Au Sable works with local schools, North American colleges, and federal, state and private environmental agencies to further its mission of serving, protecting and restoring God's earth. Please consider applying for currently available positions on our staff or faculty.

We are currently accepting applications for summer 2019 for the following:

  1. Research Assistants in study of Oil Pad Restoration

  2. Resident Assistants

  3. Conservation Biology Faculty

Job descriptions are posted below.


Au Sable Institute seeks up to three highly motivated and well-qualified individuals to serve as Research Assistants in its ongoing study of best practices for reforestation of abandoned oil pads in northern Michigan. Successful candidates will possess an exemplary academic record with emphasis in biological sciences. Skills in vegetation and soil sampling, chemical analysis, and statistical analysis desirable along with superior writing and organizational skills and past research experience. Selected assistants require physical stamina and mental alertness to work long hours in field conditions in all weathers. Individuals unwilling, unable, or unenthusiastic about demands of a field intensive study should not apply!

As paid employees of the Au Sable Institute, a Christian institute of environmental studies dedicated to the biblical principles of creation care, successful applicants must be able to articulate the Institute’s mission to other individuals and audiences interacting with this research study. They will likewise be expected to participate in Sunday evening vesper services with Au Sable faculty, staff and students, and to model exemplary integration of Christian faith, practice and service personally and professionally at all times.

Stipend: For each position, $4,000 plus room and board at the Great Lakes campus of the Au Sable Institute, Mancelona, Michigan.

Period of Employment: 24 June to 16 August 2019

Application Deadline: 4:00 PM ET, Friday, February 15, 2018.

Application Process: Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, an academic transcript, and their curriculum vitae (resume) concurrently to:

Dr. Fred Van Dyke, Executive Director

Au Sable Institute

7525 Sunset Trail NE

Mancelona MI 49659 USA

Materials from the applicant must be supported by (1) a letter of recommendation from their institution's Au Sable faculty representative, (2) one other faculty or professional reference addressing the applicant's personal and professional qualifications, (3) a pastoral reference addressing the applicant's expression and maturity of Christian commitment and (4) a statement from the student’s home college that the applicant is in good academic and behavioral standing at their home institution. Upon offer of employment, selected applicants will be expected affirm and sign Au Sable’s Statement of Expectations for Research Students in the Au Sable Research Program and may be subject to a criminal background check.

For questions about the position or application procedure, contact Dr. Fred Van Dyke, Executive Director, at the Au Sable Institute at 231-587-8686, or via e-mail at

RESIDENT ASSISTANTS — Two (two) Resident Assistants for summer 2019 at the Great Lakes Campus in northern Michigan

The Resident Assistant (RA) position is a unique student leadership opportunity in which to get involved at the Au Sable Institute Great Lakes Campus. RAs serve as resources, role models, and peer support to residents. RAs work collaboratively as members of the support service staff including Director of Support Services, Food Service Manager, and other seasonal support service staff, to foster an engaged and inclusive community. RAs provide programs and services to enhance our student experience and serve as examples and leaders in Christian commitment through their leadership and participation in Sunday Vespers Services, Integration Days, and personal discipleship of resident students. RAs are essential contributors to the development of a thriving community environment on campus.

The RA serves as a student leader within the Support Service Department and reports directly to the Director of Support Services. RAs must be part-time students (one class in Summer I, and one class in Summer II) who are comfortable with a close community living experience. RAs receive room and board, and tuition for 2 courses during the summer sessions, along with a $2,000 stipend. RAs may be assigned a living space shared with other students.

Servant Leader

RAs uphold, enforce, and adhere to all Institute policies outlined in the Community Aspirations and Expectations Statement at all times. RAs are responsible to contribute to an atmosphere of inclusion, making sure all students have an opportunity to engage with the community. RAs serve as the first contact point for student needs. This requires RAs to be positive role models for all students by demonstrating appropriate, mature, and Christ-like behavior. RAs enforce policies, confront inappropriate student behavior, and document student actions and/or situations that are in violation of Au Sable’s statement of Community Aspirations and Expectations when such documentation is necessary.

Student Resource and Interpersonal Relations

The RA is a primary resource for residents and must be familiar with the operations, programs, and services provided by the Institute. RAs establish rapport with residents in the community through attentive listening, genuine care and support, awareness of student needs, and appropriate consultation and referral. RAs must be available and able to respond to emergency situations that may include psychological, physical, maintenance, and natural/environmental crises.

Community Development

RAs promote community and student development through the planning of social activities and coordination of opportunities for students to attend local churches. The overall goal of the RA’s work is to create a dynamic and healthy residential community that celebrates diversity, engages students in active learning, and fosters growth in authentic Christian commitment, discipleship and expression of Christian behavior towards others and in the care of God’s creation. RAs are expected to plan and implement weekly opportunities of engagement for the resident community. RAs are encouraged to help students pull away from today’s technologically driven world and help students learn to be present and engaged with their immediate environment, neighbors, and opportunities.


