Minam River Lodge

Enterprise, Oregon

Job Type Full Time

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join the team of a world-renowned Minam River Lodge located in the beautiful Eagle Cap Wilderness in Eastern Oregon!

The Lodge is an intimate, off-grid resort located deep in Oregon's treasured Eagle Cap Wilderness on a historic property that overlooks the wild and scenic Minam River. It is accessible only by small plane or an 8.5 mi hike or horseback ride.  Lovingly hand-built log cabins and a beautiful modern Lodge provide accommodations for 36 people. A live-in staff provides a luxurious level of service with a cozy family feel.  The Lodge has been named by various publications as a premiere backcountry lodge.  We pride ourselves on providing a superb guest experience with personable, authentic, and professional service.

The Lodge Gardener grows a productive wilderness garden to support the Farm to Table cuisine of our wilderness lodge. The greenhouse and garden serve as a focal point of the property and receive frequent visitors. The primary production focus is on greens, herbs, and flowers, however, the gardener has a lot of room to grow other crops such as radishes, peas, peppers, and whatever they or the chef are interested in. The space consists of a fenced area of about eight 45-ft rows and a greenhouse about half the size.

In its 6th year of full operation, the garden has been loved and cared for by only a few different hands and is in great shape. Support materials such as a planting guide, seed order guide, and past years' synopses will be provided upon hire. There is also an assistant gardener whose position entails regular harvesting and maintenance, and monitoring of the floral needs.

On-site Staff housing and food are provided by the Lodge. Staff enjoy property amenities during off times, such as hiking the endless trails in the surrounding Eagle Cap Wilderness, enjoying river time in or next to the designated Wild and Scenic Minam River, or completing a few rounds of the hot sauna<-->cold river loop.

The pay is $850 per week, plus a full tip share ($200-$1000 extra per week). All staff work 6-day workweeks. 6 days of PTO are provided to a gardener that completes an entire season. The gardener position starts in early April and ends in late October.

We work hard and take pride in the level of service and special experience we can provide our guests. Time and again, the guests report a fantastic staff as one of their favorite parts of their stay. We work as a true team and it shows. Living for months in the wilderness is not for everyone, but for those who "get it," a season spent living and working at the Minam Lodge can be life-changing.


Please send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to Margaret Smith at  Also feel free to email questions before applying.  We are looking forward to meeting you!

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An aerial view of the property.  Can you spot the garden?. Uploaded by Minam River Lodge
An aerial view of the property. Can you spot the garden?. Uploaded by Minam River Lodge