If you wish to come stay with us for a shorter period and work, we would be delighted to have your help.  Please let us know what skills you have that may be of use to us, and when you'd like to come.  Work trade will be limited to 1-3 days, and know that we work as hard as we play.  Send requests, availability, and your contact information to to place a request. 

Work traders may also be chosen by the management team in person on an as needed basis.


We will typically have 4-6 primary staff members with an occasional temporary work exchange position. You must be 21 years of age or older to to work at the Hostel.  Want to know what a normal day at Lost River Hostel is like?  Click here.

Hostel staff typically stay for 30-90 days and so there are often openings for new staff members. We'll constantly be on the lookout. Current areas of desired expertise include General Maintenance and Construction, Electrician, Kitchen, and Garden. Experience may be nice, but isn't necessary.  Good energy and a willingness to collaborate are important above all.  Everyone works a little on everything. We tend to work 4-6 hours a day 6 days a week. In exchange for your help we will provide all food, a private bedroom, and a bus/plane ticket if you are not too far away. If you would like to be a part of our resident staff, please fill out the following application and we will get back in touch with you once we have reviewed it.

Resident Hostel Application

MANAGER POSITION (currently filled until 2020)

Typically, Hostel Managers will serve a 3-6 month term. In addition to the staff benefits, we also provide a weekly stipend to the manager. Many people ask us what the difference between management and staff is. Our best explanation is that as manager - you are the parent of the household. As staff, you don’t have to take on that responsibility. If you would like to be considered for the position of manager, please complete the following application and return it to

Hostel Manager Application