Careers

Interested in joining our team?


Moving past our 40 year milestone in the boat building industry, Van Dam Custom Boats combines a commitment to legacy craftsmanship and a passion to be the best boat builder in the world with an unmatched, lifetime guarantee*. We are seeking like-minded individuals willing to help us raise the bar of excellence.

Located in beautiful Boyne City, Michigan on the shores of Lake Charlevoix, you will find four seasons of adventure. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy boating and fishing on

our many inland lakes and rivers as well as on the Great Lakes. Every snow activity imaginable is available at our three area ski resorts while biking, hiking, and camping are right in our back yard.

If you feel you have what it takes to work with the best of the best, we would love to hear from you. Explore the positions below for more detailed information. Tell us a bit about yourself by submitting a cover letter of interest as well as a resume of your experiences and work history.

Benefits

Health/Dental Insurance

A premium health insurance plan, including dental coverage, is provided at no cost to employees

401k

A 3% Safe Harbor contribution is provided for each employee, regardless of plan participation

PTO

Paid time off provided after 30 of days employment

Profit Sharing

We promote a team focused, results driven culture and share the benefits this brings to our financial bottom line

Open Book Management

The entire team is provided relevant company financial information so as to be directly involved in driving company efficiencies and successes

Tuition Assistance

Consideration will be given to fund any continuing education or training that aligns with/furthers team goals

Casual
Attire

Workwear is supplied and an annual, Van Dam branded clothing allowance is provided

Competitive
Living Wages

Commensurate with experience and willingness to learn and contribute

After Hours Use Of Shop & Company Tools

Personal projects are fulfilling and can also expand skill sets – we are excited to support both

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Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Be aware of your words and actions when interacting with customers, co-workers, friends and family.

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cultural fundamentals

One-Of-A-Kind
Culture

To be the best, there must be a commitment to a common purpose; a team that puts the good of the whole at the forefront of every action. Learn more about the culture behind the craft.

Current Openings

Van Dam Custom Boats is seeking a talented, energetic and motivated addition to the team. Applicants must have at least six years of cold molded boat building and woodworking experience. Any experience with related trades such as metalworking, finishing and mechanical systems are a plus.

You will be contributing to the world’s finest, one-of-a-kind wooden boat projects alongside a focused and dedicated team of experienced craftspeople. We have an expansive shop with state-of-the-art equipment and a culture that supports our team and our mission. The current backlog stretches into 2021 and includes clients from around the globe, waiting to build their dream.

Professional and personal growth opportunities in the areas of project leadership, build management and technical knowledge are available – and it is expected that you will participate and take an active and aggressive role in your growth.  And in case you missed them, we live our Cultural Fundamentals everyday – you can review them HERE.

This position is offered as full-time, year ’round employment. We provide a generous compensation and benefits package for experience, positive attitude, problem solving skills and a willingness to learn Van Dam methods.

Van Dam Custom Boats is accepting applications for its Apprenticeship Program and as space allows, we will pursue candidates that represent a good fit and appear to be up to the challenge. It’s not an easy program, but if you are focused on becoming your best self and want to join a team of like-minded individuals who are intent on building the world’s finest wooden boats, this is the place for you. Supported and guided by an incredible team, you will join a rich company culture comprised of some of the finest craftsmen in the world. Not everyone will make the grade and we look for those who are passionate about creating, have a drive to be the best, and have the vision and tenacity to excel during the learning process. We expect a great deal of effort from our apprentices.  In return you will be offered a paid position of learning, with benefits and generous wage increases throughout the apprenticeship. 

Upon completion of the program you will be offered additional opportunities for your continued growth in both wage and position. And in case you missed them, we live our Cultural fundamentals everyday – you can review them HERE.

