Jobs in Boyne City, MI



Van Dam Custom Boats, one of the world’s premier wooden boat builders is seeking a talented, motivated and experienced addition to the team. The crew at Van Dam consists of some of the most highly skilled wooden boat builders in the industry. We are a creative, hardworking and happy bunch on a quest to build the finest wooden boats in the world. With a constant pursuit for perfection and the highest standards, Van Dam is renowned for the beautiful artwork of its boat building.

As part of the team at Van Dam you will be working in a friendly, passionate work environment, while working in a spacious shop with state of the art equipment. You would be part of a team that has built a larger variety of wooden boats than anyone in North America! This position is offered as a full-time, year round spot on the team. We offer progressive management and a generous compensation package for proven experience.

Located in beautiful Boyne City, Michigan, we are surrounded by four season opportunities to enjoy. We have fresh water boating on the Great Lakes, along with numerous inland lakes to explore. We have three major ski resorts in our back yard! Snowmobiling in the winter and biking in the summer add to the outdoor lovers' opportunities. We have great schools, reasonably priced housing, fabulous restaurants, a vibrant farm market and lots of lifestyle choices.

If this sounds like an environment you would like to be part of please contact us for an interview. Applicants must have at least four years of  cold molded boat building and woodworking experience. Any experience with related trades such as metalworking, finishing and mechanical systems are a plus. Email your resume, portfolio, and references for consideration to

This position is offered as full-time and year around.


Van Dam Boats has its own 4-year boat building apprenticeship program. We look for highly motivated young people who want to learn a skilled trade and be a part of an elite team. Our apprentices must have the following:

  • Posses a positive, upbeat mindset and have the ability to take criticism, grow from it, and eventually gain confidence from it; i.e. embrace the concept of Kaizen (the practice of continuous improvement)
  • Be team focused and self-driven and have an inquisitive mind
  • Have a concept of time and its value
  • Be excited to be here and to be a part of something that is bigger than themselves

Not everyone can make the grade and we look for those who are passionate about building boats, have a drive to be the best, and have the vision and tenacity to carry them thru the learning process. We generally hire one to three apprentices a year with a washout rate greater than 50%.  We expect a lot of our apprentices, but we also give a lot in return. This is a paid position with wage increases throughout the apprenticeship.  There is opportunity for continued growth in both wage and position after completing our program.

If you think you have what it takes, and you want to learn from the best, send us a resume along with a cover letter telling us why you think you are the right candidate for our program. Please send emails to

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Boyne City Shop