Work at Sunshinestories

We are seeking for you who want to make your passion your job, and your job your passion. If you have thorough experience of surf coaching, are a social genius, marketing mastermind, love healthy cooking, passionate yoga teacher, or simply great at managing people or businesses and want to live on a tropical island for awhile – then we might have your next dream job.

You will be based on a lush paradise island in not only one of the best surfing destinations in the world, but also a very interesting region of Sri Lanka with an amazing culture. You will have the possibility to surf lots, join daily yoga classes and be part of an inspiring community.

Current job openings


The positions is either at Sunshinestories or at our sister company Ceylon Sliders.

POSITION START DATE PERIOD
General Manager Hiring now 1 year minimum
Front House manager September 1 year minimum
Head Chef Hiring now 1 year minimum
Head Surf Coach Currently filled 1 year minimum
Surf Coach Hiring now 3-6 months
Kitchen Assistant Hiring now 6 months
Social Host Every 3 months 3 months
Yoga Teacher Every 3 months 3 months
Marketing Executive Hiring now 6 months +
Photographer Hiring now 3 months +
Cinematographer Hiring now 3 months +

Work at sunshinestories-srilankaIf you think you have the qualifications and would like to call Sri Lanka your home for the nearest future, please read on.

HEAD SURF COACH

As a Head coach at Sunshinestories you will be responsible for the whole surfing side of retreat. That includes hiring and managing staff. Coaching the coaches so they are doing an amazing job. Make sure the Sunshinestories coaching methodology and standards are kept at all times, and continuing our development as a premier surf retreat. Plan the weeks according to guests surf levels and surf conditions, lead daily theory classes, in water surf lessons and daily video analysis sessions at ease and proficiency. Be in charge of the safety, the equipment and the local politics and relations at the beach are maintained. You are promoting all kinds of surf crafts with an open mind and teaching the same. You are breathing and living surfing to your fullest through your whole lifestyle and love sharing it with to others!

We are expecting you to be energetic and result driven, be a good team player and leader and always put the company’s vision and ethos first. You must be able to lead, coach, inspire, support and motivate your team, and always seeking to improve best practice.

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You have very long experience of surfing. You will need to hold advanced surf teaching certification as well as lifeguarding certification. You have great respect of the ocean and keeping students safe and sound. You have worked several years as a surf teacher, it is not an extra gig, it is your profession. You are always continuing your own surfing development and analyzing your own surfing in order to develop. You have a great understanding of the not only the fundamentals of surfing, but also what is needed to perform advanced maneuvers and surf in heavy conditions. You can surf a wide range of boards, longboard as well as shortboard and adjust your teaching to both.

You understand how to communicate very technical aspects of surfing with ease, in understandable logic way and are always encouraging your students to have lots of fun along the way. You are not only a good learner yourself, but also a great teacher. Presenting lessons in a comprehensive manner and use visual/audio means to facilitate learning. Providing individualized instruction to each student by promoting interactive learning. Creating and distributing educational content. You are technical with computers and are able to manage camcorders, edit and lead video analysis sessions for your students. Assess and record students progress and provide feedback. You are dedicated to teach people surfing no matter what level they are.

 You will have to keep your surf coaches motivated, resolve conflicts and make hard decisions for your team. You can’t be everyone’s friend, you’re a manager, you have previous experience of leading staff and have an understanding of how to delegate responsibilities and get your team to do a great work.

Surf coach Jen of SunshinestoriesSURF COACH

Lead daily in-water surf classes, video analysis and surf theory classes as well as assisting the head surf with anything else. Long experience of surfing as well as teaching surfing and fluent in english required.

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An avid surf teacher that hold the necessary ISA or similar surf teaching certificate including the necessary life guard training. You have worked with surf teaching for a minimum of one continuous year and probably much longer than that. You feel comfortable at leading up to 5 students through a week of surf sessions, in water guidance and video analyzing sessions. You are continuously developing your own surfing and can yourself perform advanced maneuvers on various types of surfboards, long as short. You are also a good explainer and know how to explain technical aspects to someone that have Sunshinestories-sri-lanka-surf-blog-camp-retreat-kabalana-the-rock-fish-sticks-ahangama-midigama-rams-lazy-left-right-hikkaduwa--2never surfed before in a fun and interacting way. You are not afraid to stand in front of people and teach surfing, not only in the ocean but also in the class room. You are open to surf all kinds of surf craft and are enjoying every time you get to go in the ocean and play. You are a responsible surfer and take great precautions to keep your students safe.

