We look forward to hearing from you

Les Elfes International is a family owned business specializing in world class Winter and Summer Camps, founded in 1987, and has privately owned Chalets in Verbier, La Tzoumaz and Crans Montana. Each Resort in run by a dedicated team of ski instructors/monitors, kitchen, cleaning and driving staff, overseen by a Resort Manager and an Activity Manager. We are looking for enthusiastic, dynamic experienced staff members who are willing to go that extra mile to ensure our students have the time of their lives and an experience they will never forget. Have a look at the roles on offer below and if you think you have what it takes then send us a CV and we will be in touch accordingly. Good luck and look forward to hearing from you.

It is important that every member of our staff brings their own unique personality to the team.
However, there are some attributes which are essential:

You must like working with children. It seems almost too obvious to mention, but you will be with children a lot!

You must be a team player. You will be working and living within a staff group and everyone has to play their part.

You must be flexible. The job is varied, things change, problems occur. You must be prepared to deal with whatever gets thrown at you.

You must be professional. Our international clients come from all over the world and expect nothing but the best from us. You have to be prepared to go that extra step to provide a safe and amazing experience for the students.

If you think you fit the bill, then read on to see what positions we have on offer.

JOB POSITIONS FOR THE YEAR

Position : Head of Ski Operations

When : 1st December 2014-14th April 2015
Where: Verbier
Requirements : Ski /Snowboard Qualification ( minimum ISIA ) First Aid Course, Criminal Records Check, second language a bonus ( English compulsory )

Les Elfes Verbier is looking for  an experienced ski instructor to be the Head of Ski Operations ( to be dual qualified in ski and snowboard ) minimum ISIA Level or equivalent for the Winter Season 2014/15.

The role will involve:

  • 7h45 Reporting to the Resort Manager and Activity Manager each morning to discuss location levels of groups
  • 08h00 Meeting the Ski and Snowboard Instructors with the Activity Manager to set up the day for groups, cover any issues from the day before and advise on potential problems for the day ahead
  • Leaving with the groups at approximately 09h15 to be on the mountain, checking the groups on the slopes,  supervising ski offs, advising ski or snowboard instructors where needed.
  • Security – application of the Les Elfes rules
  • Liaising with Instructors during lunchtime, making necessary changes.
  • Quick debrief with the in the afternoon around 16h00 with the Resort Manager and Instructors

Competitive salary guaranteed for the whole season from the 1st December to 14th April, working as above 6 days per week with one day off paid per week. Accommodation can be provided (shared ) if needed on campus.


Position : Ski OR Snowboard Instructor

When : 1st December 2014-14th April 2015
Where: Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Crans Montana.
Requirements : Ski /Snowboard Qualification, First Aid Course, Criminal Records Check, second language a bonus ( English compulsory )

Les Elfes is currently hiring for this winter season and has positions available in all three Resorts. A typical day involves a meeting at 8am sharp with your Activity Manager who will give you all the information for the day ahead, which group, where, what level etc. Afterwards our drivers ( Verbier, Tzoumaz  is a short walk and Crans is ski in ski out ) will take you to the slopes and off you go! Skiing or snowboarding with the students, you will be responsible for their safety and of course their fun! Stopping for lunch and some hot chocolate of course is a must! Instructing can be challenging so we are really looking for people you are full of energy, dynamic, positive,  who have had experience with children before and who are prepared to give it their all to ensure their students have the time of their lives. In a typical week, instructors will work 6 days a week including an arrival day ( off snow ) as well as one or two evenings ( 19h00-20h30 ) helping out our animation team ( see below ) in evening activities such as a Torch Light Walk or Ice Skating, and at the end of the week say goodbye to their group at the prize giving where students will receive a certificate and medals. If you are interested and think you have what it takes or would like more information, great, send a CV to info@leselfes.com  and we will be in touch.

Competitive salary guaranteed for the whole season from the 1st December to 14th April, working as above 6 days per week with one day off paid per week. Accommodation can be provided (shared ) if needed on campus.


