Working at Hungry Jack Outfitters

Thank you for your interest in working with us at Hungry Jack Outfitters and Cabins. We are a small outfitting business which serves people going into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Our main business is canoe trip outfitting and most of your responsibilities are related to that. 

We also have two housekeeping cabins that are full most of the summer get cleaned regularly.  We will be hiring only a few employees and therefore each one must be dependable and willing to do many jobs, as what one does or does not do will affect the others.  The bulk of daily duties around here are cleaning related: cleaning canoes, cleaning the shower house, cleaning the bunkhouses, cleaning gear, cleaning cook kits.  Get the picture? 

There are also some fun things too: driving people to BWCAW entry points, paddling instruction, packing food and equipment, and talking with guests.  Customer service and talking to guests is a big part of what we do.  You need to be comfortable with talking to people.  There will be a variety of things to do every day, boredom factor is low.  You will usually work a 40 hour week and you will have two days off per week most of the summer.  We try to be flexible about hours and days off whenever possible.  We expect the same flexibility in return.  We will train what you might not know about the BWCA and canoeing in general.

Living conditions:  You will have your own four walls – a small cabin.  There is a shared kitchen space for you to do your own cooking and a living area for you to use in the main staff building.   You provide your own bedding but everything else is there.  Laundry is included too.  We expect you to be open and honest with us and we will do the same.  We get no television and limited radio.  We have good internet but bandwidth is limited.  The nearest cell service is a few miles out of Grand Marais – over 20 miles away. 

Benefits:  You may use any of our camping gear free of charge, although we encourage you to bring your own if you have it.  You may use our canoes and boats anytime they are available.  We will help you plan trips for your days off and we encourage you to get out and enjoy the area as much as you can.  Some of our employees have seen a great deal of the BWCA on their days off.  We live and work on a very beautiful piece of land right on the water and your daily views and environment are spectacular. 

Pay and work schedule:  Starting wage is $12.00/hr.  Work weeks will almost always be 40 hours – sometimes a bit more.  We work 7 AM to 3:30 PM or 8 AM to 4:30 PM with a half hour lunch.  You will get two days off a week, usually together if that is your preference.  We deduct Minnesota and Federal Taxes and $150.00 for your room, internet and utilities.  There will be monthly reviews and you should feel free to make suggestions anytime. 

            The Gunflint Trail is VERY isolated.  There are no malls or fast food places for 130 miles and the nearest town is 30 miles away.  There are a few young people around to socialize with but you will need to seek them out.  We only encourage people to come here who are comfortable with themselves and don’t mind being alone.  We really mean it.  Having a car or bike is a must.  We will not provide transportation for you.

            Nancy and I are in our 50’s, thrive on what we do and try to keep life from becoming too serious.  We have 2 sons, Ben (24) and Will (21) who live out of the area.  When we’re not working Nancy likes to garden and is a glass artist, I enjoy music and build and repair guitars.  We both love canoeing and the area we live in and we enjoy sharing it with others.  Thank you for your time and we hope to hear from you soon.

Feel free to include a resume and/or a picture of yourself.

Click the link below for an application.  Please complete is and return it to us via email or print it off and snail mail it.

job application 2019 – 2

Dave Seaton/ Hungry Jack Outfitters

318 S Hungry Jack Rd.

Grand Marais, MN  55604


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