Work Permit


Minors under the age of 18 are required to have a work permit prior to starting work. Minors under the age of 18 cannot be employed or permitted to work, with or without pay, or volunteer until the person, company, business, firm or corporation proposing to employ the minor obtains and keeps on file at the minor's place of employment (work location) a current and valid age appropriate work permit, which has been issued by a state of Michigan issuing officer of the school district, intermediate school district, public school academy or nonpublic school prior to starting work.


The minor first must submit a CA-6 or CA-7 to a state of Michigan school district, intermediate school district, public school academy or nonpublic school official designated as an issuing officer and provide one of the following acceptable forms of evidence of age:

  • A certified copy of birth record or other proof of age showing the place and date of birth
  • A certified copy of valid operator's license issued by this state showing date of birth
  • The school record or the school census record
  • The sworn statement of minor's parent/guardian and statement from physician
  • If a minor comes from another state to work in Michigan, the minor should bring a certified birth certificate and an unofficial transcript from the out-of-state school attended which includes the school's complete name, address, city, state, zip code, county and telephone number.

Minors seeking employment who are homeschooled shall be issued a work permit by the state of Michigan issuing officer of the school district, intermediate school district, public school academy, or nonpublic school in which the minor's residence or prospective employer is located.  The minor must present a signed, written statement from the parent or guardian, as the instructor of record, indicating how many hours per week the student is being homeschooled (Nonpublic and Home School information).  The state of Michigan issuing officer will attach the parent/guardian statement to the work permit and keep a copy of the statement with their copy of the work permit filed at the school.

Follow these steps:

Step 1 - Pick up a work permit from any of the CHS offices or download and print the proper work permit from the links below

Step 2 - The minor and parent/guardian must complete Section I of the work permit in its entirety (all areas must be completed).

Step 3 - After completing Section I, the minor then takes the work permit to the employer.  The employer must complete Section II of the work permit, in its entirety (all areas must be completed including listing all work the minor will be performing, equipment and/or tools minor will use, starting and ending hours to be worked, number of days per week to be worked and number of hours per days to be worked, etc).

Step 4 - The minor must submit the work permit, after the employer has completed Section II, to a state of Michigan school district, intermediate school district, public school academy or nonpublic school official designated issuing officer for review and to complete section III. (This would be your high school unless your high school is closed for July. If your high school is closed you will bring the permit to Central office at 32500 Shiawassee St. Farmington MI, 48136) 

The issuing officer must copy the work permit and place the work permit in the minor's permanent school file and return the original work permit to the minor.

Step 5 - The minor must give the original work permit (after the designated official issuing officer has reviewed and approved by signing and dating) to the employer prior to start of work which is kept on file at the minor's place of employment.


Permit Distinctions:  The amended act eliminates the use of yellow and pink colored permits for certain age groups.  Act 90 now distinguishes work permits for youth under age 18 as follows:

  • Minors 16 and 17 years old-the work permit must be formatted and printed in portrait orientation.
  • Minors under 16 years old-the work permit must:

(i) clearly indicate the minor is under 16 years of age and

(ii) be formatted and printed in landscape orientation.

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Location: 6785 Whitneyville Ave SE, Alto, MI 49302
Job Description: Cashier

We’re looking for reliable individuals interested in joining our progressive approach on the fuel and market service industry. Locally owned and operated, Bricks offers a wide variety of positions from customer service attendants to restaurant crew members.

Starting pay $14/hour, based on experience. Ages 18+

Contact: Apply online at or contact Bernie at 616-868-6845.

Job Description: Campus Voter Registration Fellows

We are hiring students at Caledonia High School to serve as campus voter registration fellows. Fellows will perform a total of 1-2 hours of work over the course of 2 weeks to help register students to vote in their high school.

This opportunity is fully remote and will engage students, either individually or on teams, to register voters at their high school.

The time commitment is flexible and allows students to tailor their voter registration initiatives to the unique needs of their schools.

Each student/team is trained by experienced organizers on voter registration, is sent all the materials they need to host a drive, and maintains direct contact with one of our staff supervisors throughout the process!

