Be a live-in Manager at The Albatross!

What you need to know about us!

The Albatross is a busy, award winning backpacker hostel in the beachside town of Kaikoura, New Zealand. Set amongst historic buildings that were once the town’s post office and telephone exchange, The Albatross possesses a unique character and we’ve earned a reputation for our social atmosphere, high standards of cleanliness and commitment to excellent customer service. We, Ben and Katie, have owned the Albatross for the last 8 years and are passionate about creating a warm and inclusive home where international travellers can connect and recharge.
The manager plays an integral role in creating and sustaining our unique atmosphere and the person we seek will be as passionate as we are about bringing travellers together.
As manager, your days will include: checking guests in and out, taking bookings via phone and internet, hiring and training staff to assist with cleaning and reception, organising staff and coordinating the morning clean, laundering daily linen, attending to guest needs such as tour bookings, onward travel booking and local advice, ensuring cleanliness of the hostel throughout the day, and maintaining the property and gardens,.

The management package includes a weekly wage as well as onsite accommodation (including expenses) and the care of a lovely cat, Louie. Contract commencement and duration is negotiable.

What we need to know about you!

Although we will provide full training we need to know that you possess the following important skills and attributes:
• Travel experience!
• An empathic customer service personality with the desire to exceed guests expectations
• An eagerness to work within the unique backpacker industry
• Excellent attention to detail and high standards of cleanliness
• A strong work ethic and the ability to manage time successfully
• Good spoken and written English
• Computer skills
• Driver’s license
• A sense of initiative, mental toughness and tonnes of energy!!!

What’s next?!

Managing a hostel is an immensely satisfying and rewarding position. If you’re prepared to throw yourself whole-heartedly into hostel life you’ll find that each day is filled with new experiences, challenges and rewards.
If this sounds like something you’re after, please apply via email with your cover letter and resume and please, tell us all about you!
Thanks for your time and we look forward to hearing from you. Ben and Katie .


Hostel Manager


1 Torquay St, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Job first posted: 26 January 2018
Updated: 26 January 2018