FRONT HOUSE MANAGER

Working as a front house manager you will need to have a passion for working with people, be a master of solving problems problem and be able to organize the work for you and your team. Your main responsibility is the experience that the guests are given is at the standards set by the company. The job will include being on call at all times to keep the whole operation of the property going smooth, chat & socialize with the guests, take care of bookings, answer emails, plan events, come up with new ideas of how to improve the business. You will lead a team of staff that you need to keep motivated, and you’ll need to take hard decisions for your employees. While the operations manager is doing the back end tasks, you will be doing the front end, being hands on and interacting with the guests every day.

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You will be taking your own responsibility over your work with little guidance from the management, making sure deadlines are kept and results and goals are reached. You must be able to see the big picture as well as the finer details, as your work is across the spectrum. You will deal in small daily matters, as well as larger aims and setting goals. A systematic organized approach to work is equally vital as an outgoing and people pleasing approach. We are expecting you to be energetic and result driven, be a good team player and leader and always put the company’s vision and ethos first. You must be able to lead, coach, inspire, support and motivate your team, and always seeking to improve best practice.

Sunshinestories-surf-travel-blog-IMG_6544YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Lead 2 yoga sessions per day, 6am in the morning and 4 pm in the afternoon. Required to have have thorough previous experience of teaching yoga, a yoga alliance teaching certificate minimum RYT200, and be fluent in english. Very important to provide contact details to previous yoga studios you have taught at. Minimum 2 years of previous full time teaching required.

You are

An inspiring soul that are living and breathing yoga. You have great self awareness and self confidence in your own presence which will spread in your classes. You are a leader and a learner. You are always progressing and evolving within your own yoga practice. You are not only teaching yoga but also waking up before class to do your own self practice. You will guide a group of yogis through a week of practice, setting up the classes in a way that suit the in which they will go on a journey through the world of yoga as well as reaching a personal goal by the end of the week. You will give every student personal attention during your classes, but also after classes.

SOCIAL HOST

Get great work experience at a start-up company in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Being a social host at Sunshinestories is not like any other job. With this position you are responsible for the guest experience when guests are not on surf lessons or doing yoga. You will need to have a big passion for people and engage with the group every week and make them feel welcome and part of the experience. You won’t have time to sit back and relax while telling other people what to do or just let the guests hang out by themselves. There won’t be a big difference between work and pleasure and there won’t be normal work hours. You will need to love being around people and enjoy sharing your time with them! If you do that this will be the best job in the world. The guests, and many other staff will be dependent on the work that you do and it’s your responsibility to communicate clearly and professionally. Hours and workload can change depending on the season and how busy the place is. Work tasks will include but not be limited to: Planning the weeks together with the house manager, organize transfers, daily transportation and excursions for the guests, host dinners and excursions, manage office work and simple accounting. Requirements are very good english speaking and writing, great social skills, knowledge in planning and organizing.

surfkurs_kristin_lagerqvist-9202HEAD CHEF

We are searching for a head chef to lead the team at our sister company, Ceylon Sliders located in Weligama. As a head chef at Ceylon Sliders, you would use your knowledge and experience of professional cooking to lead a team of staff and efficiently run a café focusing on healthy cooking of local produce. In this job you will need good leadership skills, You will need to work quickly and calmly when under pressure. You will also need to control a budget. You will need to have a big passion for food, love to innovate new dishes and experiment with new flavors. If you are interested in food and you can lead a team in an organized way, this job could be perfect for you.

To get into this job you will need experience in a professional kitchen, running your own section. You will need to have a experience of making food from all sorts of kitchens, vegan and raw as well as meat and fish, you will need to be able to mix western, asian, american and scandinavian cooking styles. You will think it’s exciting to work with local produce and reduce the food waste and use of plastic products as researching and finding foods that are ethically produced. You will think creatively around food and love to do eye catching dishes and at the same time be able to deliver consistent results every day.

