Employment Opportunities At Bearskin Lodge

Bearskin Lodge is the premier family resort located on the famous Gunflint Trail, about 26 miles from the town of Grand Marais, MN. We are on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Right outside our door are a million and a half acres of pristine lakes and rivers. Our facilities are the best available.

It takes much hard work by dedicated staff to maintain the quality of service our guests have come to expect. If you are interested in joining the Bearskin staff, we would like to hear from you! Fill out our job application and forward it to us. The application is found linked to this page at the bottom.

 Apply here.

Important!  Before applying please click here to read this information page.  Not everyone will be happy working at Bearskin.  See if you’re well-suited to living here before you apply. >



Summer 2015 — Need one more employee with local housing

We still need one employee for this summer, but due to our housing shortage we need to find a person who has housing in the area.  If you have a nearby cabin where you can stay for the summer, or you already have housing in the area, we’d like to talk to you.  The person we hire should be willing to help with housekeeping and could also work front desk if interested.  We can be very flexible about hours if you already have another job.  Contact us — this is a nice place to work!


Fall 2015 Potential Job Openings

Our needs for fall, 2015, will not be determined until later this summer and will be somewhat dependent on how many of our summer employees plan to stay with us. These are the positions we may need to fill.  If you are interested in being part of our team, your best approach is to send us your resume, cover letter, and the application linked to this page along with a note that says you want us to keep the information until we have an opening. 
FYI:  Lately we’ve had a number of contacts with people who don’t want to fill out the application unless they are certain we have an available job. Due to the number of computer viruses that are being sent with the appearance of a resume, we don’t open info from applicants that does not include our completed application. 
Our ideal applicant will have the ability to step into aspects of more than one of these jobs  — the more multi-purpose you are as an employee, the better you fit in at Bearskin. Every preference will be given to couples where both people can fulfill some of  our employment needs and who will be happy to live together.
1. Front desk manager — ideal candidate will have experience working at a hotel or outdoor-related business and be knowledgeable about the Gunflint Trail and Cook County. Canoe trip or outfitting experience a plus. Should be organized, flexible, willing to direct others, and be able to master a great variety of daily tasks. Good written and verbal communication skills essential.  Organizational skills important; willingness to help with other jobs when needed absolutely essential.
2. All-purpose general resort maintenance employee — self-directed, independent worker responsible for routine daily indoor and outdoor maintenance of our cabins, lodges, campground, trails, and resort equipment.  Mow grass, split wood, fix lamps, clean grills, replace toilet seats, fill bird  feeders, drive boats, carry canoes, answer crazy questions–and do it all with a good attitude.  Also needs the interpersonal skills required to occasionally help with front desk or housekeeping duties, as needed.  Driver’s license and excellent driving record required. Must be able to easily lift canoes, motors, packs, and other heavy items.  This position requires the employee to often be outdoors in inclement weather, as well as on many beautiful days. Can live onsite or nearby.  There is a great deal of lifting and physical effort required in this position –the applicant needs to be very physically fit.
3.  Housekeeper, with management potential — experienced, detail-oriented, sensible housekeeper with previous hotel/resort experience or a natural skill for organizing and cleaning.  Needs the ability to get along well with others with minimal drama, and to willingly lead and teach a team of less-experienced, probably younger summer employees.  Self-directed with the ability to see what needs to be done, and then take charge to do it.
4.  Creative food service person — do you love to cook?  Would you like to cook and bake at Bearskin, run our weekly restaurant, and make management decisions about offering and ordering food? We don’t have a need for a full-time cook/baker, but we would really like to find an employee for other positions who also enjoys creative kitchen work.
Do all  of these jobs sound like fun to you?  Our ideal employees cross-train so they can occasionally fill other positions.  Let us know if you are a flexible employee with interests in several areas.
After a trial period, benefits may be offered to the right candidate.  On site housing is available, but we consider it an added plus if the employee lives in the Gunflint Trail area. Start date in mid-April to late May.  Salary to be determined based on experience and potential. 
If interested, e-mail sue@bearskin.com with a cover letter describing experience and skills; include a resume if possible.  No phone calls at this time, please. 
Do you already live in the area? You are our ideal employee because we know you like it here and are up to the challenge of northwoods living.   If you’re new to the area, read the employee info page here before applying.  To apply, send a cover letter explaining your reasons for being interested in Bearskin and a resume outlining your skills, background, and references to sue@bearskin.com


