Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters

Outfitters prep guests and groups for trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Our cooks prepare meals in the kitchen, at the smoker, and even over the campfire!
Wranglers lead guests and horses on a tour of the forest by horseback

LIve and Work in the heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness!

Come for the job - love it for many reasons! Gunflint will become your home in the Northwoods.

Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters is located 43 miles up the Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais, Minnesota. (43 miles from the nearest town!) We are surrounded by over 1 million acres of wilderness in the Superior National Forest between Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

About Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters

Employment with Gunflint Lodge and Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters gets you one step closer to experiencing the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and discovering your adventurous spirit. Guide guests as you soar above the Boreal forest in the Towering Pines Canopy Tour. Take a child fishing for the first time. Gear folks up for a canoeing trip into the Boundary Waters! Be prepared to see moose, black bear, white tail deer, fox, lynx, rabbit, wolves, eagles, loons, and a host of song birds and birds of prey right outside your back door!

The Employee Experience

For nearly 100 years guests have come to Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters for vacationing and they expect to find a friendly and helpful staff. They come to have a relaxed vacation and depend on you to see that they have the best time possible. Often this means a little extra work, or time, to help a guest, but we feel it’s worth it and you should too!

Between the resort, outfitters, restaurant and bar, zipline canopy tour, and riding stable, there is a job for everyone here!  And with more than a million acres of undeveloped wilderness, hiking trails, and canoe routes are right out your backdoor, there is more than enough for you to explore during your time off. While resort and outfitting work can mean long and sometimes irregular hours, we always try to schedule for 40 hours per week with two consecutive days off, although you may sometimes be called on to work overtime or fill in on a day off when business needs require it. And although you may be hired for a specific position, there are times when you may be called upon to fulfill other job duties. In a resort atmosphere we all pitch in wherever necessary to get the job done. With that in mind, we are looking for applicants who are extremely flexible and like a variety of work.

Ideal Candidate

The two most important qualities we look for in our team are a cheerful attitude and the willingness to go the extra mile. Because your teammates depend on you, reliability and honesty are paramount. And everyone interacts with guests, so a love for people, passion for nature, and heart for service are essential. 

All employees must appear neat and well groomed. We provide uniform shirts for everyone and you will need pants appropriate to the position you are hired for. A more detailed description of uniform and grooming requirements will be provided when you are hired.

Room and Board

A variety of housing options are available onsite at a highly discounted rate, including shared 2 and 4 person efficiency apartments with a private kitchen and bathroom. Some work-camp sites are available as a housing option. A $100 security deposit is required on the first day of work (returned at checkout provided move-out requirements are met). Laundry facilities are available onsite. Because of the shared living facilities, pets are not allowed in staff housing.

Internet/wi-fi is available in staff housing and the employee lounge. We do not receive any cell phone or TV reception. A TV is available in the common room and you may bring your own TV/DVD player and streaming devices if you would like.

A 25% discount is available on food in the onsite restaurant and employees can order groceries to be delivered through the kitchen. 

Employee Perks

We appreciate our employees and offer some great perks!

We encourage guests and staff to get out and explore the area on foot, by canoe or motor boat, or with our staff naturalists.  Staff benefits include 25% off purchase in our gift shops, restaurants, and immediate family overnight cabin stays.  All staff can participate in horseback trail riding and the Towering Pines Canopy Tour, and use camping gear at reduced rates for overnight hiking or camping and canoeing trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Recreational equipment is available for use at a minimal charge. However, all of our facilities and equipment are for guests' use first. Walk to work! Minimal wear and tear on your vehicle.

  • Excellent opportunity to meet new friends from all over U.S. and other countries
  • Excellent opportunity to explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota.

Benefits for your family: Your parents, spouse and children receive a 25% discount on a stay at the resort cabins or outfitters bunkhouse.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Driving Directions can be found on our website.

The nearest airport is in Duluth. We can arrange transportation to get you to the lodge.

For Fun

The famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico Provincial Park of Ontario are at your doorstep! Camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, ziplines...it's all here for you to explore!

Our Jobs

Our work schedules are set for 40 hours per week with two consecutive days off. Although you may be hired for a specific position, there are times when you may be called upon to fulfill other job duties. In a resort atmosphere we all pitch in wherever necessary to get the job done. With that in mind, we are looking for applicants who are extremely flexible and like a variety of work.

