Live-in Hostel Manager

Interested in running a beachside hostel in paradise? Do you want to surf, practice yoga, enjoy homemade vegetarian food, and meet people from around the globe? This might be your opportunity to bring your hostel dreams to life on the southern Pacific Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico.

The OSA MARIPOSA is a bohemian beach bungalow hostel located on south Zicatela Beach in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. Its 13 private and community cabins have a maximum capacity of 32 and are set within an organic, fruit-bearing tropical garden. The restaurant serves 100% homemade vegetarian food and is accompanied by a bar that specializes in Oaxacan mezcal. Zicatela is famous for its world-class surf break, the Mexican Pipeline. The OSA MARIPOSA sits at an equal distance from both the Mexican Pipeline and La Punta surf breaks in a quiet residential area with sandy streets.

We are looking to hire a hard-working, full-time hostel manager. This needs to be an honest person with a strong work ethic, great organizational skills, and a professional attitude. As a hostel manager, this person would need to have excellent communication and decision-making skills, be able to manage staff and delegate work responsibilities, and be very attentive to cleanliness and detail. Puerto Escondido is a tourist destination with extreme high and low seasons. The hostel manager would need to possess the control and patience to adapt to the slow-burning vibe of the coast and run the hostel steadily throughout the ups and downs of the whole year.

This is a profit-sharing position that allows the manager to run the hostel freely within certain guidelines. Do you have the drive to manage a successful hostel? Do you believe your experience and drive can help you make more money?

Out-going, warm, welcoming, and friendly personality.
Hostel or hotel management experience.
Conversation level Spanish and English skills.
Vegetarian or vegetarian-friendly.
Money management and team coordination skills.
Basic knowledge of vegetarian food preparation and ingredients.
Business promotion and event-planning skills.
Basic knowledge of business website navigation.
Decision-making and problem-solving skills.
Basic construction/handyman (fix-er-up) experience.

Commercial kitchen management or cooking experience.
Graphic design and/or artistic skills.
Organic gardening experience.
Internet webpage networking and development skills.

Managing hostel reservations and room occupancy.
Managing client billing and payments.
On-site accounting, book-keeping, and money management.
Paying monthly bills and taxes.
Receiving guests.
Overseeing restaurant and bar operations.
Overseeing and/or performing property maintenance.
Overseeing and/or performing garden maintenance.
Keep the hostel clean and presentable.
Hostel promotion via internet and street operations.


Our kitchen is 100% vegetarian. No meat or seafood products are allowed in the kitchen or fridge.

We have 4 cats.

It can get very hot and humid in Puerto Escondido.

We don't own a car. Or a microwave. Nor do we have air-conditioning.


Serious and experienced inquiries only, please...

***If you are interested, please contact David at [email protected]***

Visit us at www.osamariposa.com or www.facebook.com/osamariposa




Job first posted: 03 June 2013