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Introduction: You might be pleasantly surprised to learn about these interesting lighthouse keeper facts. This informative list could very well lead you to become a keeper of the lighthouse or even stay in one just for fun. What you are about to read will give you the reasons why you will be well suited for the job and provide you with addresses to apply if you are skilled to do the work. There are also listings for you to learn where to stay at a B&B lighthouse perhaps to tempt you to apply to become a lighthouse keeper for a few days or longer.

  • 01

    Available

    While traveling a few years ago I socialized with some lighthouse keepers to learn those jobs are available in some areas of the United States. In a unique discussion with this couple many facts were learned about that employment. When a couple applies to be lighthouse keepers once, they are given priority for other lighthouse keeper positions available in other states and counties if their review was favorable. An apprentice program might be available to attend and sometimes will include being coupled with other lighthouse keepers for scheduling days and hours worked by each team. This kind of a program gets all the lighthouse teams ready for all the duties with some supervision. Days of the employment, hours expected to work and duties needed to be performed are available to applicants before agreement is reached to employ anyone. If you want to inquire if a lighthouse position is available on a secluded island in California check :
    http://lighthouse-news.com/2008/11/30/lighthouse-keeper-job-available-san-pablo-bay/

  • 02

    Requirements of a Personal Nature

    Quite often and more so than not, a twosome is required to attend to a lighthouse and be lighthouse keepers. More than 50 years ago it was not unusual for four people to attend to one lighthouse and perhaps more if the oil houses had to be maintained. Those oil houses are all but dismantled and not used anymore if they still stand on the lighthouse grounds.Being on a remote or semi-remote area, the individuals must be compatible and work well together. Specific hours the lighthouse will be open requires the keepers to be on site happily greeting visitors when hours begin. Closing doors and securing gates is part of the hired hands responsibility. Would your personal nature avail you to being a lighthouse keeper on weekends? Check out this website:
    http://lighthouse-news.com/2009/04/04/lighthouse-keepers-wanted-in-michigan/

  • 03

    Resume

    Many of the present day lighthouses are owned by the state, National Park service, Department of the Interior or Coast Guard entities. A background check is done on each applicant and references are deeply reviewed for security before people are considered for the job. Favorable attributes would be knowledge of a mechanical nature, being able to evaluate reasons for problems, do needed repairs, maintain lighthouse fixtures and public relations experience. Carpentry is also a plus on the resume as are bookkeeping skills. Some resumes can be filled out online and sent electronically to be reviewed for completeness and accuracy.There are times when a board of concerned citizens will do a personal interview after the resume is submitted and there is a possibility of acceptance of the couple for the lighthouse keeper job. It is not known if inspectors randomly pose as visitors to check on lighthouse personnel to review their work ethics and performance. If you would like to NOT have duties to perform and want to stay at a lighthouse as a vacation spot inquire at this website for information:http://www.uslhs.org/vacation_rental.php

  • 04

    Requirements

    Each lighthouse has specific requirements that a lighthouse keeper must possess to be considered for the job. Keeping the grounds in tip top order most often require driving a tractor and lawn mowing equipment.Gift shops are often on the premises so handling of money and depositing of funds is required on hours that store is open. The history of the lighthouse is mandatory knowledge which becomes a part of the training of the lighthouse keepers before they get the job. Good health and a hardy work ethic is expected since stair climbing is more than a daily part of lighthouse keeping. Following the rules set by the owners of the lighthouse are at the hands of the lighthouse keepers to enforce. Local police and state government officials will be back up if needed on request.

  • 05

    Salary

    Much to your surprise the pay is either very minimal or the lighthouse keepers actually have to pay for the job to be a lighthouse keeper. Some lighthouses have quarters, while others provide self contained hook ups for an RV only. Deposits for the job, paid by the prospective employees are not unusual; sometimes costing $100 or more which could be refundable or not at the end of employment. To inquire about projects you can be a part of with a lighthouse keeper email: keeper@seguinisland.org or call 207-443-4808 There is perhaps a Memorial Day to Labor Day lighthouse keeper position at that Bath, Maine lighthouse, so if interested refer to email and website above.




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