Loch Lyme Lodge will hire 6-9 international students and a number of local students from the surrounding towns for the upcoming summer. We do not employ groups of students.
To learn more about our lodge, please read on, and also read the kinds of jobs we have available.
Loch Lyme Lodge is a great place to work, but it is not for everyone. Please consider us if:
- You do not need a busy night life location with bars and clubs nearby to survive the summer.
- You are not looking for a job where you can earn maximum dollars.
- You are not looking for a job where you can work overtime hours.
- You are not looking for a location where you can find a second job nearby.
- You intend to honor your signed contract even though you may hear of other, higher paying jobs once you reach the United States.
- You can and will pay a $135 housing deposit (to be returned as $150 on completion of contract). Housing deposits due in advance.
We do not begin reading resumes until February. We are not able to keep the hundreds of resumes that we have received to date on file. If you are interested, please send your resume to us via e-mail or via post.
About the Lodge
Loch Lyme Lodge was formerly the site of a 200 acre farm. The main house was built in 1784, early for these parts, and today houses the summer dining rooms and four guest rooms. In 1917 the farm was sold and the new owners began taking guests. The Barker family bought the property in l946 and ran the lodge until they sold it in 2006. The new owners will continue to operate the Lodge in much the same manner as it has been.
Many of our guests return year after year with their families. They come primarily from the eastern part of the U.S. although we also have guests from different parts of the world. We are a family vacation resort accommodating up to l00 guests when full.
We operate with a staff of 13-17 fulltime employees and additional part time employees during the season. We serve breakfast and dinner daily as well as an afternoon lunch bar during full season. We do not have a bar or liquor license.
Our guests spend their time relaxing by the lake, boating, fishing, swimming, playing tennis or lawn games. Many take day trips to the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont.
The town of Lyme has a population of about 1,000. Hanover, 10 miles to the south, is the home of Dartmouth College . Bus service around the area is available starting in Hanover. We try to arrange rides for staff to and from Hanover whenever possible. Access to a car is a real plus. Car rental in the area requires a U.S. or international driver's license, a major credit card and, in some places, a minimum age of 21.
Loch Lyme Lodge is located in a rural part of New Hampshire. Growth in the area in recent decades has resulted in farmland giving way to houses and small businesses but we are definitely not cosmopolitan. There aren't clubs, theaters or other city amenities in Lyme or even nearby. Our 'city lights' are fireflies in the fields after dark on a July evening. We like it that way but realize that it is a lifestyle that isn't for everyone.
We have hired European students for well over a decade now. Our community is welcoming of foreign visitors. Staff members who make an effort to attend local events or churches have found themselves enjoying many new friendships. Our guests also enjoy meeting our staff. At the end of the summer it so not unusual for personable staff members to have invitations to visit guests at their homes.
It is possible to see quite a bit of New England from our location. We are about 5 1/2 hours north of New York City, 2 1/2 hours north of Boston, and 4 hours south of Monteal. There is airplane service from Boston and New York to the Lebanon Regional Airport, 17 miles south of us. There is bus service on Vermont Transit to White River Junction, Vermont. Amtrak train service also stops in White River.
Our full season runs from the third weekend in June until Labor Day early in September. We do hire a few staff members for preseason beginning in late May. Most staff finish work the first weekend after Labor Day.
Staff living at Loch Lyme are offered a family atmosphere. A full day off is given each week and, on this day, staff paying board and room are invited to eat breakfast and dinner in the dining room. Staff living at home may purchase meals at a per-meal rate. Staff members are always welcome to use the Loch Lyme facilities (on a guests-first basis).
Our staff includes high school and college age students as well as adults.
Here are some details about each position at Loch Lyme. It is impossible to list every single aspect of each job as requirements can vary from day to day. We are looking for staff members who are willing to take on any task should the need arise. We know that you aren't going to make mopping floors, changing beds, or cleaning toilets the sum of your life's work. We are, however, looking for staff who can take pride in the results that come from doing a job well no matter how small the task.
You will be running the dishwasher, drying dishes and silverware, putting dishes away, helping with meal preparation, doing pots and pans, and keeping the kitchen clean, including the floors. You generally will work 3.5 hours in the morning (about 7:45-11:15) and another 3 hours in the evening (about 6-9). You will have a large chunk of time off between breakfast and dinner each day. Kitchen work is very important, although not glamorous. It is hard, hot work and the kitchen area is not air conditioned.