Position: Winter Camp Monitor

When : 1st December 2014-14th April 2015
Where: Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Crans Montana.
Requirements : First Aid Course, Criminal Records Check, second language a bonus ( English compulsory )

During the Winter the Monitors take charge of the students when they return from their lessons on the slopes. A typical day will involve starting work around 15h00 and finishing at 23h00, and taking part in après ski and evening activities, these range from Ice Skating and Sledging, to Swimming and Arts and Crafts, to Excursions to some of Switzerlands most famous destination such as the United Nations or the Mason Cailler Chocolate Factory. The range of activities is vast and each day is different, getting to know the students and being part of their experience is crucial,  we are looking for staff who are positive, have an open mind, and have skills in activities that separates you from the crowd, such as a guitar teacher, or dance coach. As with the Instructor role you will work 6 days a week. If you feel you are suited to this role, or would like more information send a CV to info@leselfes.com  and we will contact you accordingly.

Competitive salary guaranteed for the whole season from the 1st December to 14th April, working as above 6 days per week with one day off paid per week. Accommodation can be provided (shared ) if needed on campus.


Position: Summer Camp Monitor

When : 6th June 2015-30th August 2015
Where: Verbier
Requirements : First Aid Course, Criminal Records Check, second language a bonus ( English compulsory )

Summer in Verbier is incredible, the students have over 30 activities to take part in, they could be Banana Boating on the Lake, Rock Climbing in Verbier,  or having a cultural day in one of Switzerlands famous Cities such as Bern or Geneva.  During the afternoon and evenings there are plenty of fun activities both on and off camp, from Discos to Crazy Golf, all during which you as a monitor will have to supervise, ensuring their safety and well being and above all else making sure they are having fun! A typical day will be starting at 10h00 and finishing at 19h00 or 15h00 to 23h00, 6 days a week. If you feel you are suited to this role, or would like more information send a CV to info@leselfes.com  and we will contact you accordingly.

Competitive salary guaranteed for the whole season from the 6th  June to 30th  August , working as above 6 days per week with one day off paid per week. Accommodation can be provided (shared ) if needed on campus.


Spring Camp Monitor

When: 26th April-20th June
Where: Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Crans Montana
Requirements : First Aid Course, Criminal Records Check, second language a bonus ( English compulsory )

During these Spring weeks, Les Elfes is looking for staff in all three of our camps. We are looking for people who have experience working with children and the great outdoors, activities are mainly rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking, as well as more traditional sports such as tennis and golf. We are also looking for staff members to supervise students on Duke of Edinburgh trips so if you have knowledge or experience or any relevant qualifications such as ML, IML or DofE Assessor, then great get in touch! Due to the nature of this work there is no typical day! So if you would like more information or are keen to apply, then please send a CV/questions to    info@leselfes.com  and we will contact you accordingly.

Competitive salary from the 26th April-20th June, accommodation can be provided (shared ) if needed on campus.


Position: Nurse

When:  1st December 2014-30th September 2015
Where: Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Crans Montana.
Requirements : Qualified Registered Nurse ( English speaking compulsory )

At Les Elfes we are looking for a Nurse who ideally has experience in Pediatrics. An ability to multi-task, good organizational skills and  to think no your feet is crucial, as well as good decision making skills at times we may have up to 150 students, so you may be a little busy! All of our resorts are within 10 minutes to a Emergency Dr and  45 minutes to a Emergency Hospital.



What else should you know?

Contracts, work permits and insurance :
Our contracts are either for the whole season or for a contractual period during the season. Depending on the resort, our winter camps run from December to April and our summer camps run from June to the end of August. Salaries are paid monthly and as part of your contract we offer food and accommodation (optional) in shared single-sex rooms for the contractual period. If you are not a Swiss resident you will require a work permit to work for us in Switzerland. Les Elfes will make the necessary arrangements for this permit, thought it can be difficult for applicants without a European passport. It is also important to note that although your accident insurance will be covered by Les Elfes during your contractual period, it is now a legal necessity for everyone working in Switzerland to have their own Swiss medical insurance, which we can help you organize upon your arrival. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover theft or damage to personal items, including ski equipment. It is the responsibility of the employee to travel to and from the resort. An unpaid training week (though food and accommodation will be provided) is held at the beginning of each season (Spring, Summer and WInter) and is compulsory for all employees.