In addition to the $100 stipend, this fellowship is a great opportunity for resume and skill building, as well as for receiving a valuable letter of recommendation.

Contact: Application can be found here.

Location: 9740 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
Job Description: Part-Time Sanitation

  • Job duties: Cleaning, sanitation, packing, raw/cooked food handling.
  • Requirements: must be 16 years old, detail oriented, hardworking, eager, good communicator, able to work in a cold environment (43°F).
  • Possible Shifts: 3-9 weekdays, Sat. 9-5. Must be available to work during the school year.
  • Pay: $12-$14/hr, or $13-$15/hr for 18 year old shift leads.

Contact: Applications available on their website. Call 616-891-5555 with questions (ask for Seth or Mitch).

Location: 6980 Hammond Ave. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
Job Description: Plumbing Apprentice(s)

Juniors (or Sophmores) - Seasonal

Still figuring out your perfect career fit? Come learn the trade with us this summer! If plumbing is right for you, come back after graduation to join our full time team! Must be 15+

Graduating Seniors - Full-Time

You'll be getting paid to learn and gain experience. No college debt here!

  • No experience necessary!
  • On the job training!
  • Work alongside our highly skilled and licensed Journeyman Plumbers!
  • 3 year apprenticeship program!
  • Health/Dental/Vision/Life after 30 days of full time employment!
  • Tool Allowance after 90 days!
  • 401(k) available after (1) year!
  • Paid Vacation and Holiday pay after (1) year!

3 year apprenticeship under our licensed Journeyman. Learn the plumbing trade on our commercial plumbing projects.

Contact: Apply online at or pick one up in person. Questions? Email or

Location: 1158 Morren CT. Wayland, MI 49348
Job Description: Full-Time Entry Level CNC machinist

Competitive pay, great benefits, one-of-a-kind culture! DigiTrace is looking to train and grow the next generation of premium CNC machinists, starting in the summer of 2023. Must be 18+

Contact: Tom Woodward at 616.877.4818 or visit for more info.

Location: Throughout the County as well as Kaufman Golf Course
Job Description: Babysitter + Summer Childcare

Are you looking for summer employment that offers flexible work hours, time spent outdoors and a fun team environment? If so, this may be the summer job for you!

Duties will include operating lawn care equipment; cleaning buildings, restrooms, and other public areas; removing trash; caring for grounds and facilities; and assisting park visitors and monitoring park reservations. Some positions may include collecting payments for admissions, merchandise, concession and other fees. Must be 18+

  • Flexible hours
  • Starting wage $15/hour for M-F work; $16/hour for weekends.

Contact: Apply online at www.accessKent/jobs

Location: 7242 Ardith Court SW Suite #1, Byron Center, MI 49315
Job Description: Construction

Positions Available:

  • Interior Steel Stud Framer
  • Drywall Finisher
  • Exterior Plater & EIFS
  • Acoustical Ceiling & Panel Installer
  • Exterior Steel Stud Framer
  • Carpenter/Apprentice Rough & Finish
  • Demo Carpenter

No experience necessary, but having a general knowledge of construction is preferred. Must be 18+

Pay is based on experience and qualifications!

SIGN ON BONUS $500 for each employee that refers a new hire that accumulates 1000 hours. $1000 for new hire once 1000 hours is reached.


  • Health Insurance
  • Health Savings Account (with employer contributions)
  • 401K (with company match)
  • Paid vacation, holiday, etc.

Contact: Apply online at or in person. Call 616-455-5318 with questions.

Location: 4937 Starr St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Job Description: Warehouse Laborer


  • $14-$16/hour
  • Monday-Friday, 8-5:00 PM
  • Assist with loading and unloading goods
  • Prepare goods for storage
  • Carefully place items in storage containers


  • Must be able to lift 50lbs regularly alone
  • Must be able to lift in excess of 100lbs as a team
  • Experience preferred, but not required

Contact: Email resumes and questions to

Location: 68th and Hanna Lake
Job Description: Babysitter + Summer Childcare

Looking for a patient, kind, and kind babysitter for my 3 children, 6, 9, and 13, after school from 3 to 6 pm. Need help with school pick up, homework, practicing piano/guitar, playing outside, and snacks/starting dinner.

