Now Hiring for the Best “Adult Summer Job” in Bay City!

Do you enjoy meeting new people? Have an eye for detail? Prefer working outdoors, especially around the water? Are passionate about Bay City and the Great Lakes Bay Region? Knowledgeable about our community and its natural resources? Are you active enough to enjoy light physical work? Do you prefer to spend your free time keeping busy and looking out for the enjoyment of others? Are you quick witted and cool under pressure? Are you ready to spend the best time of the year doing something positive, productive and dare we say, fun? If so, we have a unique opportunity for you!

Bay City Boat Lines is looking for a few exceptional personalities to join our crew for part time, seasonal work aboard the Princess Wenonah and Islander excursion boats as a Deckhand. Love boating but don’t have the technical skills we require yet? We will train the right candidates! We value can-do people with enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Mechanical aptitude is a big plus, as is experience taking charge of situations and caring for people (think first responders, law enforcement, firefighters, teachers and health care staffers). Five or more years of previous work experience is preferred.

We are an ideal match for active people looking for a hobby job, retirement gig or supplemental income. Our season runs mid-May to mid-October, with multiple daily events scheduled in peak months (mid-June through August). Hours are flexible, with events running daytime, evening, weekdays and weekends for a few hours each (heavy on weekends). Our crew is family-oriented, fun and friendly, and we work hard at putting on great events and exceeding our guests’ expectations every day.

The nitty gritty: Typical responsibilities of our multi-talented deckhands include pre-event setup of tables and chairs, keeping the vessels neat and clean including floors and restrooms, greeting and checking in guests, relaying safety instructions to groups, bussing tables during catered events, stowing and moving inventory, learning safety procedures, participating in drills, becoming familiar with the boats’ systems and operation including line handling, performing engine room and mechanical checks and maintenance tasks, handling emergencies, ensuring guest safety and comfort, monitoring onboard activities, and post event clean up.

We pay an hourly wage with increases for experience and skill development over time, but the best reward is being a part of something special. Our season offers new challenges from day to day and there is plenty to learn. Our goal is to empower you to act with little direction after training, yet be willing to take direction when needed. You will find out why we say #lifeisbetteronaboat

If you think you have what it takes to join our team, send a completed application (found here) along with a cover letter telling us why you want to be a part of our organization and what you have to offer. Interviews will be offered to those best suited to our team. Successful candidates will begin training in May.

Mail or email your application by April 26 to:

Michelle Judd
Bay City Boat Lines
1020 North Water Street
Bay City, MI 48708

Celebrating 20 Years of Cruising the Saginaw River

Over the past 20 years, a 65 ton steel lady has become an icon on the Saginaw River, plying the waters from downtown Bay City to the edges of the Saginaw Bay.  Originally built as the M/V Wm. M. Miller in 1954, and re-christened the Princess Wenonah upon her Bay City debut in 1998, this popular excursion boat has been hard at work for 64 years.

From her very first season, the 150 passenger Princess Wenonah has been a popular attraction for children and adults, attracting attention wherever she travels on the river. Three partners originally joined forces to purchase the ship from Miller Boat Lines in Ohio, converting her from a car and passenger ferry to a full-time passenger excursion use. A few years later, the Princess Wenonah was joined by Islander, a 53 foot former ferry which lay dormant after operating on Lake Superior and on the Chicago River, but found new life in Bay City.

Over the past two decades, over 250,000 passengers have enjoyed cruising aboard the Princess Wenonah and her fleet-mate Islander. Original partner William Fournier, his wife Elaine, and daughter Michelle Judd still play host to public guided tours, dinner cruises with entertainment, and private parties each season. A dedicated crew (to which several grandchildren have now been added) takes pride in welcoming guests onboard from May to October each year.

Showing off the beauty of the local waterway, sharing the area’s vibrant maritime and lumbering history and entertaining guests with dinner and dancing is a job the entire staff is proud to take part in. Guests delight in opening each of the city’s four bascule bridges as the Princess Wenonah ventures through town while the Islander specializes in leisurely guided tours and smaller gatherings. Bald eagles, egrets, deer, a great many bird species and small mammals are regularly spotted in their natural habitats along the banks.

Since Bay City Boat Line’s inception, many areas of the riverbank have been improved and developed with charming trails, riverfront parks and new developments.  Three outstanding hotels, hip restaurants, unique boutiques and cultural venues have sprung up and turned downtown Bay City into a growing destination for visitors. First-time visitors marvel at the entrepreneurial spirit of this city, which has managed to blend renovated historic structures with complementary new construction, gradually reworking it’s lumbering and blue collar roots into a small urban gem.

An easy drive from metro Detroit and minutes off I-75 (the main route heading “up North” for many Michiganders) you can find tickets for Bay City Boat Lines’ public events most days of the week in July and August at Tickets range from free to under $50.

What are you waiting for? Come see what has made the Princess Wenonah and Islander one of the most beloved summer attractions in the heart of the Great Lakes Bay Region for 20 years.