Plant Based Cook…MoaAlm Mountain Retreat


We are looking for a Plant Based cook to join our small team at MoaAlm Mountain Retreat in Kals am Grossglockner within the Austrian Alps. MoaAlm offers summer and winter based activity holidays with Yoga for a small group of guests. We generally have guests sizes of around 12. We are an independent small company that wants to share our enthusiasm for the mountain environment in a responsible way with our guests.

About the job:

We are looking for a full time/year-round cook. We would also consider a seasonal position but prefer for people to consider MoaAlm as their home and who want to look at a job in Austria as their vocation for at least a year.

Skills & Tasks:

Proficient in English and preferably also German language
Cooking and preparing of vegan meals suitable for varying dietary requests.
Catering management (administration, purchasing, stock management, etc.)
Cleaning and supervision of the kitchen area.
Contributing to marketing of all things food, with blog updates, photos and social media.

Things to Consider:

Are you creative, energetic, personable, caring and a team player?
Beautiful as it looks, could you live at a remote mountain location?
Would you be happy to share your space with a small team and a small group of house guests?
Are you thoughtful of the environment and of looking of ways to provide a sustainable dining experience for others?
Do you love everything about food!

About MoaAlm

MoaAlm was renovated  in 2014 as a guesthouse. The retreat is at 1800m on the edge of the Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria. Our location is truly something special: the views from the house are stunning, many hiking routes start from the house and in winter you can ski down from the house to the ski lifts, the ‘garden’ is filled with Marmots, Gams (Chamois) and Deer.

Our core business is based on weekly stays by house guests. House guests are people that have pre booked a holiday with us: they eat, sleep, do yoga and undertake outdoor activities with us, such as snowshoe hiking in the winter and hiking in the summer.


Winter at MoaAlm:

Most weeks focus on a combination of downhill ski/snowboarding, snowshoe walking, cross country skiing & yoga. We also offer some specialist snowshoe weeks, and learn to ski week and a couple of Splitboard/ski touring weeks.

Summer at MoaAlm:

Most weeks are predominantly based around yoga, hiking and good food. We also offer some multi activity weeks (mountain biking, rafting, climbing etc) and a couple of yoga & meditation retreats hosted by external providers.

We serve and eat breakfast and dinner with guests. Food is a very important aspect of what we provide for the guests. At MoaAlm we create a personalised service and homely family atmosphere. We share our time and interests of the great outdoors through a variety of activities with a wide range of guests from around the world.

Please note that MoaAlm is a remote place! The village of Kals is 5km down the road and Lienz, the nearest city is 30km from MoaAlm. In the winter, accessibility is limited, so usually once you have arrived back to MoaAlm after a day of adventure, you really do not want to leave again.

About our company WearActive

Our philosophy at WearActive is that being active in the outdoors helps people truly relax during their holiday and truly appreciate the location. We love nature, so we make sure that our business does not disturb the environment whenever possible. We use solar energy, we recycle our waste, we source our supplies locally, and we try to eat organically. We prefer to serve plant based food to our guests.

Craig & Xania, started WearActive in 2006 on the Croatian Island of Vis offering ‘Relaxingly Active’ holidays. In 2014 MoaAlm Mountain Retreat in the Alps of East Tirol, Austria was opened. Craig and Xania continue to manage WearActive Croatia in the summer and join the WearActive Austria team at MoaAlm in winter to lend a hand and enjoy the mountains.


The Work:

Annually: MoaAlm is open 36-38 weeks each year. This is broken down to 2 seasons of 18-19 weeks (summer & winter). Staff will receive a minimum of 8 weeks paid leave between seasons (4 weeks early October – late November and 4 weeks mid April – mid May) this can increase depending on the season and what needs to be done. There is always a post and pre season intensive clean as well as admin & general maintenance jobs list.

Weekly: When guests are with us, we work six days a week with one full day off and two half days off.

Compensation: We prefer to work with people who can commit themselves to a minimum of two years, who have the intention to make MoaAlm home. In this case, we assume annual contracts, with health insurance, pension and paid holiday leave.


Annually Per Person:

Modest Annual Salary: approx. €800 net per person per month (after tax, health insurance & pension) … this increases €100 per season until €1000 at which time you then enter the staff incentive scheme which is based on profit share.
Accommodation, food and ski pass
€150 per season travel allowance, to & from your home address to MoaAlm
€200 per season allowance for staff training (can be used for course fees, course travel and accommodation costs)
€150 per season clothing allowance
Salary incentive scheme – from the fourth season of work (after 1 season of €1000 per month)
Annual paid holidays of 8 weeks (to be taken mid April to mid May & October to November)

Whilst the salary is modest you have no daily expenses. MoaAlm is a start up business that has just completed 5 financial years. The current management have laid an exceptional foundation, our hope is that moving forward your salary could be significantly increased through the incentive scheme to reflect the energy that MoaAlm will demand!

We are looking for someone who wants to make MoaAlm their home. We all work hard but you should see it as a lifestyle – we are not “staff” in the narrow sense of the word, it’s very much a “team” effort!


Take a look at our website and if you’re still interested send us your details.

Time scale:

Mid September – shortlist interviews.

Start date – 28th November, 2020

Yours RelaxinglyActive,

Xania Wear




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About WearActive

MoaAlm Mountain Retreat, WearActive Austria is a unique place in Europe, situated high in the Austrian Alps. With the focus on being ‘RelaxinglyActive’ we offer holidays that are a healthy balance of fresh air, mountain activities and great freshly cooked plant based food. With the focus on a personalised holiday experience, MoaAlm provides a space for us to share our passion for adventure in the the mountains, alongside a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

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