Careers & Seasonal Job Opportunities

Work with a team that's fun, supportive, and feels like a family!

Kind people are our kind of people.

The heart of good hospitality is showing kindness to strangers.

This is the core of what we do at the Balch — for our guests, and each other. The Balch Hotel is a special place, not in small part because of the amazing people who keep it running, and because of the spirit of teamwork and family that make us look forward to coming to work every day. Whether serving (or creating) outstanding food, pouring beer and wine with finesse, keeping our one-of-a-kind rooms clean and welcoming, or hustling in the excitement of weddings — everything we do here is done with pride, collaboration, and kindness. (The tips don't hurt either.)

If this sounds like your vibe, let's talk about finding a place for you on our team.

Careers, Historic Balch Hotel
Careers, Historic Balch Hotel

Available Positions

sous Chef & Line Cooks

Are you looking to step up your culinary skills? We're looking for someone who loves to get creative in the kitchen and is interested in contributing to the growth and success of our restaurant.

Housekeeper & Kitchen Assistant

Our housekeepers and assistants are integral members of a team that provides world-class hospitality and guest services. You will assist guests when necessary and help make them feel pampered and at home.

Server & Hospitality Specialist

Interested in a full-time or part-time, hospitality side-gig? We love hiring Dufur locals, and are adding more and more positions to fill out the team as we ramp up the busy season. The more the merrier — join us!

Stop by the hotel for an application, call (541) 467 – 2277, or email info@balchhotel.com to schedule an interview.

All positions are available now and include daily hours contributed to tip pool. Pay is dependent on experience, but in most cases, no experience is necessary.

Careers, Historic Balch Hotel

At the Balch Hotel, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products, and our community. The Balch Hotel is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and committed to providing a healthy work

environment. We do not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Position Details:

Sous chef/Lead line cook & line Cooks

The Balch Hotel continues to expand our guest offerings for meals. The ideal candidate will work with the owners to maintain kitchen sanitation and learn to implement a high-quality menu and to provide award-winning guest service. You will ensure efficient restaurant operation, as well as maintain high production, productivity, quality, and customer-service standards.


  • Ensure compliance with all health and safety regulations within the kitchen area.
  • Check freshness of food and discard out-of-date items.
  • Communicate and effectively works with others as a team.
  • Make sure that the kitchen is clean and always organized
  • Clean dishes and flatware and ensure that they are rinsed properly
  • Place dishes appropriately in the sanitizer
  • Maintain kitchen work areas and receive and store kitchen supplies
  • Customer-oriented and friendly.
  • Deal with all complaints/requests, whether related to meals or any other part of their stay, with professionalism and patience.
  • Assist other staff with various guest services needs such as laundry, answering phones and housekeeping if needed.


  • Friendly and inviting disposition.
  • Supporting guest service as the focus of the hotel.
  • Availability to work weekends.
  • Food Handlers Permit.

Housekeeper/Kitchen Assistant

  • This position combines a couple of roles to focus on cleanliness and safety. Our ideal team member:
  • Is flexible, with a positive and friendly attitude
  • Communicates and effectively works with others as a team
  • Hard worker (climbing stairs and carrying 40-50 lbs)
  • Detail oriented, looks for items that need cleaning
  • Brings best self to work (drama-free lifestyle)
  • Follows written and oral instructions, takes initiative

Our housekeepers are part of our team that provides world-class guest service. You will assist guests when necessary.

Duties include:

  • Assembling baskets for breakfast
  • Dish washing and kitchen clean up
  • Housekeeping which includes rigorous movement, bending, lifting
  • Laundry, washing, drying folding and pressing linens
  • Duties also will include food service, yard work and luggage handling. Pretty much anything that makes the place nicer.

Position Details:

  • Part of tip pool shared by all team members
  • Part time-hours vary by season: summer-fall 40+ hours, winter-spring 15-25 hours
  • Days will vary but include weekends.
  • Shift hours will vary.

Must be willing to work evenings and holidays. [Shifts are approximations and also depend on hotel needs – not guaranteed]

Server/Hospitality Specialist

We are seeking a very special person to help us fulfill our mission of providing a unique, boutique hospitality experience that joins the stunning natural beauty of the Columbia River gorge with local, sustainable, community-centered resources in an elegant,

historic, retreat-like setting.

This position is primarily food service but includes other duties to ensure an efficient and smooth

operation for producing world-class guest service and satisfaction.

We are looking for a competent Restaurant Server to take and deliver orders. You’ll be the face of our restaurant and responsible for our customers’ experiences.

Food Server responsibilities include ensuring our tables are clean and tidy when guests arrive, presenting menus and serving food and beverages. You need to be quick on your feet (literally and metaphorically) and have a polite and friendly attitude.

If you enjoy talking to people and thrive in a fast-paced workplace, we’d like to meet you.

Your goal will be to provide high-quality service that will help us maintain and attract customers.


  • Prepare restaurant tables with special attention to sanitation and order
  • Attend to customers upon entrance
  • Present restaurant menus and help customers select food/beverages
  • Take and serve orders
  • Answer questions or make recommendations for complementary products
  • Collaborate with other restaurant servers and kitchen/bar staff
  • Deal with complaints or problems with a positive attitude
  • Issue bills and accept payment
  • Assists with hotel reservations, guest inquiries, guest arrival and check-in as well as end-of-day reports


  • Attention to cleanliness and safety
  • Patience and customer-oriented approach
  • Food Handlers Permit
  • OLCC Service Permit

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