Camp Fircom is an overnight, environmental retreat centre located on 120 pristine acres on Gambier Island in the Howe Sound. Since 1923, Fircom has been providing engaging, relaxing outdoor experiences in this rural location only one hour from downtown Vancouver. We offer exceptional group getaways ranging from corporate retreats, weddings, church retreats, youth camps, and vacation rentals which help serve the mission of our organization: fun, accessible, inclusive summer camp programs. The camp is accessed by a short 20 minute water taxi ride from Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver.
The Winter-Host is an important role at Fircom. The individual, couple, or family gains free accommodation in a beautiful remote island setting, in exchange for a few hours of volunteer work each day. The position is ideal for people looking to have an adventure and to experience something different from city life. This role allows people to gain experience in off-grid living, the outdoors, small building projects, facilities management. It is the ideal test facility for those considering making the leap from the city to a rural environment. Couples with children are accepted, and previous families have undertaken to home-school their kids while on Gambier. The property naturally lends itself to experiential learning in many different subjects for all ages. This role is a perfect fit for people with hobbies like woodworking, art, music, mechanical interests, or permaculture/gardening.
The successful applicant(s) will live in community with our staff on Gambier Island for five days (or more) per week throughout the contract (minimum 3 months, between October to April). The schedule will be flexible at times and settle into a more permanent rhythm.
The nature of the volunteer work will be relaxed, fun, and flexible. Duties range from raking leaves and chopping wood, to minor repairs, building maintenance, and cleaning. All duties will be directed by our site management and rental team.
There is also the opportunity to earn a modest income by helping to host our guest rental groups, conducting custodial duties after each group and by helping in our offerings of program to groups (canoeing, guided hiking, etc. based on experience). Read the Job Posting to learn more about this exciting role at Fircom.