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.
Fall and Winter 2013-2014:
We will be hiring for one or two positions for this fall. Our fall and winter positions are usually multi-purpose employees who are willing to learn the skills for more than one job. Employees need to be good at a variety of tasks. We will hire people who can do a combined job for this fall.
We like to find the type of employees who enjoy learning to do everything, people who can see what needs doing and then will step in and take care of it. Multi-tasking is what we all do around here. If that’s you, consider applying for one of these positions.
Staff housing available for these positions, but read the “before you apply” info here. Not everyone is well-suited to live in this “edge of the wilderness” environment.
Fall and/or winter 2013-2014:
We will be hiring one or two people during the fall season to fill some of these positions. To be hired for one of the jobs listed below it would be ideal if you are a good fit for more than one of the positions, as we will be combining jobs. Let us know which jobs are a good fit for you.
Front desk: Good interpersonal skills, excellent phone and e-mail skills, attention to detail, and a pleasant, welcoming appearance are needed for all staff members who work at the front desk. You represent Bearskin when you work our front desk so you need to have good manners, a well-groomed appearance, and enjoy talking to people.
Housekeeping/guest services: Bearskin is known for the outstanding cleanliness of our cabins. To be part of our housekeeping staff you need to function well as a team member; most of the time you will be working in cabins with others, so this is often a social job. Attention to detail is important. Previous housekeeping experience is not needed (we will train you to our standards) but a great “can do” attitude is essential.
All-purpose resort worker: in the fall this job will be combined with the others; for winter, this is a full-time job involving plowing, shoveling, trail trimming, cabin maintenance and repair, wood splitting and stacking, trash removal, and many more general resort jobs. This person needs to enjoy working outside even in cold weather, be an independent worker, have an excellent memory, and be very strong and capable.
Cook: Our favorite Bearskin cook is heading to Antarctica for the winter. We will only replace him if we can find someone who is a perfect fit. This could be a job combined with one of the above jobs, or it could be a position for 2 nights a week during the fall. Tuesday or Wednesday, and Saturday evenings; one seating, menu all pre-ordered, so few surprises. You design the menu, with a focus on pasta and lasagna with attractive, higher-end presentation and mid-range, family friendly prices.
Server: We need a server for fall pasta nights, usually Tuesday or Wednesday and Saturday nights. In the winter we need a server for pasta nights mid-week and for our high-end fine dining with Chef Scott Bergstrom from late December through early March. Nice tips for pasta night, great tips for fine dining night. This is a job that could be combined with one of the above jobs.
Our employees have access to our equipment and trails. We love employees who live to love the outdoors. To apply, please send references, a letter of application describing your interest, experience and background, the dates you are available and any other pertinent information to firstname.lastname@example.org Or fill out the application.
Summer Jobs 2014 | apply in January
What you need to know before you apply: We will begin hiring staff for next summer in January 2013. Please read the employment information linked to this page before you apply.
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 2014 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.
Long-term job needs for the future
We foresee needing to hire for the following positions within the next year. Job descriptions and wages somewhat negotiable, but all positions require full-time responsible employees with excellent references. Will be hired with a plan for these employees to gradually prove themselves and then take on major resort responsibilities in the future. See the “before you apply” page before you consider inquiring about these jobs. Available dates for jobs unknown at this time, but we hope to gradually find the right replacements for these positions. High trust jobs, for very responsible people.
Full-time housekeeping management position. Very nice upstairs apartment comes with this position. Great references needed.
Trustworthy on-site individual or couple to be employed as front desk, maintenance, or housekeeping staff, to also be responsible for the lodge during evenings an nights if owners are off-site. 3 bedroom apartment with the best view on the Gunflint Trail (above lodge) eventually available with this position. Great references needed.
Full-time front desk/housekeeping/outfitting combo job: nice little one bedroom house comes with this position. See all other info posted about this job category in other places. Good job for someone who wants to make a permanent life on the Gunflint Trail, and who can be an all-purpose employee. Great references needed.