Activity Cook

Prepare meals outdoors for guided activities, such as preparing shore lunch, campfire meals, etc. Knowledge of food safety, fire safety, and a variety of cooking techniques and food preparation is required, as is the ability to pack and carry food and cooking equipment on uneven terrain and in and out of canoes. The ability to lead campfire songs, with or without a musical instrument, is even better yet. 

Bartender/Server

Grand Marais

Serve guests from breakfast through dinner, with fine dining and patio service. While working you will also be expected to know a lot about the Lodge, since guests are often curious about the history of the resort and this fascinating location. Must have experience as cashier and with handling cash. Knowledge of wine and fine liquors a must.  

Restaurant

Breakfast/Lunch Cook

Grand Marais

Take part in food preparation, teamwork as well as individual effort, creative ideas, and an fast-paced work environment. You will be expected to assist in prepping, preparing, and plating breakfast and lunch in the finest restaurant in the area.

Canopy Tour/Zip Line sky Guides

Grand Marais

Become a Sky Guide and escort guests as they zip above the Boreal forest of northern Minnesota with views into Canada! We are currently looking for energetic, enthusiastic individuals to join our Canopy Tour guide team. Attention to safety and top quality customer service are essential. Season is May through October, so only candidates that can work through October will be considered. 

Outfitting

Climbing Guide

Lead our guests on rock climbing adventures on our premises or paddle into the Boundary Waters! You must demonstrate a high level of professional competence and ability to instruct technical skills such as belaying, anchoring, and climbing. Knowledge of climbing equipment and safety practices is essential. Must be punctual and reliable and maintain a high regard for guest safety and overall experience. Must have the ability to relate local knowledge including natural and cultural history. Demonstrate and promote Leave No Trace principles and environmental awareness. Must be safety-conscious and be able to provide leadership, instruction and medical care during an emergency. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Minimum of 3 years climbing experience
  • Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification
  • AMGA or other climbing certification

Dining Room Server

Grand Marais

Shifts include breakfast, lunch and dinner, from casual to fine dining. You will also be expected to know a lot about the Lodge, since guests are often curious about the history of this historic resort and the fascinating area where it is located in. Cash handling experience and a knowledge of wine and beverages are required.

Dock/Marina

Grand Marais

Instruct guests on boat usage, preparing motors, canoes, kayaks, and pontoons for guest usage, Upkeep of the marina area and equipment. You may be expected to help with the sale of bait and cleaning and filleting of fish. Additional duties include: wood/kindling delivery to cabins, fire tending, daily trash pick-up, etc.

Fishing Fun Guide

Take children fishing and teach them a life-long love of the outdoors! This person will help our youngest guests hook up a line and take them out on the lake to fish, then will clean the fish for the child to have with dinner. Must be responsible, safety conscious, and able to interact with people of all ages. Fishing and cleaning experience is required. 

Restaurant

Food & Beverage Manager

Hiring a full-time Food & Beverage Manager to manage our resort restaurant, named by the Star Tribune as one of the Most Romantic Restaurants Worth a Short Drive. You will manage both servers and cook/kitchen staff, oversee menu development, daily food preparation, scheduling, inventory, and ordering. Responsible for managing both food and labor costs. 

Guest Services/Front Desk

Grand Marais

Job duties may include guest orientation, reservation taking, data entry, telephone answering, answering guest questions, checking guests in and out, and any other duties that may be asked. Must be organized and detail-oriented with with exceptional customer service and communication skills. Computer skills necessary.

Housekeeper

Grand Marais
Daily cleaning of the Main Lodge guest areas; daily housekeeping services for up to 24 cabins (1-5 bedroom in size); attention to detail a must! Requirements: Valid Driver's License; detail oriented; self-motivated; works well without constant supervision.

Housekeeping Supervisor

Grand Marais
Responsible for daily operation of housekeeping team including organizing daily workload, supervising cleaning crew, assist cleaning crew with cleaning cabins and main lodge, and conducting cabin checks. Must have ability to take direction from housekeeping manager, motivate/train others.

Kitchen Assistant

Grand Marais

Work as part of the kitchen team enabling our restaurant to perform as smoothly and efficiently as possible. You will be expected to help with food preparation, kitchen cleaning, and dishes.

