Shepler’s offers a wide array of fun and challenging seasonal opportunities for energetic, outgoing people with a strong desire to join our team. These positions enjoy great benefits and competitive wages in a festive “on-stage” atmosphere. Customer service is always our #1 priority and you’ll have the opportunity to help shape memories that stay with our guests forever.

If you are neat, well-groomed, and know how to deal with the vacationer mindset, Shepler’s can provide a wonderful employment experience in Michigan’s spectacular north country. Limited housing is available.

Choose from the following jobs (click the job titles below for job descriptions):

Job Descriptions

Dock/Deck Hands

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This position splits its time and responsibilities between the docks and aboard Shepler’s ferry vessels. The dock duties include: greeting guests and tagging their luggage for various hotels on Mackinac Island, loading and unloading luggage, parking cars, keeping the dock area clean and passing along general information to all guests. The deck hand position involves loading and unloading vessels, collecting tickets, line handling, keeping the boat clean and tidy, and a number of procedures which all crew are properly trained to do.


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This position involves keeping all areas of Shepler’s neat and clean. Includes cleaning restrooms, cutting grass, raking leaves, sweeping, emptying trash, minor repairs, and cleaning Shepler’s boats from top to bottom.

Marine Mechanic

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Performs critical maintenance, diagnostics, and repairs on-board elite marine equipment/ vessels. Preferred certification for Detroit Diesel, Mercruiser, Westerbeke, and Yanmar. Certification is not required – we will train. Must have experience with standard tools of the trade and be able to perform repairs unsupervised. Professionalism, cleanliness, and excellent customer service skills are a must.

Ticket Sellers

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This position not only entails selling tickets but a number of other transactions as well. Ticket sellers are responsible for keeping the ticket office neat and clean, handling cash and credit card transactions, selling passenger tickets, registering a guest’s vehicle for overnight parking, selling bike tickets, taking care of tour group tickets, being a general information center to the guest, assisting guests who have purchased ferry tickets and tickets for other Island attractions online, and last but not least, being personable and friendly!

Car Care Center

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Shepler’s Car Care Center is Shepler’s secured overnight parking area for guests. Cast members are responsible for parking guests’ vehicles in designated areas which include five fenced-in outdoor lots and two indoor lots. Other responsibilities include: filling out the proper paperwork, filing keys, keeping the parking area and buildings clean, washing guests’ vehicles and washing tour buses.

Shuttle Drivers

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This position is responsible for shuttling guests from area hotels and campgrounds to our dock and back. Assist with transportation from our overflow lots.  Shuttle Cast Members to our various parking lots.  Keep all vehicles clean, inside and out.  Must have CDL.


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This position is operational 5:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. M-F and from 5:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Saturdays. Skills required include the operation of forklifts and bobcats, shipping and receiving as well as inventory of all incoming goods. Position also involves daily deckhand capabilities to and from Mackinac Island.

Coffee Espresso Bar Salesperson

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Captain Bill’s Coffee and Espresso bar is now accepting applications for personnel in the making and selling of espresso and other gourmet coffees. Responsibilities include making and serving fine coffees, espresso and cold drinks. The cleaning and maintenance of bar and machinery is also required. Hours of operation will be 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. with two opposite shifts.

Parking Lot Attendant

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A fun first job for 14-17 year-olds. Work outside greeting guests and directing them exactly where to park their vehicles. This position involves communicating with other cast members via handheld radio in an effort to fill Shepler’s parking lots to capacity. Cast members rotate between greeter, waver, and parker positions throughout the day.

Ship Store Retail Assistant

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This position will assist customers with purchases at Shepler’s Ship Store. Must be friendly and have retail experience. Knowledge of marine equipment is a plus, as this person will be helping customers find and order boat parts.