Serenity Barge

Couple or two friends required for hospitality/driver roles on a Hotel Barge

Spend this summer season working on a barge in the beautiful Champagne region of France!

About the position:

  • Company: Peniche Serenity
  • Function: Driver and Host/Hostess
  • Location: Champagne, France
  • Hours: Full-time
  • Period: 1 May 2020 to 22 October 2020

What’s included?:

  • Accommodation: Yes, shared ensuite cabin
  • Salary: Competitive

Each summer Serenity Barge offers multi-night cruises along the canals and rivers of the Champagne region and we are looking for two crew members to help us deliver an exceptional experience to our guests.

*IMPORTANT* – as the accommodation offered is a shared room we will only consider pairs of candidates who already know one another – eg. a couple or friends. Please do not send individual applications.

DRIVER ROLE: Using our 9 seater mini-van, the driver’s daily tasks include; relocating the vehicle whilst the barge is cruising, driving guests on daily excursions & to dinner at local restaurants and responsibility for the presentation/maintenance of the vehicle. You will also be collecting/dropping off guests in central Paris at the beginning and end of their cruise.

HOST/HOSTESS ROLE: You’ll be responsible for taking care of the interior of the barge including cleaning passenger cabins, guest lounge and kitchen. Assistance with lunch preparation and service. Bar service and passenger assistance as required.

All crew members are expected to work as a team and contribute to the basic functioning of the cruise (eg. serving drinks, washing up, assisting with boat presentation etc, .…) And as a team we like to play to our individual strengths, so for example if the driver wants to lead some guided tours or the host/hostess enjoys food preparation these is scope to develop these roles to give guests the best experience.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must have the legal right to work in France. The Driver must have held a full, valid drivers licence for at least 5 years (EU or International), and it would be preferable if both of you have a driving licence. Ideally you’ll have previous hospitality experience, be energetic, personable and committed to delivering the best possible experience for our guests. Fluency in English is essential for both roles and conversational French is a distinct advantage.

Salary will be paid weekly in euros, tips are shared equally between four crewmembers.

During the season (1 May to 22 October) you will be working between 18 and 22 weeks, meaning you’ll have at least 3 weeks unpaid leave during the season. Although you’ll be doing long days during cruises there are also a number of weeks without guests onboard, where you will be doing light duties only (eg. cleaning, assisting with maintenance) meaning there is also time for you to relax and explore.

Accommodation is provided throughout the season – an ensuite crew cabin for 2 people and meals provided during working weeks.