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Ely Outfitting Company

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

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Wilderness Shop Manager (Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness)

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


min experience

salary range

$15 - $20 / hour

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview


  • Manage outfitting operations.
  • Respond to customer inquiries by phone and email.
  • Accurately reserve and issue Wilderness entry permits.
  • Provide guest orientations, route outs, and skills training.
  • Accurately handle customer invoicing and payments.
  • Supervise Wilderness Outfitting Assistants.
  • Safely drive shuttles to wilderness entry points.
  • Lift and move 42 to 55 pound canoes and equipment regularly, and boats weighing up to 85 pounds occasionally.
  • Maintain the highest level of friendly and professional guest services.


  • Ability to commit to at least 12 weeks of full-time employment between May 1 and Oct. 1 (for summer seasonal positions).
  • Strong initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Boundary Waters region, and extensive Boundary Waters tripping experience.
  • Completion of 3 years of college credit or equivalent experience, with a bachelor’s degree 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.
  • Exceptional communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires close attention to detail and multitasking.
  • Knowledge of and desire to share wilderness tripping skills and information.
  • Genuine interest in wilderness adventure, and helping guests have successful wilderness experiences.

Special 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.

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