Welcome to the Wickaninnish Inn!
Located on Vancouver Island's rugged west coast, the Wickaninnish Inn is minutes from the picturesque township of Tofino at the gateway to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and the renowned beauty of Clayoquot Sound. The Inn is situated on a rocky promontory at the western most point of Chesterman Beach.
Surrounded by ocean on three sides with ancient temperate forest as a backdrop, the Wickaninnish Inn offers panoramic views of the open Pacific, nearby islands and the natural sweep of spectacular Chesterman Beach. Artistic elements contributed by a variety of artists, artisans and master carver, Henry Nolla, combine art, culture and nature together throughout the Inn.
Our Ancient Cedars Spa offers a varied menu of rejuvenating treatments designed to encourage relaxation and promote a general sense of well-being. The final ingredients completing the overall guest experience are found at The Pointe Restaurant, which offers ocean front dining and showcases locally sourced, seasonally inspired, refined West Coast cuisine.
Our attentive, anticipatory service combined with the amazing setting is designed to exceed every guest's expectation. The hallmark of the Wickaninnish Inn is customer service. We fully understand each lasting impression our guests receive is a direct outcome of their cumulative interactions with individual members of our staff. For that reason, we are seeking talented and self motivated individuals who want to work with the best in the industry.
The Wickaninnish Inn is team oriented. We provide a stimulating, welcoming, and dynamic environment to work in. Training and promotion from within are key components of our operating philosophy at the Wickaninnish Inn. At every opportunity we seek to provide our staff with leadership, guidance and support to challenge each person to be the best in their field.
Our employees are our single most important asset. We recognize that without exceeding our staff's needs, we will not exceed the expectations of our guests. It is with this in mind that we seek to provide the most competitive wage and compensation package in the Tofino area in addition to providing a superior learning environment and opportunity for advancement.
Here is what's needed
Are you the type of person who holds doors open for strangers at the mall? Do you see a couple taking pictures of each other in front of a beautiful vista and offer to take a picture of them together?
If you are, we want you! We invite you to apply for the opportunity to enhance your skills or learn new ones from a renowned and respected hospitality leader. Applications should include a cover letter indicating the position you are applying for along with a current resume. Please include in your cover letter the length/term of employment you are seeking, if you have housing options in the Tofino / Ucluelet area, when you would be available for an interview and when you would be able to begin employment.
Please read the following information to better familiarize yourself with the Wickaninnish Inn. Our current employment opportunities are listed at the end of this section.
Where is the Wickaninnish Inn?
The Wickaninnish Inn is located in Tofino, a remote village on the west coast of Vancouver Island with a population of approximately 1,850 residents. Nanaimo, the nearest large city is a 3 hour drive away.
Tofino is a relaxed casual place completely given to unwinding and getting back to nature. It is an intriguing mix of wide sandy beaches and old growth forests, fishing boats, and whale watching zodiacs, loggers and surfers, causal eateries and eclectic fine dining. The region is a year-round destination where you can witness the drama of a winter storm, bask in the warmth of a summer day, or explore nature's magic in a tidal pool. Tofino is set amidst the natural beauty of Clayoquot Sound (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve) and adjacent to Pacific Rim National Park offering a wide variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. Kayaking, surfing, hiking, picnics, whale watching and sightseeing are only a few of the activities available.
Due to the remoteness of our location, we recommend you visit the following websites to familiarize yourself with the services, housing availabilities and events of the Tofino / Ucluelet area.
Please log on to Tofino Guide, a local directory, Tofino Chamber of Commerce, and Tofino Vacation Rentals.
What is in it for you?
As a small family run property focused exclusively on being the best of the best, we provide many opportunities to take on accelerated responsibility and learn a variety of skills across a number of departments. We seek talented, motivated individuals who demonstrate a passion for service excellence and who want to work in an environment that provides growth and development opportunities. We are committed to those who are committed to us and believe strongly in allowing individuals the opportunity to discover and develop their skills to the fullest extent possible.
Whether you are considering the hospitality industry as a career, desire an opportunity to learn lifelong skills that transcend all work environments or want to hone your existing talents to the highest level possible the Wickaninnish Inn provides these opportunities and much more.
We are fortunate to be a year round resort and although we are somewhat quieter in the winter, we do provide year round employment. We prefer longer-term employees as we appreciate and recognize that the quality of service they are able to provide increases proportionately with experience in their positions. If you are able to commit a year with us, we very much encourage you to apply.
How does the employment process work?
We take our candidacy selection seriously. Should you apply you can expect a preliminary phone conversation in which we would discuss general information. At the time, if we wish to pursue you as a candidate we would request a person-to-person interview.
New employees attend an Orientation Session in their first days of employment. Orientation includes a review of our Employee Handbook and Service Standards, a tour of our property and guestrooms and an opportunity to finalize all employee start-up paperwork, culminating with a familiarization lunch in The Pointe Restaurant.
All positions at the Wickaninnish Inn are subject to a 3-month introductory period. Within the 90-day introductory period employees will also attend skill sessions and service seminars. This provides employees ample time to be trained in their new position and as well, the opportunity to settle into community life in Tofino. This period also provides the Wickaninnish Inn appropriate time to evaluate the employee's performance, and gauge an employee's suitability, potential and level of commitment.
Accommodation in the Tofino / Ucluelet area
As Tofino is a busy resort destination at times housing arrangements are only available October through May. Year round, or summer only housing can be more challenging to find. We do have a limited number of Wickaninnish Inn arranged staff accommodation units. Our Staff Accommodation units offer a dormitory living style with shared bedrooms and communal living spaces. Staff Accommodation is offered on a first-come first-serve basis, and is meant to be a temporary living situation for new employees. Staff Accommodation is only available for a maximum of 4 months, thus allowing employees to become familiar with the Tofino area and obtain living accommodations on their own.