Wilderness canoe guides, once trained, will lead canoe trips for various groups/families/organizations into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from June 9-August 16. Each guide will be responsible for a group of up to eight individuals of various ages.

Guides will be trained in navigation, site selection, camp equipment, cooking, and all necessary skills for these trips in the BWCA. A typical week would begin on Sunday afternoon preparing for arriving group, on trail Monday through Friday, back at base camp cleaning and drying gear, and then off Saturday morning through Sunday noon. Compensation also includes on site housing and meals during time off, access to equipment during time off, and training.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Desired qualifications:

  • Personal faith in Christ and willingness to share your faith story with others
  • Ability to relate positively to people of all ages, especially senior high youth
  • Ability to lead and teach activities independently in a wilderness setting
  • Flexibility to work with youth and adults on trail or in support staff role
  • Physical and emotional stability appropriate for a wilderness environment
  • Demonstrated outdoor living skills
  • Prefer 21 years of age with a high school degree and additional college or vocational training
  • Must have current lifeguard, Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications (classes can be arranged through VLM once hired)

Responsible to:
Camp Vermilion program director or designated leadership person


  • Supervise and care for group members while on trail and on site
  • Recognize and respond to opportunities for problem solving in the group
  • Provide opportunities for the group so that each individual experiences success during the trip
  • Lead daily Bible Study with your group
  • Carry out established roles for supervising health and safety regulations including safe food handling practices, basic medical treatment and documentation of incidents
  • Ensure group members follow risk management procedures
  • Teach Leave No Trace ethics and wilderness practices
  • Adhere to camp policies and procedures and follow United States Forest Service regulations
  • Assist in leading orientation when groups arrive and when they return from trail
  • Communicate with group leader(s) daily and include him/her/them in decision making and disciplinary actions
  • Help lead worships when on site
  • Assist with clean up and organization of the equipment room, trail shack, bakk house and other program areas
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, devotional times and program planning
  • Maintain good communications with all staff, and pass on to the program director or leadership staff any suggestions or comments concerning any/all aspects of program
  • Be willing to work as a counselor or support staff member when not assigned to a group
  • Perform other duties and assignments as requested

Organization Details

Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry 2555 Vermilion Camp Rd Cook, Minnesota 55723 Website

Number of Position Openings: 6

How to Apply

Applications can be found below and can be submitted online or by mail.

Application Deadline: May 20, 2019

Apply Online

Download Application (DOC File)


Brett Amundson brett@vlmcamps.org