Also looking for more full-time care during the summer. Please contact me for either job.

Contact: Email

Location: 9317 Morse Lake Ave SE
Job Description: Full-time Crew Lead/Foreman

BVD Outdoor Services has an open position(s) for a Landscape maintenance crew lead/foreman. This position typically works 40-50 hours a week and has plenty of opportunities for overtime!

We are a small company that values our employees and we seeking motivated individuals with experience in the green industry or if no experience a positive attitude that is willing to learn. Come grow with us!

Job duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Mowing -Trimming & Edging
  • Spring/Fall Clean-ups
  • Bark Mulch Installations
  • Pruning
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Snow Removal during winter months

Job Requirements;

  • Reliable transportation
  • Positive Can-do Attitude
  • Fast paced and work well with others
  • Minimum 18 years of age for a crew lead position

Pay is Based on Experience $15-$22/hr

Contact: Call/Text Ben at 616.826.1220 or email to set up an interview!

Location: 9028 N Rodgers Ct SE, Ste K
Job Description: Ophthalmic Technician/Optician

Junior, senior, or high school graduate to answer phone calls, schedule appointments, perform pre-testing, fit and order glasses and do some minor cleaning and organizing.

Part-Time; Part-Time to start with option for full time in the future.

Contact: Please drop your application off to the Eye Care Clinic at the address above. Questions? Contact Dr. Carrie DeWolfe at 616-891-9245

Location: 9740 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
Job Description: Part-time Shop/Farm help

McDonald Plumbing is looking for some good, hard working, part-time shop/farm help!

Hours would include - evenings, Saturdays, and lots of hours in the summer.

Job would include cleaning the shop, stocking, wash and clean vehicles – inside and out, grounds keeping and general farm work.

Our ideal candidate would like to pursue a full-time position in the plumbing field after graduation and possess these qualities: a good work ethic, punctual, clean, hardworking and have a farm background!

Contact: Apply in person. Questions? Call 616-698-6771

Location: Comstock Park, MI
Job Description: Seasonal

The Whitecaps are looking to fill many positions. Some, including that of the Suite Runner, are open to students 16+.

  • Free tickets!
  • Discounts on Merchandise!
  • Discounts on Food!

Contact: Abby Martin 616-306-8568 or or visit their website here.

Location: 9740 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
Job Description: Part-time Market Clerk

  • Job duties: Customer service, cash handling, stocking, cleaning, sales.
  • Requirements: must be 16 years old, good communication skills, detailed, self motivated.
  • Possible Shifts: 3-7 weekdays, Sat. 9-5
  • Must be available to work during the school year.
  • Pay: $12-$14/hr, $13-$15/hr for 18 year old+ shift leads

Contact: Applications available online or in their market. Call Kyle at 616-891-5555 with questions.

Location: 6445 Cherry Meadow Dr SE, Caledonia
Job Description: Team Member

Your role as a Team Member is to feed people's lives with Más. You'll feed customers with great tasting food and provide great service, so our customers keep coming back! You're a representation of the brand in everything you do.

Prepare food ingredients, assemble food orders and check to make sure orders are correct, package products, greet customers in the restaurant, take orders, handle payments and thank customers

Flexible scheduling, top pay in the industry, scholarship opportunities, FREE food!

Contact: Text 'Taco' to 85000 to apply or visit

TACO  JOHN'S *11/22*
6722 Broadmoor Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
Job Description: Part-Time, Full-Time, Seasonal Crew Member

As a Crew Member, you'll be cross trained to work several different stations in the restaurant. All positions pitch in to help keep the restaurant clean for a great guest experience. Depending on scheduling needs, we have opportunities for shifts ranging from breakfast to closing shifts. No overnights! We care about the health and safety of our employees and guests. We have policies and procedures in place to keep you safe! 


