Spirit Bear Lodge is Indigenous-owned and governed by the community of Klemtu and it’s people. Prior to COVID-19 the community of Klemtu boasted a very low unemployment rate as the job opportunities were plentiful. Spirit Bear Lodge is committed to working towards employing as many community members as is possible each year. This is achieved through several ways and is an ongoing project that changes as the community changes.
Employee Training programs
Spirit Bear Lodge offers a 2-week comprehensive staff training program every July. This training is open to other community members if space allows. Courses range from First aid certification, Small vessel operating license, Bear Safety Certification, Cultural interpretation, Archeological training, Food Safe certification and general lodge operations for new staff. We believe in offering highly professional certifications that benefit Spirit Bear Lodge, the individual and the community as a whole.
Our goal at Spirit Bear Lodge is to hire youth from the SUA cultural program to learn under more experienced staff members. All departments are required to mentor youth and or new staff members within the position they are hired for.
We offer youth the opportunity to begin as an assistant guide and access mentorship from lead guides by working each day with knowledgeable community members. Youth and guides are mentored by experienced Captains with the goal of them gaining the knowledge, skills and confidence to one day Captain a boat in the Great Bear Sea.
Other positions include helping in the kitchen and working towards cooking and/or accessing professional chef training.