Employment Opportunities 2017

Apply online Here or you may download a printable application here.

Please submit your application (by mail or in person) to:

Lake Michigan Carferry
Attn: Human Resources
701 Maritime Drive
Ludington, MI 49431

You may also fax your application to 231-843-4558.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Badger Crew!


The days/hours of the following positions are flexible and can be tailored to meet your schedule.  Hours are anywhere from 4 - 12 hours per week (shore jobs) to 24 – 36 hours per week (onboard jobs).  Ideal candidates are those that can work until October 15, 2017 with possible re-hire for 2018 season.


Onboard Employment

Customer Service Departments

*Customer Service Associate-  These shipboard positions work as a team to provide food/bar service while giving great customer service.  Customer Service Associates work together to ensure that all food is served in an attractive, sanitary and timely manner.  Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to… cooking and prepping items in the Badger Galley, customer care, operating cash registers, maintaining passenger areas, cleaning spills, assisting housekeeping, aiding the occasional seasick passenger and being knowledgeable of the ship and products we sell.   The ideal candidate… likes customer interaction, is an active listener, has ability to multi task, possess math skills including counting back change, is dependable, able to lift up to 40 lbs and can stand for long periods of time.  Prior retail experience is a plus.

*Housekeeping Associate (day or night)-   The *day Housekeeping position is a shipboard position responsible for keeping all general passengers areas clean and ensuring that the occasional seasick passenger receives great care and comfort.  Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to monitoring secondary passenger areas, helping retrieve stock for gift shop, cleaning passenger staterooms, maintaining housekeeping storage rooms and providing exceptional customer service. The night Housekeeping position is responsible for the same tasks as the day Housekeeper but will work in the evening when the boat is docked.  The ideal candidate… can work independently, is conscientious, takes pride in work, interested in serving others, able to lift up to 40lbs, able to stand/lift/bend for long periods of time and has previous housekeeping experience.


Galley Department

*Dishwasher- This galley position works with the food service team primarily to keep the galley spaces on the ship clean and to wash dishes that are used in the course of serving food to passengers and crew. Duties include manual washing of pots, pans and utensils, sweeping,  mopping, and stocking supplies. The ideal candidate… is detail oriented, works well within a team, can stand for long periods of time, and is able to lift loads up to 40 lbs. regularly. 


Giftshop Department

*Gift Shop Associate-  This shipboard position is responsible for retail sales and merchandising in the Badger’s onboard gift shop.  Gift Shop Associates ensure that all items are well stocked and inventoried .  The ideal candidate… enjoys customer interaction and has excellent merchandising skills. This person is also highly organized and possesses solid computer and math skills.

Navigational Crew

*Navigational Housekeeper- This daytime (or nighttime) shipboard position is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of all navigational crew quarters (including assigned cabins).  Crew areas are to remain sanitary and orderly condition to satisfy federal regulations, as well as provide a safe and comfortable living area to the navigational crew of both deck and engine departments.  
The ideal candidate…will be a self-starter, have the ability to work alone and stay on task, able to lift 40 lbs and work with cleaning chemicals.  

*All onboard positions will be subject to a physical, drug screen and criminal records background check.


Shore-side Employment

Traffic Department

Seeking candidates willing to work early mornings on weekdays from 5:30am-9:00am until end of season (October 15, 2017)

Auto Attendant-  This shore position is responsible for the loading and unloading of passenger vehicles onto the Badger in the safest but fastest manner possible. Additional responsibilities include handling passenger’s baggage, assisting navigation during docking, the removal of garbage and recycling from the car deck, shore side maintenance and grounds keeping of LMC property.  The ideal candidate… has a high stamina, is familiar and comfortable with the operation of automobiles and is able to work a varied schedule including nights and weekends. 

Cardeck Security Officer- This shore position is responsible for monitoring and controlling access to the ship from the cardeck by all employees, passengers, and guests. Responsibilities include checking employee IDs as they come onboard, ensuring that only ticketed passengers are boarding the ship, and ensuring that no unauthorized vehicles or luggage are brought onboard. The ideal candidate is very detail oriented, is able to be constantly alert, and has some security background. 


Chairlift Operator- This shore position is responsible for operating the Badger’s handicapped passenger lift. The principal duty of this person is to assist handicapped and elderly passengers on and off the lift and operating the controls that bring the lift up and down during boarding and disembarking. The ideal candidate is very friendly and polite, is able to learn the fine details of operating a lift, and is capable of walking up and down stairs many times per day.  

Ticketing and Reservations

Ticket Agent-   This shore position is responsible for processing tickets and answering passenger questions.  Additional responsibilities include answering phones, making passenger reservations and issuing gift certificates.  The ideal candidate is comfortable working in a fast paced environment, handling money and has excellent communication skills.

Reservations Agent- This shore position is responsible for taking telephone reservations in our reservation call center in Ludington.  The ideal candidate has excellent telephone skills, is able to communicate clearly and thoroughly and possesses good computer skills. 

Download Printable Application or Apply Online Here