  • Flexible schedules
  • Weekly pay
  • Daily pay options through PayActiv
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • A fun work environment
  • Casual dress code (jeans and company provided t-shirt)
  • 401k with company match*
  • Medical and vision coverage* 
  • *Available to employees who qualify based on hours worked 

Successful Crew Members have the following characteristics:

  • Friendly
  • Dependable
  • Positive attitude
  • Strong work ethic
  • We'll teach you the rest! 
  • At least 16 years of age 
  • Have reliable transportation 
  • Perform physical demands of the job - including, but not limited to, standing for long periods of time and lifting up to 50 pounds

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Inclusion is at the heart of our business.

Contact: Ryan Wilson at or apply online here

Location: Multiple sites in Caledonia, Dutton, Kentwood & Knapp's Corner
Job Description: Seasonal Snow Shoveler

Bykerk Landscape Management is in need of hard working, reliable individuals to shovel snow this winter! Team up with a friend or two and earn some extra money. We supply all the equipment and tools needed to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Must have a means of transportation to get to and from the job site(s). Hours are generally in the early morning timeframe and only when we get enough snow to clear. We keep the work load to about 3-5 hours a night to make sure you can get to school on time.

Contact: Seth Bykerk at 616-698-7263 or or apply online at

Location: 250 S Maple St SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
Job Description: Part-Time & Seasonal DPW Laborer

Variety of manual labor duties including: Raking, yard waste collection and shoveling. Hours vary. Must be 16+

Contact: Jeff Thornton, Village Manager, at 616-891-9384 or or apply online here.

CHICK-FIL-A *11/3*
Location: I-96 & 28th Street *NEW Location*
Job Description: Part-Time & Full-Time

Students who join our team learn how to work in a fast-paced environment while serving our guests and our team.

For high school students looking to obtain their first job, or those already employed who are looking for a new opportunity, we believe the flexible schedule, safe working environment and chance for raises and advancement are just part of what makes us unique.

High school students that work for us who are planning on attending college upon graduation may apply for the different scholarships that are available.

Contact: Text CFACASCADE to 464646 to apply

Location: 6785 Whitneyville Ave SE, Alto, MI 49302
Job Description: Cafe & Gas Station Positions

Brick’s @ Campau Corner is now accepting applications for employment in their Café and Gas Station.

Applicants need to be at least 16 years old and our hours are very flexible with very competitive wages.

Contact: Call (616) 868-6845 and ask for Bernie or Josh or just stop by the store to set up an interview.

Location: 4735 92nd St SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
Job Description: Part-Time & Seasonal Snow Shoveler

Now Hiring! We are looking for individuals to work outside this winter on a shoveling crew. We have many openings for sidewalk shoveling.

  • Must have your own transportation to the site.
  • Experience is not necessary.
  • We will provide shovels and snowblowers when necessary, along
  • with training if needed.

Pay is $25 dollars an hour with good attendance a BONUS at the end of the winter season.

Contact: Ben Nesseth at or 616.891.1273 with questions or to schedule an interview.

Location: International Beverage Parking Lot @ Old Cascade Road & 28th Street
Job Description: Part-Time Seasonal

Attention students! I am looking for part-time help during the months of November and December.

The job will require you to work outside and perform the physical duties associated with handling and lifting various size and weight Christmas trees. Beginning wages will start at $15/hour.

You will also need your own transportation, to and from the tree lot.

Contact: Bill Weston at 616-813-3949

Location: 8240 McCords Ave SE, Alto, MI 49302
Job Description: Part-Time Dog Kennel Help

6:45-9am, 10:45-1pm, 3:45-6pm, and 7:45-10pm - - 7 days a week. SOME Holidays. Depending on the number of dogs in the kennel will determine if hours are longer or shorter.

We are flexible with days and times working, but need to fill specific times based on need.

Duties include: Caring for, loving, and feeding dogs, letting them out to play in outside runs, cleaning kennels, cleaning poop from outdoor runs and kennels, interacting with owners during drop off and pick up.

MUST have reliable transportation and MUST be reliable.

15 years old or older is preferred.

Contact: Email

Location: 76th Street & Kalamazoo Avenue
Job Description: Part-Time Lawn Service & Snowplowing

Jack’s Lawn Service and snowplowing has the following part time job openings available.

