Guest Services, Reception, Front Office
4 to 5 months
Start date
from May
End date
from September
Deadline for applications
Closed position
Together with the Reception Manager, the Reception Assistant is responsible for managing all the administrative work relating to the Centre’s guests and is the first contact for guests at the Centre. If you are organised, enjoy administrative work and would like to help our guests from all around the world, we look forward to your application!
  • Needs to be at least 18 years old
  • Is a member of an Association recognised by WOSM/WAGGGS
  • Communicates well in written and spoken English


  • Ability to work within an international team of volunteers
  • Ability to work within a team of volunteers
  • Ability to work well under pressure and within strict timelines
  • Demonstrated professional, disciplined and efficient approach to work and planning
  • Affinity for customer service and guest contact
  • Computer literacy, proficiency with Microsoft Office Applications
  • Comfortable dealing with large sums of money
  • Willingness to work according to a flexible schedule


  • Has previously been a member of the staff team at KISC
  • Has experienced the Summer season in the last 3 years
  • Certification and experience in customer service, administration and/or management
  • Ability to communicate in German
  • Holds a driver’s licence


Main tasks

  • Ensure a high quality of guest service at all times
  • Guest correspondence prior to, during, and after their stay
  • Work with KISC reservation software on an advanced level
  • Ensure the accuracy of all bookings at the Centre
  • Deal with any and all queries received in the Front Office: over the counter, by phone or email
  • Manage all aspects related to guest bookings (accommodation, catering, programme and other services)
  • Coordinate the information flow between KISC teams regarding guest needs
  • Control and count the Centre’s tills
  • Plan and deliver regular staff training

Other responsibilities

  • Run and develop staff training
  • Assist in other areas of the Centre where necessary
  • Involvement in the execution of the Centre’s Operational Plan
  • Work and communicate effectively with all staff and guests


This position is part of the Reception team at KISC within the greater Guest Services team. The team consists of one Reception Manager (12-month role), one Reception Assistant (12- month role), one Front Office Assistant (9-month role) and one Summer Reception Assistant (4-month role).


Line manager

The line manager for this position is the Guest Services Director, with daily work coordinated by the Reception Manager. The Reception Assistant has weekly meetings with the the line manager and the Reception team to cover operational matters, and also has regular one-on-one appraisals.

Team Management

The Reception Assistant will have regular contact with Reception team and other members of the Long Term Staff team and it is essential to build a good working relationship and honest communication with them. The Reception Assistant fills in for the Reception Manager in their absence.



  • Accident Insurance (provided by the Centre): Everyone is insured for accidents, both work and non-work related over the duration of the contract.
  • Private Liability Insurance (provided by the Centre): This insurance covers any damage caused by any staff on an object or person.
  • Sickness Insurance (provided by the Centre): All LTS will get private sickness insurance if necessary. The deductible (amount each LTS has to cover per calendar year themselves) is, if nothing else mentioned, CHF 300.-. This insurance covers any treatment due to sickness.
  • Social Insurance according to the Swiss Law (provided by the Centre): Every LTS must have Social Insurance according to the Swiss regulations. This includes invalidity insurance, maternity leave and old-age and survivors' insurance (OASI). More information will be given during training.


  • A room in one of the shared flats in Kandersteg
  • All meals at the Centre, both while at work and on days off
  • 2 days off per week
  • Pocket money starting from 400 CHF per month       
  • Management and leadership training
  • Administration of work permits
  • Other benefits as detailed here on our website





  • Citizens of EU/EFTA countries do not need a visa, and the Centre secures the necessary work permit.
  • For citizens of non EU/EFTA countries who have not been Staff at KISC before, we can apply for a 4 month visa, for 4 month contracts. The applicant needs to be under 35 years old for the whole duration of the contract.
  • For citizens of non EU/EFTA countries who have been Short Term or Long Term Staff at KISC before, there is usually a very low probability of getting another visa. If the non EU/EFTA applicant is suitable for the role and fulfils specific requirements set by the Swiss authorities, there is a possibility to get a visa for a longer contract.
  • The employment is dependent on securing the necessary special permission from the Swiss authorities.


Reception Assistant


Reception Assistant
As Reception Assistant I was making sure that the guests had the smoothest and most exciting holidays of their lives. I helped them prepare their trip, I was the face they saw during their stay, and I followed up with them after they went back home to tell their friends about it. I’ve most certainly developed my organisation and communication skills in this year at KISC, and I’ve learned a lot about how to structure my work to make it more efficient and fast. Are office work, cat cuddles, multitasking and random question your thing? Welcome to Reception!