Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

Miss Margy underway to Mackinac Island.
Motor Vessel Miss Margy
You will make great friends!
Safety comes first, so training is top priority.
Jobs are available in Mackinaw City, St. Ignace, and Mackinac Island
We're looking for smiling faces to complete our team.
Summertime in Northern Michigan
Deck hand collecting tickets for the ferry in Mackinaw City
Deck hand on bow entering Mackinac Island Dock
We work hard, but we have fun!
Shuttle to area hotels and campgrounds.
The ferry is getting ready to depart Mackinaw City
Cast Members are always ready to lend a hand.
Recognizing our Cast Member of the month
The Gateway to Mackinac Island
Wyandot leaving Mackinac Island Harbor
Mackinac Bridge
The Welcome leaving the Mackinaw City Harbor
St. Ignace dock in the fall
Shepler's Fleet

Work on the Great Lakes and help shape memories that stay with our guests forever!

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry is a family owned and operated company that has been in business for over 70 years.  We have the best views of the Mackinac Bridge and we sit on the Great Lakes at the meeting of Lakes Michigan and Huron.  

Located in the Straits of Mackinac, where Michigan’s two great peninsulas meet, Shepler's provides ferry transportation, servicing the iconic Mackinac Island, Michigan's crown jewel destination.

About Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

The Shepler’s motto is specific and meaningful – give the best possible service with a smile, use modern equipment and employ a well-trained staff. From the early charter boat days to today, Shepler’s approach to transporting people to Mackinac Island has been one of class and value. Traditionally, half the fun of a Mackinac Island experience is a ride with Shepler’s.

The Employee Experience

We strive to be the best, so we only hire the best.  If you are offered a position here, you can be sure that you will be a valued member of the team.

Shepler's is a high-energy atmosphere.  Over 800,000 visitors come to Mackinac Island each year and it is our job to make them feel welcome.  Rain or shine, we work as a team with a smile on our faces.  Our guests notice our efficiency and cleanliness and make the effort that we put into the job worthwhile.

Every day is unique and presents its own opportunity to learn and grow professionally and personally.  You will learn how to deal with the most pleasant, and the most difficult guests. How you use that experience will be up to you.

Ideal Candidate

There are certain distinguishing characteristics and actions that we encourage cast members to strive to demonstrate each day.  These include making guests happy, caring about fellow cast members, and working as a team. 

Our ideal candidate will be excellent at paying attention to detail.  Actions like these make the work environment an enriching one for everyone who works here.  It enhances the guest experience and keeps them coming back year after year. Top consideration will be given to applicants who are available to work from May through October.

Room and Board

Apartment style housing available. Located close to our dock in Mackinaw City.  Each apartment has multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, and shared dining and living room.  Each bedroom comes furnished with a place to hang clothes, dresser, and two twin beds.  Meals are not included.

Employee Perks

Shepler's offers our cast members the following great benefits:

  • Unlimited free rides to Mackinac Island
  • Paychecks weekly
  • Cast Member parties
  • Service awards for outstanding commitment to excellence
  • Longevity Awards
  • 10 free Round trip tickets for friends and family
  • 50% discount on ferry tickets
  • Discount at Captain Bill's Coffee Bar
  • Affordable, company subsidized uniforms
  • Fun work environment
  • Discounts to local restaurants and stores

Getting Here and Getting Around

It will be your responsibility to get to the area.  Once here, a vehicle is not necessary, but is welcomed.  All necessities are within walking distance.

The closest airport is Pellston Regional Airport (PLN) and there is an Indian Trails bus stop right across the street.

For Fun

Northern Michigan is rich in natural beauty and is the perfect place for someone who enjoys the outdoors.  Hiking, parasailing, kayaking, swimming, biking, tubing, and boating are all activities that you can enjoy on a day off.  Mackinac Island has miles and miles of mountain biking trails and is home to the only highway in the country that does not allow motorized vehicles. 

Headlands International Dark Sky Park is located in Mackinaw City and you can watch sunsets every day and stargaze every night.

If you're looking for an active nightlife, check out the bars and pubs on Mackinac Island.

For more information on what there is to do for fun in the area, visit

Our Jobs

Shepler’s offers a variety of fun and challenging seasonal opportunities for energetic, outgoing people who understand that customer service is the #1 priority. Shepler’s team members enjoy great benefits and competitive wages in a festive “on-stage” atmosphere.

We look for neat, well-groomed individuals who know how to deal with the ‘vacationer’ mindset. Shepler’s provides a wonderful employment experience in Michigan’s spectacular north country.

Shepler’s Ferry

Dock/Deck Hand

Mackinaw City

Dock/Deck Hands split their time and responsibilities between the docks and aboard Shepler’s ferry vessels. Duties include: greeting guests and tagging their luggage for delivery to the various Mackinac Island hotels, loading and unloading vessels, collecting tickets, line handling, keeping the boat clean and tidy, and a number of other procedures on which all crew are properly trained.

  • Competitive Wages
  • 40-55 hours per week
  • Must have valid Driver's License
  • Must be U.S. citizen
Shepler’s Ferry


Mackinaw City

Shepler’s Maintenance/Custodial team is responsible for how our customers see us; by keeping all areas of Shepler’s neat and clean we show our dedication. Duties include: cleaning restrooms, cutting grass, raking leaves, sweeping, emptying trash, minor repairs and cleaning Shepler’s boats from top to bottom.

  • Competitive Wages
  • 40 hours per week
  • Must have valid Driver's License
  • Must be U.S. Citizen
Shepler’s Ferry

Shuttle Driver

Mackinaw City

Shuttle Drivers are responsible for shuttling guests from area hotels and campgrounds to our docks and back. Drivers also assist with guest transportation from our off-site lots and shuttling Cast Members to our various parking lots. Duties also include keeping vehicles clean, inside and out.

  • Competitive Wages
  • 40 hours per week
  • Must have valid CDL
  • Must be U.S. citizen

How to Apply

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