  • Lawn Mowing - Crew member which includes mowing lawns and fall clean up. Hours are various days after school as well as Saturdays. Training provided. 12-20 hours per week depending on availability. Pay starts at $12-13/hour. Must be 16+
  • Snow Shoveling - Shoveling snow from sidewalks at condos and business. Schedule varies depending on when we get snow but hours are usually early in the morning before school. Pay rate: $25/hour plus $3/hour bonus. Must be 16+

Contact: Bruce at or 616-893-1996. Apply online at

Location: 2923 28th St SE
Job Description: Part-Time Team Member

Looking for outgoing individuals to join our team!

Amped Virtual Reality is a 4.9-STAR rated entertainment center with over 40 virtual reality experiences and games. We cater to individuals, families, groups, corporate events, birthday parties and everything in between. We strive to offer an excellent experience with Virtual Reality for many first time users.

Our Virtual Reality Team Members work directly with guests to provide courteous, friendly, and professional assistance & education while enforcing Amped Reality safety regulations. You are the primary person responsible for the fun and safety of everyone at Amped Reality (before, during, and after their visit) and ensuring it is cleaned and well maintained. You will need to become familiar with all the virtual reality games/experiences that we offer so that you can assist the guests while they are playing.

Teaching, Coding, and Robotics interest or experience would be desirable. We will be hosting STEM based summer camps for children ages 8 to 13. This is a great opportunity for future teachers or anyone interested in technology.

  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service
  • Availability nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Must be able to interact and communicate clearly and effectively
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to handle and resolve recurring problems
  • Ability to speak in front of groups
  • Ability to project voice and be heard in a loud environment

Pay will start at $10 - $11 per hour depending on experience and be evaluated periodically. Must be 16+

Contact: Melissa Wander at

TEKTON *9/1*
Location: 3707 Roger B Chaffee Memorial Blvd
Job Description: Full-Time, Part-Time Fulfillment Specialist

Tekton needs an impressive industrial athlete to join our team of Fulfillment Specialists. In this fast-paced, active role, your top priority is to get orders ready while upholding our high standards for quality, speed, and accuracy. You will also be responsible for advancing our warehouse processes by collaborating with other team members and actively contributing your ideas. Must be 16+

Contact: Evan VanHattum at or visit their website here.

Location: 9317 Morse Lake Ave SE Alto, MI 49302
Job Description: Seasonal Snow Shoveler/ Sidewalk Crew Member

BVD Outdoor Services is looking for a few hard working students to help shovel and/or snow blow sidewalks this winter. Routes are typically between 2 and 5 hours long depending on availability. Must be at least 16 years old with reliable transportation. $28-$35 per hour plus performance bonuses!

Contact: Ben VanDorp at

Location: Caledonia Lettinga Campus
Job Description: Full-Time, Part-Time General Dining Worker

You will be trained to assist the full-time staff with all aspects of the dining services program as necessary. You will learn cooking and prepping skills, as well as barista skills. You'll have the opportunity to interact with customers/guests at events with professionalism, service and grace.

This is an entry-level position. The right person with the right attitude will be trained.

  • Must be 16+
  • Must be able to lift and carry 25 pounds
  • Must have dependable independent transportation
  • Must pass a background check

Benefits: 20% Tuition discount at Davenport University! Free meals! Learn how to cook! $14/hour!

Contact: Learn more and apply here.

Location: 1866 Turnstone Lane NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Job Description: Part-Time General Labor Christmas Lights Installer

  • Christmas lights installer (no experience necessary) we will train
  • Must be 16+

Contact: Contact Geoff Clark at

Location: P.O. Box 405, Caledonia, MI 49316
Job Description: Seasonal Property Maintenance & Lawn Care

  • Lawn care and/or Landscape bed maintenance
  • Must be 17+

Contact: Contact Joyce Daniels at or call 616-890-1255

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MDE Youth Employment Laws

Michigan's Youth Employment Standard Act can be found in Michigan Legislature Section 409, Act 90 of 1978. Follow the links below for rules regarding days/hours minors are allowed to be employed, along with other general restrictions. 

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