Jobs Available For Fall, Winter and Next Summer
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 (BWCAW). 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.
Fall 2023: one housekeeper, front desk, all-purpose, person needed around October 1. Could be either for a couple months or for the long-term. Needs to fit in with an extremely high-energy, pretty athletic, fast-moving group of co-workers. One of our long-time staff members is reluctantly leaving to pursue an education-related opportunity. We are open to short-term or long-term possibilities for this job, but there won’t be much training time. Small lakeside individual apartment available.
Winter: it looks like we will have one job for sure this winter, possibly two. We need multi-purpose people, with flexibility to try many jobs — front desk, some outdoor maintenance, guest services, and housekeeping. Absolute “must” for us on this round — finding at least one top-notch, great eye for detail, housekeeping expert with the ability to direct others, plan ahead for housekeeping days, stay on top of ordering supplies, and work cohesively with a group of very fast, athletic co-workers who get a lot done in a short time. We wouldn’t mind having two of those. But employee #2, if we learn we need one more, can be more multi-purpose, doing a bit of everything.
Lakeside cabin, absolutely top-notch talented co-workers, and pretty decent employers. You do need to fill out the application below to be considered. We get many, many applicants for each job, so we don’t even start to look over the applicant’s skills until we have received a completed application. A cover letter explaining why you are a great fit for our remote location and sent to email@example.com will help get your application noticed.
Bearskin Lodge does not have the permits needed to hire international workers. No need to inquire.
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. This is the deep Northwoods. Groceries and the closest (small) town are 26 miles away. There are very limited social activities nearby, although our current staff is fantastic at creating fun for everyone. We do our shopping online (UPS comes every weekday.) This is Minnesota, just a few miles from the Canadian border, so it gets cold here in the winter and you need to have serious winter clothing and boots for December – April. We no longer hire staff without a vehicle. In the summer you will need your own vehicle to even to get groceries — there is no public transportation, no Uber or Lyft. Your winter vehicle should be 4-wheel drive, or at least front-wheel drive. Think about who you really are before you decide that this is the right job for you. This is an amazing place to work, but it’s not right for everybody.
We are Hiring for Winter 2023 – 2024!
We don’t have much turn-over in jobs here. Bearskin staff tends to get hired and then stay a long time, but in the next few months there are some transitions that will be occurring. It’s always hard to say goodbye to a beloved group of employees as they move on to their next adventures in life, but we also always look forward to meeting our new “Bearskin family.”
Working at Bearskin is considered one of the most desirable jobs on the Gunflint Trail. We try our best to be fair employers, we offer on-site lakeside housing, and we give our staff options to get out and enjoy our beautiful environment. The best employees are always the ones who explore this area while they are here. It’s a challenging environment if you wanted a job in the city, but if you’d love to live in the Boundary Waters/Gunflint Trail area then working at Bearskin can be a dream-come-true.
Our ideal employees have a good work ethic, are personable and get along well with guests and colleagues, have excellent communication skills, and are willing to do whatever needs to be done to help Bearskin function well. We work very closely together, so happy, drama-free employees are greatly appreciated. This is a small enough staff that if you don’t fully do your part, the burden falls on your co-workers/friends. There’s no “extra” here, we need employees who truly contribute.
We do hire some short-term employees, but we are most appreciative of employees who want to stay a while. It’s not a life commitment — we know your next adventure is eventually out there. But we are a small family resort, and it’s super nice if we don’t have to re-train new employees too often.
Are you doing online school?
Get your masters or finish your degree while you work at Bearskin. Our internet is good, and we can usually adjust your schedule to fit classes.
Are you an artist or creator?
We will support you in your endeavors and have helped many up-and-coming creative types grow their skills and market their wares.
Our jobs can become permanent for people willing to commit for a while, and benefits are available after you are considered permanent staff.
Guest services / housekeeping / all-purpose helpful human
Outdoor, general purpose resort employee – the perfect job for a good problem solver!
Resort Couple — yes, this job available for winter 2023-2024
Seasonal, general resort/outfitting/front desk help
General info for all applicants
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 try to be 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 excessive alcohol use. Live healthy here. No dogs, please. Goldfish welcome. Well-trained cats and even bunnies are common in our staff housing.
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 employees very fairly. If this sounds like where you want to be, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2023 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.
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.