Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters

Best Summer Ever! Join your friends and coworkers to complete against other resorts in the annual Canoe Races!
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
Fishing Guides get guests on giant walleye
Our Naturalist program introduces guests to the ecology and history of our area
The annual canoe race is an event Gunflint staffers enjoy participating in
Zip above the Boreal forest on the Towering Pines Canopy Tour

Historic Lodge in the heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness!

Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters is a premier wilderness resort in remote northern Minnesota. We live, work, and play in the Minnesota Northwoods, steps away from famous Boundary Waters (BWCA) and Superior National Forest. Summer 2024 hiring has begun. Seasonal employee arrivals are staggered throughout April and May with the season running until 10/20/24.

We are located 43 miles up the Gunflint Trail, a paved scenic byway that is one hour from the nearest town (Grand Marais, MN) and three hours from the nearest city (Duluth, MN).

About Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters

Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters offers year round guest lodging via lakefront homes and cabins on Gunflint Lake in addition to seasonal rustic Voyager cabins. We are located in one of fifteen designated Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world which means our crew and guests enjoy the stunning Northern Lights display when the conditions are right!
Living and working in Minnesota’s Northwoods is a wonderful opportunity to embrace or explore your adventurous spirit. Enjoy the quiet nature of remote living with plenty of wildlife from moose to black bear, lynx to wolves, eagles to loons, and much more.
Summer in the Northwoods is filled with a variety of activities:
- Boat Dock & Marina with a Sandy Beach
- Watercraft Rentals 
- Evening Boat Cruises
- Guided Fishing Trips
- Canoe Outfitting into the BWCA
- Zipline Tour
- Guided Canoe Day Trips
- Nature Center with Presentations & Guided hikes
- Horseback Trail Rides
- Clydesdale Wagon & Carriage Rides
- Hiking Trail System 
For our summer seasonal staff that land a coveted year round position with us, our winter season is quieter but magical when we shift to a winter wonderland:
- Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Trail System (plus rentals!)
- Guided Half Day Snowmobile Trips
- Snowmobile Rentals
- Sleigh Rides 
- Ice Skating Rink
- Guide Ice Fishing
- Ice Fishing Rentals
- ATV Ice Tour
- Guided Day Trek

The Employee Experience

We have been hosting guests at Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters for nearly 100 years. Our crew is essential in helping create a warm and welcoming place for people and families to continue making memories. We are looking for crew members that love the outdoors, customer service, and want to welcome guests and fellow teammates from all walks of life.
We live and work on site in our remote location - 1 hour from the nearest town (Grand Marais, MN) and 3 hours from the nearest city services (Duluth, MN). We aim for work life balance with an average of 40 hour work weeks and two consecutive days off. Full time schedule is a goal not a guarantee. Resort and outfitting work may require flexibility in your schedule or role, and we aim to hire team players that like a variety of work.
If you love the outdoors and a geographically remote location - you’ll love it here. 
If you need bars, shopping, or movie theaters - we’re not the best place for you. 
With a plethora of work and learning opportunities, our crew may stay for a summer season or develop a career with us. We offer on site housing at a discounted rate that includes high speed WiFi, laundry facilities, discounted grocery service, and walking distance to all jobs. 
During off time, our crew enjoys access to hiking trails on site, canoes and kayaks depending on guest use, activities like zip lining and horseback riding, commons space to gather and watch movies, outdoor space with picnic table and chairs, and more. 

Ideal Candidate

The two most important qualities we look for in our team are a cheerful attitude and willingness to go the extra mile. All crew members interact with guests which requires a love for people, passion for nature, and heart for service. 
As our teammates depend on each other, reliability and honesty are paramount. Our goal is to have an organized, logical, and level-headed team with very good communication skills and warm personalities. We are responsible for communicating with guests (in person, over the phone, email, etc.) and reporting issues to the guest services team, maintenance, or management to resolve all guests’ concerns and ensure their comfort and satisfaction. 
Our ideal candidate would provide - 
- Hospitality work or life experience
- Willingness to help others 
- Love of the outdoors and all weather conditions
- Team player that gets along well with others (on and off the clock)
- Passion for rural living (one hour from town, three hours from city)
- If hired seasonally, a commitment to the entire season (May - end of Oct)
All employees must appear neat and well groomed. We provide uniform shirts for staff. Detailed description of uniform and grooming requirements are provided upon hire. 

Room and Board

Onsite housing available for crew members at a discounted weekly.

- 2 and 4 person studio apartments with a private kitchenette and ensuite bathroom
- Limited pet friendly and family housing on a case by case basis  
- Limited sites with hookups for seasonal campers or van lifers 

Rent and refundable security deposit withheld from your paycheck. All utilities (water, electric, sewer, heating, trash, recycle) and high speed WiFi included in all buildings. Laundry facilities available on site. 25% discount available for meals from the restaurant and snacks from the gift shop. Grocery service available to staff through the kitchen. USPS, FedEx, and UPS delivery on site Monday through Saturday.

Limited AT&T cell service only. 

Employee Perks

We love our crew and want to make sure there are perks for living and working here! 
- No commute, walk to work! 
- Complimentary access to canoes, kayaks, and SUP boards (depending on guest use)
- Seasonal access to Summer Activities - Zipline, Horseback Rides, Day Hikes, etc.
- Seasonal access to Winter Activities - Snowshoes, Cross Country Skis, Ice Fishing, etc.
- Enjoy hiking trails from your housing
- 70 km of groomed trails on property during the winter
- Discounts on all activities
- Discounts on camping gear for overnight hiking, camping, and canoe trips
- Live adjacent to an International Dark Sky Sanctuary 
- See the Northern Lights right on property
- 25% off gift shop and restaurant
- 25% off overnight cabin stays for immediate family 
Benefits for year round employees also include vacation and sick time off accrual and 401(k) with company match.

Getting Here and Getting Around

We recommend that staff of Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters arrive with a vehicle as getting here and getting around is limited. For staff that arrive without a vehicle, we can facilitate pick up and transport from Grand Marais, MN. 
- We are located at 143 S Gunflint Lake, Grand Marais, MN 55604
- Navigation apps work well (Google Maps, Apple Maps, etc)
- Detailed driving directions may be found on our website if needed
- Tip: The last hour of the drive has limited or no cell service. We recommend downloading directions prior to turning onto the Gunflint Trail. 
Public Transportation (Airplane or Bus)
- Step 1: Coordinate travel to Duluth, MN (many options available)
- Step 2: Take Arrowhead Transit’s bus service from Duluth, MN to Grand Marais. Please note, this service is only available on Tuesdays. 
- Step 3: Once your travel is confirmed, please forward your itinerary to your recruiting team member. The HR team will schedule and confirm your transportation from Grand Marais, MN to Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters.

For Fun

While our crew enjoy living in the Northwoods on their days off, there’s plenty to explore in our neck of the woods!  
- Enjoy any of our activities and services available (guest use and availability dependent)
- Plan an outing into the famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
- Explore local museums and sites along the Gunflint Trail
- Hike to Magnetic rock or the Superior Hiking Trail
- Visit Chik-Wauk museum and walk through a replica Trapper Shack
- Wander the quaint tourist town of Grand Marais - eat, drink, and play
- Visit Isle Royale National Park
- Bring your passport and spend a weekend in Thunder Bay, CA
- Hike to the famous Devil’s Kettle waterfalls
- Stay up to watch the Northern Lights

How to Apply

We encourage you to explore our website at to learn more about the resort. Information on employment is available HERE

Please click APPLY HERE to complete and submit our online application

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

Contact Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters