The Island House
Come Work & Live where others Vacation!
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!
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 following locations:
- The Island House Hotel
- The 1852 Grill Room Restaurant
- The Ice House Bar & Grill
- Mary's Bistro and Draught House
- The Pancake House Restaurant
- The various Starbucks on the island
- Ryba's Fudge Shop
The 1852 Grill Room underwent a full renovation the winter of 2013/2014. Since the restaurant opened last spring, we had an increase in interest and business. With the addition of our new Executive Chef, Phil Kromer, in 2013 it was an historic year for the 1852 Grill Room. It is our plan to offer several onsite training courses to our wait staff in conjunction with the Michigan Restaurant Association in 2015. We hope that you can be a part of it.
Mary’s Bistro is now home to the new Draught House which opened during the 2014 season. With fifty craft beers on tap it is Mackinac’s only true tap room. This fresh concept on Mackinac Island has proven to be a great success. Live entertainment is offered on most weekends in the Draught House.
This winter the restaurant portion of Mary's Bistro was completely renovated. This 2015 season will certainly be a busy one at Mary's and the Draught House!
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 for summer 2015!
Our second wave of hiring for summer/fall 2015 has begun! College students will be heading back to school, and we have openings in many departments now through late October.
Please keep in mind the later in the season a person can work the better, as many positions run through late October.
- Experienced Servers
- Island House Bell Staff/Dock Porter
- Island House Hotel Front Desk Clerk
- Maintenance Staff - Carpenter I
- Mary's Bistro Wait Staff
- Ryba's Fudge Shop - Retail Sales Clerk
- Ryba's Fudge Shop Fudge Cook
- Ryba's Fudge Shop Manager
- Starbucks Barista
- Store Manager - Ryba's Fudge Shop
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.
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.
There is a seasonal bonus program for hourly employees.
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.
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.
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: (800) 626-6304.
Many answers to common questions about working for our company, or Island life, can be found in our website.