Volunteer Needed: Point Iroquois Lighthouse Caretaker


Point Iroquois Light Station

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Point Iroquois Lighthouse Volunteer Caretakers

Are you looking for an exciting, challenging, unique and deeply rewarding volunteer experience? Then consider being a lighthouse caretaker! A new opportunity will be announced in October 2021. Learn more about the Point Iroquois Lighthouse, including a map of its exact location.

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply once the opportunity is posted in October 2021:

  1. Use the search word “lighthouse”  and fill out an application on-line at volunteer.gov.
  2. Send your resume, contact information, and three references to Kari Vanderheuel kvanderheuel@fs.fed.us  by by the deadline stated in the volunteer announcement, which will be posted in October 2021.

Details

This incredible opportunity is available at the Point Iroquois Lighthouse on the Great Lake Superior in Michigan’s upper peninsula. This Great Lake 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 Point Iroquois 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.

What is involved in being a Caretaker?:

  • A minimum one-year commitment is expected. Upon successful completion of one year, an additional year may be negotiated.  
  • Due to the heavy workload and the challenging nature of the work, couples are encouraged to apply.  
  • This position involves interacting with numerous visitors from every walk of life on a daily basis.  Most of the interaction with visitors involves interpreting the lighthouse and Great Lakes maritime history and answering questions.
  • The lighthouse caretaker volunteer position often involves physically strenuous activities including standing for long periods of time, walking, climbing stairs, cleaning, sidewalk snow removal, boardwalk sand removal, mowing, weeding, and moving boxes of supplies.
  • The lighthouse museum, gift shop and exhibits are open to visitors May 15th through October 15th.  During this extremely busy season, caretakers are expected to work 40 hours per week, five days a week. Days off during the May-October season will be Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • During the winter season when the lighthouse museum, gift shop and exhibits are closed, (October 16 through May 14), there are still frequent visitors to the grounds.  Caretakers are needed year-round for general maintenance, upkeep and occupancy of the facilities and grounds.
  • The caretaker's quarters are located in the west wing of the lighthouse. The first and second floor are available for you as your primary residence. The quarters include an entrance room, full kitchen and living room on the main floor, and three bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs.  Housing in the caretaker's quarters is available at no cost.  Electric, water, heat and basic phone are provided.  Internet or satellite TV would be at your own cost.  
  • 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.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Daily operations of the museum and gift shop, building and grounds maintenance, and special projects.
  • Maintenance and repairs of museum, museum office, caretaker's quarters, gift shop, and east and west apartments.
  • Keep the museum, toilet building, lighthouse tower, gift shop 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 and credit card transactions, keep daily money records, track the guest sign-in book.
  • Sweep and vacuum the lighthouse and tower.
  • Coordinate public programming, student intern, and volunteer projects to be 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.

There are two ways to apply: 

  1. Use the search word “lighthouse”  and fill out an application on-line at volunteer.gov  
  2. Send your resume, contact information, and three references to Kari Vanderheuel kvanderheuel@fs.fed.us by the deadline stated in the volunteer announcement, which will be posted in October 2021.

 





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