Employment at the VSWS

Thank you for considering employment opportunities with the American Bear Association. We are currently hiring for 2 Workcampers. Please see the description below.

We are currently hiring for interns and volunteers! Please check out our volunteer or internship programs if you’re interested in getting involved.






Workcamper Position:

We are looking for healthy, friendly, leaders to help our management team lead college aged people.

Morning/afternoon jobs:



  • Leads interns and volunteers on shift and is the point of contact for assigning new tasks when tasks are completed
  • Ensures that 1st shift/ 2nd shift tasks are completed daily
  • Coordinates with photographers for their bear safety session, arrivals and departures
  • Daily cleanup for feeding areas; including scat removal
  • Conducts bear safety sessions for photographers, interns and volunteers
  • Does cabin checks for interns
  • Does weekly area checks for interns
  • Maintains sanctuary grounds; mulching, weed eating, planting and other landscape projects
  • Maintains the property; including some carpentry work
  • May include administrative duties at our Visitor Center
  • May include cooking for team of 10-25 individuals



Jobs during evening/visitors’ hours include:

  • Assisting with admission and parking cars
  • Greeting visitors on their arrival
  • Talking with the public and answering their questions
  • Educating the public about black bears, ecology, practical environmental conservation and land stewardship
  • Sale of souvenirs and educational materials in the gift shop
  • Promoting membership to the American Bear Association
  • Shuttling visitors from parking area to viewing platform


American Bear Association (ABA), Orr, MN. Explore the hidden gems of the Northwoods! Work with and learn about bears while working for us mid-May through mid-September. Our sanctuary is 30 minutes from Lake Vermilion and Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, 4-wheeling on days off! We’re seeking two friendly, healthy couples able to do physical work and are able to lead interns, conduct bear safety sessions, landscape, maintain grounds, and provide excellent guest services. We provide campsites with some electrical OR a one-bedroom cabin. Showers on site. 30 hours/week from each person. Will pay $10 hourly/couple. Meals included. Info/pictures: www.americanbear.org Questions: 218-757-0172. We look forward to your resume: bears@americanbear.org THIS AD HAS BEEN SUPER CHARGED!! CLICK TO LISTEN: https://www.workamper.com/content/331-0

Phone: 218-757-0172

Published Date: 01/06/2023

Solos Considered

RV Site: Yes

RV site also available for a fee, offsite

Housing: cabin

Housing provided

Compensation: $10/hour per couple

All Hours Paid Wages
Job Start Date: May