Job Summary:

  • To support VDCB operations by maintaining an efficient, well run, and attractive front office which is welcoming to potential customers or visitors.
  • To contribute energy and creativity to VDCB helping to create a culture in which all employees and owners can benefit and take pride.
  • To promote and support Van Dam Custom Boats marketing efforts by building brand and brand awareness.
  • Support Boyne Boat Yard (a Van Dam Company) Marketing efforts.

Job Duties for Van Dam Custom Boats:

  • Occupy the reception area answering all incoming phone calls, screening calls for purpose, answering questions as much as possible, and directing calls to the correct person as required.
  • Receive and screen walk-in visitors, tourists, and sales people for purpose of visit and then direct them as appropriate.
  • Make determination which walk-ins are prospective clients and direct them to Sales Director.
  • Conduct tours of shop for tourists as needed.
  • Keep Sales Director apprised of all contacts that could turn into a sales opportunity.
  • Support Sales  Director and company President in various sales efforts.
  • Keep the reception area neat, clean, organized, and professional looking.
  • Design, set up, and maintain in-office promotional materials and displays.
  • Monthly website review, updating, and management, coordinating with marketing consultants.
  • Weekly Facebook and Instagram updates.
  • Periodic mass email and spark stories to past customers to keep them engaged with Van Dam.
  • Maintain a presence on other social media as technology evolves.
  • Send weekly photos of the week’s activities to employees and key customers.
  • Keep all photos filed, organized, and backed up.
  • Select photos and shoot video for marketing purposes.
  • Put together photo albums for clients at the end of projects.
  • Write news releases and send out to publications.
  • Search out and follow up on promotional opportunities such as magazine articles, gallery displays, etc.
  • Coordinate events, parties, and teambuilding activities.
  • Make travel arrangements for team members as needed.
  • Assist management as needed.

 Additional Duties for Boyne Boat Yard:

  • Maintain the Boyne Boat Yard (a sister business to Van Dam) website.
  • Weekly Facebook for BBY.
  • Maintain a presence for BBY on other social media as technology evolves or opportunities arise.
  • Write news releases for BBY.
  • Seek out opportunities such as magazine articles to promote BBY and follow thru with promotion.
  • Coordinate with BBY President on other BBY promotional efforts as required.
  • Photograph work in progress.  Take photos per customer requests.

Skills/Qualifications required:

  • Must agree with and be willing to live our 16 Acre Fundamentals
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Team building skills and mindset
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality and integrity
  • Attention to detail and high level of accuracy
  • Ability to identify errors and solve problems
  • Excellent organizational skills 
  • Strong time management skills with respect for deadlines
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Sense of ownership and pride in your performance and its impact on team success
  • Excellent computer skills and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Office
  • Experience with Google Docs, Sheets as well as Gmail
  • Experience with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Lightroom desired but not required
  • Experience with WordPress desired but not required
  • College degree in subject matter relevant to this position desirable but not required
  • Experience in boating/boats preferred but not required

Personal attributes:

  • Professional appearance
  • Upbeat, energetic, positive personality
  • Honest, trustworthy, and personal integrity
  • Respectful to all
  • Sound work ethic
  • Team player

Compensation package will be based on experience and the value you can offer.

We provide health and dental insurance, paid time off, a 401K program and profit sharing. The Van Dam community of businesses includes a custom boat building operation, a marine storage and service operation, a yacht brokerage, and a land holding company. We are an organization that is focused on the success of our teams and on promoting a culture that leads to the success of all our team members. If you enjoy being around motivated and sincere people and have a positive outlook on life, we look forward to hearing from you.

If you think you are a good candidate for this position, please respond with a letter of intereest, complete resume including references and compensation requirements.

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A remarkable
History

“What started off as a dream to sail around the world in a boat we built ourselves, gradually changed into a vision to ensure the future of craftsmanship. Van Dam Custom Boats was born.” – Steve Van Dam

A Brand New
Facility

In keeping with the Cultural Fundamentals of the company, importance is placed on the efficient, effective and orderly flow of the work day. Continuous improvement includes our surroundings.

Van Dam building exterior photo.
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