Employment Opportunities 2021


All positions listed (except for engine room) will receive an additional monthly bonus for every hour worked.

Once hired, if you refer another person for employment and they are also hired, you will receive a $100 monthly bonus for every 30 days the referred employee works.

Onboard Employment*

The following onboard positions will work a schedule of 3 days a week (36-39 hours p/wk) one week and 4 days (46-48 hrs p/wk) the next week ensuring one day of overtime.  All day shifts.  All schedules will vary and include weekends. Tips, holiday pay and eligibility for season end bonus of .50 for every hour worked.

Ideal candidates will commit to working until season ends on October 10, 2021. 

*CS Associates – Work to ensure customer’s safety and enjoyment.  Tasks include, but are not limited to taking customer orders, register work, and maintaining cleanliness in the passenger areas. They supply excellent customer care throughout the crossing.  Must enjoy customer interaction and have the ability to multi-task.  Prior retail experience a plus, but not required. Starting pay $10.50 p/hour plus tips and bonuses.

 *Housekeepers – If you can work independently, stay on task and take pride in your work, this job is for you! Responsible for keeping all general passenger areas, secondary passenger areas, and passenger staterooms clean and orderly. This position allows you to walk freely through passenger areas offering assistance when necessary and giving care and comfort to passengers throughout the voyage.  Starting pay is $11.00 p/hr plus tips and bonuses

*Bingo Caller/Entertainer – Responsible for the daily passenger entertainment that is offered aboard the Badger.  Entertainers have the ability and confidence to interact with a diverse group of people of all ages.  For many passengers, playing a rousing game of Badger Bingo is the high-light of their trip!  We invite Entertainers to bring their talents to the job whether it’s juggling, musical talent, card tricks or telling a good story. Starting pay is $10.80 p/hr plus tips and bonuses.

Gift Shop:

*Associates – The smile behind every sale in the Badger Boutique!  Responsible for neatly stocking shelves, product inventory, retail sales and merchandising in the Badger’s onboard gift shop.  You must enjoy customer interaction, and take pride in keeping the gift shop neat, attractive and organized. Retail/Cashier experience is a plus.  Starting pay is $10.50 p/hr plus tips and bonuses.

Galley (Kitchen) Team:

*Galley Utility – Responsible for proper cleaning of all kitchen equipment and utensils. Monitor the proper water temperature for the wash and rinse sinks.  Maintains proper storage of all pots, pans and kitchen utensils. Provide meal set up for mess halls; keeping condiments, cups, silverware and napkins well stocked. Assist with loading and stocking ship supplies. This is the perfect entry level position and must be able to work the entire season.  Comes with opportunity to transfer to another department after first season. Starting pay is $11.00 p/hr

Navigational Crew


Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED) - will work aboard the SS Badger as a Fireman. Candidates must possess a Merchant Mariner's Credential with QMED (Fireman/Oiler/Watertender) endorsement, a current Medical Certificate and a valid TWIC card. QMED will expect to live aboard and stand a 4 hour watch, twice a day, 7 days a week during the 2021 sailing season (mid-May through mid-October) Competitive wages, OT hours available and benefit package after completing a 90-day probationary period. Mandatory Pre-employment physical, drug screen and background check.  Starting pay of $28.34 p/hour.

*Coal Passer -  An entry-level position in the engine room.  The coal passer assists the Fireman in operating and maintaining the ships boilers and conveyor equipment.  The coal passer can expect to live aboard the ship and stand a 4 hour watch, twice a day, 7 days per week during the sailing season.  The coal passer is required to hold, or have the ability to obtain a USCG Merchant Mariner Credential and a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).  Starting pay of $18.09.  After 90 days probation, pay is $20.41 and eligible for health, dental and vision coverage.


AB - Under the direction of the Mate on watch, the AB is responsible for assisting with supervising the deck crew. Assists in loading and unloading the ship as well as performing deck maintenance and other projects as required. Experience in line handling and winches a plus. The AB can expect to live aboard the ship and stand a 4 hour watch, twice a day, 7 days per week for the 2021 sailing season (mid-May to mid-Oct). Candidates must possess a Merchant Mariner Credential with AB-Unlimited endorsement, a current Medical Certificate and a valid TWIC card. Mandatory physical, drug screen and background check. Eligible for benefits after completing a 90 day probationary period. Starting pay of $28.34 p/hour.

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

Shore-side Employment – for both MI and WI

Traffic Team:

*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. The hours for this position are flexible.  You can work mornings only, evenings only or both if you choose!  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. 

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.  Security background is a plus but not necessary.  Ability to be alert of all surroundings while maintaining a welcoming demeanor with boarding passengers is a must. 

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 disembarkingChairlift Operators are required to be 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.

*All Auto Attendant applicants will be subject to a background check and preemployment drug screening.

Ticketing and Reservations – for both MI and WI

Seeking applicants who are available to start work immediately and work until Oct 10th, 2021.

*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.  Excellent communication skills is a must for Ticket Agents as well as friendly and helpful.  Cashier experience is a plus.  Starting pay is $10.25 with monthly bonus.

*Reservations Agent- Possibly being the first voice that connects a passenger to the Badger experience, this shore position is responsible for taking telephone reservations in our reservation call center in Ludington.  You must have excellent telephone skills and able to communicate clearly.   Reservation Agents are trained to navigate the reservations system on computer, but general computer knowledge is preferred. Starting pay is $10.00 with monthly bonus.

*All Ticket Office and Reservationists will be subject to a background check and preemployment drug screening.