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

Seeking one year-round manager, and one summer seasonal 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 the summer seasonal position).
  • Strong initiative and ability to work independently.
  • 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 

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.

 

Food Manager 

** 2020 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.  ** 2020 Food Manager Position has Filled **

 

WILDERNESS OUTFITTING ASSISTANT 

** 2020 Outfitting Assistant Positions Have Filled **

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. ** 2020 Outfitting Assistant Positions Have Filled **