The Island House

Join us on Mackinac Island spring through fall

Originally built in 1852, The Island House was the first summer hotel on Mackinac Island. Today, we are a family of businesses and have hundreds of job opportunities at our historic hotel, restaurants and bistros, coffee shops, our famous Ryba's Fudge shop, and our bicycle rental operations.

Mackinac Island is a unique place located between Michigan's rugged upper and lower peninsulas where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet. There are no motor vehicles on the Island, which is accessible only by ferry, plane and private watercraft - no rush hour, no commute and clean air welcome you for your summer of work and play!

More about The Island House

Jobs in the Spotlight

Hospitality Marketing Manager needed on Mackinac Island in Michigan's Rugged Upper Peninsula

Year-round

The Island House is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and is a one of kind property located at the edge of Haldimand Bay on the Island.

We operate four restaurants on Mackinac from family dining to casual fine dinning.  Each one presenting a broad range of opportunities.

  • The 1852 Grill Room Restaurant
  • The Ice House Bar & Grill
  • Mary's Bistro and Draught House - Mackinac's only true tap room!
  • The Pancake House Restaurant

Our candy shops are fun to visit and provide a fast paced work environment. We have created handmade artisan candies and chocolates since the early 60's in our family owned and operated shops on Mackinac Island.

Rounding things out with a full service coffee shop in the heart of town that never slows down during our busy season!

Working on Mackinac Island is a truly unique experience. The Island House and its family of businesses offer some of the best employment opportunities on the Island, and we hope you consider joining us!

The Employee Experience

Mackinac Island is a unique place located between Michigan’s rugged upper and lower peninsulas where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet. There are no motor vehicles on the Island, which is accessible only by ferry, plane and private watercraft.

No motor vehicles means no rush hour, no commute and little pollution. Leave a big portion of your carbon footprint on the mainland. Walk or ride your bike to get around. When you are not trapped in a car you have a chance to see the water and see the trees. Things slow down, you suddenly have a chance to say hello to people. Mackinac Island has a sense of community as a direct result of this freedom.

You can be in the woods on a secluded trail in less than ten minutes after work. You can have a rock beach all to yourself if you head a mile out of town on a bike. The Island is 80% State Park and it is here for all of us to share.

Ideal Candidate

If you are tired of watching other people have adventures on TV, live your own. Live it on Mackinac Island.

We are looking for adventurous people to work on Mackinac Island for the upcoming season.  Jobs begin in early May and run through late October.  We accept candidates that are available to work for varying lengths of time.  Please keep in mind the later in the season a person can work the better, as many positions run through late October.

Room and Board

Housing is dormitory style. We have men's and women's dorm. During the peak of the season, room occupancy will vary from 2 to 4 so be prepared to share a room.

There are shared common living areas in the dorms that all residents have access to. The dorms are fully furnished and there is cable television in the common areas. There are also kitchen facilities available with full size stoves, microwaves, and refrigerators for residents use.

Coin operated laundry machines are also located in each dorm.

We do have very limited couples housing available. For select positions Management housing is also available outside of the dorms.

Housing is provided at a cost of $65.00 per week.

Employee Perks

  • All employees receive a 33% discount at company owned restaurants; including the Ice House, Mary’s Bistro, the Pancake House, and the 1852 Grill Room.
  • Hotel Discount–When booked through proper reservation channels The Island House and receive a 33% discount.
  • Employee party cruises!
  • Employee kick ball league.
  • Lunch and dinner gift certificates issued to employees caught doing the right thing!

 

Getting Here and Getting Around

There are no cars on Mackinac Island. The main modes of transportation are horse drawn buggy and bicycle.

All new and returning employees must arrange their own transportation to and from Mackinac Island. In addition, the employee must cover all relocation costs incurred. It will be necessary to take a ferry from the Mainland to Mackinac Island. The cost is about $25.00 for a round trip ticket. There are three ferry companies that service the Island.

Automobile Storage-If you intend to bring an car with you it will be necessary to store it on the mainland, since there are no motorized vehicles allowed on the island. Each of the three ferry lines that service the Island offers car storage.

Since there are no cars on the Island, it is suggested that you bring a bicycle.

 

For Fun

Mackinac is made for the outdoors person. 80% of the Island is a State Park with an excellent trail system perfect for mountain biking, trail running, and hiking. The trails are also open to horseback riding. There are two golf courses on the island as well as public tennis courts. And don’t forget about the water! Mackinac is located where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet.

Our Jobs

1852 Grill Room Wait Staff

Responsible for waiting on customers in a timely fashion and all necessary side work. Service is the primary responsibility. A friendly, positive and courteous attitude toward customers and co-workers is necessary.

Island House Bell Staff/Dock Porter

Responsible for transportation of guest luggage to and from Hotel. Responsible for various task in the Hotel related to guest service.

Island House Bike Rental Mechanic

Island House Hotel Front Desk Clerk

Must present a personable, helpful, and professional image. Responsible for checking guest in and out of the Hotel, making necessary travel arrangements, and assisting with general information. Responsible for running reports required by front desk manager.

Ryba's Fudge Shop Fudge Cook

Email: ryan@theislandhouse.com if you are interested in this position!

Ryba's Fudge Shop Sales Clerk

The Sales Clerk is responsible for selling, stocking, and maintaining product inventory as required. A positive, friendly, courteous attitude toward customers and co-workers is necessary.

How to Apply

To apply, please fill out our online application. You can also email your resume, but we ask that you still take the time to complete our application.

You can call for details or further information: (906) 847-7196.

Many answers to common questions about working for our company, or Island life, can be found in our website.