Long-term permanent positions — looking into the future:

  • All-purpose resort couple Searching for a couple who will commit to stay for at least a year, preferably people who choose to come for the opportunity to live in our beautiful area. This is a good job, but it only works for the long-term if you are active participants in enjoying and embracing this environment.  Need to be very physically active, high energy people willing to do a variety of tasks.  Skills we want to find in our couple would be: excellent people skills; self-directed; detail-oriented, careful workers; good phone and e-mail skills; someone with the ability to repair and fix things and do high quality work;  high energy, dedicated member of our housekeeping staff.  All jobs at Bearskin require employees to go outside in a variety of weather conditions, to be very mobile, to drive, and often to lift things.  If one member of the couple pair could cook or help with food service, this would be an added plus. Both members of the couple would need to work for Bearskin, and both would need to commit to staying with us for a year; we don’t have enough housing now to provide living quarters for people working elsewhere.  Wages negotiable, benefits available. Very nice lakeview apartment possible.


  • Experienced permanent housekeeper  Our director of housekeeping routinely trains in new staff to work at her high standards, but she would be delighted if we found someone who was already good at this and wanted to stay awhile. Nice place to work; we’ll make it worthwhile for you.





Summer Jobs 2015 | apply starting in January

What you need to know before you apply:  We will begin hiring staff for next summer in January 2015.  Please read the employment information linked to this page before you apply. 

Looking for summer housekeeping, front desk, and outfitting staff.  Housing available but there may be an extra bonus if you have a nearby cabin or home where you can reside for the summer. Join our staff this summer.

1.  Front desk/ housekeeping/outfitting combination job — your day might include teaching a naturalist class,  cleaning a canoe, talking to guests at front desk, and doing housekeeping in a cabin.  We love employees who cheerfully embrace all the jobs we do at a wilderness resort.  Note: everybody, and we do mean everybody, helps with housekeeping sometimes.  Only apply if you are willing to help with all the jobs.

2.  Outdoor maintenance:  Clean canoes and outfitting gear, mow grass, get boats for guests, use and take care of power tools, paint buildings, care for the campground, put gas in motors, and help with all other resort jobs. Must be independent, self-directed employee with the right clothes and attitude to work outside much of the time.  Ideal candidate for this position will also be able to cheerfully help with front desk and housekeeping duties.

3.  Housekeepers:  detail-oriented employees to keep our beautiful cabins in top shape for the next arrivals. Can be combined with other jobs, or if you prefer to always stay behind the scenes could be full-time in the housekeeping department.

4.  Naturalist:  part-time position that will be combined with other resort jobs this year.  Teach classes, take guests on hikes, and direct the naturalist program 3 days a week; help with other resort jobs for 2 days.  Good communication or teaching skills essential.  Arts & crafts interest helpful.  Position can be used as college internship if needed.

It is essential when you apply that you provide us with accurate ending dates for your summer availability.  If you will be returning to college after the summer, check your college’s 2015 calendar before you apply.  We don’t hire “extra” people like larger resorts often do, planning that a certain percentage of employees will quit or get fired. We truly intend to keep you all summer if you are hired here.  We choose our staff based on employing the correct number of people to get us through the season, so ending dates are very important.  As is the case with all summer jobs, choosing to leave Bearskin earlier than your contractual end date leaves your co-workers and employers overworked and unhappy. Please decide on the right end date from the time you apply.

If you think you’d be a good match for Bearskin, fill out the application linked to this page. Be sure to include references. We will call or e-mail them before we hire you. A good cover letter explaining your interest in Bearskin employment helps set your application apart — tell us more about yourself.

We try to do in-person interviews, but in case we can’t meet with you, it always helps if a picture is included with your application.  It may be the only way we “meet” before you apply. 

We pay an hourly wage, not a set “per month” salary.  We adhere to fair employment practices.  You will not be asked to work a large number of unexpected hours, and if circumstances require many more hours, you will be paid well for your extra time. 


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