Want a summer job on Mackinac Island? Here’s how to apply

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI – In just a few months, downtown Mackinac Island will be bustling with visitors. The ferries bringing them to the docks will crisscross the Strait of Mackinac on busy schedules. The smell of fudge poured on marble tables will waft through Main Street. But before all this holiday magic can begin, thousands of workers need to be put in place.

It’s hiring time for the island’s long 2022 season. Resorts, downtown hotels, fudge shops, retail stores, bike rentals and horse-drawn carriage tours are all looking for new or returning employees who want to make Mackinac their home. for at least a few months this year.

For workers, it’s all about the benefits of the lifestyle in this beautiful place, especially for those who want to find jobs in the hospitality industry, said Tim Hygh, executive director of the island’s tourism bureau. “You can get this type of job anywhere. But why would you, when you can do it on Mackinac Island? »

Here’s how to start:

  • Visit the “Jobs” page on the Mackinac Island Tourism Board website. It contains an “Apply Now” link that allows people to enter their details, upload their resumes, and select the types of jobs that interest them most. Once uploaded, this information is shared with all members of the island’s tourism board, so that job opportunities can match people’s preferences.
  • Follow the Mackinac Island job posting page on Facebook, where island employers post help messages. Some are quite transparent about hourly pay, job details, and whether the position comes with housing or a meal plan.
  • If you are really interested in a specific job or company, your best bet is to contact the companies directly. Here is a link to all the businesses on the island, so you can call or email them directly.

Jobs in hotels and restaurants make up a large part of the wanted list. But there are also outdoor positions as kayak tour guides, ferry staff, lifeguards and golf course employees. Or unique jobs like the famous dock workers on the island.

Dockporter Archie Horn in front of the Chippewa Hotel.

This year, approximately 5,000 workers are needed to ensure the proper functioning of all areas of the island. About 1,000 of those are typically jobs supported by the U.S. H-2B visa program, which allows international workers to come here for temporary employment.

Most island jobs are from April to the end of October, although shorter work windows are available to accommodate students and others looking for summer employment only. The past few years have also seen an increase in the number of retirees landing island jobs.

Mission Point Resort, which stretches along the “sunrise side” of the island and is crossed by the popular M-185 ring road, is among the businesses hiring for the new season. Staff here have created a careers page on their website for potential employees and are looking to fill jobs ranging from bike mechanic to café manager and even chef for their fine-dining restaurant, Chianti. Their recruitment video highlights the island experiences of their diverse staff.

“Mackinac Island is a great place to visit and a great place to work in the summer. We hear time and time again from former employees that their time at Mission Point was the work of a lifetime,” said Liz Ware, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mission Point. “They learned so much, met people from all over the world and had amazing experiences on Mackinac Island. Our goal is to be one of Michigan’s Top Employers and in 2021 we were honored to be named one of the best and brightest companies to work for in the nation. The value we place on our employees through housing, catering, activities, inclusivity, engagement and community involvement is unmatched.

Mission points

The resort’s large lawn borders the Strait of Mackinac. It is designed as a great place to play, relax and watch the cargo ships while admiring a sunset.

Other island business owners echo what a unique island work experience offers seasonal employees.

Micah Paldino, owner of Threads of Mackinac clothing store, loves teaching new hires how to balance the fast pace with outward beauty. Busy might be an understatement during the island’s peak tourism season, when more than a million visitors typically arrive to bike, eat, shop and explore.

“Beyond bustling Main Street is one of the most amazing and unspoiled state parks with beautiful views of the Lake Huron cliffs. Every second I step out of the store, you’ll find me lacing up my hiking boots and hiking up Fort Hill and taking time to decompress and enjoy Mackinac,” Paldino said. “We really want to hire people who see this beauty.”

A shared love for the island becomes a bond for many seasonal workers. “The tight-knit community is one of the reasons so many seasonal workers return year after year. Lasting friendships are formed on the island and you will truly have a great summer full of laughter, celebrations and camaraderie.

This year, the island’s tourism bureau is one of the sponsors of the upcoming Tourism and Hospitality Careers Day presented by Pure Michigan and hosted by MLive Media Group, the advertising and marketing arm of MLive. The virtual event gives job seekers insight into opportunities in Michigan’s travel and tourism industries. Participants can upload their resume, get their questions answered, and even have one-on-one video chats with recruiters.

The event is scheduled for March 24 from noon to 2:30 p.m. You can register for the event here

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