Ginger Schultz, the new part-time manager at Mission Point Lighthouse (aka Old Mission Lighthouse for those of us who’ve been around forever), sent this note along:
Hi Neighbors! I am the new part-time lighthouse manager. The season will begin May 1st for the lighthouse, and I am in need for your time and talents. Our lovely little lighthouse has 40,000+ visitors annually, and the more help the fewer hours needed per person.
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If you want to work in the store or be a keeper, I will need a full application and drivers license copy too. Feel free to contact me with questions, too!
Also, according to the website, they’re still looking for Lighthouse Keepers for Oct. 11 – 18, 2016. Click here for more information on how to apply. Here’s the scoop from the website…
Mission Point Lighthouse – Lighthouse Keepers
You can live in Mission Point Lighthouse and be a Keeper with our Lighthouse Keeper Program! Being a keeper is a wonderfully unique volunteer opportunity in which you will stay in the actual lighthouse and share your time and talents. In the gift shop and on the property, you get to meet and talk to visitors from all over the world. Our keepers play a key role in helping to keep this treasured piece of Michigan maritime history alive.
The living Keepers’ Quarters are well equipped with all the essentials needed to have a comfortable stay. The housing area has: kitchen appliances, dishes, cooking utensils, small appliances (coffee maker, toaster, microwave, etc.), ironing board and iron, and even a washer and dryer. There is free WIFI, a television, and plenty of space. Keepers provide their own bed sheets, pillows, blankets, towels, wash clothes, and food. The living quarters are heated, but not air-conditioned.
The maximum occupancy of Mission Point Lighthouse is two adults. The bedroom has two single beds, which can be kept together for a couple or spread apart for friends or other relations. Children and pets are not allowed. Keepers are welcome to have friends or family visit the lighthouse in the evenings, but guests are not to overnight at the lighthouse.
While the responsibilities are not difficult, Lighthouse Keepers do need to be able to climb the 37 steps to the tower to clean the windows and to sweep and vacuum. Keepers are also expected to perform routine ground maintenance (on the lighthouse property only); light housekeeping and a choice of maintenance projects (painting, minor repairs, etc.); maintain visitation records; help with inventory records and similar retail duties. And of course, keepers need to be friendly and helpful to visitors.
If you embrace northern Michigan winters, you are welcome to be a keeper in our closed season November – April. All the same responsibilities needed but no retail hours in the gift shop are required. So winter keepers can come alone if interested.
Mission Point Lighthouse is a State and National Historic Site. Therefore, smoking, alcoholic beverages and pets are not permitted in or on the premises. Keepers are expected to be neat, well groomed, and appropriately attired when on duty. While keepers may certainly leave after the lighthouse is closed for the day, keepers are expected to sleep in the lighthouse each night of their stay.
Information about the history of Mission Point Lighthouse, as well as training, are both provided. There is parking available directly behind the lighthouse for keepers. Camping or use of motor homes is not permitted.
A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the OMP. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb