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Gunflint Lodge and Canoe Outfitters
143 S. Gunflint Lake
Grand Marais MN 55604


Gunflint Lodge and Outfitters


Gunflint Lodge


Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in joining our staff. Between the two businesses we employ approximately 55 employees during the summer and 29 employees during the winter. Employees range in age from 18 to approximately 70 and come from all over the US and Europe. Take a moment to read the following. It will give you an idea of what Gunflint is like and our expectations of prospective employees.

The lodge and canoe outfitters are located 45 miles up the Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais Minnesota. Thus 45 miles from the nearest town! We are surrounded by over 1 million acres of wilderness in the Superior National Forest. Guests come from all over the country to relax, fish, swim, canoe, and explore in the Northwoods atmosphere. The lodge summer season runs from late April to November 1. The winter season is from November 23 to April 1. During the off seasons we work on spring cleaning and renovation projects. The outfitting business is in operation from approximately May 1 to October 30.

Over the years our guests have come to expect a friendly and helpful staff. They come to have a relaxed vacation and we’re dependent on our staff 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! In order to maintain the level of our guest’s expectations we’ve established certain standards that we expect you to abide by. All employees must appear neat and well groomed. We provide uniform shirts for the staff. A more detailed description of uniform and grooming requirements will be provided if you are hired.

Perhaps the two most important qualities we look for in our employees are a cheerful attitude and the willingness to go the extra mile. Resort and outfitting work means long, hard, and sometimes irregular hours. It is certainly not a paid vacation. The schedules are set for 45 hours per week. 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 where ever 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.

Many of the positions at the Lodge also receive a bonus for completed contracts. (GNO and Wait/Housekeeping positions do not receive bonuses.) Employees become eligible for the bonus program by completing their contract. Recreational equipment is available for use at a minimal charge. However, all of our facilities are for guest’s use first.

Bunkhouse style accommodations are available, if desired, here on the grounds. This is for a bunk room (shared with from 1-5 other people) including your utilities and cleaning supplies, toilet paper and Kleenex. Showers are down the hall. You are responsible for your own meals. There are shared cooking facilities for staff use. Smoking is not permitted in staff housing or work areas!! The use of drugs and /or liquor are not permitted. There is a public Laundromat at the campground next door. We do not receive any TV or radio reception. You may bring your own TV/VCR or CD player if you like. We have some movies available for staff use. (We also have a few employee trailer sites with full hookups - please inquire.)

We hope that you’ll join us in the Northwoods for a summer…or two. If you have any questions regarding the job opportunities feel free to contact us at (218)388-2294, or (800)328-3325. You may mail your application to Human Resources Gunflint Lodge, 143 S. Gunflint Lake, Grand Marais MN 55604, or you may fax it to us at (218)388-9429. Our e-mail address is


(full time, 5 days per week)

ACTIVITIES LEADER - 1 position. Varied shifts!!!! Responsible for organizing and executing a variety of activities including nature hikes, pontoon boat rides, crafts, dusk or dawn canoe paddles etc. Extensive knowledge of Minnesota wildlife and geology. Love of nature and the creativity and ability to convey this to others. Outgoing personality and love of working with all age groups, mostly children.

BAKER - 1 position.  Early morning shift. Daily baking includes: morning pastry, daily breads, dinner dessert, and lots of cookies. Must love baking and work well on own. Creativity welcome!

BREAKFAST/LUNCH COOK - 1 position. Early morning shift. Short order breakfast for approx. 80 guests. Lunch for approximately 45, off of a set menu with one special daily. Must be at least 18. Previous cooking experience a must. Must be organized and efficient.

DINING ROOM HOST/FRONT DESK CLERK - 1 position. Must be at least 18. Responsibilities split between guest service at the front desk and in our main dining room. Seat guests for dinner service and maintain dining room organization. Organized, logical, level headed person with pleasant disposition and excellent communication and guest interaction skills. Answer phones, take inquiries, reservations, and input computer data. Knowledge of Windows 95, and ability to type efficiently and accurately.

DISHWASHER - 3 positions. Must be at least 17. Mostly evening shifts. Machine washing dishes, pots and pans, sweeping, mopping and other general kitchen duties. Previous experience helpful but not necessary. (It’s a great way to get your foot in the door!)

DOCK STAFF - 2 positions. Must be at least 18. Varied shifts. High guest interaction, work varies widely!!! Responsibilities include: waterfront, fish house and boat upkeep; bait and gas sales, & fish filleting. Maintain wood and kindling supply in cabins, and daily trash removal. Should have previous boat handling experience and basic motor repair and maintenance knowledge. Interest in fishing and valid DL with good driving record. Must be able to lift and carry 75 lbs.

HOUSEKEEPER - 2 positions. Must be at least 17. Work includes cleaning cabins and main lodge. Previous housekeeping helpful. Ability to take direction and work well on own. Attention to detail important. May also bus tables in dining room in the evenings.

HOUSEKEEPER/WAITPERSON - 8 positions. Must be at least 18. Varied shifts. Work includes cleaning cabins and waiting tables in the dining room. Previous wait experience preferred, housekeeping helpful. Must be flexible! Attention to detail important. (This position does not earn a bonus.)

KITCHEN ASSISTANT - 3 positions. Must be at least 18. Assists in dinner salad and various food prep, dessert and beverage service. Previous bartending experience helpful, though will train the right person. Self motivated, team player and well organized

ASSISTANT PREP COOK - 1 position. Must be at least 18 years. Assist with food preparation in the afternoons. Evenings are spent helping the chefs plate dinner service. Pride and quality in work and attention to detail important, as well as efficiency.


(full time, 5 days per week)

GENERAL STAFF - 3 positions. See summer Dock work and Dishwashing. Must have valid DL with good driving record.

WAIT/HOUSEKEEPER - 6 positions. See summer description

DOG MUSHER - 4 positions Must be at least 18. Mostly day shifts. Lead hour, half day and day long expeditions by dog sled into the Superior National Forest. Responsibilities include daily care and feeding of sled dogs. Maintenance and repair of equipment, dog sled trails and dog yard. Must be in excellent physical condition and have valid DL with good driving record. This job is very physically taxing. Ultimately responsible for guest safety and satisfaction. While we would prefer someone with experience we would train the right person.


(full time, 5 days per week)

GENERAL HELP 6 positions. Learn many duties including: busting, hauling, packing and group meal service. Your schedule will vary daily according to business. Assist guests in packing food and equipment for canoe trips. Drop-off and pick-up parties at various landings. Load and unload canoes from transport vehicles. Clean up gear returned from canoe trips, clean bunk and shower houses. Able to accept directions and work well unsupervised. Self-motivated and also a good team player. Proof of valid DL with good record. Able to lift and carry 75 lbs. Great common sense, hard working and detailed.


Wilderness skills and previous BWCA trip guiding experience essential. Work chores around camp when not guiding. Responsible for all trip related duties including prep, packing, guest orientation, busting and clean-up of gear. Ultimately responsible for guest safety, satisfaction and trip success. Able to lift and carry 100 lbs. long distances. Good rapport with people. Must read compass and maps well. Knowledge of birds, plants, trees, animals and fishing skills. Must provide own tent, sleeping bag and pad, cook stove and rain gear. Advanced first aid and/or lifesaving certifications very helpful.

PLEASE NOTE: for both Gunflint Lodge and Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters you may be hired for a specific position but we all work together in a resort atmosphere to cover the responsibilities. At times you may be called upon to do a job other than those specifically outlined. We look for employees who have a wide variety of interests and experiences and are extremely versatile.

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