Japser Jobs: Tips for Working in Jasper
Who wouldn’t want to find a job in Jasper? The town is located in the middle of one of the Rockies most beautiful national parks, and offers opportunities for whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, hiking and much more.
There are also great places to work here, such as Marmot Basin ski resort, Jasper National Park, and many great hotels, restaurants and other small businesses in the town of Jasper. Below you’ll find the basic info you need to get started on your Jasper job search.
Tourism is the main source of jobs in Jasper, almost half of all jobs are related to this industry.
Jobs in Jasper are seasonal to some degree, with peaking from mid May to mid-October, although many recreational activities are offered year-round.
Some businesses operate seasonally including cabins, restaurants, and tour guides, so employment with these sometimes lasts from May to October. Employment opportunities during winter, November to April, are often found with Marmot Basin Ski Hill, guiding and tour compaines, hotels, as well as restaurants and retail stores that stay open year round.
Jasper Jobs and Skill Requirements
A second language, particularly French, can often help with getting a job in Japser. Many, but not all Parks Canada jobs require the ability to speak English and French. German and Japanese are also useful.
Hospitality jobs include food and beverage servers, cooks, kitchen help, hotel/motel front desk clerks, retail associates and room cleaners. Wages in these jobs range from $8.80 to $10 per hour.
Tourism jobs include tour guides, trail guides and rafting guides. Wages in these occupations range from $8.80 to $14. per hour.
Gratutities may be earned in some of these positions.
Due to the seasonal nature of some local businesses, an end of contract bonus may be offered if you are willing to commit to finishing the season with the company. These bonuses are usually in the form of an amount of money being paid for each hour worked, paid on you last cheque. For example, you may earn $1 for every hour you work for a company, which would be paid out at the end of the season.
The best time to find jobs in Jasper is from May to October.
Job seekers travelling to Jasper before they have secured a job should be aware that it could take weeks to secure a job and another couple of weeks before they will receive their first pay cheque. It is a good idea to arrive with sufficient funds to cover expenses for up to a month. See the links page to assist your job search and contact local companies.
It is very difficult to find lodging from April to October. Some employers offer staff lodging. These are often shared with other staff. Accommodation costs are usually deducted from employee paycheque/wages.