Job Opportunities

Work on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Ely, Minnesota.

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Join our team of great people helping our guests have successful wilderness experiences.

WILDERNESS OUTFITTING SHOP MANAGER

Work in a close-knit community passionate about sharing wilderness adventure. This is an excellent position for someone with significant Boundary Waters knowledge and experience.

Responsibilities

  • Manage outfitting operations.
  • Respond to customer inquiries by phone and email.
  • Accurately reserve and issue Wilderness entry permits.
  • Provide guest orientations, route outs, and skills training.
  • Accurately handle customer invoicing and payments.
  • Supervise Wilderness Outfitting Assistants.
  • Safely drive shuttles to wilderness entry points.
  • Lift and move 42 to 55 pound canoes and equipment regularly, and boats weighing up to 85 pounds occasionally.
  • Maintain the highest level of friendly and professional guest services.

Qualifications

  • Ability to commit to at least 12 weeks of full-time employment between May 1 and Oct. 1 (for summer seasonal positions).
  • Strong initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Boundary Waters region, and extensive Boundary Waters tripping experience.
  • Completion of 3 years of college credit or equivalent experience, with a bachelor's degree preferred.
  • Ability to work weekends.
  • Ability to lift and move 42 to 55 pound canoes and equipment regularly, and boats weighing up to 85 pounds occasionally.
  • Exceptional communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires close attention to detail and multitasking.
  • Knowledge of and desire to share wilderness tripping skills and information.
  • Genuine interest in wilderness adventure, and helping guests have successful wilderness experiences.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive hourly pay.
  • Potential subsidized housing in Ely, Minnesota, just outside of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the most visited Wilderness area in the country.
  • Access to canoes and gear on days off.
  • Abundant recreational opportunities in the Boundary Waters and Superior National Forest including day and overnight canoe trips, fishing, hiking, backpacking and stand up paddle boarding.
  • Opportunity to work in a close-knit community dedicated to creating life-changing wilderness experiences for its guests while protecting the wilderness for future generations.

Application

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Gear Manager 

** 2021 Gear Manager Position has Filled **

The Gear Manager is responsible for overseeing all rental equipment, company vehicles, and the building in which gear is stored, packed, and returned. This person is expected to create a friendly, professional, and clean environment for guests and staff.  

Responsibilities Include:

  • Supervise Wilderness Outfitting Assistants.
  • Ensure all necessary equipment is appropriately packed out for wilderness trips.
  • Repair or retire equipment as necessary and order additional equipment when necessary.
  • Ensure all equipment is properly cleaned, stored, and its condition inspected upon return from trips.
  • Assist guests with securing canoe rentals to their vehicles.
  • Provide orientations to guests that include pertinent information regarding their equipment, wilderness risk management, route considerations, paddling and portaging instruction, and fishing recommendations.
  • Assist with bunkhouse cleaning as necessary.
  • Assist with general building and grounds maintenance as necessary.
  • Assist with shop management as necessary.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to commit to employment between approximately May and Oct. 1.
  • Wilderness travel experience. Significant BWCAW and/or Quetico experience preferred.
  • Strong initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Completion of two years of college credit or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Ability to work weekends.
  • Exceptional communication skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to lift and move 42 to 55 pound canoes and equipment regularly, and boats weighing up to 85 pounds occasionally.
  • Genuine interest in wilderness adventure, and helping guests have successful wilderness experiences.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive hourly pay.
  • Potential subsidized housing in Ely, Minnesota, just outside of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the most visited Wilderness area in the country.
  • Access to canoes and gear on days off.
  • Abundant recreational opportunities in the Boundary Waters and Superior National Forest including day and overnight canoe trips, fishing, hiking, backpacking and stand up paddle boarding.
  • Opportunity to work in a close-knit community dedicated to creating life-changing wilderness experiences for guests while protecting the wilderness for future generations.

Application

Click here for our convenient online job application. ** 2021 Gear Manager Position has Filled **

 

Food Manager 

** 2021 Food Manager Position has Filled **

The Food Manager is responsible for ensuring that all trail menus are sufficiently prepared and packed out before guests’ arrival. This person should be detail-oriented, well-organized, and comfortable communicating with guests and vendors via phone and email. This position has historically been about half-time, but the person in this position could potentially have increased hours with added responsibilities to increase hours to a full time position.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Monitoring food inventory, ordering food from various vendors, and ensuring sufficient stock throughout the season.
  • Creating an outfitting matrix for tracking the status of upcoming outfitted or guided trips.
  • Communicating with guests about dietary restrictions and reasonable accommodations.
  • Organizing and packing food for BWCAW trips based on guest submitted menus. 
  • Keeping food packout and storage areas clean and in accordance with all applicable state and federal food safety standards. 

Qualifications

  • Ability to commit to employment between May and Oct. 1.
  • Strong initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work weekends, as necessary.
  • Ability to lift and move 20 to 40 pounds regularly, and sometimes more than 50 pounds. 
  • Knowledge of and desire to share wilderness tripping skills and information.
  • Genuine interest in wilderness adventure, and helping our guests have successful wilderness experiences.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive hourly pay.
  • Extremely flexible schedule.
  • Potential subsidized housing in Ely, Minnesota, just outside of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the most visited Wilderness area in the country.
  • Access to canoes and gear on days off.
  • Abundant recreational opportunities in the Boundary Waters and Superior National Forest including day and overnight canoe trips, fishing, hiking, backpacking and stand up paddle boarding.
  • Opportunity to work in a close-knit community dedicated to creating life-changing wilderness experiences for its guests while protecting the wilderness for future generations.

Application

Click here for our convenient online job application.  ** 2021 Food Manager Position has Filled **

 

WILDERNESS OUTFITTING ASSISTANT 

Work on the edge of the BWCAW in a close-knit community passionate about wilderness adventure. This position is a great introduction to the Boundary Waters and the logistics of backcountry canoe tripping.

Responsibilities

  • Accurately and efficiently clean, organize, and store canoes and outfitting equipment.
  • Provide guest orientations and skills training.
  • Safely drive shuttles to wilderness entry points.
  • Accurately handle customer payments.
  • Clean and turnover bunkhouse.
  • Provide general shop and grounds maintenance and upkeep.
  • Maintain the highest level of friendly and professional guest services.

Qualifications

  • Ability to commit to at least 10 weeks of employment between May 1 and Oct. 1.
  • Strong initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Completion of two years of college credit or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Ability to work weekends.
  • Ability to lift and move 42 to 55 pound canoes and equipment regularly, and boats weighing up to 85 pounds occasionally.
  • Desire to learn more about wilderness tripping.
  • Genuine interest in wilderness adventure, and helping our guests have successful wilderness experiences.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive hourly pay.
  • Potential subsidized housing in Ely, Minnesota, just outside of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the most visited Wilderness area in the country.
  • Access to canoes and gear on days off.
  • Abundant recreational opportunities in the Boundary Waters and Superior National Forest including day and overnight canoe trips, fishing, hiking, backpacking and stand up paddle boarding.
  • Opportunity to work in a close-knit community dedicated to creating life-changing wilderness experiences for its guests while protecting the wilderness for future generations.

Application

Click here for our convenient online job application.