Assistant Manager Job available at Hostel in Cape Town, South Africa

ASSISTANT MANAGER Hout Bay Backpackers for a 1 YEAR period starting as soon as possible.

Live in position with food & accommodation at the lodge, plus a basic pay of R2,000 per month plus a 5% profit share incentive.

Working hours:
An average of six days per week on a rotational shift basis to be agreed between yourself and the lodge manager which would sometimes require you to work weekends & holidays.

- A friendly and sociable nature and experience with organizing people
- A love of traveling and experience with working in backpacker hostels
- Experience in receiving and recording funds
- Excellent computer skills (MS office, social media etc)
- Excellent communication skills & an outgoing friendly nature
- Skill in cooking well and organizing food
- Willingness to work flexible hours including evenings & weekends
- Enjoy managing a young & diverse group of people from different countries & backgrounds
- Experience with tourism marketing
- A valid manual driving license of at least 2 yrs
- An interest in & understanding of humanitarian and environmental work

Please send a motivation letter and resume/CV as an application to by 30th January 2013.

HOUT BAY BACKPACKERS ( has been operating for nearly three years and is the only hostel accommodation available in the highly sought after Hout Bay suburb of Cape Town. Hout Bay has more than 47 guest houses and Bed and Breakfast facilities and is close to the famous Llandudno surfing beach, seal island, Chapman’s peak and offers a wide range of activities & attractions within easy reach of central Cape Town. Hout Bay Backpackers has grown from strength to strength and has recently moved to a prime location on the beach near the harbour where it accommodates up to 30 people in en-suite dorms & private rooms. The lodge is run as a division of ALL OUT AFRICA, an organization that operates in Swaziland, South Africa and Mozambique and runs two other accommodation facilities (one in Swaziland and one in Mozambique) plus a range of responsible tours & volunteer experiences ( Hout Bay Backpackers serves as the main accommodation base for All Out Africa volunteers on working holiday experiences in Cape Town. You would work with a Lodge Manager who you would report to and a cleaner to run this 30 bed hostel and you would also work with a project co-ordinator who manages the volunteer placements & projects. The lodge’s unique selling points are: it’s prime beach location in Hout Bay, it’s scenic views and it’s links with volunteer community projects.

As duty officer of the lodge you would be responsible for assisting the Manager with running of the lodge. This would include the following activities:
• Market the lodge
• Organise food shopping and cooking of meals and manage a food budget
• Oversee the accommodation of volunteers & support them in their living needs
• Encourage appropriate backpacking guests to stay
• Receive & record bookings
• Answer the phone
• Welcome guests
• Look after guests whilst at the lodge
• Provide a presence at the lodge
• Make bookings for guests for activities arranging commission
• Facilitate & record internet use by guests
• Oversee the cleaning of the lodge & linen
• Organise Lodge equipment use & maintenance
Oversee the security of the lodge
• Enforce the rules of the lodge

All Out Africa was founded in 2004 by Kim Roques and currently operates in Swaziland, South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique. See our Mission Statement The name "All Out" signifies dedication and adventure.

All Out Africa comprises a travel company which focusses on providing responsible travel experiences and a non-profit foundation which focusses on supporting social and environmental projects.

We have a small but committed team of staff who are passionate about wildlife and people.




Job first posted: 20 January 2013