Seagull Canoe Outfitters Job Description
*What will it be like to live and work in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota? This will help you get a glimpse into life as a Seagull Canoe Outfitter employee and what will be expected of you if you are hired.
Seagull Canoe Outfitters is looking for students or young adults to work in our canoe outfitting business and resort on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park. We are located on the end of the Gunflint Trail on Seagull Lake near the Ontario border. We are located 55 miles from the harbor town of Grand Marais, Minnesota.
Seagull Outfitters has the reputation of being one of the very best outfitters in the Canoe Country. We are looking for energetic, positive, enthusiastic, and well-groomed students to assume responsibility in the roles of store clerks, shuttle van drivers, shuttle boat drivers, cabin cleaners, and general outfitting workers. Preference is given to those applicants that can accept responsibility, work independently or with a team and have leadership skills.
In the past, employees have been interested in the outdoors and active in outdoor activities. The lifestyle on the Gunflint Trail is going to be quite different from that of the college atmosphere. You should be prepared for this and if you enjoy being outdoors, fishing, hiking, biking, canoeing, reading and exploring, you will find plenty to do during your off time. So if you think that this description fits your idea of a great summer job, we invite you to apply. We do expect you to work a minimum of 40 hours per week. Occasionally we will ask you to work longer hours and will financially compensate you accordingly. Your wage is based upon your experience and how long you have worked for us at Seagull.
We are open May through September and try to hire those who can be with us the longest period. Please give thought to your starting and ending dates as we often times may hire you over another potential employee based on how long you can work throughout the summer/fall. We do have staff housing available. We also have laundry facilities on grounds for our staff. You are able to use our rental canoes and equipment during your personal time.
We have a nice staff housing development right on our property that will only leave you a two minute walk down to the outfitting building where we work. This building is designed to hold a maximum of 10 staff members. The staff building is split directly in half so that the living/common area is separated from the sleeping quarters. The common area is the living room and dining room, kitchen and bathrooms. This is a very spacious area where staff members will most likely hang out and talk when not working, and watch a movie or play cards. And of course the kitchen area is also very spacious with an island counter in the middle, plenty of counter space along the walls and a sit up kitchen bar. When you see the pictures online you will grasp a better understanding. There are also 3 full size refrigerator/freezers and one large deep freezer for all of the staff to share. As you may have guessed, you do provide your own food, so prepare for that. Many of the staff members will choose to prepare their meals and eat together. This is often easier than everyone preparing their own separate dinner. You will want to be prepared to cook your own meals though, as this is your responsibility. All of your cooking utensils, pots and pans and plates, etc. will be provided. There is a stove/oven and a microwave with a couple of toasters for your cooking. There are two bathrooms and they are nice and big with toilet, sink and shower in each one. We also have a smaller staff housing building that will accommodate 2-3 staff with a complete kitchen and bathroom.
The other half of the staff building is split up in to six separate dorm-like rooms. They all have their individual doors that are accessed from the outside so to provide you with plenty of privacy if you so choose. The dorm rooms will have a set of bunk beds, two dressers and a desk, much like a dorm room in college. This is mainly the area you will spend sleeping and reading if you wish. Otherwise, the commons area will provide you the opportunity to socialize with the rest of the staff members if you choose. The dorms are designed for two people per room, and that will be figured out upon arrival in the spring.
We have high-speed wireless internet in the Staff Quarters that you may use as you wish. There are not cell phone towers to provide cellular service, but you are able to use applications such as iMessage, Skype, Snapchat, Facebook, and email to keep in touch with friends and family. Some smartphones also have the ability to enable “wireless calling” for free, which will provide you cell phone service off of our wifi. Something to look into!
For those who are outdoor folks and enjoy fishing, there is a staff boat/motor that we provide for staff during their off hours. You will be responsible for the gas for the boat, but otherwise you will have the opportunity to use it for your fishing needs. This boat is shared between all of the staff. This is a wonderful way for you to get out and experience some of the world class fishing that the Boundary Waters and especially Seagull Lake has to offer.
Our staff have typically been runners, mt. bikers, fishermen/women, and generally well adapted to a quiet lifestyle without TV and radio. Town is 55 miles, one way so trips there are usually for groceries and a pizza fix.
We hire folks for store clerking, packing up outfitting food and gear, launch boat drivers, shuttle van drivers, and general work. We do a lot of cleaning packs, tents, bunkhouse rooms, rental cabins, boats, canoes, vehicles, etc. Some staff fall into a particular job but most do a little bit of everything. No special skills are needed but we give serious consideration to those with a proven work history and a positive attitude towards work and life. We do cross train most all staff for all jobs at Seagull Outfitters other than driving a motor tow boat.
We work hard at Seagull which is why we have one of the highest percentages of repeat and referral customers in the outfitting industry. Our customers mean everything to us and we pay very close attention to the way they are taken care of while with us here at Seagull. We expect that you will be willing to do the same if hired to work with us. We are very particular about the way our facilities and equipment look to our guests so you should be comfortable with that concept. We also have a lot of fun and many of our staff return for a number of years while in college and even afterwards. It is a unique place to work, live, and play. We invite you to join us.
Interested students and others should download the application that is found on our website and fill it out and email it back to us. You can also print the application out, fill it out and mail it to us as well. Whichever you prefer is fine with us. Don’t delay, we are hiring NOW and generally hire on a first come, first served basis based on our staffing needs. Thanks for your interest. We try to interview you in person if possible. If that is not possible, we will set up a Skype interview with you.
Deb & Dave