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 ouline.

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. 


Summer 2018!  Apply now!

Housekeeper/front desk combo job:  lots of variety, excellent job for an experienced housekeeper, or a clean, detail-oriented person who’d like to learn the job.  Apartment available.  The staff we have staying over this winter might be the nicest group of employees we’ve ever had — drama-free, happy, fast workers, organized, likable, fun.  If that also describes you, join us this summer.  The job is probably 40% front desk and 60% housekeeping, so you will need to have pleasant interpersonal interactions, excellent e-mail skills, and a clean, welcoming appearance.  Access to  canoes, boats, and gear to explore this beautiful wilderness on your days off work.  Most of our summer staff members also teach one or more summer activities, so we are always grateful to find employees who have skills or hobbies to share.

Outfitting/outdoor maintenance all-purpose resort employee:  Keep going all day with this independent, outdoor-oriented job.  Mowing and trimming, boat rentals, campground maintenance, carrying canoes and packs, maintaining outfitting gear, helping advise canoeists and boaters.  Must be an independent self-starter, good with machines and off jobs, and capable of lifting canoes and other heavy objects repeatedly all day.  Strong, healthy back needed!  Job includes a great deal of guest interaction, so the ability to carry on an interesting random conversation with total strangers is useful.  Most of our summer staff members teach one or more activities, so we especially like employees who have skills or hobbies to share.

Summer 2018 hiring note:  It does look like a large percentage of our current winter employees are content and are likely to stay during the summer. (Bearskin is a great place to live and work!)  We may be hiring a very limited number of new employees for summer 2018.  Things sometimes change dramatically, so put your application in — we’ll see what develops.


Winter 2018 – 2019

Musher:  Bearskin’s beloved long-time musher has retired, and we’re looking for a new, very experienced musher for the 2018-2019 winter season. Complete flexibility on scheduling and planning; it’s more about finding the right person with the right dog team. Erik is a hard act to follow, but we’re hoping for someone with similar characteristics. Good paying gig, super nice customers, reliable winter income. E-mail sue@bearskin.com, or call Bob or Sue at 388-2292.



Living and working here

We offer lakeside housing with a BWCA lake view that would be the envy of many in Cook County.  This is a healthy, non-smoking environment that is ideal for people who get along well with others, like working hard, and who can find joy in living and working in a remote wilderness location. Funny hours, working on some holidays, vacation times only in the quiet season — these may all be part of a Bearskin job, so if your dream job is 9-5 M-F, then this isn’t it. Salary negotiable, but we pay proven employees very fairly.  If this sounds like where you want to be for the next year(or more!), contact sue@bearskin.com


General info:

We start taking applications for summer 2018 as early as January.  All of our summer employees are cross-trained in numerous areas — you will probably work at the front desk, answer phones, help with canoe trips, advise tourists on good hiking destinations and because all of us do this all the time, help clean cabins. Clean cabins are how we all get to enjoy this life on the edge of the BWCA!   Some of our employees need to be able to lift canoes, mow and trim lawns, stack wood, and clean up at the campground.

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 2018 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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