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.  We are on the edge of one of the nation’s great wilderness areas, and we truly understand that isn’t a perfect fit for everyone.  See if you’re well-suited to living here before you apply. 


Summer 2020

It’s a fantasy very few of us get to make into our reality. Live and work on the edge of the BWCA, with a lake-view cabin or apartment, access to the solitude of a private employee dock, and the use of our equipment to explore our beautiful area on your days off.   

Yes, we are hiring for May – June 2020, 1 – 2 full-time, permanent positions with benefits after achieving permanent status;  and 1 – 2 seasonal summer employees.  Housing available on site, either in your own house or an individual apartment. Non-smoking housing; no dogs allowed, but (some) cats, goldfish, and succulents are welcome. 


Housekeeping, front desk, all-purpose resort employees: Fun jobs with great variety and enjoyable young co-workers. Welcome guests at the front desk; respond to e-mails with excellent language skills; communicate with guests over the phone; take reservations for cabins and canoes; help design and instruct summer activities; and help with housekeeping on a regular basis. Our meticulously clean cabins are what allows us to live in this beautiful place, so we all pitch in with housekeeping. Nice onsite individual housing available for a low cost, along with excellent internet services.  1 – 2 permanent, full-time positions available for experienced hospitality professionals; previous housekeeping experience is highly desirable.

Outfitting & Maintenance employee/ seasonal job for summer, 2020 or may have potential for future full-time employment:  Work outside mowing, trimming, and helping to maintain cabins. Help guests get boats are start their canoe trips.  Prepare outfitting gear, clean outfitting gear on return.  Teach people how to run motor boats or properly use a Kevlar canoe. Maintain campground. Like everyone else who works at Bearskin, you will help with cabin cleaning on turnover days. This job is ideal for someone with excellent time management skills. You have a lot to finish during the day, you are often interrupted by calls for boat or canoe help, and you need to remember what you were doing and get back to it. (Not as easy as it sounds!) Good organizational skills and the ability to put things back in the correct place are essential.

Housekeeper with management skills:  If you have previous housekeeping experience with excellent references, we’re interested in talking to you. Everyone at Bearskin helps with all jobs, but we may be looking for one person to make order in the housekeeping department, inventory and place orders for linens and supplies, train in new housekeeping staff, maintain quality control,  and keep the housekeeping tasks flowing. Sweet little house or large 2nd floor lake-view apartment on site.  Start in May, 2020.

Job requirements:  get along well with other employees, drama-free, detail-oriented, organized, energetic, hard-working, self-directed, with excellent verbal and written communication skills. Willingness to pitch in and do all jobs needed.  All of or positions are very physically active.

You will represent Bearskin, a high-end resort that serves a friendly, educated, primarily Minnesota-nice clientele. They love to get to know our staff and connect with them.  Good recommendations needed.

What it is like to be on our staff:  We hire a few seasonal and short-term employees, but most of our staff tends to be happy here and they stay with us. We’re pretty kind to our staff, as we know they are what makes our business possible. Our staff members get along, and are drama-free — to us, your ability to pitch in and work, to enjoy living in the middle of nowhere, and to get along with our other staff means more than skills.  Non-smoking housing, no tolerance for drugs or for alcohol use. Live healthy here. No dogs, please. Goldfish welcome. Well-trained cats are common in our staff housing.

How to apply: If you think you’d be a good match for Bearskin, first read this page.  Then fill out our application(PDF)  or application (DOC). Be sure to include references who can be reached. 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.  Email to sue@bearskin.com 


Living and working here

We offer lakeside housing with a BWCAW 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, who 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, contact sue@bearskin.com


Info for summer and short-term employees:

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 BWCAW!   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 2020 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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