Work on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Ely, Minnesota. Be part of a modern outfitting operation and our close-knit, inclusive community dedicated to creating life-changing wilderness experiences for guests while protecting the Wilderness for future generations. 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.
-Assist guests with securing canoe rentals to their vehicles.
-Clean and turnover bunkhouses.
-Provide general shop and grounds maintenance and upkeep.
-Safely drive shuttles to wilderness entry points.
-Accurately process customer payments.
-Maintain the highest level of friendly and professional guest services.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Full Time, Support Staff


-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.

Required Skills:

Ability to lift and move 42 to 55 pound canoes and equipment regularly, and boats weighing up to 85 pounds occasionally.

About Ely Outfitting Company

Ely Outfitting Company specializes in Boundary Waters Canoe trips and offers all the necessary outfitting and guiding services to get everyone from first time paddlers to repeat anglers hooked up with what they need for a successful trip.

We rent gear, guide trips, provide shuttle services, and instruct individuals with how to travel and live in the back country. Each year we work with people from across the country and around the globe. Our team of full time summer staff plus a handful of part time drivers work hard together to ensure we provide exceptional experiences while supporting one another. The company is committed to environmental advocacy as well as ensuring individuals have the time and resources to explore the Boundary Waters just out their back door.

Application Instructions

Follow this link to fill out our online application and submit your resume. We require three references as well. https://elyoutfittingcompany.com/jobs/