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THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS of Sorrento Centre is in the process of hiring an Executive director. For further information, please see here »

summer volunteers

Sorrento Centre is pleased to invite interested young people aged 15 years or older to apply to spend the 2018 summer as a volunteer at Sorrento Centre.

You will have the opportunity to work with this year’s Summer Youth Staff Team....

Applications received until May 4. See here »

  • ASSISTANT COOK - Sorrento Centre is seeking an Assistant Cook with a minimum of 2 years kitchen experience in a leadership role. Kitchen operations begin in February, gaining momentum before the peak season of May through October, and wrapping up the beginning of December. Throughout the year we will have groups range in size from 10 people up to 250 people. Full time seasonal position. View/download position description here »
Join us in welcoming our 2018 Summer Staff Coordinators!

Melissa Green - Associate DirectorHello! My name is Jaime Millar and I am very excited to be going into the position of Summer Staff Coordinator alongside George Sherlock this summer. I was on summer staff at Sorrento from 2013-2016, spending my last summer as one of the Children and Youth Program Coordinators.

Last year I decided to stay home and spend the summer in the city (home is Victoria for me), but I am so excited to be coming back to the Centre for another summer!

Outside of my time at Sorrento I am a 3rd year Psychology Student at the University of Victoria with hopes to go into Education, as well as the University Ministry Coordinator at St. George’s Anglican Church in Victoria.

I am looking forward to getting to spend another summer working alongside incredible individuals and visiting with so many of you!

Melissa Green - Associate DirectorHello, my name is George Sherlock, and I’m excited to be one of the SYS coordinators this summer.

This will be my fifth year working at the centre, I have worked in Farm and Grounds in previous years, and I’m looking forward to working with my partner in crime, Jamie Millar.

I graduated with a General Arts and Sciences Degree from Humber College in Toronto at the beginning of the year, and I am currently living in Kamloops.

Some of my passions include fly fishing and eating good food. I look forward to meeting new people and being apart of the community this summer.


Sorrento Centre is looking for dynamic, inclusive, and energetic people
to work in all departments!

We will hire 15-20 people to join our staff for the summer months.
All staff must be between the ages of 16-25

2018 4-month Summer Youth Staff Leadership Team Positions
Children and Youth Program Coordinators: Leadership Team

Along with the Summer Staff Coordinator, these two staff members work to create the Children & Youth program, train, mentor, and supervise the Summer Youth Staff, as well as facilitate community within staff housing. These two positions start in May.

Grounds & Farm Program Coordinators: Leadership Team

Alongside their work with the Farm & Grounds team on site these positions are part of the Leadership Team with the Summer Staff Coordinator and supports training, mentoring, and supervising the Summer Youth Staff, as well as facilitating community within staff housing. These two positions start in May.

Office Front Desk / Reception: Leadership Team

As one of the “front-line” contacts for Sorrento Centre, the Front Desk/ Reception position will work with the other office team members to ensure that all course registrations and correspondence related to guests inquiring on programs offered by Sorrento Centre is handled in a timely, efficient and professional manner. Alongside their work with our Office department this position is part of the Leadership Team with the Summer Staff Coordinator and supports training, mentoring, and supervising the Summer Youth Staff, as well as facilitating community within staff housing. This position starts in May.

Housekeeping: Leadership Team

Alongside their work with the Housekeeping team on site this position is part of the Leadership Team with the Summer Staff Coordinator and supports training, mentoring, and supervising the Summer Youth Staff, as well as facilitating community within staff housing. This position will start in May.

2018 2-month Summer Youth Staff Positions
Children and Youth Program Staff

These staff work with children and youth (ages 0-18). Throughout each week you are responsible for co-leading a group of children or youth. You will participate with them in their planned activities, as well as develop new and creative activities to engage them for the length of their stay.*

Waterfront Supervisors (NLS Qualified)

In the afternoon, waterfront staff lifeguard at the Sorrento Centre beach, which is used by guests and community members. They also plan activities for the children and youth programs at the waterfront. For half of the day, while not lifeguarding, lifeguards will work in one of the other departments (to be determined based on applicant’s skillsets and on the needs of different departments). *

Please Note!

* Children and Youth and Waterfront staff are 5-week positions. At the conclusion of the 5 weeks, anyone in these positions will move into other departments for the remainder of the summer.

Kitchen Staff

Kitchen staff work with our Head Cooks in preparing and serving meals, cleanup, and insuring that we are all well fed! These positions have varied shifts and responsibilities.

Grounds and Farm Staff

Grounds and Farm staff work with our Grounds Department to look after the Sorrento Centre grounds and landscaping on site, as well as nurturing and harvesting produce at the Sorrento Centre Farm.

Maintenance Staff

Maintenance staff work directly with the Head of Maintenance, and responsibilities include constructing, fixing, and maintaining buildings on site.

Housekeeping Staff

Working in Housekeeping will include cleaning and the upkeep of guests’ accommodations and site-wide facilities.

Please Note!

Each spring we determine which four-month (May – September labour day weekend) and two-month (July – September labour day weekend) Summer Staff positions we will need on site. These positions are a possibility for the following departments: Children & Youth, Grounds and Farm, Maintenance, Waterfront, Housekeeping, and Kitchen. If you would like to be considered for one of these positions please include this in your cover letter.


DEADLINES: We are now taking applications and will continue to do so until:

  • March 20, 2018 for 4-month positions and
  • April 15, 2018 for 2-month positions.

Send your cover letter and resume via one of the following methods.
Electronically is preferred!

EMAIL: Email Summer Staff Coordinators, Jaime Millar and George Sherlock at :

OR MAIL: Summer Staff Coordinator
Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre
PO Box 99 Sorrento, BC V0E 2W0

PHONE: For inquiries via phone call the Interim Executive Director/Associate Director at: 1-866-694-2409/250-675-2421 ext: 102


You will need one of each of the 6 documents listed below (In either .doc or .pdf format). They can all be viewed/downloaded from one folder - or taken individually from either the .doc or .pdf links below:

1) 2018 Information ad (same as above) .doc »

2) 2018 Sorrento Centre Summer Staff Covenant: doc » / pdf »

3) 2018 Personal Reflection Form: doc » / pdf »

4) 2018 Reference Form: doc » / pdf »

5) 2018 Application Info: docx » / pdf »

6) 2018 Application Form: doc » / pdf »

The forms can be completed manually on the doc or .pdf (print/scan/ mailed or email) or input on the computer on the MS Word.

We look forward to receiving your application!

  • Sorrento Centre will be inviting interested young people aged 15 years or older to apply to spend the summer as a volunteer at Sorrento Centre. Check this page in April 2018 for futher news. Until applications open, the 2017 volunteer application / information will give you a fair indication of the the typical application procedure view/download here »
Youth Staff '86 reunion

David Stanley, Youth Staff '86 organized a reunion for the youth staff of that year held July 30 - 31, 2013. You can contact David on Facebook ». If you want to organize a reunion for your year, give the office a call to check out dates!

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