, skateboarding, surfing, golf, etc...
I would say that being a waitress (we tend to call us "server", btw, I am a server/bartender myself) is definitely a lucrative thing as unlike most places in Europe, servers usually make cash tips each night and although the wage is usually around $9/hour, your actual wage at the end of the night with tips can be anywhere from $15 to 35/hour. It helps to find a really good spot with a high table turnover. One certification that you will need to work as a server here is called "Serving It Right". You can find the information online and I believe that you can also apply for it online too.

So that's a hefty start of tips and info for you. If anything is unclear or if you have more questions, let me know. It might be best if you send me a PM as I am now back in school and I don't always check my CS account. :)