You follow the same general schedule as the kitchen staff. You must enjoy talking with people and working with children. Fluent conversational English is necessary. In addition to waiting on tables, each wait staff has duties that rotate weekly. These include doing dishes, food preparation, keeping food storage areas organized, maintaining uniforms and some cleaning. Food preparation includes fruits, juices, salads, appetizers and dessert set ups. During the break between breakfast and dinner, wait staff can earn extra money by baby sitting if jobs are available. Wait staff also help with cabin cleaning, generally on busy Saturdays and/or Sundays.
In general work starts at 8:00 or 8:30 and continues until early afternoon. There is another hour or so of work in the early evening taking in and folding laundry and checking bathrooms in the Lodge. This job involves making beds, doing a lot of laundry, cleaning toilets, dusting, vacuuming, picking up after people, and hanging linens outside to dry. A good sense of organization and attention to details is necessary as is an international or U.S. driver's license. (We provide a car to deliver linens and cleaning supplies to the cabins. Most of this driving is done on our own property). Cabin cleaners may earn extra money by babysitting as they are free during the dinner hour. Saturdays are long, hard days as many of our weekly rentals change over at that time. Other days are easier, but housekeeping is hard work.
The hostess must be confident and must enjoy working with people of all ages. Good telephone manners are a must. You must be good with figures as you will be doing some billing and receiving payments. You need to be organized as you direct the flow of dining room traffic and service. You will be in charge of the petty cash drawer for newspapers and postcards. You must be able to take charge of the dining room staff, people who may be your own age, and make sure that they keep the dining rooms clean and ready for use.
The Hostess must enjoy working with children. Being able to arrange flowers is a plus as you do the flower arrangements for the tables. You will be responsible for keeping the front hall, living room and downstairs bathroom clean. Some general office hours may also be involved including filing or typing. Your schedule will generally follow the kitchen schedule with a long break during the day.
Buildings and grounds
You must have an international or U.S. driver's license for this job as you will be driving our truck and car. You will be delivering firewood and picking up garbage on a daily basis from the cabins starting at 8:00. You will be moving cots (folding beds) and cribs (baby beds) and small refrigerators from cabin to cabin. You will be mowing lawns and keeping the grounds in good shape. The waterfront is your responsibility: keeping chairs repaired, making sure boats and canoes are clean, and watching out for any broken equipment or safety concerns. In general you will work the morning shift and will have one afternoon shift. Afternoons are spent mowing or doing repairs on cabins such as fixing ripped screens or painting trim. Evening chores involve about a half hour of taking trash out of the kitchen and checking the waterfront area. Some mopping duty may be assigned twice a week. You will have a great deal of contact with the guests and must be sociable.
Lunch Bar Staff
You need general baking skills as you will help with desserts, breads, and cookies. You need to be able to make sandwiches, follow general guidelines for the menu, make up side salads such as potato salad or coleslaw, enjoy presenting food in an attractive manner, keep the cookie jar filled, and be able to figure bills and account for the money received. You must be able to work well with the public. Fluent English is necessary. During slack times on the lunch bar you may need to run the dishwasher and do some pots and pans as well as keeping up with general kitchen cleaning. By 5:00 you must have a meal ready for staff supper (generally salads, soups, and sandwiches). During the dinner hour you help serve the meal and set up desserts.
A positive approach and a liking of people of all ages is a must as is fluent written and spoken English. Office work encompasses a wide variety of duties including the following: answering the phone, taking reservations, seeing that messages are delivered, general accounting work, writing letters, filing, answering guestsÌ questions, keeping the office clean, and arranging babysitters for guests. When the lunch bar person gets busy, the office person may help in the kitchen. On a busy Saturday, the office person helps clean cabins. Depending upon the schedule, the office person may also have the responsibility for cleaning the game room daily.
General Resort Help
This is a combined position generally involving both wait staff and cabin/laundry hours. The combination varies from year to year and may involve office work, gardening, or lunch bar duty.
You are in charge of breakfasts and dinners daily as well as preparing staff breakfast and lunch. It is important to have good organizational skills. While professional experience is not necessary, a good "food sense" and genuine cooking ability is required.
You are in charge of the large vegetable and flower garden. This includes weeding, harvesting, and planting. Weeding in the flower gardens around the grounds may also be needed. Help with Saturday cabin cleaning may be required.
Most of the jobs require working six days a week including Saturdays. Some of the cooking positions have two days off a week.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about wages, job requirements, or living conditions at Loch Lyme Lodge. If you are offered a job at Loch Lyme Lodge, consider carefully before you sign your contract.