Line Cook

Grand Marais

Take part in food preparation, teamwork, creative ideas, and an amusing work environment. You will be expected to assist in prepping, preparing, plating meals in the finest restaurants in the area.

Maintenance

Maintenance

Varied shifts working with a team and individually. Must have ability to multi-task when necessary. This position requires a working knowledge of repair work in electric, plumbing, and small construction projects. Knowledge of small engine, marine and snowmobile engine repair strongly recommended. This person will also be doing most maintenance repairs as needed and is responsible for water quality testing on a daily basis. Maintenance positions are responsible for the over-all mechanical repair of the entire 100+ acre property with more than 50 structures. Must have valid driver’s license with good driving record and be able to lift objects weighing up to 70 pounds. This position will require both indoor and outdoor work outdoors in all weather conditions. Knowledge of skid steer equipment, snowmobiles, boats, plow truck, and tractor operation and maintenance a plus. Septic and pool maintenance experience preferred. Prior supervisory or leadership experience preferred. This position requires a person who is self-directed, takes initiative and is able to motivate self and others. Position requires some on-call work and onsite living is preferred but not required. Discounted onsite housing available.

Massage Therapist

Grand Marais

Provide massages to guests using a variety of modalities. Manage upkeep of spa. Help develop and market spa business. Ability to teach yoga or lead other fitness classes or activities or to provide other spa services a plus. 

Naturalist

Naturalist

Develop and lead interpretive nature program to help guests explore and enjoy the nature and history of the Boreal forest and Gunflint Trail. Programs may include guided hikes and paddles, crafts, music or story programs, presentations, and children's programs. 

Outfitter

Grand Marais

Be a part of families' and groups' Boundary Waters canoe trips. Responsibilities include packing of food/equipment; transporting canoes, equipment, and people to various landings in the area by vehicle or boat; cleaning returned equipment; providing group meal service; cleaning bunkhouse and bathrooms, and other activities to prepare for canoe trips. Must be 21 to drive our guests.

Outfitting

River Guide

Lead our guests on river tour adventures on flat water up to Class III Rapids! You must demonstrate a high level of professional competence . Knowledge of rafting equipment and safety practices is essential. Must be punctual and reliable and maintain a high regard for guest safety and overall experience. Must have the ability to relate local knowledge including natural and cultural history. Demonstrate and promote Leave No Trace principles and environmental awareness. Must be safety-conscious and be able to provide leadership, instruction and medical care during an emergency. Must be 21 to drive our guests. 

  • Guiding through flat water through Class III rapids with groups of varying size, age and number; understanding and implementing risk-reduction in navigation, communication, and decision-making
  • Communicating with guests about local area information, other available activities in the area, and providing an overall quality guest experience
  • Providing top-notch guest service to all guests, before, after, and during their trip
  • Participating in off-the-water tasks, including moving, loading and unloading rafts, assisting guests with gear, delivering instructional talks, and washing and organizing gear and equipment
  • Other tasks, such as driving vehicles, repair and maintenance of gear or facilities, guest check-in, and assisting other departments, as qualified and as assigned

River Guide applicants must be physically capable of steering and helping carry rafts, and be comfortable working outside in varying weather conditions. Applicants should expect to work in a team environment, and be able to take direction well and exhibit good judgment in decision-making. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Minimum of 3 years river experience
  • Life Guard, Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification
Restaurant

Server

Serve guests from breakfast through dinner, with fine dining and patio service. While working you will also be expected to know a lot about the Lodge, since guests are often curious about the history of the resort and this fascinating location. Must have experience as cashier and with handling cash. Knowledge of wine and fine liquors preferred. Hiring year-round position to start immediately as well as summer seasonal positions. 

Wrangler

Grand Marais
Daily care of 17 to 19 horses: Feeding, watering, grooming, barn maintenance and repair. Responsible for 1 – 8 guests during 1 – 6 hr long trail rides. Season is May thru Oct so only candidates that can work through Oct will be considered. Must be 21.

How to Apply

We encourage you to explore our websites www.gunflint.com and www.gunflintoutfitters.com so you can see the type of vacations we offer our guests. 

Please complete and submit our online application at http://gunflint.com/employment/.

The use of drugs, and the abuse or underage use of alcohol are not tolerated. A background check is required prior to employment.

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