OKPIK Staff

Northern Tier hires around 40 staff every winter!

Northern Tier serves as the national cold weather camping headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America. Our OKPIK program runs from December 15 to March 1. Take a look at the staff positions and determine where you would excel.

Take a look at Northern Tier's various staff positions and determine where you would excel.
Applications are accepted year-round so get yours in today!

Mail Staff Applications to: 
Seasonal Personnel
Northern Tier High Adventure
PO Box 509
Ely, MN 55731

E-mail Staff Applications to:
Jobs@NTier.org

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

Trail Staff

Trail staff have the responsibility of providing the OKPIK program to the crews that come from all over the country. From teaching cold-weather camping skills, skiing, snowshoeing and more, to ensuring everyone leaves OKPIK with great memories.

Interpreter
Formerly referred to as a guide, this person works primarily with the crews going out on OKPIK adventures, up to six days. They provide crews with orientation and outdoor skills training and are a resource to the crew for safety purposes, environmental awareness, and historical background of the area. Other duties are assigned as needs dictate, and may include working in any of the other areas of the operation. Must be 18 years of age, have the ability to camp in weather at -45 degrees Fahrenheit and current certification in Wilderness First Aid and CPR.

Mushing Interpreter
Mushing Interpreters are Interpreters that work specifically with the dog sled programs. They provide crews with orientation and outdoor skills training and are a resource to the crew for safety purposes, environmental awareness, and historical background of the area. Other duties are assigned as needs dictate, and may include working in any of the other areas of the operation. Must be 18 years of age, have the ability to camp in weather at -45 degrees Fahrenheit, be able to successfully complete dog training with the contractor and current certification in Wilderness First Aid and CPR.

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Food Service Department

The Food Service department provides the bases with healthy and good-to-eat meals while crews and staff are on base.

Head Cook
Responsible for breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal preparation; keeping kitchen areas clean; and supervising other kitchen help. To hold this position, you must be at least 18 years of age and hold a current driver's license with a clean driving record.

Food Service Staff
Assist with meal preparation, kitchen/dining area cleanup, dishwashing and distribution of trail food. Must be at least 18 years of age.

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Trading Post (Retail Store)

The Trading Post Department is responsible for the retail sales at Northern Tier. From ordering and receiving to sales, customer service and merchandising, staff get hands-on experience on how a BSA retail operation is run.

Trading Post Manager
Responsible for displays, inventories, sales, simple bookkeeping, cleanliness of the Trading Post and supervising other Trading Post staff. Must be at least 21 years of age, hold a current driver's license with a clean driving record and have sales and computer experience.

Trading Post Assistant Manager
Assist the Trading Post manager with his/her duties concerning displays, inventories, sales, bookkeeping, cleanliness and supervising other Trading Post staff.

Trading Post Clerk
Assist with displays, inventories, sales and cleanup of the Trading Post.

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Program Management Team

The program management team is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the OKPIK program and ensuring its successful implementation.

OKPIK Director
The OKPIK Director is a seasonal manager that is directly responsible for the implementation of the OKPIK Program. Working with the management tram, the Director coordinates trail staff schedules, the management on-call schedule and oversees staff training. The OKPIK Director reports directly to the Associate Director of Program for Ely Operations. To hold this position, one must be at least 21 years of age, have strong leadership abilities, hold a current driver’s license with a clean driving record, be able to successfully complete MN and USFS snowmobile training and hold current certification in CPR and as a Wilderness First Responder.

Head Musher
This person supervises the Mushing Interpreters and oversees all aspects of the dog sledding programs, including scheduling the Mushing Interpreters, working with the dog contractor and training staff in the dog programs. Additionally this person assists in coordinating staff training. The Asst. Director - Head Musher reports directly to the OKPIK Director. To hold this position, one must be at least 21 years of age, have strong leadership abilities, hold a current driver’s license with a clean driving record, be able to successfully complete MN and USFS snowmobile training, be able to successfully complete dog training with the contractor and hold current certification in CPR and as a Wilderness First Responder.

Head Outfitter
This person coordinates all aspects of the OKPIK Outfitting operation, including the Bay Post and Commissary (issuing of trail gear and food). Additionally this person assists in coordinating staff training. The Asst. Director - Outfitting, reports directly to the OKPIK Director. To hold this position, one must be at least 21 years of age, have strong leadership abilities, hold a current driver’s license with a clean driving record, be able to successfully complete MN and USFS snowmobile training and hold current certification in CPR and as a Wilderness First Responder.

Health Officer
If you have training as a physician, nurse (RN or LPN), physician assistant, medical student, paramedic, or EMT, we would be interested in having you as our health officer. This position is responsible for caring for staff and participants with medical needs, maintaining first-aid supplies, coordinating the medic-on-call schedule and overseeing the medical screening of participants and staff. Must be at least 21 years of age, hold a current driver's license with a clean driving record and have or be able to obtain Wilderness First Responder Certification.

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About Northern Tier

Come to Northern Tier for a whole new level of adventure, up north! From incredible canoe journeys to wild winter wilderness camping, Northern Tier promises the Scouting adventure of a lifetime in the Great North Woods of northern Minnesota and Canada.