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2015 Summer Staff Openings at Northern Tier

March 17, 2015

Paddle.  Portage.  Get Paid. 

You’ll be challenged.  You’ll be inspired.  You’ll make a difference in someone’s life.

Northern Tier is a National High Adventure Program of the Boy Scouts of America with locations in Ely, MN,  Atikokan, ON, and Bissett, MB.  We offer 6-14 day, fully outfitted, guided, wilderness canoe treks for Scouts, Venturers, and Leaders. Northern Tier relies heavily on quality to staff to provide a meaningful program on the trail and great support on base.  Paid internships are available.  Northern Tier is willing and able to help you customize your experience to meet the needs of your program.  Let us know how we can help.

Come deliver wilderness experiences that last a lifetime!

Positions Available

  • Interpreter – Formerly referred to as a guide, this person works primarily with the participants on their 6-14 day trips.  They provide crews with an orientation and outdoor skills training, and area resource to the crew for safety purposes, environmental awareness and historical background.
  • Trading Post – Retail sales for both trail and souvenir items.
    • Food Service – Prepare meals for both on base and trail.
    • Maintenance – Assist in the maintenance of the base.  See additional details.
What is provided?
  • Community living – room and board
  • Two weeks of intensive paid staff training
  • Certification in Wilderness First Aid and CPR
  • Gear use including pack, tent, PFD, etc.
  • It is helpful to have paddling and outdoor experience, however the most important qualification is the ability to work well with people.
  • Most positions begin in late May and end in mid-August.
  • At least 18-years of age.
Past Staff Stories
  • “I truly feel like the summer of 2013 has been the best summer I have ever had. I will hold on to these memories until the end of my days!”  – Ethan Hardy.
  • “This summer Up North has been the best yet!  I can’t wait to share it with my brother and parents in a few days.” – Jacob White.

Applications available at  For more information, call 218-365-4811, or email:

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