Forest Adventure Guide

Department: Museum Programs
Locations: Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, Mackinaw City
Start/End Date: June through August-mid October
Pay Rate: Starting at $13/hr

Accepting applications for the 2023 season.

Scope of Duties:

This position serves visitors to Mackinac State Historic Parks by working as a uniformed Forest Adventure Guide at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. This seasonal position is responsible for leading the high ropes Forest Adventure Experience from early May through early September.


  • Put our visitors first by treating them with respect, serving their needs and providing an enjoyable, positive adventure experience
  • Safely lead guests on high ropes adventure elements, including the Forest Canopy Bridge, Eagle’s Flight Zip Line, and the Climbing Wall Nature Trail.
  • Help monitor and protect the park’s fragile natural features from negative human impact.
  • Participate in other park duties as required.

Positions Requirements:

  • Must be out-going, enthusiastic and have strong public contact and speaking skills
  • Applicants with experience leading outdoor programs in a summer camp, classroom, or other setting preferred. Highly qualified candidates will exhibit knowledge in outdoor recreation, natural sciences, communication, education, or interpretation.
  • Preferred candidates will be available to work the full Mill Creek season (16 weeks, from early May to Labor Day).

Work Location and Schedule:

The workstation for this position is Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park located 4 miles east of Mackinaw City. Work schedules are posted in advance and are subject to change depending on park operational needs. A normal work schedule for this seasonal position is 40 hours per week, although hours and weeks worked may vary. The employee may be required to work evenings, holidays, and/or weekends as park needs dictate.

Physical Requirements:

This position will involve extensive walking – including walking up and down steps and on uneven terrain. Stretching and bending are moves commonly made throughout the day by employees in this position. The employee must have the ability to do the following activities, with or without reasonable accommodation: Frequent lifting, carrying, transporting, loading and unloading of up to 35 lbs., walking long distances and up steep inclines in all weather conditions, frequent twisting, bending, stooping, reaching and grasping, sitting and/or standing for long periods of time, and the ability to utilize ferry boat transportation to and from Mackinac Island.

Dress Code:

The park maintains a dress and appearance code for employees in public service. Forest Adventure Guides will be required to wear a park-provided uniform, name tag, and safety equipment while on duty.


Forest Adventure Guides are supervised by the Park Naturalist. This position does not supervise any other positions.

General Position Information:

This is a temporary seasonal at-will position which serves at the will of the employer and does not include recall rights or benefits (other than those mandated by governmental laws).  This position will expire at the time employment is ended for the season and the employee does not have recall rights to this or any other MSHP position in the future. Specifically, the park is under no obligation to hire the individual in subsequent seasons. The number of weeks and hours worked may vary as park needs dictate. Additional information will be provided upon employment.


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