Au Sable works with local schools, North American colleges, and federal, state and private environmental agencies to further its mission of inspiring and educating people to restore God's earth. If an opportunity to work for a dynamic Christian community with an environmental mission of international effect appeals to you, consider applying for currently available positions on our staff or faculty.


Current Opportunities


Great Lakes (Michigan)






Director of Community Development and Alumni Relations

This position has been filled.



Seasonal Cook - (one position)

Position Description: The summer cooks will be responsible for all tasks involved in preparing and serving food as well as the upkeep of the kitchen/dining facility under the supervision of the Food Service Manager and Director of Support Services. Cooks will be responsible to make nutritious meals from scratch in a timely manner for approximately 25-70 people. Cooks will be required to follow food safety standards while prepping ingredients, following recipes and handling and storing food. Cooks will have a hospitality role, introducing meals and engaging positively with members and guests of the Au Sable community. They can expect to work 35-45 hours per week. Schedules are flexible and may change week to week as far as the times and days working. Cooks will have at least one day off each week.

Qualification: Must be passionate about food and extending a pleasurable eating experience to others. Must be responsible, trustworthy, teachable, organized and have an attention to detail. Must be able to lift 50 lbs and work on your feet for 8 hour shifts. Must work adequately under time pressures and constraints. Preferably cooks will have some experience in food service: cooking, baking, food prep, following recipes and/or be in an academic culinary program. However, neither are requirements. We can train the right person who is teachable.

Setting: Au Sable Institute is located near Big Twin Lake in northern lower Michigan, a region of exceptional natural beauty. Forest environments of deciduous and coniferous trees cover a landscape interspersed with glacial lakes, pristine rivers (including Michigan's Jordan River, a designated National Scenic River) and bogs. The Institute is 45 minutes from Traverse City, Michigan, located on Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay, and within 80 minutes of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The Straits of Mackinac leading to Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Lake Superior are also within 80 minutes of the Institute. State and national forest lands, as well as national, state and local wildlife refuges and nature preserves, are numerous within 90 minutes of the Institute. Endangered and threatened animal species, species of special or local conservation designation, and species currently under consideration for listing as threatened and endangered in the local area include Kirtland's warbler, eastern massasauga, piping plover, bald eagle, pine marten and mottled sculpin ( a USFS indicator species). Local game species of birds and mammals include white-tailed deer, elk, black bear, ruffed grouse, and turkey. Game fish species include salmon, brook trout, brown trout, large and smallmouth bass and walleye.

Compensation: Compensation will be minimum wage (currently $8.90 per hour) for the first 40 hours each week, time and a half for additional hours in the same week. (approximately $5,100 for the summer). 
Application Process: Please send a resume to Eric Bond at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 231-587-8686



Environmental Education Internships - (short term)

Fall, winter, and spring internships are available where interns have the opportunity to lead and teach natural history lessons for K-12 students in groups of 8-12.