What do you need to bring?

In winter ski jackets will be provided for you as a uniform, though you are expected to have everything else including your own ski / snowboard equipment. In summer work t-shirts are provided, though you must have suitable outdoor clothing for all activities.

Who is a typical staff member? 


Our staff are typically aged 18 to 28, and are fun, outdoors loving people from all over the world. Due to the responsibility of looking after children, applications are only considered when over the age of 20. We accept a limited number of Gap Year students aged between 18 and 20 for work experience only.

Is there anything else? 


All activity staff must have a valid first aid and CPR qualification, and be able to provide us with a copy of a police statement from your country of origin showing a clean record.

What do I do now?

If you have any questions that have not been answered, then please email or call us . If you would like to apply for a winter or summer job, then please send us a CV with a covering letter of motivation and a photo. We look forward to hearing from you.

How to apply ?

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Winter:

Please download this form PDF Winter Application

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Summer:

Please download this form PDF Summer Application

and send it back to
recruitment@leselfes.com

 

STAFF REVIEWS
Alex JonesAlex

Alex is now 33 years old. He was a Ski instructor and Activity Manager at Les Elfes, now teaching in China.

I graduated from City University Business School and worked as an investment analyst for 3 years in London for a large investment management firm. After gaining my BASI level 1 and 2 certifications I joined Les Elfes as a ski instructor, and later become activity manager of both the summer and winter camps.

As a ski instructor I loved getting to know the students over the course of a week, and of course analysing and improving their skiing was very rewarding. Later on I became activity manager and learned a huge amount about managing people, organisation and the hospitality industry in general. In 2011 I was sad to leave Les Elfes, but it made me realise that I wanted a career working with young adults and I undertook a PGCE in teaching Business Studies.

Today I am a Business, Economics and Sports teacher at a well recognised British International School in China. My  time at Les Elfes enabled me to learn about the life of teachers at international schools, and it provided an excellent basis for working with students.
Les Elfes is a unique place and I would recommend applying there to anyone. Social times are never boring because of the close-knit team, and the company provides everything you need in terms of accommodation, food and equipment. Most importantly, it provides an environment where you can meet and work with people from many different backgrounds, and this can lead to new opportunities and experiences.

Oli Murchington

Oli has worked winter and summer as a instructor and monitor

I graduated from the University of Wales in Cardiff with a 2nd class degree (Ba Hons) in Business Finance in 2004 . After my time in South Wales I moved to London and worked for Deloitte. I lived in London for just over a year before deciding to take a break from the financial world, my plan was initially to take 6 months to a year away from the UK, that was a decision I made in 2005!

I started working for LE as a full time ski instructor in the winter of 2006 after passing my CSIA level 2 in Canada the winter before. The thought of leaving the mountains for the beautiful Swiss summer did not entice me back to the UK and so i stayed in Verbier until the autumn of 2007. I was given the role of group leader for the summer and came back the following year to take on the same role.

The opportunities to build rewarding relationships with the students and staff alike were second to none, I have made many fantastic friends for life working for LE from all over the world.
My time with LE helped me improve massively as a skier and a ski instructor. It gave me the experiences i needed to progress further up the instructor ‘ladder’. The time spent working with the children in any season is of course incredibly rewarding, I personally found that working for LE taught me many things and broadened my horizons through interacting with people from all 4 corners of the globe.

I would advise applicants to LE that you get out of the job what you put in. If you go the extra yard to interact and help others the more you will enjoy and be rewarded from your time there. Be prepared to spend much of your time with the children but don’t view it necessarily as work, you should really enjoy teaching and sharing experiences with the children, if you don’t maybe this isn’t the job for you.

The only other piece of advice I would give is that if you are a type of person who needs their own space from time to time take the opportunity to live outside of the camp. No matter how much you love children and spending time with others it’s sometimes good to take time out. No matter how infectious the atmosphere can be in the camp you don’t want to burn yourself out to quickly.

I do have one more piece of advice in fact; make the most of your time in Verbier as its literally the best place in the world! you will have the opportunity to have an experience of a lifetime, take it and savour it!

Murch innit.x

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