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.

Click here to get an application in PDF format (print to fill out by hand, or depending on your computer system, you may be able to fill this out online.)

Click here to get an application in DOC format (fill out on computer — if formatting changes, don’t worry about that).

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. 


2016 employment — NEW openings

We thought we had our staff hired for 2016, but the couple we hired for summer just changed their plans. Now looking for:

  • #1 need Maintenance summer help:  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. The ideal candidate for this position will also be able to cheerfully help with front desk and housekeeping duties.  Currently a summer only position but a person who wanted to staythrough fall might have that option.
  • 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.Originally planned as the other part of a couple’s job for this summer, so that is an option we can consider again.  Summer only, some flexibility with dates.

Contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in either of these jobs.  Fill out the application here, then include a cover letter and if possible, a picture as we may not be able to interview you in person.

  • Artist or artsy/crafty person  wanted for a few hours each week:  Teach painting classes one day a week to our guests at Bearskin.  All supplies provided, you just bring the art expertise and the fun.  No housing available for this position.  Flexibility on which day of the week you teach, as long as the day is consistent so we can plan; the day cannot be Saturday or Sunday.  Could work with someone who needs to switch days occasionally as long as we have adequate notice.


It is important 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, please check your college’s 2016 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.  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(PDF)  or application (DOC) 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. If you have the capability to do a Skype or Facetime video interview, please let us know in your cover letter.

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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