Job #052 Caretaker Couple for Private Island in British Columbia

Georgia Strait, British Columbia • Full-time, Live-in

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Seeking a Resident Caretaker Couple for a private island in British  Columbia’s Discovery Islands located in the Strait of Georgia. The islands are a family owned residence accessible year-round by boat or floatplane. The Caretaker Couple will manage the island operations in full accordance with the terms of a Conservation Covenant, which governs all activities on the islands.


This position is full-time and live-in. A beautiful Caretaker’s cottage is provided on the island. For the right Couple, this position provides a tiny slice of paradise.


The Caretaker Couple should:


  • Enjoy living in remote conditions

  • Enjoy working together and have experience doing so

  • Be motivated to learn as well as provide guidance to others

  • Have no other employment commitments

  • Have an ability to communicate effectively, constructively and timely

  • Provide the highest level of service to everyone regardless of their status or background

  • Be responsive to issues, problems, and people in a prompt and appropriate manner

  • Be motivated self-starters who use their time efficiently and with discretion

  • Strong ability to prioritize and work independently

  • Know when to ask for assistance from appropriate individuals

  • Behave in a professional, collaborative, and supportive manner regardless of personal beliefs

  • Always act as goodwill ambassadors within the local community



Responsibilities Include:


  • Administration and reporting

  • Equipment and tool management and maintenance. Includes but not limited to boats, land vehicles, construction/landscaping equipment, tractors, golf carts, generators, solar power equipment, tools related to carpentry, electrical, etc.

  • Garden and grounds care

  • Cleaning and maintenance of building interiors including the primary residence which is a 10,000 square foot lodge

  • Laundry

  • Management of seasonal staff

  • Vendor management

  • Island security and surveillance

  • Preventive maintenance that includes close observation of the property, buildings, garden, equipment, water system, etc. 

  • Identifying repair and upgrade projects

  • Planting, gardening and harvesting

  • Greenhouse management

  • Sawmill management to include cutting of firewood

  • Liaising with tree-faller to remove danger trees

  • Canning, pickling, jams

  • Provisioning the island with food, toiletries and cleaning products

  • Seasonal deep cleaning projects

  • Keeping exterior pathways clean and free of debris

  • Management and testing of water system

  • Management of septic systems

  • Maintenance of irrigation systems

  • Maintenance, cleaning of outdoor furniture 

  • Thorough organization of all equipment storage sheds

  • Provide security and surveillance as needed

  • Assistance with entertainment from time to time

  • Budget management and reporting



Skills and Attributes:


  • Ability to coordinate, manage and work with seasonal staff, contractors and independent workers

  • Excellent communication, organizational and critical thinking skills in executing decisions that impact island functions

  • Resourceful with an ability to multi-task with interest in learning how to manage a range of island, machinery, resources and amenities

  • Ability to monitor and maintain complex, off-grid equipment including power, septic, fuel and electrical systems

  • Willingness to take ownership of management and maintenance of a large and complicated property

  • Experience operating power boats in a range of ocean conditions

  • Ability to manage range of household functions that include guest management, cleaning and cooking

  • Proficiency with technology including computers, cell phones, Wifi, Internet research, record keeping, completing and filing ongoing reports

  • Ability to perform physical work in an outdoor environment with experience in landscaping and garden management

  • Carpentry skills

  • Generally handy when it comes to mechanical systems and equipment

  • Ability to lift 30 to 50 pounds

  • A background working as an ECO-Lodge couple is an asset

  • Must have valid Drivers License with a clean driver’s abstract

  • Must have valid BC Boaters License

  • Must currently hold status to legally work in Canada

  • Be prepared to sign a confidentiality agreement 

Other: This is a non-smoking family

Other: Only those who currently hold status permitting them to legally work in Canada shall be considered for the position


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