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. 




Apply now for Summer 2017


Summer 2017

  • Fun seasonal job available late May – August or September.  Housekeeping/front desk / outfitting/ naturalist combination job.  Lots of variety every day, super nice co-workers.  About 50% or more of your time will be 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.  You will have your choice between a tiny house or a little apartment, both at a very low cost.  Job could become permanent for the right person.


Starting in May:

One, or perhaps, two, resort couples wanted:  We are looking for a “resort couple” to join our team — two people who love the northwoods, are hard workers, will be willing to stay for at least a year, and who would bring specific much needed skills to the Bearskin team. We don’t expect to find applicants with all of these skills, but we’re hoping to find a couple who might fill most of these gaps:

  • housekeeping and housekeeping management;
  • mechanical skills, small engine maintenance, ability to safely use a chain saw and wood-splitter, snowmobile or groomer experience,
  • experienced office management skills,
  • restaurant background, server skills,
  • website management experience, artistic skills

    Specialty needs–unique talents that make you even more valuable to Bearskin. We like to help you develop your abilities.  Do you have web skills?  We will help you develop your abilities as a writer, photographer, videographer, social media specialist, or web designer — if you are self-motivated, we will help you grow your skills. Do you cook or bake?  We do not have full time-work for restaurant people, but we could utilize these skills in an employee for a few hours each week. Are you artistic?  Our summer naturalist program could benefit if we find a summer employee who could teach art or painting classes. Are you an experienced fishing guide, kayaker, rock climber, or canoe trip planner or guide? We are eager to use your skills in summer programs.


Housekeeping is part of the deal for everyone who works here, so only apply if you would be OK with that.  Very, very physically active jobs — you need to be in excellent health, be able to walk distances in both summer and winter, and be strong.  (In our experience the people who fare best at these jobs, with the fewest number of stress injuries, are under 40.  Wouldn’t have to be that way, but so far this has been the case.)

If you are a couple who could contribute a large number  of these skills to our team, let’s talk. We need people to fill many of the gaps, not just a single skill.  

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



Summer 2017

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.


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