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 2019–yes, we have jobs!

We are taking applications for summer resort/outfitting staff at beautiful Bearskin.  All Bearskin employees perform all of our tasks, so a flexible person who enjoys variety is the best fit here. Bearskin employees need to be conscientious workers who can see what needs to be done, and then take responsibility for doing it; friendly to fellow workers and to guests; have excellent written and verbal communication skills; be known for low to no drama; and enjoy living a healthy lifestyle. All of our staff members teach naturalist and activity classes, so having a skill you can teach is a big plus.  Our housing and grounds are non-smoking.  This is an amazing place to work for people who love the outdoors and want to live the dream of working in a BWCAW environment. Send us a cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for us, fill out an application, and we’ll see if we can find a spot for you.


Resort Couple:  Summer or potential for full-time.  Because of our housing situation, one of our ideal staffing situations is to hire a couple to live in what is known as “the big house,” a cabin at the end of our lake in the staff housing area. Generally our couple fills two necessary jobs, a staff member who can work at front desk/housekeeping and a staff member who can do heavy lifting, carry canoes, work with boats and motors, mow the lawns, maintain the campground as well as work at the front desk occasionally and help with housekeeping when needed. Fun job, fun place to live together and enjoy the BWCAW.  It’s been a pretty happy lifestyle for most of the couples who lived here.

Housekeeping/front desk combo:  We will need to hire two all-purpose summer employees to staff the front desk, help with naturalist classes, and help with housekeeping.  Fun work environment, with lots of variety.  You need to have a pleasant, welcoming appearance, excellent phone and email skills, and be a fast, on-task, trustworthy worker.  Starts in early to mid-June, can last until college starts or can also go into fall.   At this point it looks like one of these positions could have potential for long-term employment, if that interests you.

Maintenance/outfitting:  Summer position, almost all outdoor work–mowing and trimming lawns, cleaning boats, carrying canoes, helping guests, taking care of outfitting tents, packs, and gear.  Needs to have basic skills with tools, be comfortable with mowers and trimmers, and be hard-working and very independent and self-sufficient.




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


General info:

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 2019 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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