Acadia Corporation

Acadia Shops of Bar Harbor - near Acadia National Park

The Acadia Corporation is a private company that operates The Acadia Shops of Bar Harbor, seven retail shops and an ice cream shop.

In the resort community of Bar Harbor, Maine.

Locally owned and operated, our shops offer a broad selection of quality products to help guests enjoy their trip to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Whether they are looking for a new pair of hiking boots or just want to cool off with some homemade ice cream, guests will find what they need in one of our shops.

During our operating season, which runs from May through October, we hire about 50 people.

Most entry level positions do not require prior experience, but you should be prepared to work in a busy and sometimes hectic work environment! Due to the seasonal nature of our business, you may be asked to perform jobs not specified in your job classification. 

Ideal Candidate

We are committed to providing excellent service to our guests. All our jobs involve visitor service whether behind the scenes or directly serving the visitor. Our employees must be friendly, neat, and take pride in serving our visitors. A positive attitude is essential. 

The work in the retail shops can be very fast paced throughout our operating season; from July through Labor Day, the number of visitors and tour groups increases dramatically.

​Some jobs finish at Labor Day, but we need many people who can work August, September and October. August Help : we hire a few people to work just the month of August, our busiest time of the year. These positions require someone flexible who can fill in wherever needed. Fall Help: Autumn is one of our most beautiful seasons. We often need employees to work 6 to 8 weeks in September and October.

Room and Board

We operate apartment-style housing in Bar Harbor, which are shared by 4-5 employees per apartment (2 persons per room). Apartment rates are $125/week per person and include complete kitchen facilities. Our Company Housing is within walking distance of all Bar Harbor Shops.

All Acadia Corporation housing is supervised. All housing residents are required to sign a housing agreement including the length of stay and agreeing to all housing rules. A $100 housing deposit is due in advance for all locations.

You must be at least 18 years of age to live in Company housing.

All company housing is designated as non-smoking. Those who wish to live in company housing must sign an agreement indicating their willingness to comply. Violators of the housing smoking policy may be subject to immediate eviction from company housing.

Unfortunately, we do not offer RV spaces.

Limited housing is available on Mt. Desert Island. It tends to be difficult to find and quite expensive, and should be arranged as early as possible. Should you desire your own accommodations, we can provide only limited assistance.

For Fun

Bar Harbor is a busy resort community of 5,000 people with a number of restaurants and shops. Outdoor activities abound. Hiking, biking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, and sailing are just a few of the pursuits which visitors come to Acadia to enjoy.

There are many cultural activities in the area, including music festivals, theatrical performances and movies. However, if you come from a major urban area or a large college campus, please bear in mind that the number of sporting events, concerts, and similar activities is very limited in our local area - these activities are generally several hours away. The employees who are happiest here are those who enjoy outdoor activities more than nightlife.

Our Jobs

Our positions include Retail Clerks and Retail Supervisory positions.

The Acadia Corporation operates seven retail shops and an ice cream shop in Bar Harbor, Maine on beautiful Mount Desert Island:

  • The Acadia Shop - Feature gift, foods, and made in made and elsewhere that highlight the region's character.
  • The Acadia Country Store - Maine foods and nautical & country store merchandise
  • The Acadia Outdoors Store - Hiking and outdoor gear including shoes and backpacks
  • Acadia Park Company - Acadia National Park inspired merchandise
  • Island Trading
  • Jordan Pond Ice Cream Shop - Homemade Ice Cream and Fudge
  • Best of Bar Harbor
  • Acadia on West - Nautical inspired merchandise and clothing

Click on the APPLY NOW button below for a Job List By Operation, which includes job descriptions and wage information.

Click to read our GENERAL APPEARANCE GUIDELINES.

How to Apply

Your dates of availability affect your chances of employment. In general, the later you can stay, the better your chances will be for receiving an offer of employment. Be realistic and specific about the exact dates you will be available, as these dates will become part of your employment agreement.

We look forward to hearing from you. An on-line application is available, linked below. * Once an application makes it through the initial screening process we rely on phone interviews to give us additional insight before making and employment offer. We try to have many of our employment decisions completed by April. You will be notified by mail on the status of your application.


The Acadia Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and hires without regard to race, color, ancestry, sex, religion, national origin, age (except where age is a bona fide occupational qualification), physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.