• Campground Host • Construction/Maintenance • Historical Preservation • Office/Clerical • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Volunteers represent the National Park Service and are a valuable asset to the operations. This position will be based either on Sand, Michigan, or Devils Island as a Lighthouse Keeper. Volunteers will meet a variety of people and personalities. Each island has trails that vary in distances and campsites. Daily duties depending on location are hiking at least 4 miles a day, climbing over 200 steps, and/or gardening. Volunteers will be the main contact for visitors going out to the islands.
Greet and help orient tent and boat campers
Give narrative tours of the history of the Lighthouse & Island
Clean campsites, picnic area, and boat dock
Clean and disinfect vault toilets, replenish supplies and notify supervisor when the vault toilet needs to be pumped
Hike and perform light trail work and grounds maintenance including trail litter pickup
Notify supervisor when hazardous conditions exist or submit work order requests for routine maintenance needs
Monitor visitor activities for infractions of lakeshore regulations
Provide visitor information and services through roving contacts and/or at visitor contact station
Administer emergency first aid when needed
Explain recreation use fees
Receive and log lost & found items
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to be self-sufficient is a must
Ability to present narrative talks while providing tours
Knowledge of camping
Skill in oral communication to provide visitors with lake conditions and park information
Ability to maintain a positive attitude and consistently be courteous to visitors
Ability to learn quickly an retain basic knowledge
Ability to effectively deal with stressful situations
Know how to use a radio
Requires standing and/or sitting for long periods of time
Requires hiking strenuous trails and/or stairs
Ability to be in a boat during rough lake conditions when being transported
Most work is performed outdoors. The weather conditions can vary from hot days to cool nights, thunderstorms, high winds, and rain. The environments may include high humidity and hot temperatures. Cell phone coverage is spotty to non-existent. Contact with the mainland is through radios for park use only.
Lighthouse Keeper volunteers typically start around mid-June until after Labor Day. Volunteers that are chosen for the position are expected to be on the island throughout their schedule unless other arrangements have been with the supervisor. Regular scheduled hours are 8:00 am – 4:30 pm but can vary if there are any emergencies or other issues. A minimum of a 3 week commitment of daily 8 hour work days is expected. Background checks including fingerprinting may be done if a volunteer is selected.
While on duty, volunteers will be required to wear a uniform. A NPS volunteer shirt, sweater, wind breaker, name tag, and ball cap will be provided. The volunteer will provide their own pants and shoes/boots. The volunteer must be professional looking.
Volunteers will not be reimbursed for expenses.
**This position is for Adults only**
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Volunteers must be prepared to live, for weeks at a time, at remote light stations and must be prepared for isolation. Depending on the light station, it may be necessary to occasionally carry gear as much as one mile to or from landing site on the island. Wash water is drawn from the lake. Stations may consist of an outhouse, a propane heater, a refrigerator, and a small 2-burner stove for cooking may be available. There may not be running water. Volunteers are to bring their own food supplies. Volunteers should keep their schedules flexible and always bring extra supplies, in case of weather related transportation delays. Volunteers may have to find housing in the local community which can be difficult to secure and expensive if there is a weather related delay. Self-sufficiency is a must. Volunteers must be willing to share housing with rangers, researchers, or maintenance staff. Pets are not allowed.