GUNFLINT LODGE and
GUNFLINT NORTHWOODS OUTFITTERS
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 were 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 its worth it and you should too! In order
to maintain the level of our guests expectations weve 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 guests 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER - LODGE OPPORTUNITIES
(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,
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.
(Its 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.
WINTER - LODGE OPPORTUNITIES
(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
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.
SUMMER - OUTFITTING
(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 CANOE GUIDE/GENERAL HELP
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.
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