WANTED: Lighthouse keeps for extended stay

Posted: 4:54 PM, Feb 05, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-05 16:54:46-05

How'd you like to spend some of your summer on the shores of Lake Huron?

Volunteer lighthouse keepers are needed at the Tawas Point Lighthouse in northern Michigan.

In exchange for giving guided tours, you'll be able to live on the second story of the dwelling attached to the lighthouse, which includes two bedrooms and a modern kitchen and bathroom.

Keeper tasks include greeting visitors, giving tours, providing information about the lighthouse and the Tawas area, and light maintenance duties. Participating keepers provide roughly 35 hours of related service per week.

The minimum commitment is two weeks and preference will be given to those who can stay four weeks or more. At least two-- preferably three-- keepers are needed for each two-week period. Those with knowledge about lighthouses or Great Lakes maritime history are encouraged to apply.

The 1876 Tawas Point Lighthouse is a well-known landmark in the state park, attracting visitors from all over the world. It's one of 11 nationally accredited museums administered by the Michigan Historical Center, in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division. Located in Tawas Point State Park, 2.5 miles southeast of East Tawas off of U.S. 23, the lighthouse is open for tours Thursday through Monday, from mid-May to Labor Day. From Labor Day to mid-October, tours are offered Friday through Sunday.

Click on the link within this article for more information on how to apply.

Pictures courtesy: Michigan Historical Center