REQUIREMENTSHead chef job sri lanka

  • A passion for the kind of food that we want to prepare
  • Urge to be innovative and creative in your cooking
  • A good leader and team player
  • Experience of working in a professional kitchen
  • Experience of running your own section in a professional kitchen
  • Good at organizing and delegating work

KITCHEN ASSISTANT

As a kitchen assistant at Sunshinestories you will be working in a stressfull and challenging environment, yet creative and innovative. You will need to work quickly and calmly when under pressure. You will need to have a big passion for food. You will by the chef and execute the tasks that just need to be done. You will be washing, peeling and preparing food items, using a variety of kitchen equipment such as mixers, special knives and cutters. You will be unloading deliveries, organising the storeroom, washing kitchen appliances, work surfaces, floors and walls. 
It’s good if you can think creatively around food and love to do eye catching dishes.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Have a passion for the kind of food that we want to prepare
  • Experience of working in a restaurant, a kitchen or hospitality is good
  • The ability to carry out tasks quickly and competently
  • The ability to pick up detailed instructions quickly and follow them closely
  • A team player
  • Good spoken english communication skills

photographer-sunshinestories-sri lankaPHOTOGRAPHER OR CINEMATOGRAPHER

We are constantly working with photographers, cinematographers and other content creators on a collaborative basis. We provide a quite unique work place to grow your portfolio and following. Together we work on various projects such as shooting surfers from our team, food, interior, adventures or whatever. With our team of creatives, and the backdrop of fun waves and other things to do, there’s no boundaries. We are always looking for cool creatives so shoot as an email and we’ll plan something!

REQUIREMENTS

  • Previous experience of professional work
  • The ability to carry out tasks independently, quickly and competently and with instructions
  • A style that suits our brand
  • Your own gear (cameras, tripods etc)
  • Social media following and influencer contact good plus

marketing-exectutive-jobMARKETING EXECUTIVE

The job as a marketing executive will include but not be limited to communicating our brand values through different channels; blog posts, newsletters, press, bloggers, search engines, ads, print, reviews and more. You will be having the responsibility of coming up with new ideas of how to communicate our brand as well as execution of the marketing plans. You will need to have previous experience of marketing and communications and a good insight in the travel and surf market. You will need to be able to work with everything from pr, content production, social media to adobe programs, search engine optimization and copywriting.

You are

We are expecting you to be energetic and result driven, that you’ll be taking your own responsibility over your work with little guidance from the management, making sure deadlines are kept and results and goals are reached. Requirements are excellent english writing, great social skills, knowledge in planning and organizing as well excellent communication skills.

MARKETING MANAGER

As our marketing manager you will lead a team of content creators and help our brands to reach people. You will be having the responsibility of coming up with new ideas of how to communicate our brand as well as execution of the marketing plans delegating tasks to other employees. You will need to know how to communicate throuhg channels such as; blog posts, newsletters, press, bloggers, search engines, ads, print, reviews and more. You will need to have previous experience of marketing managing and a good insight in the travel and surf market. You will need to be able to work with everything from pr, content production, social media to adobe programs, search engine optimization and copywriting but most of all, have the ability to efficiently lead a team.

You are

We are expecting you to be energetic and result driven, that you’ll be taking your own responsibility over your work with little guidance from the management, making sure deadlines are kept and results and goals are reached. Requirements are excellent english writing, great social skills, management skills, knowledge in planning and organizing as well excellent communication skills.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your application to work@sunshinestories.com. To make sure your application won’t get lost in our inbox, please put the position you are applying for as the subject of your email: “SURF COACH” or “HEAD SURF COACH” or “YOGA TEACHER” etc.

We only reply to complete applications providing the following:


  • Can come for the time required
  • Provide time frame of when you are available (start and end date)
  • Includes a CV (with contact details to previous employers as well as a a photo of yourself)
  • A personal letter (who are you and why do you want to work for us)
  • Are fluent in english
  • Send links to your social media pages (instagram/facebook)
  • Send imagery and video of yourself surfing (only a must for surf coaches)

It may take time for us to review your application. However we are constantly hiring new staff so as long as you have sent in an application we will notify you as soon as there’s an opening.

Thank you!