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Ely Outfitting Company

  • 529 East Sheridan Street, Ely, MN
  • elyoutfittingcompany.com

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Wilderness Outfitting Assistant

Awesome work environment, flexible work schedule, Competetive wages, Access to high quality backpacking equipment and ultralight kevlar canoes.


min experience

salary range

$11 - $16 / hour

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview

Work on the edge of the BWCAW in a close-knit community passionate about wilderness adventure. This position is a great introduction to the Boundary Waters and the logistics of backcountry canoe tripping.


  • Accurately and efficiently clean, organize, and store canoes and outfitting equipment.
  • Provide guest orientations and skills training.
  • Safely drive shuttles to wilderness entry points.
  • Accurately handle customer payments.
  • Clean and turnover bunkhouse.
  • Provide general shop and grounds maintenance and upkeep.
  • Maintain the highest level of friendly and professional guest services.


  • Ability to commit to at least 10 weeks of employment between May 1 and Oct. 1.
  • Strong initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Completion of two years of college credit or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Ability to work weekends.
  • Ability to lift and move 42 to 55 pound canoes and equipment regularly, and boats weighing up to 85 pounds occasionally.
  • Desire to learn more about wilderness tripping.
  • Genuine interest in wilderness adventure, and helping our guests have successful wilderness experiences.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive hourly pay.
  • Potential subsidized housing in Ely, Minnesota, just outside of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the most visited Wilderness area in the country.
  • Access to canoes and gear on days off.
  • Abundant recreational opportunities in the Boundary Waters and Superior National Forest including day and overnight canoe trips, fishing, hiking, backpacking and stand up paddle boarding.
  • Opportunity to work in a close-knit community dedicated to creating life-changing wilderness experiences for its guests while protecting the wilderness for future generations.

Special Benefits

Free access to high quality backpacking equipment and ultralight Kevlar canoes.

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