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. Support Staff

  2. Cooks

  3. Research Assistants in study of Oil Pad Restoration

  4. Research Assistant in study of Boardman River

  5. Resident Assistants

Job descriptions are posted below.


SUPPORT STAFF — Two (2) full-time support staff at our northern Michigan campus (mid-May through mid-August)

The summer support staff positions will be responsible for housekeeping and light maintenance duties under the supervision of the Director of Support Services. Support staff will work in varied work environments and be trained to use appropriate personal protection and tools for the task at hand. A key part of support services is providing assistance to our programs through quality hospitality and service. The work week is a 40-hour week, Mon-Friday with an occasional weekend.

Qualifications

  • Must be responsible, trustworthy, teachable, organized and have an attention to detail.

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and work standing, bending, walking, reaching for 8 hour shifts.

  • Must work adequately under time pressures and constraints.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

  • Preferably support service staff would have some skills in housekeeping or light maintenance. However, neither are requirements.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary will be minimum wage (currently $10.00 per hour) for the first 40 hours each week, time and a half for additional hours in the same week. Housing and meals also provided.

Positions are open until filled

To apply please fill out an application by clicking here or sending an email to Eric Bond at Eric@ausable.org.


COOKS — Three (3) full-time cooks at our campus in northern Michigan (mid-May through mid-August)

The summer cook positions 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 20-60 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 AuSable community. They can expect to work 35-45 hours per week. Schedules are rotating and days worked change week to week.

Qualifications

  • 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 would have a valid driver’s license.

  • Preferably cooks will have some experience in cooking, baking, food prep, following recipes and/or be in an academic culinary program. However, neither are requirements.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary will be minimum wage (currently $10.00 per hour) for the first 40 hours each week, time and a half for additional hours in the same week. Housing and meals also provided.

Positions are open until filled

To apply please fill out an online application by clicking here or send email to Eric Bond at Eric@ausable.org


RESEARCH ASSISTANTS IN STUDY OF OIL PAD RESTORATION

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 fred@ausable.org.


Research Assistant for the Boardman River Dams Project Macroinvertebrate Study (20 May to 16 August 2019)

The Au Sable Institute seeks one highly motivated and well-qualified individual to serve as Research Assistant in an ongoing quantitative macroinvertebrate study on the Boardman River in northern Michigan. The goal of the study is to document changes to the river following the removal of three former hydroelectric dams, Brown Bridge Dam, Boardman Dam, and Sabin Dam. Successful candidates will possess an exemplary academic record with an emphasis in the biological sciences. Desirable skills include proper care and use of microscopes, aquatic macroinvertebrate identification, stream and macroinvertebrate sampling techniques, and statistical analysis along with superior writing and organizational skills and past research experience. The selected assistant will require physical stamina for collecting macroinvertebrates in demanding field conditions and attention to detail during long hours in the laboratory using microscopes and scientific keys to identify macroinvertebrates.

As paid employees of 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 Christian leadership and exemplary integration of Christian faith, practice and service personally and professionally at all times.

Stipend: $5,200 plus room and board at the Great Lakes campus of the Au Sable Institute, Mancelona, Michigan.

Application Deadline: 5:00 PM ET, Friday March 1, 2019

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

Dr. Brian Keas, Director of Educational Development Au Sable Institute

7526 Sunset Trail NE

Mancelona, MI 49659 USA

Materials from the applicant must be supported by a letter of recommendation from (1) their institution’s Au Sable faculty representative, (2) one other faculty or professional reference addressing the applicant’s personal and professional qualifications, (3) one 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 to 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. Brian Keas, Director of Educational Development at 231-587-8686 or brian@ausable.org.


RESIDENT ASSISTANTS — Two (2) 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.

Teamwork

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.

Requirements:

  • 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 eric@ausable.org