Pinetrees is a full-service boutique lodge and we’re always looking for the best chefs, hotel managers, supervisors, waiters and housekeepers. We only select people who are serious hospitality professionals, and we expect staff to perform at the highest level. Many of our staff come from ‘hat’ restaurants or 5 star hotels, although we’re happy to consider people with fewer skills and a good attitude. Our main employment criteria is ‘no dickheads’, and it works. Read the profiles of some of our existing staff, and you’ll see the kinds of people that you’ll be working with.
Working life at Pinetrees is a great experience. Each day, our staff have an early start, late start or split shift, which means they have time to enjoy Australia’s most beautiful island. The options are endless – swimming, surfing, diving, snorkelling, fishing, sailing, bushwalking, or just relaxing with a BBQ by the lagoon. Two rostered days off each week allow for multiple activities every day.
Lord Howe is not a place for drinkers, smokers, gamblers or gamers. The people who thrive on the island, are those who keep active, fit and healthy. Night life is limited, but there’s always something happening among the 100 or so staff on the island.
Pinetrees pays good wages and penalty rates on weekends, and we also offer subsidised board to staff who live on-site. Most staff save money during their time at Pinetrees, and the smart ones save enough for a deposit on property and set themselves up for life.
Our staff accommodation, known as “Manhattan”, was built in 2010 and is very comfortable. Each room has a balcony and ensuite, and is a 40 metre walk from the lagoon. There’s no need for kitchen facilities because all meals are provided, and the food is good.
There are some things you’ll need to live without – mobile phones, fast internet, movie cinemas, KFC, traffic jams, train commutes, pollution, crowds, cover charges, parking, road rage and double shifts, but take it from us, you’ll survive.
When you work at Pinetrees, you work for one of the oldest family businesses in Australia and we take care of our people. Many of our staff say that their time at Pinetrees was the best of their working lives – a mix of rewarding work, lovely guests, amazing days off, new friends and a healthy bank account. We also have a good reputation in the industry and the media, and time at Pinetrees is an asset on any CV – Pinetrees was named TripAdvisor’s Number 1 Hotel in Australia in 2017 and 2018, ahead of 4520 hotels across the country.
We’re always considering applications and hire on a needs basis. We like couples, and friends who are referred by existing staff members. Please email your application and detailed CV to Dani Rourke.