Minam River Lodge

Unique opportunity to join the team of world-renowned Minam River lodge located in the beautiful Eagle Cap Wilderness

Nestled in the heart of Oregon’s spectacular Eagle Cap Wilderness, Minam River Lodge offers a unique escape in one of the state’s most beautiful natural areas.

The Eagle Cap Wilderness is part of Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains, a magnificent range of evergreen forests, wild rivers, alpine meadows and granite canyons.

About Minam River Lodge

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join the team of world-renowned Minam River lodge located in the beautiful Eagle Cap Wilderness in Eastern Oregon.

A one-time historic hunting lodge, the Minam River Lodge has been re-imagined as an elegant wilderness hideaway that was named to the Conde Nast Hot List of Best New Hotels in the World. 

The generosity and good nature of our guests make working at the Minam an enjoyable, rewarding experience.  Authentically hand-built log cabins and a beautiful new Lodge provide accommodations for 36 people. Guests hike in or horseback 8.5 miles, or fly a small airplane to our grass airstrip.  

The Employee Experience

Working and living at the Minam River Lodge means you will be part of a close-knit staff that becomes family by end of the season.  We work together and support each other as a true team, while enjoying the experience of living in a beautiful, remote wilderness setting. 

By working closely as a team, we are energized and able to provide a genuine and unique experience to our guests.  We aim to create a relaxed and personable, yet professional atmosphere.  We love this place and show it in our work and interactions with guests.

Ideal Candidate

We are seeking service-minded individuals with excellent attention to detail for a variety of positions. Friendly, exceptional service, and maintaining an attractive, clean, and orderly environment are essential to the guest experience at the lodge. Our ideal candidates have:

  • Genuine desire to interact with guests in an inviting manner  
  • Positive attitude, an excellent work ethic, and an outgoing personality 
  • Desire to live and work in a remote wilderness setting
  • Physical stamina to work long hours 

Room and Board

All meals and room and board are provided to staff free of charge. 

Staff accommodations include shared (2-person) rooms in our 4-room staff house, or shared (2-person) wall tents in a 4-tent camp area.  Staff house has electricity, full kitchen, wood-burning stove for heat, 2 full bathrooms with showers, living area, and outside deck.  Wall tents do not have electricity and have detached shared bath and shower.  All staff are welcome in the staff house shared areas.  All Beds are XL twin-sized with pillows, linens, and blankets provided.  Staff are equipped with laundry baskets, storage bin, toiletry caddy, bedside table, and a lamp with USB plug upon arrival. 

Staff enjoys a wide variety of food and beverages with weekly grocery orders and local farm produce.  Generally, staff prepares their own breakfasts and lunches with the food provided, while dinner is prepared by our chef.  Vegetarians are easily accommodated for.  Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at a reduced price.  Staff is also allowed to bring in food and beverages.

Employee Perks

The majority of staff food is sourced from our wilderness garden, local farms, and ranches. Dinners are prepared by our chefs. Freedom to choose additional food options with weekly grocery orders. Additional perks include:

  • Annual Life Flight memberships
  • Scenic wilderness flight in and out of the lodge
  • Guest tips shared among all lodge staff
  • Enjoy the 500 square mile Eagle Cap Wilderness Area and its miles and miles of trails through the diverse, stunning landscape. 

Getting Here and Getting Around

The lodge is accessible by an 8.5-mile hike or a flight to our wilderness airstrip. 

Should the employee choose to fly into the lodge, he/she is responsible for transportation to and from the Enterprise, OR airport.  The lodge will provide an initial incoming flight into the Lodge, and an outgoing flight back to Enterprise at the end of their employment. Employees can leave their own personal cars at the airport for the season.

Should the employee choose to hike into the lodge, he/she can leave his/her personal car at the Moss Springs Trailhead outside of Cove, OR. The employee is responsible for acquiring permits necessary to do so.

Because the lodge is surrounded by a wilderness area, no vehicles (including bikes), are allowed outside of lodge property.  

For Fun

Our lodge is situated in the gorgeous Minam River Valley. Employees often enjoy a daily river swim in the many swimming holes once the weather warms up. During off-time, employees are also free to have sessions in our wood-burning sauna (located footsteps away from the river), and our wood-burning hot tub. Interaction with local pilots and watching planes come and go on our wilderness airstrip is a fun daily activity. Spending time in our wilderness garden is a unique part of the experience as well as enjoying the bounty of the harvest and local farm produce throughout the season. Team members get to attend our concert series and an assortment of events. The wilderness setting leads to spectacular photography and stargazing opportunities.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to info@minam-lodge.com with a subject heading stating position applying for.

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