Work and play in hakuba japan

evergreen employment page top leftEvergreen Outdoor Center is a great place to work seasonally and we offer jobs in Japan for foreigners as well as Japanese nationals. Preference is given to those with a love for and experience guiding/instructing in the outdoors but we do understand everyone starts somewhere and short-term positions can be given to those wishing to gain training in the outdoor industry.


In the Winter: For those with no Japanese ability seeking English jobs in Japan, nearly all of our clients are English speakers and we have a variety of English speaking jobs in our Hakuba Ski School from late November/ early December through to the end of February/March. We offer ski instructor jobs, snowboard instructor jobs, backcountry guide jobs, office/reservations team, daycare, drivers and cafe staff – cooks, baristas and waiting staff. All positions require appropriate licensing/certification where relevant and experience is preferred.

In the Summer: The majority of our clients are Japanese and Japanese-speaking ability is necessary for you to work in daily operations and be able to lead clients in the outdoors. Cafe staff and shuttle van driver staff will require some Japanese speaking ability, however fluency is not a pre-requisite. For office and reservations staff, Japanese speaking and emailing skills are essential and being bilingual (English & Japanese) is an asset. All positions require appropriate licensing/certification where relevant and experience is preferred.

JOBS IN JAPAN – HAKUBA – 2018-2019

Please see below for all current employment opportunities at Evergreen.

Winter Ski or Snowboard Instructor positions pre-requisites are:

  • Minimum Level 1 (ski/snowboard) Instructor Certification
  • Valid First-Aid and CPR Certification (minimum standard level)
  • Previous season’s experience is an asset

Winter Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Guides positions prerequisites are:

  • Level 1 Operations Canadian Avalanche Association or International Avalanche Safety Course equivalents
  • Valid Wilderness First-Aid and CPR Certification (minimum 80hr course)
  • Extensive backcountry ski/board touring experience, route finding skills, thorough weather analysis, snowpack data and snow stability evaluation skills, strong leadership and communication skills and winter rescue training
  • Advanced backcountry skiing and or snowboarding skills and good fitness – Ski Guide Certification and/or previous season’s experience guiding is an asset

Office/Reservations and Daycare staff should be able to demonstrate high customer service skills and have previous years work experience in their field.

Shuttle drivers must have either a “Japanese Drivers License” (preferred) or an “International Drivers License” as well as experience driving in snowy & icy winter road conditions.

Cafe Staff and Staff Chefs should have experience in the food service industry, cafes or catering.

Staff Lodge Managers should have some managerial experience, accommodation/lodge service preferred, be assertive, have strong organizational skills and be comfortable with hands-on maintenance and manual labor.

Evergreen Outdoor Center offers industry competitive compensation and benefits in a great working environment. We also offer training and certification courses for our staff who need renewing, retraining or new skill(s) acquisition. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. If you are a friendly, outgoing and professional person looking for a challenging, fun and engaging job in a beautiful area in Japan, we look forward to hearing from you!


Most of our staff coming from abroad have “Working Holiday Visas” from their home country. Some staff have sponsored work visas through Evergreen called the “Skilled Labor: Instructor Visa” and other staff have “Permanent Resident Visas” or a “Spouse Visa”.
Please check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for visa details here: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/w_holiday/index.html
To fulfill the requirements for a “Skilled Labor: Instructor Visa”, you will require a minimum of 36 months of verifiable instructor work experience from past employers.
Evergreen does sponsor a limited amount of “Skilled Labor Visas” each year usually for winter staff. Primarily these are for our return staff, staff whom are over the age to receive the “Working Holiday Visa” or from staff from countries who don’t have the working holiday visa program. Evergreen will only consider those who meet or exceed the requirements of the skilled labor visa.
Yes, we have accommodation for our staff at our Kokusai Lodge. For the most part rooms are shared with some single rooms reserved for more senior staff, return staff and double rooms for couples. Common areas are shared, lounge, dry room, washrooms, showers, laundry and lobby. In winter we also have a meal plan, for all staff staying at Kokusai (7 breakfasts & 6 dinners/week). Internet wifi, ski in/ski out, walking distance to central Hakuba.
Yes, for both summer staff & winter staff, job training is provided. For summer staff and especially guides, training in our tours and activities is provided. For winter staff as well, training both indoor for office/support staff and outdoor on the snow or on the resort is provided. For our winter instructor staff, morning ski and snowboard training sessions are regularly scheduled. We feel training is essential to keep our our skills as professionals and maintain industry standards of techniques and methods.
Wages and salary will discussed at the interview stage of the application. Both guides and instructors have a graded pay-scale based on years of experience, guide certifications and instructor certification levels.
Yes, staff who are employed at Evergreen receive discounts on the courses we offer. If the course does not conflict with the staff member’s main position they can partake in such courses.
If you are applying for our summer positions (guides, support staff, drivers, office/reservations, cafe) then we do require staff that can speak Japanese to a proficient level, as our green season clientele are primarily Japanese. If you are applying for winter positions, being able to speak Japanese is not a requirement, however applicants who can speak Japanese are of course preferred.
We should try not to be complacent with the lives we are given and the jobs that we do and if we find ourselves becoming such then it is a time for a change.DAVE ENRIGHT
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