As a member of Support Service, it is vital that each RA actively contributes to staff meetings, campus programs, area initiatives, and related programs and processes. The RA will work closely with peer RAs, the Director of Support Services, and Au Sable staff to establish proper communication, consistency, efficiency, and support of students and their engagement with the Au Sable community and its learning opportunities. To adequately balance academic demands with the duties and responsibilities of this position, RAs may not accept positions of outside employment during their time at the Au Sable Institute. Any commitments to online courses or other learning engagements with other Institutions must be approved in advance by the Institute’s Executive Director prior to employment.

Administrative Responsibilities

RAs are required to be on duty three or more nights per week, attend mandatory staff meetings, and complete weekly one-on-one meetings with the Director of Support Services. RAs will assist in the Department of Support Services in coordinating campus-wide processes such as residence hall opening and closing, and between session turn around. RAs communicate information to their residents via verbal communication as well as through signs, and posters on behalf of the Department of Support Services.


  • Legal ability to work in the United States

  • One reference from an academic advisor addressing the applicant’s ability to function in an academic environment as both a student and mentor to other students

  • One reference from a Residence or Student Life Professional addressing the applicant’s ability to function as a Residence Advisor in a student residential community

  • A pastoral reference providing an assessment of the depth of the applicant’s Christian commitment

  • A valid driver’s license with good driving record

  • First aid/CPR is optional but highly desired

  • Previous experience in the Au Sable community preferred

  • Available from late May through August 18, 2019

To apply to be a Resident Assistant, send cover letter and resume’ to Eric Bond at


Title: Professor, Associate Professor or Assistant Professor of Conservation Biology

Classification: Faculty, Summer Session I, Great Lakes Campus (Mancelona, Michigan, USA)

Duration: 2019 with possibility of continuing alternate-year appointment

The Au Sable Institute, a Christian institute dedicated to inspiring and educating people to serve, protect and restore God’s earth seeks applicants for the position of Professor of Conservation Biology to teach the Institute’s five-week course, BIOL/GEOG 471 Conservation Biology. The faculty member in this position will teach a class of 5-14 students two days each week for five weeks from 10 June to 12 July 2019. Instruction is expected to be >50% field based and include instruction in the principles of conservation biology with applications to sustainable human society and biospheric integrity using an integrative approach to biology and society that interrelates population biology, ecological principles, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem functions, and human society in the context of biospheric degradation. The course develops a stewardship perspective rooted in biological principles and directed at conservation of plant and animal species, biotic communities, ecosystems, and human society, including topics in human development, poverty, and economic growth. The faculty member will also participate in Integrative Sessions one day each week which combine all classes in field-based activities and examine environmental and conservation problems of shared interest with application of Christian principles of creation care to specific issues. The faculty member will also participate in and, on occasion, lead Sunday evening vesper services for Au Sable faculty, staff and students on the Institute’s Great Lakes campus.

Faculty Qualifications

PhD in conservation biology, ecology or related discipline with an emphasis in conservation biology – Master’s or ABD will be considered. Experience and demonstrated effectiveness in undergraduate teaching as well as professional and spiritual mentoring of undergraduate students is required, along with demonstrated ability to effectively integrate biblical principles of creation care and environmental stewardship in teaching. Peer-reviewed publication in professional journals is desirable.


Au Sable-Great Lakes is located in the north woods of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, about 80 miles southwest of the Straits of Mackinac and 40 miles east of Traverse City. Surrounded on three sides by tens of thousands of acres of forests, Au Sable-Great Lakes includes frontage on a 215-acre lake and an adjoining 200 acres of northern hardwoods and conifer forests. Glacially-influenced landforms, diverse climatic and topographic features, as well as unique Great Lakes sand dune communities are all located in the region. Pristine river systems, including a designated Michigan Natural River – the Jordan; approximately 900 lakes and ponds in the local four-county area, 80 bogs in the local twelve-township area, diverse forest ecosystems, three Great Lakes, and diverse flora and fauna contribute to unique educational and research opportunities in this setting. Of particular significance are the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore; Hartwick Pines and Wilderness State Parks; the Lake Skegemog Wildlife Area; the Grass River Natural Area; the Jordan, Manistee, Au Sable, Boardman, and Rapid Rivers; and the Jordan River National Fish Hatchery. The climate is typical of north-temperate regions, although the Great Lakes temper the extremes. Summer days are usually mild and sunny, followed by cool evenings. Snow dominates the winter landscape from December through March in most years.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Housing will be provided. Reimbursement for mileage or airfare to and from permanent residence to the Great Lakes campus is available.

Diversity and Inclusion

Au Sable Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Au Sable Institute encourages applications from women, minorities and all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the Institute.

Application Process

Review of applications will begin 18 January 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The application is completed online and includes submitting: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three letters of support from professional references addressing teaching effectiveness and scientific expertise including integrating biblical principles of creation care and environmental stewardship in the classroom, and one pastoral reference addressing Christian commitment and maturity and service to a local church.

To apply for the position of Professor of Conservation Biology, please click here to begin the online application process.

Questions regarding the faculty position and submission application materials by references may be made to:

Dr. Brian Keas

Au Sable Institute

7526 Sunset Trail NE Mancelona, MI 49659 USA

Phone: 231-587-8686