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Are you looking for an exciting, challenging, unique and deeply rewarding volunteer experience? Then consider being a lighthouse caretaker! This incredible opportunity is available at the Point Iroquois Lighthouse on the Great Lake Superior. The lighthouse receives approximately 45,000 visitors annually and is located just outside the community of Brimley, Michigan. The population of Brimley is approximately 1,200. The lighthouse is approximately 33 miles from the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, with a population of 14,500. The “Soo” as it is referred to, is a full service community with schools, a hospital and a university.
The duties and responsibilities of being a volunteer lighthouse caretaker are as follows:
Overview of position:
A minimum of one year commitment is expected.
This position involves interacting with visitors on a daily basis, interpreting lighthouse and Great Lakes history.
This position often involves physically strenuous activities including standing for long periods of time, walking, climbing stairs, sidewalk snow removal, boardwalk sand removal, mowing, weeding, cleaning restrooms, moving boxes of supplies.
The lighthouse is open to visitors May 15th through October 15th. During this season, caretakers are expected to work 40 hours a week, five days a week. Days off during the open season will be Mondays and Tuesdays.
During the winter season when the lighthouse is closed (October 16 through May 14), caretakers are needed for general maintenance, upkeep and occupancy of the facilities.
The caretaker's quarters are located in the west wing of the lighthouse. The first and second floor are used for the primary residence. Housing in the caretaker's quarters is available at no cost to volunteers.
Due to the heavy workload and the nature of the work, couples are encouraged to apply.
Private telephone land lines and satellite internet are available at your own expense.
No children are allowed to permanently reside in the living quarters of the lighthouse. Occasional guests are permitted.
Smoking is not permitted within or near any of the buildings belonging to the Forest Service, in accordance with Michigan state and federal law.
Knowledge of the Great Lakes, lighthouses, shipping and Michigan history is preferred.
Implement maintenance of the site year round, including daily operations of the museum and gift shop, building and grounds maintenance, and special projects.
Maintenance and repairs of museum, museum office, caretakers quarters, gift shop, and east and west apartments.
Keep the museum, toilet building, lighthouse tower, gift shot and surrounding lawn and grounds clean and neat. Keep the brass-works neat and clean.
Shovel and/or snow-blow walkways in the winter and clear sand from the boardwalks in the summer.
Mow, water, and keep a neat, weed free lawn. Weed and care for flower beds.
Operate the gift shop, sell interpretive media, work the cash register, keep records, and track the guest book.
Coordinate public programming, student intern, and volunteer projects done on site.
Coordinate bus tour schedules - be present, or arrange to have a representative present for lighthouse interpretation during bus tour visits.
Greet visitors in a courteous manner and be available to answer questions.
Oversee housekeeping habits of employees and volunteers.
Perform opening and closing routines for the cash register when working the gift shop.
Please e-mail us your resume, contact information, and three references by November 30, 2018 in order to be considered for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Housing in the west wing of the lighthouse will be free of charge to the successful volunteer candidate. Small pets may be negotiable.