Ready for a unique new adventure at an iconic waterfront hotel? Have you always wanted to work with your favorite partner? Do you like to work really hard when the sun is shining, but also earn a lot of time off for the winter months?

We have an opening for an innkeeper couple at the Whaleback Inn. This is a contract position for the right couple to live on property and manage most day to day operations of the Inn. The initial contract will run from a yet to be determined date in July to the middle of November. If the contract renews for the full 7 month 2021 season, then there will be free living available throughout the winter until the season starts in April.

The owners live nearby and will still be very present to the business and will provide full training and full support.

The couple should have the following skill sets and abilities:

-First and foremost, must love people and want to serve them, be able to connect with people from all walks of life and make them feel comfortable.
-Top notch phone and customer service skills.
-Computer skills – able to learn online booking software to input guest data, greet and check in guests, and make reservations.
-Detail oriented – we pride ourselves on providing extremely clean accommodations and average 4.7 star reviews.
-Management skills – must be a positive and efficient team leader as you will help co-manage (with the owners) a cleaning and laundry staff of 4-7 during peak summer months. You will also clean alongside them and lead by example.
-Knowledge of the area very helpful as guests often look for recommendations for places to eat and things to do.

This position is very physical and will require cleaning, lifting, making beds, doing laundry. Some maintenance and outdoor work required in summer. Fix it skills a plus for one member of the team but not a deal breaker if not. Very busy and long hours in summer – whatever it takes to get the job done and keep guests happy. There may be opportunity for the couple to remain in the main house during the winter months when the Inn is closed.

There is a salary of $1,000 per week for the couple during the contract ($500 per person) PLUS 100% free lodging in a very nice furnished home, including utilities, trash removal and cable television. Portions of the home completely private and portions are used for supplies and walk-through for employees in summer/fall. The free lodging with utilities adds a significant savings value to the position because the only expenses you will have are vehicle(s), mobile phone and food. There is potential for monetary bonus opportunities based upon revenue goals and performance and there is opportunity to grow in this position with annual raises based upon the success of the Inn, should we find the right couple that would like to stay on long term.

Non-smoking candidates only considered and no pets are both non-negotiable. Background check will be conducted on candidates that move forward in the process. Due to the nature of the position, couples with children in the home are not suitable for the position.

TO APPLY: Please include both resumes (or a team resume) and cover letter. Please articulate the skill sets needed for the role as related to past experience. Email to

Please include at least 2 professional references (not family or friends) with phone numbers for each team member).

Thank you!

Housekeeping and Laundry Staff (part time seasonal)

We are seeking both Housekeepers and Laundry Attendants who may also be cross trained for either duties. The positions pay $13 per hour plus tips. Hours will range from 15-30 hours per week in June, July and August and then 10-20 hours per week in September, October and November. We close mid November. Excellent opportunity for additional income. These are only daytime shifts. Duties for housekeepers will include stripping and stocking rooms, cleaning rooms, making beds. Duties for laundry will include washing, drying and folding towels, linens and rags. Attention to detail for providing clean and sanitary guest quarters on the cleaning side, stain treating and folding to exact specifications required as well as keeping the laundry room clean and organized on the laundry side. Thanks for applying, we look forward to meeting you!
The Team at Whaleback Inn


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1757 N. Manitou Trail, M-22
Leland, MI 49654



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Leland, MI 49654-1125