Seeking a Resident Caretaker Couple to manage and maintain a mostly off-grid private island in British Columbia’s Discovery Islands area. The islands are family owned and accessible year-round by boat or floatplane. The islands are managed and maintained in accordance with a Conservation Covenant, which governs all activities on the islands.

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

The ideal couple has experience working together, have extensive mechanical, water system maintenance, carpentry, gardening, landscaping, solar panel maintenance, boating abilities. There is also a 10,000 square foot main lodge that requires housekeeping, laundry, and home cooking.

 

Applicants must hold current status to legally work in Canada and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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 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

  • 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 and ironing

  • Management of seasonal staff

  • Vendor management

  • Island Security

  • Preventative Maintenance that includes close observation of the property (interior and exterior), buildings, garden, equipment, water system, etc.

  • Identifying repair and upgrade projects

  • Provisioning the Island with food, toiletries, and cleaning products

  • Keeping roads clear and free of debris

  • Thorough organization of equipment and storage sheds

  • Assistance with entertainment from time to time

  • Care and feeding of animals that includes cats and chickens

  • 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

  • Genuine desire to work together and an ability to demonstrate having done so successfully in previous positions

  • 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

  • Must have valid driver’s 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

Positions We Place
  • Housekeepers

  • Cook/Housekeepers

  • Executive Housekeepers

  • Nannies

  • Laundresses

  • Elder Caregivers

  • Personal Assistants

  • Office Butlers

  • House Managers

  • Private Chefs

  • Butlers (Household & Corporate)

  • Domestic Couples

  • Estate Couples

  • Chauffeurs

  • Companions

  • Corporate Flight Attendants

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