St. Helena Island Lighthouse Volunteer Program



“Lighthouse keepers wanted. Must be able to read, write and follow written directions.” This might have been an ad from the early 1900’s. However, the words hold true today.

The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association is looking for members who would like to be assistant lighthouse keepers at the St Helena Island light station and experience “the Miracle of the Straits.” An experienced keeper will be on site throughout your stay for guidance and assistance.

The fee for this great opportunity is $100.00 per person to cover transportation to and from the island, and $25.00 per day for food and incidentals. Housing opportunities are varied and are dependent on the groups scheduled on the island. Volunteer keeper openings are available from mid-June through mid-August, with tours of duty ranging from a minimum of 4 days through the entire two month period, based on the volunteer’s availability.

Positions are open to singles, couples and families; however any children must be at least 8 years of age to participate. Volunteers will be transported by boat from Mackinaw City to St. Helena Island and will spend their entire tour of duty on the island before being returned to Mackinaw City. Duties can run the gamut from painting, sanding, cooking, washing dishes, dusting, hand-pumping and carrying water, serving as a tour guide, and clearing brush and weeds.

For additional information contact us by any of the methods shown at the bottom of any page on this website..