Many businesses such as restaurants, tour companies, and those in accommodation close during the off season and workers traditionally leave. However, more workers have been staying in recent years. Employment opportunities during the off season (November to April) include jobs at Marmot Basin Ski Hill and at the few stores and restaurants that stay open year round. Jobs during the off season are very limited.
Hospitality jobs include food and beverage servers, cooks, kitchen help, hotel/motel front desk clerks, and room cleaners. Wages in these occupations are in the $6.00 - $7.00 range.
With some occupations the employee is supplemented with gratuities and tips.
Retail sales clerk wages are in the $6.00 - $7.00 range.
Tourism jobs include tour guides, trail guides and rafting guides. Wages in these occupations are in the $7.00 to $10.00 range.
Many employers hire students during the summer months as this is the peak season. As staff are often needed from May to October, there are more incentive bonuses being offered if employees stay until Labour Day or Thanksgiving.
CN Rail and Parks Canada have a stable workforce and do not require many new employees.
Job seekers travelling to Jasper before they have secured a job should be aware that it often takes a couple of weeks to secure a job and another couple of weeks before they will receive their first pay cheque. It is recommended that prospective employees come to Jasper with sufficient funds to cover expenses for up to at least a month, as you may not find a job immediately upon arrival.
June 1995 rental rates (approximate):
Many employers offer staff accommodation. The staff accommodation is often shared accommodation and a fee is deducted from the employee's wages. Rental accommodation is extremely difficult to find during the tourist season.