Canadian Border Outfitters is located on the shores of Moose Lake 18 miles east of Ely Minnesota just a few paddle strokes outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Quetico Provincial Wilderness. We are at the end of the road and at the beginning of the true Canoe Country.

Canadian Border Outfitters has a long and prestigious history of exceptional service to Canoe Country visitors. Our reputation has been made in a large part by the quality of our staff.

Each season CBO hires 18-20 seasonal staff to assists us with providing our guests outstanding service. There are a limited amount of openings and a large amount of applicants. Do not miss the chance for a summer to remember! Download the application and fill it out today! CBO Employment Application


The standards are high, the work is hard, the days are long and the experience is unforgettable.

We look for people with:

  • A history of strong work ethic.
  • Knowledge of canoeing and wilderness camping skills.
  • Outgoing personalities and a "can do attitude".
  • Ability to go out of their way to provide excellent customer service.
  • Physical fitness, some positions require the ability to easily lift 75 lbs.
  • All crew MUST be tobacco and drug free.
  • Some positions will require a valid driver's license.

Seasonal Positions Available

Media Specialist:

  • We are looking for individuals who have experience in internet media to a part of our summer web development.
  • You will need experience in audio and video downloading, editing and web postings.
  • You will be responsible for taking group pictures/filming of guests and daily happenings at CBO and apply if appropriately to the correct application to be used on the web.
  • This duty will be in addition to one of the below positions. Get the best of both worlds!

Tow Boat Driver:

  • Transport guests to and from various locations by both boat and van.
  • Responsible for hauling and loading/unloading guests' canoes and gear into boat/van.
  • Responsible for keeping boats and vans clean and presentable at all times.
  • Clean, inspect, and maintain gear to a first rate condition according to established CBO procedures.
  • Restock gear pack shelves in orderly manner and help maintain an accurate gear inventory.
  • Greet guests as the return from their trip. Haul their gear/canoes up from the dock and assist with their needs.

Selected Tow Boat Drivers will also:

  • Pack gear.
  • Present outdoor wilderness camping education at our lakeside virtual campsite. Provide training in paddling techniques, portaging methods, canoe care and safety, campsite skills, stove operation, open fire cooking methods, tent set-up and take down, wildlife and plant presentations, and leave no trace and ethical fishing practices.

Maintenance Staff:

  • Responsible for the maintenance of the grounds, facilities, vehicles, and capital projects.
  • Operate mowers, weed eater and blowers.
  • Sweep, rake, and paint grounds as needed.
  • Assist in transportation of guests.
  • Greet guests as the return from their trip. Haul their gear/canoes up from the dock and assist with their needs.
  • Maintain and clean shower houses.


  • Responsible for the proper preparation and clean-up of all guest meals following the established CBO procedures and local county health codes.
  • Maintaining and cleaning the Cookshack.


  • Responsible assisting and serving guest meals in the Cookshack.
  • Perform morning cleaning duties of motel rooms, bunkhouses, and yurts.
  • Laundry.

Store Clerk:

  • Handle cash register and credit card machine in the store.
  • Stock store shelves and maintain the store in a neat and orderly state.
  • Check in store deliveries.
  • Run fishing licenses.
  • Assist with office duties.
  • Web and marketing updates.

It is necessary that all staff members are able to work effectively in a team environment carry their own weight and support others when needed.

Seasonal Supervisor Staff

In addition to the above qualifications, supervisors must meet these additional criteria:

  • Work history and experience in related area.
  • Fair leadership skills.
  • The ability to lead other individuals following CBO expectations and policies.

Kitchen/Housekeeping Supervisor:

  • Responsible for running and maintaining the Cookshack up to CBO and local health code standards.
  • Keeping food inventory in a clean and orderly fashion.
  • Organize and implement guest meals.
  • Responsible for all housekeeping and laundry.
  • Inventory of all housekeeping, laundry, and cleaning supplies.

Maintenance Supervisor:

  • Responsible for the proper up-keep of the facility, grounds, vehicles, and equipment.
  • Help get guests on the water in the mornings in a correct, timely manner according to the schedule.
  • Oversee various projects.
  • Utilize the maintenance staff to ensure various jobs are completed daily.

Dress Code

We are in the hospitality business providing services to wilderness travelers and require our employees to be clean, well groomed and neatly dressed. We provide two shirts and a fleece jacket and require that employees wear them with our logo exposed while on duty.

Lodging and Meals

There are limited lodging accommodations available for employees at our Base Camp. As with our entire facility, lodging is drug, alcohol and tobacco free.

The lodging is bunk house type lodging and residents utilize the common his and her shower house facilities. We provide 3 meals a day to staff living on base as a part of your room and board fee.

If you prefer more privacy some employees choose to rent rooms or share apartments in the Ely area and commute to work.

Internships and Work Experience Programs

If you are applying for an internship or other educational credit program please let us know up front what your College or University requires. We are more than happy to work with them to provide you with all the necessary training and verification needed to expand your summer experience while gaining college credits.

Other Perks

  • CBO encourages its employees to utilize this great wilderness area by providing canoes and gear for them to reserve for their own trips free of charge.
  • Our employees can get in on great gear values as well as deep discounts on all of our store items.
  • There is a wide variety of free time activities, (more than time will allow) small mouth bass fishing, walleye and northern pike are excellent, right on Moose Lake. We also have one of the finest crops of blueberries in the area if you like berry picking.
  • On our property we have deer, bear, wolves, mink, pine martin otters, beaver, ducks, loons, eagles and other critters too many to name. Running, walking or biking down the Canadian Border Road can be a "wild adventure".
  • Of course there is any number of other water related activities as simple as a plunge off the CBO dock into clear clean waters of Moose Lake. There has been at least one attempt that I know of to paddle an inner tube to Prairie Portage, a seven mile paddle. But mostly we work.

If you can't play in it then why not work next to it and share all the wilderness has to offer with thousands of other lucky people. The truth is our customers are jealous of the experience our employees are getting.

If you are up to the challenge:

  1. Print and fill out the CBO Employment Application (this requires the free Adobe Reader) and send it in by mail.
  2. Write a short little piece on why you think you would like to work at CBO.
  3. Make sure to let us know where and when we can contact you.

Send your Application to:
Canadian Border Outfitters
14635 Canadian Border Road
Ely, MN 55731