employment at pinetrees
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.
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. In November 2014, Pinetrees won 'Best Affordable Resort in Australia' in the Australian Traveller Magazine People's Choice Awards, and in February 2016, Pinetrees was included in TripAdvisor's 'Top 25 Hotels in Australia'.
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.
"My Hotel Management Degree has allowed me to travel and work all around the world, and Lord Howe Island is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. It was great that Dani and Luke acknowledged my studies and promoted me to Food and Beverage Manager within two weeks of starting at Pinetrees. It was an incredible 12 months where I made some amazing friends, saved a lot of money and had some unbelievable experiences. I will definitely return to Pinetrees, either to work or just for a relaxing holiday."
Jacinta Needham, Food and Beverage Manager
"My partner and I have just moved on from Pinetrees after the best two and a half years of our lives. We started at the bottom, with little experience in front of house roles, but by the end we were skilled in all facets of the hospitality industry, and confident leading a team of both co-workers and friends. Pinetrees is a fantastic place to work, save money, travel, meet amazing people (both staff and all the repeat guests) and learn all about the hospitality industry. There is so much fun to be had on the island also, in one day you could snorkel with turtles, hike through a subtropical palm forest, get a tan, go for a surf, play 9 holes of golf have a BBQ and a beer with your mates, watch a bali-esque sunset and see the clearest night sky in the world. We planned to stay for one summer season, but we stayed for three, and can’t wait to go back."
Tegan Lewis, Lodge Manager
"My partner and I have just finished a season at Pinetrees Lodge and I would recommend it to anyone. Working at Pinetrees was an amazing opportunity for us to work, save a lot of money, travel and meet some great people. During our time there we made amazing friends and made memorys to last us a lifetime. To wake up every morning in such beautiful surroundings was like a dream come true. There is so much to do and explore on the Island that your days off are never a bore! Dani and Luke are amazing people to work for - they have such a relaxed but professional approach to managing their team. Combine that with the friendly guests and staff, and work never really felt like work! Beautiful weather, beautiful scenery and beautiful people. We would be crazy not to go back!"
Sarah Healy, Spa Therapist