The Island House

Wait staff
Straits of Mackinac
Northern Lights drops their jib at the finish line. Chicago to Mackinac Race.

Live, Work and play on the water this summer! Many opportunities - Historic Hotel, five restaurants, retail shops and a coffee house.

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 historic hotel, restaurants and bistros, coffee shops, our famous Ryba's Fudge shop, and our bicycle rental operations.

Located between Michigan's rugged upper and lower peninsulas where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet.

About The Island House

The Island House is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and is a one of kind property located at the edge of Haldimand Bay on the Island.

We operate five restaurants on Mackinac from family dining to casual fine dinning.  Each one presenting a broad range of opportunities.

  • The 1852 Grill Room Restaurant
  • The Ice House Bar & Grill
  • Mary's Bistro and Draught House - Mackinac's only true tap room!
  • The Pancake House Restaurant
  • Seabiscuit Cafe

Our candy shops are fun to visit and provide a fast paced work environment. We have created handmade artisan candies and chocolates since the early 60's in our family owned and operated shops on Mackinac Island.

Rounding things out with a full service coffee shop in the heart of town that never slows down during our busy season!

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!

The Employee Experience

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 motor vehicles means no rush hour, no commute and little pollution. Leave a big portion of your carbon footprint on the mainland. Walk or ride your bike to get around. When you are not trapped in a car you have a chance to see the water and see the trees. Things slow down, you suddenly have a chance to say hello to people. Mackinac Island has a sense of community as a direct result of this freedom.

You can be in the woods on a secluded trail in less than ten minutes after work. You can have a rock beach all to yourself if you head a mile out of town on a bike. The Island is 80% State Park and it is here for all of us to share.

If you are tired of watching other people have adventures on TV, live your own. Live it on Mackinac Island!

Check out our employee video to see what summer on Mackinac is like!

Ideal Candidate

We are looking for adventurous people to work on Mackinac Island for the upcoming season.  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.

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 have limited couples' housing as well as private rooms available. Ask for details! For select positions management housing is also available outside of the dorms.

Housing available beginning at $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, the 1852 Grill Room and the Seabiscuit Cafe
  • Hotel Discount of 33% at the Island House when booked through proper reservation channels.
  • Employee party cruises!
  • Employee kick ball league.
  • Lunch and dinner gift certificates given on the spot for a job well done!

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.

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. So bring your bike, bring your kayak!

Our Jobs

1852 Grill Room Cook

The Island House Hotel

1852 Grill Room Kitchen Helper

The Island House Hotel

1852 Grill Room Wait Staff

The Island House Hotel

Island House Bell Staff/Dock Porter

The Island House Hotel

Island House Hotel Front Desk Clerk

The Island House Hotel

Island House Hotel Groundskeeper

The Island House Hotel

Island House Hotel House Porter

The Island House Hotel

Island House Hotel Housekeeper

The Island House Hotel

Island House Hotel Kitchen Helper

The Island House Hotel

Mary’s Bistro Draught House Bartender

Mary's Bistro and Draught House

Mary’s Bistro Draught House Kitchen Helper

Mary’s Bistro Draught House Wait Staff

Pancake House Wait Staff

Pancake House

Ryba's fudge shop cook

Ryba's Fudge Shops

Ryba's Fudge Shop Fudge Cook

Ryba's Fudge Shops
Email: if you are interested in this position!

Ryba's fudge shop kitchen helper

Ryba's Fudge Shops

Ryba's Fudge Shop Sales Clerk

Ryba's Fudge Shops

Ryba's Fudge Shop Store Manager

Ryba's Fudge Shops

Seabiscuit Cafe Bar Staff

Seabiscuit Cafe

Seabiscuit Cafe Kitchen Staff

Seabiscuit Cafe

Seabiscuit Cafe Wait Staff

Seabiscuit Cafe

Starbucks Coffee House Barista


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.

Many answers to common questions about working for our company, or Island life, can be found in our website.

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