Northern Tier High Adventure Base of Ely, MN, Bissett MB, and Atikokan ON is looking to hire Seasonal Summer Wilderness Canoe Guides / Camp Counselors. Do you have a love for youth character development? Are you someone who is committed to providing exceptional and consistent quality in everything you do? Would you like to make this a summer to remember? This seasonal outdoor adventure guide position starts at $1350.00/month and we provide all staff with food and housing. The experience, however, is priceless! If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, apply today!

As a Summer Wilderness Canoe Guide / Camp Counselor, you are the foundation of our program. You work directly with the scouts to ensure that they have the best and safest experience possible. Your days working with scouts, aged 14 – 18, are filled with adventure. You camp, canoe, teach outdoor skills, and act as a role model as you lead 1-2 weeklong wilderness canoe treks. When you are not on trail working with scouts work days are spent supporting base camp operations through a variety of custodial chores or administrative tasks. This is one summer that you will never forget and a job that will be the wilderness adventure of a lifetime!

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Instruction and Guiding, Water Skills


Age 18 or older
Available for the summer from late May - August
Passion for outdoor adventure and mentoring youth

Required Skills:

Can you think critically and function independently with minimal supervision? Are you attentive to safety and take common-sense precautions? Do you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills? Can you work effectively with both youth and adults? Do you enjoy coaching others? Are you patient and able to remain calm under pressure? If so, you might just be perfect for this outdoor adventure guide job! Apply now.

About Northern Tier High Adventure, Boy Scouts of Americ

We're a national high adventure base for the Boy Scouts of America, we specialize in wilderness canoe treks in the Boundary Waters (Minnesota) and Canada as well as winter camping treks. In the summer, Scouts from Northern Tier's three wilderness canoe bases explore millions of acres of pristine lakes, meandering rivers, dense forests, and wetlands in Northern Minnesota, Northwest Ontario, and Northeast Manitoba. Our guiding values are the scout oath and law as well as providing life-changing experiences tailored specifically for scout units.

We employ hundreds of staff every year. Staff members come from all over the world and bring with them unique skills and talents. Our diverse and qualified staff work as a team and annually deliver the wilderness experience of a lifetime to thousands of youth and adults.

Application Instructions

To apply, please go to https://www.ntier.org/jobs/ and submit an online application. For questions, please reach out to Trey by emailing [email protected].