Join Our Team

Welcome to Penny’s Palapa located in the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island

Seasonal Employment Opportunities at our open air, floating restaurant in Nanaimo, BC’s beautiful harbour.   

Penny’s Palapa is a Fresh Mexican restaurant with a West Coast flair, specializing in Tacos, Enchiladas and fresh-squeezed Lime Margaritas!  

We are an inclusive company seeking motivated individuals who are interested in expanding their knowledge in a fast paced, learning environment.  We are pursuing those who are passionate about creating a remarkable experience for our customers, working with fresh ingredients and focusing on consistency and efficiency.

We are recruiting positive, ambitious and creative people to fill multiple positions.

  • First cook/shift leader
  • Second cook
  • Prep cooks
  • Dishwashers
  • Cashiers
  • Servers, Bartenders, and Shift leaders

Walk in interview… and replace with apply in person with resume and references or email [email protected]


Kitchen Staff

This open concept outdoor seafood restaurant is perfect for a talented Cook who’s passionate about fresh ingredients.

Consistency, timing and organization are key. As we aim to cook each meal to perfection. This is a fast-paced friendly restaurant where the customer comes first.

Duties include: Line cooking from scratch, food prep, stocking, cleaning. Opening and closing duties. An ability to work and supervise.

These positions are suited for Chef’s with Red Seal certification, or a minimum of 3 years cooking experience. Experience should include a background in supervising, and a proven ability to prepare high quality dishes. Experience creating popular and appealing specials. Shift leading skills such as opening and closing duties. A strong background in line cooking or prep cooking for those specific positions.

Servers and Bartenders

This open concept outdoor Mexican restaurant is perfect for the friendly professional server. Must be able to learn and understand the menu, and sell our product with passion. Take orders in a friendly informed manner, in a restaurant where the customer comes first.

Duties Include: order taking, food running, quality checking and bussing. Opening and closing  duties, as well as a wide variety of side duties.