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
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.
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!
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.
- 1852 Grill Room Kitchen Staff
- 1852 Grill Room Wait Staff
- Executive Housekeeper
- Experienced Servers
- Fudge Shop Sales Clerk, Starbucks Baristas, Front Desk Staff
- 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
- 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
- Sous Chef
- Starbucks Barista
- 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.
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.