Itasca State Park

Visitors walking the rocks at the Mississippi Headwaters.
The northwoods in fall colors.
The headwaters of the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park.
Itasca Clubhouse, exterior.
Itasca Clubhouse, interior.
Historic Douglas Lodge.
Douglas Lodge lobby.
Mary Gibbs Cafe outdoor seating.
Lake Itasca Amphitheater.
Mary Gibbs Headwaters Visitors Center.

Work in the beautiful scenic splendor of Minnesota's oldest state park! Follow the application link and enter the keyword "ITASCA"

Itasca State Park exists to protect the unique resources found within the park, interpret those resources, and provide outdoor recreational opportunities that benefit people, society, the economy, and the environment. Our vision is to create unforgettable park, trail, and water recreation experiences that inspire people to pass along the love for the outdoors to current and future generations.

Established in 1891, Itasca is Minnesota's oldest state park. Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. Walk across the mighty Mississippi as it starts its winding journey 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Stand under towering pines and visit landmarks of centuries gone by throughout the park. Revel in the beauty of the Minnesota north woods.

About Itasca State Park

Spanning 32,000 acres, containing 100 lakes, and protecting the headwaters of the Mississippi river and 20% of Minnesota's remaining old-growth forest, Itasca State Park was established in 1891 and is the oldest state park in Minnesota. The Mississippi headwaters sees around 500,000 visitors every year from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. Opportunities for outdoor recreation are abundant year-round and include hiking, biking, boating, fishing, skiing, and much more! Itasca is a gem in the Minnesota Northwoods and an outdoor lovers paradise!

The Employee Experience

Itasca State Park has been providing people with the opportunity to make memories for 130 years! With that in mind, we ask for all of our employees to strive to provide the visitors to Itasca State Park with the most enjoyable and memorable experience that we can possibly provide them. We are seeking talented, innovative employees to help us carry out our mission. Become a part of an organization that not only values the state’s natural resources but values the personnel resources it takes to sustain the natural beauty Minnesota has to offer. You will understand the impact of your work and be able to see the benefits. We celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion. You will be surrounded by a diverse community of experts driven by challenging work and motivated by the greater good. 

Ideal Candidate

Itasca State Park is a multifaceted operation with multiple departments and many moving parts. In order to effectively work with such a large and diverse team, we prioritize respect, teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills as important to the success of any candidate. In addition, we look for professionalism, dependability, and adaptability in any candidate we consider for a position with us. 

Room and Board

Single room dorm-style housing may be available.

Employee Perks

Within the park there are bike, boat, canoe, kayak, and paddleboard rentals. Being the Land of 10,000 lakes, there is no shortage of lake related activity, fishing, water skiing, or just relaxing as the waves lap the shoreline. There are also a multitude of hiking opportunities inside Itasca State Park and the surrounding area as well.

For Fun

Within the park, there are bike, boat, canoe, kayak, and paddleboard rentals. Being the Land of 10,000 lakes, there is no shortage of lake-related activity, fishing, water skiing, or just relaxing as the waves lap the shoreline. There is also a multitude of hiking opportunities inside Itasca State Park and the surrounding area as well.

How to Apply

Click on the link to apply. Once the page has loaded, enter in the keyword Itasca to be brought directly to the job opportunities at Itasca State Park!


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