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!

Summer jobs on Mackinac IslandOriginally 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

Summer jobs at the Ice House Restaurant on Mackinac Island, Michigan

We are excited to announce that a full renovation of the 1852 Grill Room is underway! This spring, when the restaurant opens, we expect great interest and business will follow.  With the addition of our new Executive Chef, Phil Kromer, in 2013 it is shaping up to be 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.  We hope that you can be a part of it.

Mary’s Bistro is expected to begin an expansion this winter.  The restaurant will increase in size by adding a new bar area called the Draught House.  With fifty craft beers on tap it will be Mackinac’s only true tap room.  We hope to offer all of our wait staff course specific craft beer training and look forward to this fresh concept on Mackinac Island.

summer jobs on Mackinac Island at Mary's Bistro

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 2014!

Our Jobs

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.

sous chef and line cooks needed on Mackinac Island

Jobs in the Spotlight

Water Front Craft Beer Tap Room and Bistro looking for a Passionate Bar & FOH Manager

The Island House - Beautiful, Historic, and Rugged Mackinac Island, Michigan

Seasonal Professional - Bar & FOH Manager

Kid in a Candy Store? We need one! Family Owned Hand Made Chocolate Shop looking for Shop Manager

The Island House - Beautiful, Historic, and Rugged Mackinac Island, Michigan

Seasonal Professional - Store Manager - Ryba's Fudge Shop

Water Front Craft Beer Bistro seeking Adventurous and Fun Loving Wait Staff

The Island House - Beautiful, Historic, and Rugged Mackinac Island, Michigan

Seasonal Professional - Experienced Servers

Know Coffee? LoveTeamwork? Mackinac Island Coffee Shop is looking for a Store Manager!

The Island House - Beautiful, Historic, and the Rugged Great Lakes

Seasonal Professional - Store Mananger

Bring Your Love of Carpentry to the Great Lakes - Excellent Housing and Benefits

The Island House - Beautiful, Historic, and Rugged Mackinac Island, Michigan

Year-Round Professional - Maintenance Staff - Carpenter I

Creative Sous Chef for Mary's Bistro and Draught House on Mackinac Island this Spring

The Island House - Beautiful, Historic, and Rugged Mackinac Island, Michigan

Seasonal Professional - Creative Sous Chef

Currently Hiring

1852 Grill Room Kitchen Staff
1852 Grill Room Manager
1852 Grill Room Wait Staff
Bar & FOH Manager
Executive Housekeeper
Experienced Servers
Fudge Shop Sales Clerk, Starbucks Baristas, Front Desk Staff
General Mananger
Ice House Kitchen Staff
Ice House Wait Staff
Island House Bell Staff/Dock Porter
Island House Hotel Bike Rental Staff
Island House Hotel Front Desk Clerk
Lead Line Cook
Maintenance Staff - Carpenter I
Mary's Bistro Bartender
Mary's Bistro Wait Staff
Pancake House Restaurant Floor Manager
Pancake House Restaurant Manager
Pancake House Wait Staff
Ryba's Fudge Shop - Retail Sales Clerk
Ryba's Fudge Shop Fudge Cook
Ryba's Fudge Shop Manager
Ryba's Fudge Shop Sales Clerk
Ryba's Fudge Shop-Sales Clerk & Starbucks Baristas
Seasonal Positions
Sous Chef
Starbucks Barista
Store Manager - Ryba's Fudge Shop
Store Mananger
Wait Staff
Water Front Bike Rental Manager

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.

There is a seasonal bonus program for hourly employees.

Summer Jobs at the historic Island House Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan

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.

Summer jobs on Mackinac Island

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.

Summer jobs on Mackinac Island

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.

Summer jobs at Starbucks on Mackinac Island, Michigan

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Season: Spring, Summer, and Fall

Staff Size: 200

Age Requirement: must be 18 to live in company housing

Location: Michigan