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.
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.
Three more summer jobs!
- Fun seasonal or year round jobs available late May – August or September. Ideal for a couple or two friends, as the available housing is a small 2 bedroom house. Housekeeping/front desk /outfitting/ naturalist combination job. Lots of variety every day, super nice co-workers. All jobs include doing some housekeeping, helping to make our cabins beautiful and clean for guests. The rest of your time will be either at the front desk, helping with canoe trips, or doing outdoor work. Job is well-suited to a physically active, detail oriented person with a great work ethic and lots of good sense. Good communication skills are essential. Job could become permanent for the right person. Housing is in a shared lakeside staff cabin.
- Maintenance person: This job just opened back up and is often considered Bearskin’s most fun job. Spend your days outside. Move and transport canoes, get boats ready for guests, mow and trim lawns, manage the campground. Chase bears out of the dumpsters and moose out of the road. This job is LIFTING. It helps to be young and very strong. Could be seasonal job or could be long-term for the right person. Small, nice individual apartment available for this employee.
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 email@example.com
We start taking applications for summer 2017 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. For 2017 w are especially interested in finding at least one employee who has craft or art skills, or some experience teaching naturalist classes.
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 2017 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.