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Contact:  Tel 231-436-5580    Fax 231-436-5466  Mail  PO Box 219, Mackinaw City, MI 49701  Email

“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 volunteers who would like to serve as 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.

A fee, charged to volunteer at St Helena, includes housing, transportation, meals, snacks, beverages and consumables. 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 3 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 charter boat  from Mackinaw City or via a two mile trip from the south shore of the Upper Peninsula in one of our fourteen-foot outboard powered Zodiacs. Volunteers will spend their entire tour of duty on the island before being returned to Mackinaw City or the Upper Peninsula. 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.

Watch the video above, download an application by clicking the link to the lower left and call us at 231-436-5580, Monday through Friday if you have any questions contact us by any of the methods shown at the bottom of any page on this website.

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Video courtesy of Neil Kirby

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